Press Release

All Marion Firefighters Receive New Gear through FEMA Grant Share

Apr 13, 2017  |  Web Administrator

Thanks to the vol­un­teer work of a retired fire­fight­er, the Mar­i­on Fire Depart­ment was award­ed a grant for near­ly $144,000 in new safe­ty gear for all firefighters.

Recent­ly retired Main­te­nance Pri­vate, Dale Owen, had applied for the grant through the Fed­er­al Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency. The Depart­ment received 58 sets of turnout gear which includes jack­ets, pants, and boots. The last set of gear was approx­i­mate­ly 9 years old, and was rapid­ly approach­ing its expi­ra­tion, accord­ing to one fire­fight­er. After they were award­ed the grant, MFD worked with Nowak Sup­ply Co. out of Ft. Wayne to order the jack­et and pants man­u­fac­tured by Hon­ey­well, and the boots pro­duced by Haiks.

Chief Geoff Williams said he is grate­ful for Owen’s hard work to get the grant. I’m very thank­ful he took the time to do it. He has won eas­i­ly over a mil­lion dol­lars for us in grants.”

All of the gear is being dis­trib­uted to the fire­fight­ers this week.

Media Con­tact: Geoff Williams, Chief, Mar­i­on Fire Depart­ment (765) 6684474 gwilliams@​marionindiana.​us

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