Botkins Fire Department receives grants for truck equipment, gear

BOTKINS — Botkins Fire Chief Pat Fullenkamp announced the department received two grants totaling $13,288 for replacement of gear and truck equipment at a regular village council meeting.

“We received one grant from the State Fire Marshal’s Office for $10,000 for (Personal Protective Equipment) and we received another grant for $3,288 to replace the intake valves on both engines,” Fullenkamp said.

Fullenkamp asked council to review the fire department’s need of new air tanks used with breathing apparatuses.

“They have a lifespan of 15 years,” Fullenkamp said. “They have to be tested every 5 years. We’re coming into a cycle where they’re going to need to be replaced essentially over the next 5 years.”

At a discounted rate, the tanks will cost approximately $745 each. Council approved the 10 replacement air tanks for this year.

For the full story, see the Thursday, May 22 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.