"It's Like Christmas in July!"
GOSHEN - It took nearly four years but what was once thought of as impossible has finally happened.
Fire Chief Susan Labrie was notified by the office of U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy that the Goshen Fire Department has been awarded a U.S. Department of Homeland Security Assistance to Firefighters Grant for a project of $325,000. The federal share amounts to $308,750. The Town of Goshen is required to fund 5% of the grant cost or $16,250.
"It's like Christmas in July" responded Deputy Chief Kim Dresser when informed of the news.
The department began this process in 2005 when Sue Davidson, wife of firefighter Ted Davidson, volunteered her time to submit it's first application for a new pumper. After the first rejection, then Lieutenant Sue Labrie attended a grant writing workshop in Dalton sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security specifically for departments looking to better understand the process. She applied what she learned in her unsuccessful 2006 application. When the 2007 application process opened, Chief Labrie decided to give it another try. Persistance paid off.
"This grant will allow the Goshen Volunteer Fire Department to purchase equipment we've been dreaming about for years." said Chief Labrie.
The Fire Department formed a truck committee in 2005. The goal of this group was to design a truck that not only utilized new technology but also one that incorporated the latest safety standards to protect the firefighters who would use it. As a result of this effort, the Department is only a few weeks away from having a set of plans to send out to bid. Exact details on the timeline still need to be worked out but it's anticipated that a winning bid would be accepted sometime in late Summer with expected delivery to occur sometime in the latter half of 2008 (yes, that's over 12 months away).
The new pumper will be outfitted with the following equipment:
- 5 person crew cab
- 1,500 water tank
- 1,500 gallon per minute pump
- hydraulic ladder rack
- compressed air foam system (CAFS)
- lighting, lots of lighting
(July 25th, 2007)