Brookfield Awarded FEMA Grant From the Department of Homeland Security for Fire Prevention and Safety
August 25, 2023
Brookfield, IL August 25, 2023 – The Department of Homeland Security has awarded the Brookfield Fire Department with a FEMA grant for Fire Prevention and Safety in the amount of $34,000.
Of the total grant dollars awarded, the Village is obligated to fund only $1,619.05. The scope of the grant is to purchase a digital fire extinguisher training system to provide hands-on training to the public (non-firefighters) in a controlled, safe environment without using “live” fuels and fire. The other part of the grant allows for $2,500 to be used for purchasing various age-appropriate safety brochures, handouts, and videos for conducting different fire and injury prevention programs to all age groups.
Fire Chief Jim Adams has expressed his enthusiasm for this award in saying, “This is a great opportunity that will allow the Fire Department to purchase tools that will assist the firefighters when they go out and teach fire prevention to the public”.
In learning of this grant award, Village President Michael Garvey expressed his excitement by sharing, “This funding allows our Brookfield Fire Department to continue their commitment in safety services to the community specifically through prevention training. Our residents will be direct beneficiaries of this grant and I am thankful to the Department in applying for these funding opportunities to assist in education and training for our residents.”
The Department intends to purchase the Bullseye Digital Fire Extinguisher Training System with this grant. Highlights of that system include enabling the Department to train in places where emergencies may occur, like schools, workplaces, or the home. The system senses trainees’ actions and responds like a real fire. The “flames” will only subside and go out if the trainee uses the proper P.A.S.S. (Pull the extinguisher pin. Aim the nozzle low at the base of the fire, Squeeze the lever above the handle, Sweep the nozzle from side to side.) method. BullsEye extinguishers are set to discharge for the same amount of time as a real extinguisher, and are weighted accordingly 5lb (2.5kg), 10lb (6kg) or 20lb (9kg) to closely simulate actual extinguishers. Smoke generators emit the proper amount of smoke based on the size of the fire and time since ignition to further enhance the realism of the evolution.
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