Sycamore Fire Department receives grant for training prop, equipment

By STEPHANIE MARKHAM - smarkham@shawmedia.com Published: Friday, Aug. 11, 2017 11:46 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Aug. 11, 2017 11:48 p.m. CDT
The Sycamore Fire Department will use a $135,228 federal grant to buy a mobile fire training prop and replacements for decades-old fire fighting equipment, according to a department news release. — Christopher Heimerman – cheimerman@shawmedia.com

SYCAMORE – The Sycamore Fire Department will use a $135,228 federal grant to buy a mobile fire training prop and replacements for decades-old fire fighting equipment, according to a department news release.

The Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant program is covering 95 percent of the estimated cost for the gear, while the city of Sycamore will pay the remaining cost of about $6,761, according to the release.

The mobile training prop includes a 12-by-20-foot roofing platform mounted on a 23-foot trailer, forcible entry door props and an overhead door-cutting station, according to the release.

New equipment will include a breathing air compressor, fill station and cascade system to replace the current 20-year-old unit.

The compressor supplies all breathing air for the firefighters’ self-contained breathing apparatus on emergency response vehicles, according to the release.

The department also will buy replacements for an attack hose that’s more than 20 years old and a supply hose that’s more than 14 years old, both of which are carried on fire engines, according to the release.