Liverpool Township will benefit from fire grants

LaCROFT – Through the efforts of Liverpool Township Fire Chief Mike Bahen, the township fire department has received several grants that will be used for equipment and training.

A $10,000 State Fire Marshal’s grant made it possible for Bahen to purchase four sets of turn-out gear with coats and pants, as well as nine sets of boots for his firefighters.

The grant provided 100 percent funding, with no matching share required of the fire department, Bahen said.

A $4,550 Ohio Department of Natural Resources Equipment Grant is earmarked for brush equipment, a Stokes basket that can be used to carry victims out of areas, rakes, beaters and other items.

Bahen said the department had to pay half of the $4,550 cost of the equipment.

A training grant from the State Fire Marshal’s office provided funding to train six firefighters, with the department required to pay a portion of the $600 cost.

Bahen writes the grant applications himself.

The department, which includes stations in LaCroft and Dixonville, also will receive two new mini pumpers in mid-summer, with each one costing $178,000.

Bahen said the cost will be paid with fire levy funds after the department just paid off the cost of two tankers.

The new Pierce mini pumpers will replace a 1976 lighting truck and a 1982 rescue truck and can be used for such things as car fires and rescue, according to Bahen.