West Feliciana firefighters get FEMA equipment grant

The West Feliciana Fire Protection District No. 1 received a federal grant of more than $120,000 to go toward new protective equipment for firefighters, the district announced Monday.

The Assistance to Firefighter grant for Operations and Safety from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will provide the district $121,567 to buy new boots, helmets, gloves, protective hoods, and bunker pants and coats to replace older gear, Chief James R. Wood said in a news release Monday.

A representative with U.S. Sen. David Vitter’s office notified Wood that they would be receiving the grant.

It costs roughly $2,000 to outfit a firefighter, and the gear has a service life of about 10 years, Wood said. The department will begin outfitting and purchasing the equipment next week, Wood said.