CCDA provides new protective gear

Submitted photoCamanche firefighters try on new gear purchased with assistance from the Clinton County Development Association.

CAMANCHE — The Camanche Fire Department recently purchased new personal protective equipment for all firefighters and EMS personnel.

This includes coats, pants, helmets, boots, gloves and hoods. The previous equipment was 10 years old and in need of replacement to meet current NFPA standards. Camanche Fire Chief Dave Schutte is grateful for the assistance provided by the Clinton County Development Association.

"This equipment will be a tremendous asset to our personnel and help keep them safe during emergencies and training," he said. The total project cost $70,011.21, with the CCDA providing 75 percent of the funding.

“Without the generous support of organizations like the CCDA, we would not be able to purchase this equipment due to numerous other equipment needs not currently being met," Schutte said. "With our budget alone, we simply cannot afford everything that is needed to provide the wide range of service we provide to this community. Our volunteers dedicate thousands of hours every year and should be afforded modern equipment to keep them protected while providing these services. These contributions have been instrumental in providing some of these necessary tools and equipment. We would like to thank the CCDA for their generosity and support of our organization. It is truly appreciated.”