COUNTY TO PURCHASE 1,000 AIR PURIFYING RESPORATORS FOR FIRE DEPARMENTS
(Woodbury, NJ) - The Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders are scheduled to authorize the purchase of Air Purifying Respirators (APR's) for several fire departments and advanced life support units within the county who have critical infrastructure sites in their towns. Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney and Freeholder Helene Reed announced that the measure to award this $250,000.00 contract at their July 6 Freeholder meeting is funded through the county's 2004 Homeland Security appropriation.
"We have already been able to outfit our police departments in the county and now we will able to provide these APR's to our fire departments," said Freeholder Director Sweeney. "By the county purchasing this equipment on behalf of the municipalities we are able to get the best price and save the towns money so that more equipment can be purchased. This is important equipment for our fire departments and advanced life support units," said Sweeney.
Freeholder Director Sweeney said that fire departments who would respond to critical infrastructure sites are deemed by the federal and state government as locations where a large amount of loss of life, threat to the environment or severe economic impact could occur during an incident.
Freeholder Helene Reed, liaison to the County's Department of Emergency Response, said that the APR's are an important element to strengthening the countys responders' capabilities. In addition to the APR's, Reed said that each member of a fire department receiving the apparatus must be 'fit test'. "The County has purchased the 'fit test' equipment and we share it with the municipalities for them to utilize. This is another way we help them cut down on the costs that are associated with this equipment," said Freeholder Reed.
Reed said that after the equipment is fit tested, which will take until the end of the summer, it will be ordered and distributed to fire departments and advanced life support units by the County's Department of Emergency Response later in the year.