At fire departments, training happens all the time. It’s essential to the safety of both the firefighters and the people they protect, and according to Delhi Township Fire Chief Brian Ball, that training is about to get a lot easier, thanks a one million dollar state grant dispersed to six Lansing-area fire stations.
“Instead of Delhi having to build and staff two more fire stations, I can use the city of Lansing for assistance and trust that they’ve been trained at the same level as Delhi as Delta, as Lansing Township or Meridian or East Lansing,” he said.
Ball also said that the grant will allow for more up-to-date, specialized equipment.
“We’ll get ballistic helmets, ballistic vests, we’ll get more medical treatment equipment, cots, studio monitor reviews, CPR machines,” he said.
In addition to the new equipment, the grant also allows for Blue Card Training, which will enhance communication between he six fire stations in emergency situations.
Marie Wicks was the project administrator for the grant. She has been working on it nearly four years.
“If you have God forbid an act of violence, or another 9-11, or huge catastrophic fire or weather event, these are the people who are going to respond, and they need to be trained on what to do,” Wicks said.
Chief Ball said he was excited when the grant passed earlier this month.
“In the times that we live in, and knowing what’s going on in the world around us, hopefully it never does, but we’re going to be prepared in case it does.
The new equipment and training is expected to arrive in January.