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Oradell Volunteer Fire Department Gets New Gear With $160,000 Grant

Former Oradell Fire Chief Stanley Kufel Photo Credit: Tony Ning
Oradell firefighters Photo Credit: COURTESY: Oradell Fire Dept.
The Oradell Volunteer Fire Department will be getting new self-contained breathing units. Photo Credit: Tony Ning

ORADELL, N.J. – The Oradell Volunteer Fire Department will soon bid farewell to the self-contained breathing apparatuses that firefighters have been using for 20 years.

Making it possible: a $160,000 2014 FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG).

The donation will help fund new self-containing breathing apparatuses (SBCA) that provide air to firefighters in structure fires and hazardous situations and protect them from respiratory exposures linked to cancer and other diseases.

“We are truly honored and especially grateful to receive this grant from FEMA,” said Lt. Joseph Gothelf, who helped secure the award with Lt. Jeff Kaplan.

“The new equipment will be critical to better serving our community and ensuring the safety of our members and for that, we are thankful to our federal government representatives and the Department of Homeland Security for granting us this award,” Gothelf said.

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