New Canaan Fire Dept. Gets Grant for New Gear, Hydrant Flow Test System

The Fireman's Fund insurance Company has provided the New Canaan Fire Department with a grant to purchase a new fire hydrant flow test kit and "turnout gear as an early gift which will make everyone a little safer this holiday season.

The $5,500 grant was awarded thanks to support from local insurance agent Michael Saunders recommended the department, it was announced Wednesday.

“It’s critical that our firefighters have the tools and clothing necessary to provide the best service possible to the community,” said Fire Chief Jack Hennessey. “We are extremely thankful for this grant.  This truly enables us to provide an increased level of service to the community.”

Turnout gear is highly important equipment firefighters wear when responding to an emergency, including things like fire-resistant clothing. The New Canaan Fire Department will specifically use the funds to replace coats, pants, hoods, boots and gloves. 

And being able to check the volume and pressure of the water distribution system in town is critical to keeping all residents safer. Firefighters will now be able to conduct thorough testing on the municipal hydrant system with the upgrade. 

The grant is part of a nationwide philanthropic program funded by Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company. Through the program, grants are awarded to fire service organizations for life-saving equipment, firefighter training and community education programs. Since 2004, Fireman’s Fund has awarded grants to more than 1,900 different organizations totaling more than $30 million – including more than $280,000 in Connecticut.


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