The largest grant award has been for self-contained breathing apparatus, which firefighters use to breathe fresh air while working in smoky conditions at fires. Hamilton was also awarded a 2017 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG), which was used to replace the equipment at the end of its life. The grant covers $486,980 out of $535,678 of the cost, leaving Hamilton to pay only $48,698, according to the city.
Hamilton was also awarded a grant through Ohio Bureau of Worker’s Compensation (BWC) to add washing machines for fire gear to two stations. The machines are highly specialized, as the gear must be cleaned in a way that does not damage the expensive garments, according to the department. BWC provided $11,133 for the project, and Hamilton matched $2,226.