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New equipment will help AFD firefighters

By Jay Polk - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - New equipment is being delivered to the Albany Fire Department this week, but it isn't a ladder truck or fire hoses. It's fitness equipment.  

Recently the department got a $294,000 grant to purchase the machines to improve the overall fitness of firefighters. Every year, more than 100 firefighters die in the line of duty, often from heart attacks.

Fitness for firefighters is essential since they carry more than 50 pounds of equipment with them whenever they respond to a call.    

"Now we're going into the phase of getting our equipment, going through and getting our employees physicals, and health updates and some counseling on different types of situations with their health," said Asst. Fire Chief Ron Rowe. 

More equipment is due to arrive in the next few weeks. The equipment will be distributed to the 11 stations that AFD maintains throughout the county.

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