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January 6, 2004

Hahira - It's out with the old and in with the new for Hahira firefighters. "We are on the fast track to bring Hahira up to speed and providing better safety of life and property," said Dwight Bennett, Fire Chief.

A $60,000 grant from FEMA will provide new and improved equipment to make these firefighters jobs safer and more convenient. "We're getting new protective clothing, and new breathing equipment that's much lighter and user friendly," said Bennett.

The grant money will also buy a thermal image camera for the department. It's a heat detection device that helps firefighters find a victim in a fire. "You can go into a room that's pitch black and not see anything with the naked eye, but you can go in with the camera and immediately spot body heat," said Bennett.

And firefighters aren't the only ones benefiting from the new equipment. "We'll be able to bring our ISO rate down for the city and lower the homeowner's insurance premiums considerably," said Myron Crowe, Mayor.

The department hopes to have most of the new equipment in by next month.

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