Firefighter gear approved

Outgoing Van City Council member Jackie Nations, front row, second from right, received special recognition from the City of Van as he ended a 30-year career on the council May 11.  

The purchase of 25 complete sets of protective gear for the Van Volunteer Fire Department was approved May 11 by the Van City Council.

The total cost of the purchase from Municipal Emergency Services Inc. is $67,174.50 and will be paid out over a five-year period, according to Van City Administrator Charles West. A down payment of $6,717 will be required and the amount financed will be $60,457.60.

“With all of the new fire safety regulations, bunker gear has to be replaced every five to 10 years,” said  West. “With the exception of two or three sets of gear which are mismanaged, everything that our fire department has currently is expiring next year. These prices for the new protective gear are in line and this takes care of everything they need from head to toe.”

Mayor Don Smith and Mayor Pro-Tem Amanda Davis questioned West as to whether the fire department can help the city in paying for the new protective gear.

“They do not have money budgeted specifically for this but they do have money in their bank account,” said West.

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