Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority Firefighters Awarded Grant from Fireman’s Fund Insurance for Turnout Fire Gear

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Funds will enhance the safety of the Lehigh Valley International Airport Firefighters.

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"The grant will allow the airport fire department to upgrade equipment that better enables the firefighters to respond to emergency situations."

The Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority Fire Department received $10,920 from the Fireman’s Fund Insurance Heritage Grant program. This money was used to purchase turnout gear for the department. The process for applying for this particular grant began approximately three years ago.

Turnout gear is the protective clothing including helmets, pants, jackets, hoods, gloves, and boots worn by firefighters to keep them safe in extreme heat. A complete set costs approximately $2,200 and can be worn eight to nine years, according to Charles Everett, Executive Director of the Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority.

“The new fire gear will enhance the safety of our firefighters and is fully compliant with National Fire Protection Association standards,” said Everett.

"The grant will allow the airport fire department to upgrade equipment that better enables the firefighters to respond to emergency situations. We are grateful for the support from the Fireman’s Fund,” said Tony Iannelli, Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority.

Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority owns and operates Lehigh Valley International Airport (ABE), Queen City Airport (XLL) and Braden Airpark (N43).

Lehigh Valley International Airport is conveniently located near Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton, Pennsylvania and is served by Allegiant Air, Delta, Frontier, United, and US Airways with 10 nonstop destinations with connections to the world. LVIA serves a twelve county area with a population base of 3.6 million people. The Airport is easily accessible from communities in eastern Pennsylvania and northern New Jersey areas. For more information on LVIA, visit http://www.flylvia.com.

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