The Mineola Fire Department will be receiving new equipment through Federal Homeland Security grant funds that allowed Nassau County to distribute critical equipment to various fire departments and Emergency Medical Services agencies.The Nassau County Office of Emergency Management, in partnership with various fire departments and EMS agencies, developed a list of equipment needed in the areas of hazmat response, weapons of mass destruction response, terrorism response, mass casualty response, training, exercise and interoperability.
The equipment distributed to Mineola included:
- Multi-gas meters that will help detect poisonous gas which is a tremendous aid to firefighters before entering a building.
- Radiation detectors which perform similar life-saving functions as the gas meters.
- Ambulance stretchers were provided to the Mineola Volunteer Ambulance Corps. which will provide additional transport capabilities during a mass casualty incident.
“These additional resources help to ensure that our firefighters and EMS personnel are properly equipped to do their dangerous jobs,” Nassau Executive Mangano said in a statement. “The dedication of our first responders to protecting our family, friends and neighbors is truly admirable and it is imperative that we in government provide them with the proper resources to protect themselves while saving lives.”