The Murfreesboro Fire and Rescue Department has been awarded $28,000 in grant funds from the Assistance to Firefighters grant program overseen by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
The department plans to use the funds toward the purchase of a 26-foot enclosed trailer to be used by the Fire Marshal’s Office for the purpose of fire investigations, according to Fire Department officials.
The unit will be climate controlled with capabilities of providing on-scene electricity, lighting, water and tool storage. It will also provide a place for investigators to secure evidence, conduct interviews, and research or analyze fire scene conditions.
"This trailer will allow the Fire Marshal’s Office to investigate a fire scene safely and efficiently without tying up other valuable resources," said Ashley McDonald, public information officer for the Fire Department. "The trailer will be available for other departments within the Urban Area Security Initiative’s District 5, including the Middle Tennessee counties of Cannon, Davidson, Rutherford, Sumner, Trousdale, Wilson, and Williamson."
The projected cost for the trailer is $35,000. The grant mandates an 80 to 20 federal rate sharing percentage, with the Fire Deparment providing the match of $7,000.
The Fire Department will also be responsible for purchasing tools and equipment to include computers, a printer, a portable generator, ventilation and cooling fans, and other items.
“I cannot express how happy we are to have received this grant,” said Cumbey Gaines, chief of the Fire Department. “The department will benefit greatly from having our resources for fire investigations in one central location.”
Planning and review of specs for the trailer and equipment has already begun, and department officials said they expect to have the trailer by early next year.