The Worthington Fire Department will soon update its gear.
Thanks to securing a matching grant from the Federal Emergency Management Association and five percent contribution from Worthington City Council, the department will be able to replace its aged turnout gear and self-contained breathing apparatuses (SCBA).
“A lot of this stuff is really hard to budget for,” Worthington Fire Chief Rick von Holdt told city council members during Monday night’s meeting.
City council members unanimously approved contributing $15,647 to the $332,953 allotment from the federal agency.
The $348,600 will fund 38 SCBA units, two extra face masks and 35 sets of turnout gear.
Von Holdt said the department’s current turnout gear is 13 years old, surpassing the 10-year recommended replacement.
Worthington Daily Globe
A public-safety town hall meeting announced to include Rochester’s new fire and police chiefs likely would have included empty chairs, even without a social-media objection from a Rochester City Council member.
Fire Chief Eric Kerska said he was never scheduled to attend the meeting organized by mayoral candidate Charlie O’Connell last week. While his planned participation was cited in a Post Bulletin article, he said he never confirmed participation.
On Monday, Police Chief Jim Franklin told the city council he turned down the invitation after receiving more details. “When I learned the event was possibly, or could be construed as, politicized, I made the decision to back out,” he said when asked about the event by Council Member Michael Wojcik.
Wojcik had objected to the announced participation of the two chiefs in a Facebook post on the day the event was announced, noting he had contacted city administration.