Greenville City Council OKs bid for new turnout gear

By Curtis Wildfong • Last Updated 10:38 am on Thursday, February 20, 2014

GREENVILLE — The Greenville Department of Public Safety in December was awarded a grant by the Greenville Community Foundation for the purchasing of new turnout gear for the fire department and order has now been placed.

On Tuesday, the Greenville City Council awarded a bid in the amount of $45,840 for the purchasing of 16 new sets of turnout gear, which consist of gloves, coats and pants. The lowest bid was submitted by 5 Alarm of Delafield, Wis.

The new gear was needed, according to Public Safety Director Mark Reiss, because the gear currently in use had aged so much the thermal protection layer had degraded. And because the department has hired on several new firefighters as others have left, the timing for new equipment was right because the gear is fitted for each individual.

Reiss put out a bid for the 16 sets to manufacturers of a certain brand of gear, Janesville gear, because he said it was quality equipment.

“That was our turnout gear of choice after we evaluated several different types,” Reiss said.

Last December, the Greenville Foundation awarded the department with a grant in the exact amount of Tuesday’s accepted bid.

“We appreciate the effort of the foundation in supporting the community,” Mayor John Hoppough said.

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