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Catoosa County purchasing new uniforms, equipment for fire department

new uniforms and equipment for catoosa fire department

Catoosa County recently invested in the future if its fire department by approving the purchase of new uniforms, as well as equipment to help in a variety of rescue scenarios.

Fire Chief Randy Camp addressed the county commissioners Tuesday night, March 21, and proposed purchasing uniforms for department employees rather than renting them, as has been the practice for the past few years.

"We went out to bid in January with two responders, and CINTAS was the low bidder at $34,627," said Camp, who became fire chief in December. "That's for 242 pants and 164 shirts, all made of the Nomex material firefighters are required to wear. It doesn't burn and it doesn't melt."

Camp said that the money for the uniforms had already been allocated in the 2017 operating budget of the department and that the purchase would save the county money in the long run.

"We've been renting for eight, nine years, and over the last five years we've spent $115,000 renting uniforms," Camp said. "Last year we spent $27,000 renting, so I think it's in the best interest of the county to purchase the uniforms because they typically last three to five years depending on the user. I think overall, this will save us a lot of money over the course of several years."

Commissioner Jim Cutler was in favor of the purchase, as was the entire board.

"We're purchasing the uniforms for essentially $8,000 versus what we paid last year to rent them, so in essence, we're saving about $15,000 to $20,000 per year," Cutler said.

Camp also requested the funds to purchase Airshore rescue equipment to help in fire, wreck, and severe weather situations. Airshore is a collection of rescue equipment that includes, among other items, hydraulic lifts.

Read More (Northwest Georgia News)

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