LORAIN — A $48,000 grant awarded to the Lorain Fire Department in February will now be put to good use.

The grant, which is from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant program, was recently used to purchase new life-saving equipment, comprised of tools used to pry and cut open vehicles to rescue those trapped inside, Lorain fire Capt. Tom Baker said.

Firefighters will test out the equipment today at noon at American Auto Wrecking, 3618 Elyria Ave. A representative from Sen. Sherrod Brown’s office will be present during the training as Brown had been a major advocate for the department during the application process for the AFG grant.

“The men and women of the Lorain Fire Department put their lives on the line day in and day out, fighting fires and rescuing victims from the scene of car accidents and other crises,” he said. “Thanks to this Assistance to Firefighters Grant, the department was able to purchase this state-of-the-art extrication equipment that will help save lives and allow these local heroes to do their important job safely.”

After two hours of classroom training, firefighters will practice using the new extrication tools on several different vehicles, all donated by American Auto Wrecking.

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