$121K awarded to Copper Fire Dept. | SummitDaily.com

$121K awarded to Copper Fire Dept.

Summit Daily/Reid WilliamsCopper Mountain firefighter Tim Kruse, left, keeps an eye on Paul Camillo and Mike Mulloy as he raises them up in the bucket Friday during a short training session.

COPPER MOUNTAIN – The Copper Mountain Fire Department’s financial woes may be waning because it was chosen for a U.S. government grant.The fire department was selected to receive a $121,028 grant through the Assistant Firefighters Grant Program (AFGP) administered by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Lt. Michael Craig, who developed and wrote the grant in April, said the money will be used to train four members of fire personnel up to the paramedic level.”We want to train the paramedics to be able to more closely cooperate with Summit County ambulance services,” Craig said. “When we need advance life support, sometimes it can be slightly delayed because of our remote location. It will be nice to have (people at Copper) to provide that level of care.”

Craig said down the road the fire department hopes to be able to cooperate with ambulance services further by housing an ambulance at an expanded fire station at Copper.”I am very proud of Lt. Craig and pleased that DHS recognized the needs of Copper Mountain Fire Department,” said Chief Scott Randolph.

He was appreciative of Congressman Mark Udall and Rep. Gary Lindstrom for their support and efforts to help Copper Mountain Fire Department secure this funding.The 35th round of grants provides $38,739,203 to help local fire departments purchase firefighting equipment, fund firefighter health and safety programs, enhance emergency medical services programs and conduct fire education and prevention programs.

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