Somerset Fire Department
We request financial assistance to purchase a Cascade System used to fill breathing air bottles for our firefighters. These bottles are part of their Self Contained Breathing Apparatus which they use when fighting fires or working in a hazardous environment where the normal breathing air is unsafe. The system we now have is 23 years old and is no longer operable. The cost of a new system is nearly $50,000. Our volunteers responded on an average of 370 alarms per year over the past three years. We serve a community of about 25 square miles in and around Somerset, PA with a population of about 10,000 persons. In addition, we also provide assistance to several neighboring communities when structure fires occur.
by: Jerry Lyons