The Liberty Township Fire Department will soon be getting new turnout gear.
Trustees authorized spending $20,845 to purchase 11 sets of coats and pants made to national firefighting standards.
The purchase is part of the department’s efforts to replace a certain amount of sets per year. National standards give the gear a 10-year maximum life.
The department is required to retire seven coats and eight pair of bunker pants due to the standard, according to assistant Chief Dan Bailey, who recently completed an annual inspection and repair.
The cost is $136 per set less than the state bid for the equipment. That’s because the township is in a buying group that includes West Chester, Fairfield, Liberty and Deerfield townships, Bailey said.