HOUSTON- Mayor Sylvester Turner and Houston City Council Members approved $383 thousand to purchase emergency water rescue equipment for the Houston Fire Department.
"The administration is committed to acquiring the equipment needed by the Houston Fire Department, especially for emergency response. The assets will make firefighters’ jobs easier and provide lifesaving resources for the public,” Mayor Sylvester Turner said.
This award consists of equipment (dry suits, rescuer vests, boots, throw bags, safety glasses and other types of emergency water rescue equipment) to be used by the department's water strike and technical rescue teams to respond to flood events that occur citywide.
"I appreciate Mayor Turner and City Council’s support in funding this latest round of equipment for HFD," said HFD Fire Chief Sam Peña. "This budgetary approval, along with previous general fund allocations, represents the most significant investment in flood response assets in years. It will allow us to provide critical training, allow us to replace outdated equipment, acquire additional resources and better prepare for the anticipated risk in our community. In short, our city and our members will be safer."