BOONVILLE, IN (WFIE) - Boonville fire officials will have an easier time with water and ice rescues this winter.
The department recently got a grant from the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, so their old equipment has been in use since 2005 and needed to be replaced.
The $4,000 grant from the Department of Homeland Security allowed the fire department to purchase all new rescue suits, ropes, and various equipment that could be used in a water or ice rescue.
The new equipment is much lighter and allows rescuers to get ready faster. Fire Chief Steven Byers said the quicker response time could save a life.
"It's critical that we get on scene, and quickly get rescuers in the water or out on the ice to get the victim out because, after 8 to 10 minutes of being in that cold water or through the ice, the victim will start losing function of their muscles. So it is important for us to quickly get out there and remove them from that situation."
Chief Byers said that once their staff has been properly trained with the new gear, the old equipment will be removed with the new gear in service.