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Loebsack visits Des Moines Township Fire & Rescue

July 24, 2017 GMT

ARGYLE — It was like winning a shopping spree for the Des Moines Township Volunteer Fire and Rescue. Because of a $34,048 grant they recently received the department now has the ability to purchase protective clothing, known as bunker gear. A set of the gear costs $7,000 per firefighter.

Helping to celebrate Friday afternoon was U.S. Congressman Dave Loebsack (D-Iowa).

Following a tour of the fire department, Loebsack was shown what bunker gear was being used by the men currently.

“As you can see, it looks a little bit worse for wear,” said Des Moines Township Fire Chief Jason Newberry to the congressman.

“I had to push the funding on the federal level,” Loebsack said. “I also write letters for folks when they ask us to, but this wasn’t requested in this case.”

Loebsack said he had a chance to look at this equipment at the Des Moines Township department, as well as departments across his district and knows the need for updated and better machinery.

“A lot of their equipment is almost 10 years past its life expectancy and these firemen are still forced to use what they have to save our lives. I think that’s wrong,” Loebsack said. “I think it’s important to continue to fund these grants at a federal level so maybe we can get the firefighters using the proper equipment.”