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Fairfield Half Marathon Donates Equipment To Westport Fire Department

Lt. Jeff Gootman; Steve Lobdell, of the Fairfield Half Marathon; and Deputy Chief Robert Kepchar
Lt. Jeff Gootman; Steve Lobdell, of the Fairfield Half Marathon; and Deputy Chief Robert Kepchar Photo Credit: contributed

WESTPORT, Conn. -- The Westport Fire Department recently thanked the organizers of the Fairfield Half Marathon for their generous donation towards the purchase of new firefighting equipment.

The Westport Fire Department has recently started the phase-in project of 1 3/4 inch fire attack hose and new nozzles for all fire apparatus. This larger hose replaces the older 1 1/2 inch hose and nozzles currently in service.

Lt. Jeff Gootman is in charge of the project. "The new equipment will improve our water flow from attack lines and enhance firefighting ability," he noted. "Firefighters have been conducting training in the use of the new equipment. With larger homes being built over the last ten years, increased water flow is required on the initial attack lines for firefighting and these new hoselines will enable us to provide that increased volume of water now and into the future."

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