GRANDVIEW - Thanks to a grant from Homeland Security, the Grandview Fire Department will update its hoses and fire hydrants.
The $84,305 grant will enable the department to purchase up to 3,000 feet of large-diameter fire hoses.
Pat Mason is Grandview's fire chief, and he says the new hoses will allow firefighters to connect more quickly to fire hydrants. Currently, he said, city crews have to manually turn hoses onto the hydrants until they are snug, "like a nut on a bolt."
The new hoses feature a quarter-turn quick connect that will shave precious seconds off the time it takes to get water from hydrants to fire rigs.
Mason said Grandview is one of the last fire departments in the Lower Valley still using the screw-on hoses.
The grant funds will also pay for outfitting all 300 of the city's fire hydrants with the quick connect technology.
Mason said the grant was awarded three weeks ago and the hope is to have the new hoses and hydrant connections in place by the end of this year. He said some outfitting will need to be done on the department's trucks as well.
The grant requires just a 5 percent match from the city of Grandview, $4,200.
"This will make things faster and smoother," Mason said of the quick-connect. "This will cut out the need for a lot of adapters."