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Saco FD to get new cold water rescue suits

The Saco Fire Department will be getting two new cold water/ice rescue suits in part with the help of a $1,131 Safety Enhancement Grant from the Maine Municipal Association (MMA).

The Mustang brand Ice Commander suits, which are worn by firefighters when rescuing people in cold water situations, will replace two older, well worn and leaking suits, according to Deputy Chief David Pendleton.

The total cost of the suits is $1,696.

The MMA Safety Enhancement Grant and Scholarship Grant programs offer financial incentives to members of the Maine Municipal Association Workers' Compensation Fund. These grants are used to purchase safety equipment or services that assist in reducing the frequency and severity of workplace injuries. Improving workplace safety for municipal employees saves taxpayers money by reducing lost hours at work, cost of insurance claims and overtime expenses for employees who might have to fill in for injured co-workers.