First responders will receive new equipment


Lawrence Township’s emergency first responders will be getting some new gear, ranging from portable radios to automated external defibrillators.

Members of the Township Council approved the purchase of the equipment, most of which will be purchased under a state contract that can be used by municipalities.

Council members gave the go-ahead to buy two sets of firefighter turnout gear, including jackets and pants, as well as three thermal imaging cameras and eight portable radios.

All of the equipment is being purchased under a state contract awarded to vendors by the state Department of Treasury’s Division of Purchase and Property, following a public bidding process.

The two sets of firefighter turnout gear will cost $7,371, and the three thermal imaging cameras will cost $19,920. The thermal imaging cameras are used by firefighters to find hidden pockets of fire in a building.

The firefighter turnout gear and the thermal imaging cameras will be purchased from Continental Fire and Safety, Hamilton Township.

The portable radios, which will be used by Lawrence Township Emergency Management Services, will cost $26,678. They will be purchased from Motorola Solutions Inc./Mid-State Mobile Radio, Trenton.

Finally, council members approved the purchase of five automated external defibrillators for use by Lawrence Township Emergency Medical Services. An AED is used to shock a victim’s heart back into rhythm. The AED units will be purchased from Physio-Control Inc., Redmond, Wash., at a cost of $18,498. The company was the lowest responsible bidder for the equipment.