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Swanton firefighters suit up with new, lighter gear

SWANTON, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Firefightersin Swanton now have a leg up when it comes to battling blazes.

TheSwanton Fire Department has brand new gear. The equipment is lighter, whichhelps firefighters move more efficiently. Firefighters say it is also moredurable, and has a moisture management system, which helps keep them cool.

Overall,the new gear will prevent fatigue and allow the crew to move faster and moresafely. Firefighters say they've already noticed a difference.

"Theboots are a lot more comfortable, the gear moves with the body," said AssistantFire Chief Sean Griewahn. "It's almost like you're wearing regular clothes."

Fundingfor the new gear came from a federal FEMA grant worth more than $80,000.

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