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Sweetwater Firefighters Light Up the Grill For New Gear

Member of the Sweetwater Professional Firefighters Association are selling food, shirts and even a rifle to raise money for new uniforms to combat wildfires.
They fight fires and now they're firing up the grill. 

Member of the Sweetwater Professional Firefighters Association are selling food, shirts and even a rifle to raise money for new uniforms to combat wildfires.

"We had the fires last year and it just seemed like the right time to provide the guys within the department lighter gear," said Robert Ascencio, vice president of the association. 
 
The Sweetwater Fire Department is fully funded by the city, but recent budget cuts prevented the department from supplying extra gear. 

That's why the 19 members in the association began fundraising.

They plan to purchase 24 sets which will cost about $17,000 and they saw the Sweetwater Rattlesnake Roundup as the perfect opportunity to get the extra cash.

"There's a lot of people, big crowds and that's basically what we're trying to focus on: helping the community and then helping the guys at the station out as well," said Ascencio. 

The bunker gear is replaced by the city roughly every three years, but it's not designed specifically for wild land fires.

That's why the association is working hard to raise money to purchase new uniforms that can withstand even the hottest of temperatures.

"Even the most fit firefighter just can't sustain working out there that long in that heat in that type of gear because it's just too heavy," said Ascencio. 

The bunker gear is ideal for fighting house fires, but is not the most adequate or lightest for fighting grass fires.

Members say last year's fire season was one of the worst and they want to be ready and able for future wildfire seasons. 

"A better reason to go out and fight wildfires in lighter gear, we can do it longer and stay out there and do our job," said Ascencio. 

They've already raised about half of what they need, but say they'll continue grilling for the sake of having the best gear they need to fight any type of blaze.
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