Maine fire department ordered to ‘stand down’ over old gear

LIMINGTON, Maine (AP) — Officials have ordered a Maine town’s fire department to “stand down” because the group’s rescue gear is outdated and doesn’t meet national standards.

The Portland Press Herald <a target=”&mdash;blank” href=”https://www.pressherald.com/2018/03/18/limington-orders-fire-department-to-stand-down-because-of-outdated-gear/”>reports</a> the Limington Board of Selectmen released a statement Sunday explaining that the Limington fire department’s gear is more than 10 years old, and it doesn’t meet the National Fire Protection Association’s standard. The standard is required for safety concerns and applies to jackets, pants, helmets and boots.

Officials say they recently discovered the gear exceeded the “mandatory retirement age.”

Nearby fire departments will help Limington if a fire occurs. Town officials say the fire department will continue to respond to medical emergencies.

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Information from: Portland Press Herald, <a target=”&mdash;blank” href=”http://www.pressherald.com”>http://www.pressherald.com</a>

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