Firefighters are required to wear certified protective clothing and a breathing apparatus before entering any structure that is on fire — but the Madera City Fire Department doesn’t have enough suits to meet national standards.
Maderans who attended the first Madera Citizens Academy, a course that extends over several weeks to teach locals about city government, became concerned after learning that Madera firefighters lacked necessary equipment.
“We were able to find out the inner workings of our city government and the fire chief mentioned that they had this problem,” said Marilyn Markham, one of the attendees organizing the fundraiser. “We’ve made it our project to raise funds and alleviate this need.”
The protective clothing, which is also worn when responding to hazardous material spills, is collectively known as turnouts...