- Associated Press - Saturday, March 26, 2016

KODIAK, Alaska (AP) - Public safety officers in Kodiak are now better able to fight fires thanks to new equipment.

The Kodiak Daily Mirror reports (https://bit.ly/1ZDRCDP ) that village public safety officers in the Kodiak archipelago recently received 14 Fire Suppression Tools, which are portable units that can be thrown into burning structures to help extinguish fires and reduce temperature.

Kodiak Area Native Association VPSO head T.C. Kamai says officers in Larsen Bay, Akhiok, Ouzinkie and a traveling officer based in Kodiak have been issued to tools.

Volunteer fire departments will still respond to fires but the tools Kamai says public safety officers will now be able to fight fires while waiting for the departments’ aid.

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Information from: Kodiak (Alaska) Daily Mirror, https://www.kodiakdailymirror.com

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