Wednesday, February 13, 2013

AFG grant awarded to TFD to purchase new SCBAs

FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security announced on Friday, February 08, that the Tacoma Fire Department has been awarded an Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) for $742,498 to purchase up to 163 sets of self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBAs).  
Firefighters wear SCBAs along with their protective clothing not only when fighting structure fires, but also anytime respiratory protection is needed in order to work safely and effectively in a hazardous environment.  Each set will include a high-pressure 45-minute air bottle, breathing regulator, frame, harness, full face piece, and a spare bottle.  The new SCBAs will replace equipment that is 15 years old, and reduce ongoing maintenance and repair costs.  The new equipment is expected to have a 10-year service life.  The City’s match to the federal grant will be $185,624, which was included in the Fire Department’s 2013-14 budget.  The Fire Department submitted the grant application to the competitive AFG program last July.