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News covering policy and issues related to city and county governments in the Ozarks.

New Firefighting Equipment on the Way

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The Springfield Fire Department will be able to accept a FEMA grant for safety equipment.  Springfield City Council unanimously approved a bill Monday, agreeing to pay a ten percent match.  The city’s share will be $$63,948 with federal funds totaling $575,538.

The money will be used to pay for 90 SCBA’s (self-contained breathing apparatus), which are needed when firefighters must enter smoke-filled buildings or when responding to chemical spills.

The current equipment’s shelf life expires in 2015, according to assistant fire chief Dave Pennington.

 

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