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New Firefighting Equipment on the Way

Andrew Magill

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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