The Marysville Fire District and Granite Falls Fire Department have been awarded a $600,000 regional federal grant for updated tools.
In order to receive this grant each agency had to demonstrate a clear need for the funding and how the award would reduce deaths, injuries, and property damage in their respective communities.
According to a press release by the Marysville Fire Department on September 30, The Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) will be used to purchase 83 new self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), 76 SCBA masks and 10 rapid intervention team (RIT) packs. Firefighters would use these packs to quickly receive breathable air incase of distress.
“These tools are vital in protecting our firefighters so they can respond when our community needs them most,” said Fire Chief Martin McFalls. “We are extremely grateful for this award. It helps alleviate the burden on our taxpayers to fund these necessary, but costly items.”
Although SCBAs can top $9,000 a piece, they provide clean air in dangerous situations like fires when breathing the smoky air can be deadly. Such units need to be replaced every 15 years at a minimum.
The release explained how the AFG program is designed to help firefighters and other first responders obtain critically needed resources necessary for protecting the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards.
Marysville Fire has been awarded several other AFG grants over the last decade. In addition, a dedicated fund will be set up to cover subsequent SCBA replacements.