Homeland security grants fire department funds for clean breathing machine
Grant allowed for the replacement of the unit in the amount of $59,000
–In late 2015, Paso Robles emergency services submitted an Assistance to Firefighters Grant application seeking funds for the replacement of the high pressure compressor breathing air purification system. The cylinder recharging station is used for refilling high pressure cylinders used on the self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA). The self-contained breathing apparatus (high pressure cylinders) allows firefighters to conduct operations within hazard areas by providing fresh air to the firefighters while they conduct fire attack and search and rescue.
The intent was to replace the 22-year-old unit which was originally designed to refill much lower pressures bottles than those in use today.
Assistance to firefighters grants are awarded each year to selected fire departments, state fire training academies and emergency medical service organizations across the country.
In mid-June 2016, Paso Robles emergency services received a grant notification award from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. The grant allowed for the replacement of the unit in the amount of $59,000. This represented significant cost avoidance for the general fund of an expensive and previously financially unplanned item.