The Alton Fire Department has been awarded a $108,182 Assistance to Firefighters Grant from the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency for the purchase of 16 self-contained breathing apparatus and 2 rapid intervention packs.
The total cost of the project is $119,000, with the city responsible for the remaining $10,818. The new air packs will replace outdated units purchased in 2001 that no longer meet National Fire Protection Association standards.
“SCBA are a vital piece of a firefighter’s personal protective equipment ensemble,” Fire Chief Bernie Sebold said. “I am thankful that DHS viewed our grant application worthy of award; without this funding, the AFD would not have been able to replace this many SCBA at one time.”
The new equipment will be in service by January.