District to Purchase New Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus
Earlier this month, the West Chicago Fire Protection District proudly announced receipt of an Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) award within the Fire Operations and Firefighter Safety Program, in the amount of $339,520 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
The District had applied for funding after completing a department and community risk assessment and prioritization of needs. Its inventory of Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) was nearing the end of its serviceable life. Replacement of SCBAs was identified as the highest priority, however due to its operating budget, the District couldn’t purchase sufficient equipment without grant assistance.
Through the financial support of FEMA and this grant program, the District will be able to purchase breathing apparatus and air tanks that will comply with the most current National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards and which are compliant with current National Institute of Occupational Health (NIOSH) approval. The new equipment is necessary to continue the Districts current all-hazards fire rescue mission, while protecting its firefighters’ health and safety.