Submitted by City of Madison Fire Rescue
The City of Madison Fire Rescue was awarded a Department of Homeland
Security (DHS) – Assistance to Firefighters Program (AFG) FY 2013 Grant Award for Operations and Safety, on Friday, July 11.
The City of Madison Fire Rescue applied for and was awarded an $89,500 grant from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) – Assistance to Firefighters Program (AFG) FY 2013 for the purchase of an exhaust removal system and replacement of the existing air compressor and fill station system for the fire station.
This grant requires a five percent ($4,475) match in funds from the city, with 95 percent ($85,025) provided by DHS. This award provides $39,500 for the Madison Fire Rescue to purchase and have installed a new air compressor and fill station system, which will meet all current safety standards as well as providing for additional breathing air capacity for filling Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) bottles. The existing air compressor and fill station was bought in 1983 and is no longer able to be updated or repaired in most cases. This compressor and fill station is also not compliant with modern standards.
The award also provides $50,000 for the department to purchase and install an Exhaust Removal System for either the fire apparatus or station. The combination of both of these projects will help to provide a safer and healthier environment for the firefighters who work in Madison. Diesel exhaust is a known cancer-causing agent and taking this step to help protect our firefighters from this hazard is a step in the right direction for the city and fire department.
The City of Madison Fire Rescue thanks the Department of Homeland Security/AFG Program for this award and the City of Madison for their support of this project.