FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Suzanne Post, Fire Safety Coordinator
Captain John Nevandro
Fire Department Receives Grant Funding for Firefighter Breathing Apparatus
On October 9, 2008, the Santa Monica Fire Department received a delivery of $332,000 worth of new self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) purchased as part of a no-match Homeland Security grant.
The no-match funds are part of the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Self Contained Breathing Apparatus Project (CBRN SCBA Project) which aims to standardize regional capabilities to promote the highest level of interoperability and respiratory protection for firefighter’s health and safety. Taking advantage of the CBRN SCBA Grant Fund has been a top priority for several Los Angeles area fire chiefs for the past three years.
The equipment is used by firefighters to carry breathable air on their backs into fire or hazardous materials situations. The standardized equipment enhances collaboration between Southern California fire departments during multiagency emergencies while greatly improving the safety of all firefighters.
The new equipment will be inventoried, tested, and put into service in approximately one month. The inventory has a service life of 12-15 years.
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Photo: Captain John Nevandro and Engineer Jeff Venezio of the Santa Monica Fire Department.