Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that Lincoln Fire and Rescue (LFR) has been awarded a federal grant of more than $1.3 million to replace all the department's Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA). The equipment makes it possible for firefighters to work in environments that are immediately dangerous to life and health, such as fires with high heat and smoke, hazardous materials incidents with noxious chemicals and confined spaces with low oxygen levels.
The Federal Assistance to Firefighters Grant will allow LFR to purchase SCBA that meet the new National Fire Protection Association standards for thermal protection, air management and firefighter communication. Fire Chief John Huff said LFR would not have been able to remain compliant with the higher standards without the grant.
"The purchase of new Self Contained Breathing Apparatus equipment will help to reduce the loss of life and property and injuries among civilians and firefighters," Beutler said.
The grant will provide $1,339,110 of the total cost of $1,487,900. The useful life of SCBAs is 10 to 15 years, depending on the advancement of technology. Huff said currently available SCBA will be evaluated to determine which equipment to purchase. The grant requires completion of the project within the next 12 months.
More information on LFR is available at fire.lincoln.ne.gov.