$160K Grant for
Fire Department Air Packs
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A $168,000 federal grant will help the Chillicothe Fire Department upgrade its self-contained breathing apparatus equipment as well as buy other equipment. Fire Chief Darrell Wright said that the city received a FEMA grant that will be used to purchase the SCBAs, bottles, masks with trackers and chargers. Chillicothe City Council members on Monday evening unanimously approved the lowest and best bid for the equipment from Municipal Emergency Services. The total bid amount is for $180,872 and will include the
city's $8,000 required grant match and additional funds for extra equipment and upgrades. The local funding will come from the fire
department's tax fund in the amount of $20,872. The fire
department's tax fund balance (generated through a quarter-cent sales tax that voters passed in 2003) is at $1,057,000. Wright said the grant money will fund purchases that the department would have needed to make anyway. The
department's 10-year projection of the tax fund had the fund balance at about $740,000. Although the balance is ahead of what was projected, Chief Wright stated that the department
doesn't necessarily have "extra" money and that it will continue to seek grants when possible.
The Chillicothe Fire Department was informed Friday that the department will receive a $160,000 Assistance to
Firefighters Grant. The grant is officially for Safety and Operations. The Department will replace 28 of the current air
packs currently in use. Under the terms of the grant, the packs that are still usable will be used by other fire
departments around the area. The total cost for the new Air Packs is $168,000, which means the city will have to provide $8,000 in matching
funds, which already had been budgeted. The city will pay for the new air packs and will be reimbursed by FEMA.