The Alton Fire Department will be able to buy some new life-saving pieces of equipment, as it has been awarded a federal grant.  The city's fire chief applied for a FEMA / DHS Assistance to Firefighters grant earlier this year.  It will help pay for 16 self contained breathing apparatus devices and two rapid intervention packs.

The existing devices are about 15 years old, and are routinely checked and maintained, according to Fire Chief Bernie Sebold.  He tells The Big Z the next step is to contact the two main manufacturers of the equipment.

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The grant required a 10% match, so the cost to Alton is $10,818, which would be paid for out of the 2016-2017 Fire Department budget.  The Department of Homeland Security will pay the balance of $108,000. Sebold says the focus is to have the units ready to be put into service by the first of the year.

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