Santa Monica Getting More than Million Dollars Worth of Fire Equipment

Santa Monica firefighters are getting more than $1.5 million in new equipment and gear.

City firefighters responded to more than 16,000 calls last year, including a major apartment fire just last month.

Firefighters opened up their stations and took in those displaced tenants until American Red Cross officials stepped in to provide temporary housing vouchers, said Santa Monica Fire Department Deputy Fire Chief Tom Clemo.

A staff report recommended the City do business with two fire equipment vendors, L.N. Curtis and Allstar Fire Equipment, after staff reviewed offers from more than 40 other sellers.

L.N. Curtis was given a purchase order for $1.2 million for various firefighting tools and Allstar received an order for $307,000 in gear, as part of the consent calendar City Council members were scheduled to approve at Tuesday’s meeting.

Both companies over the next three years will supply the SMFD with a range of tools, from fire hoses to jaws of life extractor tools to “hand tools, chainsaws, rescue harnesses, ropes and webbing, search cameras, hazardous materials field testing kits, and the like,” said staff.

A federal Urban Area Security Initiative grant is fully funding the purchase order with L.N. Curtis. In addition, the city has $740,000 available in this year’s fiscal budget from which to draw on for the $1.5 million in purchases, staff said.

Started with some axes, ladders and about 1,000 feet of hose in 1889 by a volunteer group who called themselves the Santa Monica Hose and Ladder Co., the SMFD today is equipped with more than 1,300 feet of hose and turbo-charged diesel engines on each fire truck capable of delivering more than 2,000 thousand gallons of water a minute.

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