The Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded a $2 million grant to the Ventura County Fire Department for the purchase of new self-contained breathing equipment used in fighting fires, county fire said in a news release.
The Ventura County Board of Supervisors accepted the grant at its regular Tuesday meeting, county fire said. Through FEMA the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program will cover 90 percent of the cost of 388 self-contained breathing apparatus and six high-pressure breathing air compressors, county fire said. The fire department is responsible for covering the final 10 percent.
All of the new equipment will meet the current guidelines set by the National Fire Protection Association, the agency said.
Five of the compressor systems will replace the same 18-year-old equipment being used at five county fire stations, the agency said. The other unit will be housed at the department’s Regional Training Center at the Camarillo airport where neighboring agencies can refill air tanks, county fire said.
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