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Lombard Firefighters recently trained on new Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA), which were purchased with a $349,069 Assistance to Firefighters Grant.
This grant is from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Homeland Security, the largest Federal Grant ever received by the Lombard Fire Department.
SCBAs provide firefighters with breathable air in toxic environments and are essential to safe and effective firefighting and rescue efforts.
The new SCBAs will utilize advanced technology, provide additional safety to Lombard Firefighters during fire response calls, and will replace the department’s outdated and heavily used 13-year-old SCBAs that are no longer compliant with most current standards.
The grant was made possible by a 10% grant match from the Village of Lombard.
“This FEMA grant provides our firefighters with the some of the safest SCBA technology available,” said Fire Chief Rick Sander. “They will improve the health and safety of our fire personnel which in turn directly benefits our community.”
“Our first responders deserve to have the best technology and gear available to them when they’re responding to an emergency in the community,” said Trustee Dan Whittington who is also Chairperson of the Village’s Public Safety and Transportation Committee. “The Village is grateful for this grant and for the great team effort among the Fire Department members that assisted in writing it.”
Please contact Communications Coordinator Avis Meade at (630)620-5718 with any questions.