Loudoun’s Combined Fire and Rescue System has won a $2 million federal grant to help upgrade and replace firefighters’ breathing apparatus.
The grant comes from the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighters Program.
“Our emergency service personnel in Loudoun County work hard day and night, ready to protect us during emergencies whenever they strike,” said Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA-10) in a statement announcing the grant. “I am pleased the Department of Homeland Security recognized their service and sacrifices to our community and awarded them this grant that will go to essential emergency rescue equipment.”
“These funds will provide critical financial assistance to keep our firefighters safer and healthier when entering these hazardous environments,” said Combined Fire and Rescue System Chief W. Keith Brower Jr. “It took a lot of work from many of our staff members to get through the application process and we are delighted to be awarded the funds for this essential equipment.”
Firefighters use Self-Contained Breathing Apparatuses, or SCBA equipment, in places where breathing is difficult, dangerous or impossible from fire or contaminants. The total cost of the systemwide upgrade is estimated at $5.2 million.