Grant to Replace Decade Old Equipment

A grant will help the Dothan Fire Department replace aging equipment.

It will cost about a half million dollars to replace the department's air packs.

Tuesday, the Dothan City Commission approved a $398,040 Assistance to Firefighters grant. It's administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The city will spend just under $100,000 to complete the project.

It will replace sixty air packs, face masks, and computer software.

The equipment being used now is more than a decade old.

The manufacturer is no longer going to be making replacement parts.

The department can't phase in the new equipment.

"Every air pack on every fire truck has to be the same because if we have a downed member in a fire we can interchange those packs and get them out safely. So it's an expensive operation, and fortunately we were able to participate in a competitive grant process on the federal level and was awarded this grant to complete this project over the next twelve months," said Dothan Fire Battalion Chief Chris Etheredge.

Officials expect to have the new equipment in place by spring.

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