Wisc. dept. wins $245k grant

The grant will allow the department to buy new equipment including air tanks

By Jon Olson
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

WAUWATOSA, Wisc. — Pluck and a good grant writer earned the Wauwatosa Fire Department a $245,543 grant for new equipment from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for at least the second time in just over decade. The money will be used to purchase 49 self-contained breathing apparatus - air tanks worn by firefighters when they enter smoke-filled buildings - at a cost of about $5,500 each, Assistant Fire Chief Scott Erke said.

The new tanks will replace tanks purchased in 2001 using a similar grant. The old tanks are now reaching the end of their life expectancy and don't meet updated requirements. The department will hold onto a few of the old ones for training purposes and sell or return the rest to the manufacturer.

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