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.
Wisc. dept. wins $245k grant