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Firefighters to Upgrade Their Breathing Devices

By securing a $688,438 grant, the Marin County Fire Department is preparing to replace its 13 plus-year-old supply of self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBAs) with new devices.

Marin County Fire Chief Jason Weber received approval from the Board of Supervisors during the June 30 meeting, allowing the Department to accept the grant from the Department of Homeland Security 2014 Assistance to Firefighters program. The grant will cover more than half the estimated total cost of $1.18 million to replace all SCBAs, which look like protective facemasks attached to back-mounted air tanks.

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