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  • PPE or SCBA or Both?

    Most of our department's turnout gear is about 10 years old, and the tag inside most sets says it complies with the 1997 Version of NFPA 1971. A lot of it is pretty beat up. All of our SCBAs except for 1 or 2 are Scott 2.2, with no integrated PASS alarm.

    Would it be wise to request a grant for a "package" of new turnout gear and SCBAs, or go for one this year and the other next year? I figure we would need 40 sets of turnout gear and about 25 SCBAs. Looking at the info here, it appears we would need about $60,000-80,000 ($1,500-$2,000) for turnout gear and about $125,000 ($5,000 per SCBA). It appears most grants for equipment are under $100,000.

    Any thoughts on how to proceed would be appreciated.

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