Apr 7, 2011 9:08 AM by Nichole Larkey & AP
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The Lafayette Fire Department has been awarded more than $400,000 by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to purchase new self-contained breathing apparatuses for firefighters.
According to a city-parish news release, the SCBAs will allow initial firefighting crews to perform primary search and rescue and interior attack operations rapidly and efficiently.
The news release says the current SCBA units are obsolete because of improved standards in firefighting equipment.
Lafayette Consolidated Government is required to fund a 20 percent match of the grant, totaling $101,308, which is common with many federal grants.
An ordinance to appropriate those funds was introduced before the City-Parish Council on Tuesday.