LANSING | The Lansing Fire Department will be able to purchase 31 breathing apparatus units for its 42 firefighters thanks to a $123,287 federal grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
The grant requires a 10 percent local match and should be received within the next three months, Lansing Fire Chief Dan Gregorovic said.
"We're grateful when we get a chance to bring tax dollars back to our residents," he said.
The Self Contained Breathing Appartus units are worn on firefighters' backs to help them breathe while fighting fires. Gregorovic said they will be state-of-the-art units to complement the ones the department already has.
Gregorovic said fire departments from all over the country apply for these grants to provide gear, equipment and training to firefighters.
It's the third federal grant the department has received since Gregorovic became chief eight years ago, he said.
The funding is provided through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. In this fiscal year, the program will award approximately $337.5 million nationwide. FEMA is part of the Department of Homeland Security.