Shawnee Fire Department spares taxpayers' dollars thanks to gran - KCTV5

Shawnee Fire Department spares taxpayers' dollars thanks to grant

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SHAWNEE, KS (KCTV) -

Local firefighters received a grant of just over $2 million that has now gone toward the purchase of new breathing apparatuses.

The grant administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency was spread between five different Johnson County fire departments. 

The Shawnee Fire Department was one of them. 

They were able to purchase a total of 60 new breathing machines.

The air tanks allow firefighters to get a breath of fresh air while going through a lethal environment.

According to Fire Marshal Corey Sands, the technology is a lot more advanced than what they had previously.

It will allow the commander to identify each firefighter, what truck they're associated with and how much air they have left. It also tracks the firefighters’ movements.

"It's going to revolutionize the way that we do our daily business," Sands said. "It gives the commander more information to make decisions on a fire scene. It protects our firefighters even more."

The Shawnee Fire Department allocated $400,000 in its budget for this equipment. The grant paid for 90% of the air packs they purchased. 

Therefore, they were able to save the Shawnee taxpayers $300,000 on the lifesaving equipment due to the grant.

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