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Meeting Date: 09/15/2020  
Co-Submitter: Stacey Brechler-Knaggs From: Jerry Bills, Deputy Fire Chief

Consideration and Approval of Grant Agreement:  Assistance to Firefighters 2019 Grant program for Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA)
Approve the Grant Agreement with the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program for grant funds in the amount of $469,090.91 with a city match of $46,909.09
Executive Summary:
The Fire Departments current Self Contained Breathing Apparatus are 14 years old and in need of replacement. We are constantly paying for repairs and breakdowns of this equipment and their life expectancy has been surpassed. An Assistance to Firefighter Grant program application was submitted and an award was received for the replacement of these SCBA's.
Financial Impact:
The grant award is in the amount of $469,090.91 with a city match in the amount of $46,909.09 for a total project cost of $516,000 to purchase Self Contained Breathing Apparatus. This grant is budgeted in the General Fund, Fire Grant Section for $735,000 (account number 001-03-052-6152-2-4354).
Policy Impact:
No Policy impacts
Connection to PBB Key Community Priorities/Objectives & Regional Plan:
Provide public safety with the resources, staff, and training to respond to community needs

Deliver outstanding services to residents through a healthy, well maintained infrastructure system

Utilize existing long-range plan(s) that identify the community's future infrastructure needs and all associated costs
Has There Been Previous Council Decision on This:
Options and Alternatives:
Accept the Grant
Decline the Grant
The Fire Department uses Self Contained Breathing Apparatus SCBA's as a part of the personal protective equipment (PPE) for Firefighting and Haz-mat incidents to enter areas where the atmosphere is threatening to life and health to those being exposed. There are many reasons for this to happen, but the most common is a structure fire. These devices protect fire personnel by providing breathing air while in these areas. The current equipment was purchased in 2006 and are near their end of life cycle. By approving the Grant Agreement, the new SCBA's can be purchased and placed in service in a relatively short amount of time. The Grant program provides funds for items that protect the health and safety of firefighters and this project is exactly what they require.
Expanded Financial Considerations:
The entire project is $516,000 and provides 68 SCBA's and 10 Rapid entry packs used to rescue firefighters who have gotten in trouble. The City portion is $46,909.09 and Federal portion is $469,090.91.  
Community Benefits and Considerations:
The benefit to the community is their firefighters have the best and latest protective equipment to provide service to them while protecting the firefighters health a safety.

Brings our firefighters up to the Greater Flagstaff Regional Standards for SCBA's and PPE.
Community Involvement:


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