Fire department lands state, federal grants

DOWNEY - The Downey Fire Department has been awarded more than $196,000 in federal grants to install diesel exhaust removal systems at all four fire stations.The Assistance to Firefighters Grant will also be used to replace the department's aging on-board mobile data computers, which send wireless data such as emergency incident information, hydrant and street maps, and specific hazardous materials information to the fire trucks as they respond to 911 calls. In addition, the fire department was awarded a $20,000 grant from the California Environmental Protection Agency to electronically report hazardous materials information to the state. State law requires all regulated businesses in California to electronically file hazardous materials information to local regulatory agencies by March 21, 2013.

********** Published: February 23, 2012 - Volume 10 - Issue 45