The Boulder City Fire Department was recently awarded a grant for firefighting equipment by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The grant amount was $147,952.00 and will be used to purchase self-contained breathing apparatus (air packs) for firefighters. The City is responsible for $14,752.00 in costs. The $168,000.00 for the project had been allocated in the Capital Improvement Plan Budget.
The Assistant to Firefighters Grant (AFG) was created in 2001. According to the FEMA website, “Since 2001, AFG has helped firefighters and other first responders obtain critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training and other resources necessary for protecting the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards.” Representative Susie Lee advocated for the funding on behalf of the city. Mayor Kiernan McManus said, “I want to thank Congresswoman Susie Lee for her continuing efforts to provide grants and other funding for important projects. These air packs are critical to firefighters and Representative Lee was able to secure 90% of the cost. I appreciate the work Chief Will Gray does to identify these sources of funding. Representative Lee has worked tirelessly to provide funding that increases the safety and security of our residents.”
The Boulder City Fire Department is comprised of 26 full-time employees and 17 reserve employees. “Our Fire Department has been a critical resource for the community in responding to the pandemic,” noted City Manager Taylour Tedder. “Keeping our first responders safe and giving them the tools that they need to be effective is a priority. We appreciate Representative Lee’s continued commitment to Boulder City.”