Fire Department awarded FEMA Grant for New SCBAThe North St. Paul Fire Department is excited to announce they were awarded a FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant in the amount of $168,183. The Department will use the funds to replace their soon-to-be outdated Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA). The protective equipment protects firefighters from the hazards of smoke and toxic gases.The new equipment purchase called Dräger from Alex Air Apparatus, Inc. is the only equipment designed with a 'team talk' communication device built-in to every mask, which allows for more efficient communication between team members. “The improvement in team communication improves firefighter safety and leads to more effective fire and rescue operations. That is number one with us,” said Chief Duddeck.The department did extensive researched and comparisons with 4 major SCBA manufacturers to learn about the products and their capabilities. Chief Duddeck remarked, “We are grateful to FEMA for the funding assistance, the City Council for their support in our grant application, and the firefighters who attended numerous meetings and drills to test the prospective SCBA."The Department’s current SCBA gear was 15 years old and did not meet the 2018 US Department of Transportation standards.