SUPERIOR, WI — The Superior Fire Department has been awarded a more than $200,000 grant to help pay for a critical equipment upgrade.
It’s been 15 years since the Superior Fire Department last had a new set of breathing gear.
Chief Steve Panger says the equipment is nearing the end of its service life.
That’s why the department applied for a FEMA grant in October in hopes that they would be able to exchange their out-dated air packs and masks for new ones.
The department was recently awarded $205,000 to help fund the purchase of a new set.
Panger expects that equipment to be in their possession by the end of the year.
“Safety is always the highest concern,” Panger says. “This is a — it’s a dangerous job, and everyone that works here is concerned about safety, so I think that’s the great thing about new equipment as well.”
Panger says the won’t cover the entire cost of the equipment, but it will cover the majority. Whatever amount is left over, the department is prepared to pay.