HOLLYWOOD, Ala. - The Hollywood Fire Department was able to purchase 15 new SCBA's, self-contained breathing apparatuses, for their firefighters. The current SCBA's were old and needed to be replaced.
"Never received any brand new SCBAs since we really have been in business. We've got 15 now and 15 spare bottles to make our guys a lot safer," says Fire Chief Patrick Allen.
This is essential equipment for firefighters while on certain scenes. "It's for when we go into IDLH environments, smoke and hazmat situations. "
It'll help with the safety of the firefighters, and also their health in the long run.
"If you can't breathe, you can't do nothing. You know it'll help you for future years. It ain't good to breathe the smoke. Like I said it just helps you with your respiratory system," says Fire Chief Allen.
New equipment wouldn't be possible for the Hollywood Fire Department if it wasn't for grants like these.
"We just applied for another equipment grant for some more LDH fire hoses and we hope we can get it, too."