Six fire departments in Southeast Missouri received an Assistance to Firefighters grant through the Federal Emergency Management Agency to replace old self-contained breathing apparatuses, better known as air packs. Cape Girardeau Fire Chief Rick Ennis says together the departments will match 10 percent of the federal funding to purchase 157 air packs. The Cape Girardeau Fire Department needs 49.
He says the equipment upgrade is, “to make sure that all the air packs in the area within those departments are identical and are operable.”
The $844,910 grant will help departments in Cape Girardeau, Jackson, Gordonville, Scott City, Whitewater, and North County fire districts.