The Scottsdale Fire Department will be getting an upgrade to essential equipment after Scottsdale City Council approved a transfer of money from the General Fund in order to make the upgrades during its Tuesday, Sept. 20 city council meeting.
According to a city staff proposal, the fire department requested the city adopted a resolution that would allow a budget appropriation transfer of no more than $1.5 million from the General Fund operating budget to a newly-created Capital Improvement Plan project.
That money will go to replacing the department’s current self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBAs) by replacing 158 SCBA units, air cylinders and related equipment for all fire departments apparatus and the training division, the proposal states.
According to the staff proposal, the fire department’s current equipment is 11-years-old and “has outlived its useful life span.”
Additionally, the proposal states after the 11 years of wear and tear on the equipment, it no longer meets National Fire Protection Association standards.
The new equipment will also feature technology that would be safer and provide a tracking system to locate lost or down fireman, the proposal stated.
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