Scottsdale Fire seeks $1.5M General Fund transfer to upgrade out-of-date equipment

The Scottsdale Fire Department is seeking an upgrade in equipment and is requesting, at the Tuesday, Sept. 20 city council meeting, a transfer of money from General Fund in order to make this upgrade.

According to a city staff proposal, the fire department is requesting the city adopts 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 would 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 would also feature technology that would be safer and provide a tracking system to locate lost or down fireman, the proposal stated. According to the staff proposal, city staff is recommending the city council approve the transfer of money.

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