The Santa Monica Fire Department has received new self-contained breathing apparatus, purchased with $332,000 in “no-match” Homeland Security grant funds.

The equipment is used by firefighters to carry breathable air on their backs into fire or hazardous material situations.

The standardized equipment will allow fire departments in Southern California to have similar equipment that improves the safety of firefighters, a Santa Monica fire spokesperson said.

The equipment also enhances collaboration between departments during multi-agency emergencies, the spokesperson said.

The new equipment, which has a service life of 12 to 15 years, will be tested and put into service in approximately one month.

The no-match funds used to purchase the equipment are part of the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Self Contained Breathing Apparatus Project, which was intended to standardize regional capabilities in proving the highest level of interoperability and respiratory protection for firefighters’ health and safety, fire officials said.

Taking advantage of the project grant fund has been a top priority for Los Angeles area fire chiefs for the past three years, according to Santa Monica fire officials.

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