SUNBURY — The BST&G Joint Fire District was awarded $242,917 for operations and safety equipment by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

“We applied for the grant back in April,” Capt. Christopher R. Kovach said in an email. “Last Friday, we were awarded almost $250,000. This funding will be used to completely replace our aging self-contained breathing apparatus inventory and the air bottles for those packs. It will also allow us to issue individual mask facepieces to each firefighter (imperative to firefighter health and safety).”

The fire district will use the funds to obtain 54 air bottles, 27 harness packs and 39 facepieces, Kovach said.

“The majority of our air packs have reached the end of their service life, and without them, we cannot enter an environment immediately dangerous to life and health,” he said.

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