Southern California departments may lose federal grants for SCBAs

10/23/2008
A California Superior Court judge has set aside a contract for 4,200 self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) units and related equipment, potentially endangering $9.5 million in federal grants for firefighting equipment in southern California.Ruling on a petition filed by Allstar Fire Equipment, a distributor for Scott Health and Safety Equipment, and by Mine Safety Appliances (MSA), the court set a hearing date to discuss the terms of the judgment for November 17, just days before a November 28 deadline requiring area fire departments to take delivery of the SCBAs or risk losing their grant funding. Smaller departments with older equipment that rely heavily on federal funding will be p...

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