Milton seeks $89K for fire house ventilation systems

The Milton City Council has approved applying for a federal grant to help pay for the installation of diesel exhaust management systems for two of its three fire stations.

The city seeks $89,091 from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program of the Department of Homeland Security. The grant, which would require a local match of $8,909, would be for modifications to Fire Stations 41 and 43, Fire Chief Robert Edgar said in an agenda memo to the council.

Project plans call for purchasing seven station-mounted exhaust systems in the two fire houses. Units are track-mounted with a hose that attach to the tail pipe of each fire apparatus. Vehicle exhaust is vented outside, preventing fumes from seeping into work and sleeping areas, a potential cancer risk.

Station 42 is not included as it is slated for replacement, nor the new Station 44 as recently built stations are ineligible for retrofits under the grant program, Edgar said.

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