By EILEEN MCCLORY
A $101,091 federal grant awarded to the Findlay Fire Department on Tuesday will be used to set up a system in Fire Stations 1 and 4 that would help prevent carcinogenic emissions from the fire trucks getting into the station, said Findlay Fire Chief Josh Eberle.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) awarded the grant, according to a press release from U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown’s office.
Eberle said the system consists of ductwork that attaches to the fire trucks’ exhaust pipes when they are in the station. The diesel exhaust from the trucks can get into the living quarters at the station and potentially cause cancer, he said.
Findlay Fire Station 2 already has the system installed, Eberle said. The city of Findlay paid about $27,000 for the work in 2017.
Fire Station 3 is already set to receive the system later this year. The project is estimated to cost around the same as the ductwork at Station 2. The city is paying for that improvement out of its 2018 capital improvement fund, Eberle said.
Eberle said Stations 1 and 4 are larger stations with more trucks, so the cost of installing the ductwork will be more expensive than at those two stations. He said the ductwork is estimated to cost around $60,000 for each station.
The grant won’t pay for the entire cost, he said. Findlay will pay at least $10,000 for the cost of the installations.
Findlay City Council has to officially accept the grant at its next meeting, Eberle said. The fire department then has a one-year timeline to use the grant money.