Archive for April 17th, 2020

Batavia Fire Department news

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The Batavia Fire Department has received a federal grant to help fund $262,250 worth of self-contained breathing apparatus and other related items. The Assistance to Firefighters Grant, awarded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, will fund $238,409 of the equipment costs, and the rest will be covered by the city.

The new self-contained breathing apparatus will replace existing SCBA that is 13 years old. The grant also will cover spectacle kits for inside the masks, adapters and filters for use in biological or toxic hazards, rapid intervention air packs, and several additional cylinders for training purposes.

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Fire service news – Coronavirus COVID-19 (more)

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A second Chicago firefighter has died from COVID-19. The Chicago Fire Department announced Wednesday that Firefighter Edward Singleton, 55, died Tuesday night. Singleton was assigned to Midway Airport and joined the department in 1987. He leaves behind a wife and two adult children.

Last Monday, a funeral was held for Mario Araujo, who was the first Chicago firefighter to die from COVID-19 complications.

While new deaths are still being reported, there is also evidence that Chicago is flattening the curve. The mayor and Chicago Public Health Department commissioner spoke in detail about steps, like the stay-at-home order, that have had a positive impact.

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