Richland Fire Department Receives $93,000 in Federal Funding
RICHLAND, Wash.- A federal grant is allowing the Richland Fire Department to improve safety in their stations.
The $93,000 grant will allow the Richland fire department to install exhaust filters on all of their trucks.
Right now, when they turn the trucks on in the station, large exhaust hoses pump the diesel fumes outside, but the hoses often fall off, and the poisonous fumes pump out to into the station.
Diesel fumes can cause cancer and other problems, but with the new filters, that shouldn't be a problem.
"Anytime the vehicle's running inside in one of our bay floors or one of our fire stations, that filter system will be taking out more than 99% of all those hazardous chemicals," said Keith Ramsay, Richland's Deputy Fire Marshall.
The filters will also turn on when trucks are backing up so that anytime they are in the station, they are on.
They can also be manually turned on and used at the scene.