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West Valley Fire Department Receives Grant for New Safety Equipment

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YAKIMA, Wash-- The West Valley Fire department is going to be installing new equipment to help keep firefighters healthy. They've received a grant for $75,000 from FEMA. It's a Firefighter Assistance Grant.

When fire engines and other diesel equipment run they produce a hazy blue exhaust. The soot in diesel exhaust is dangerous and linked to cancer. 

They'll be able to use the grant money to add exhaust capture systems to 10 of the diesel vehicles. The systems collect and capture all of the dangerous fumes. It works when the vehicle is backing-up or running at the scene of an emergency. This not only keeps firefighters healthy, it also protects the public.

"We're pretty excited about it. It's gonna be, you know whatever we can do to save the health of our firefighters and improve the quality of life here and around the station," said Chief Dave Leitch, West Valley Fire.

The chief said West Valley Fire always applies for this type of funding. They've been successful in previous years, buying a special wild fire truck and gear with grant money. He said taking advantage of federal and state grants relieves burden from local tax funds.  

Once the paperwork's finished it'll take about two months to get the exhaust systems mounted and running.