Columbia Fire gets grant for new air station

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Columbia Fire gets grant for new air station

The Chronicle-Telegram – An old stationary breathing air compressor station used by the Columbia Township Fire Department will be replaced, thanks to a $38,050 federal grant.

Trustee Dick Heidecker gave credit to Columbia Township Fire Chief Ray Anthony, who applied for the grant.

A stationary breathing air compressor fills tanks used by firefighters when they enter burning buildings, Heidecker said.

“When you go into a house fire, that is your lifeline,” Heidecker said. “This is the second time he applied for it.”

The grant was awarded in round 16 of the 2011 competitive grant application process, according to the office of U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Avon.

Anthony said the old device is about 25 years old and does not fill tanks as quickly or as well as it used to do.

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