Council approves grant match for fire equipment |

Council approves grant match for fire equipment

Susan Wood

Dan Thrift / Tahoe Daily Tribune / A thermal imaging camera shows heat signatures during firefighting training.

The South Lake Tahoe City Council on Tuesday approved a $12,351 match to receive grant money to buy 28 face masks, air packs and a thermal imaging camera that allows firefighters to see through heavy smoke.

Firefighters contend there are calls they go on when visibility may be too low to quickly find victims in the heat of a fire. That’s where the infrared camera comes in. It can also be used to locate people submerged in the lake.

With the match, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is expected to put up the majority of the money needed for the expensive new tools – $111,164. The grant was written by the El Dorado County Office of Emergency Services to meet its Homeland Security requirements.

After the purchase order is submitted in October, Fire Chief Lorenzo Gigliotti anticipates the department will get the equipment before the first of the year.

The long-term goal is to have four infrared cameras – one for each fire truck. The city now has two.