Federal Grant To Help Ann Arbor Township Firefighters Breathe Cleaner Air

May 1, 2014

Fire Fighters in Ann Arbor Township will soon have cleaner air to breathe at the community's two fire stations. 

Credit Ann Arbor Township Fire Department

Ann Arbor Township's fire stations will be getting new systems to keep the air cleaner.  A nearly $90,000  Federal Emergency Management Agency grant is paying for the new equipment.  

Fire Chief Brian Thurston says the air quality concerns are centered around fire trucks, particularly when they first start to go on a run, and when they return to the fire station.  According to Thurston the exhaust pipe on the trucks are only several inches long compared to what cars have, so there's a big difference in the amount of exhaust put into the building. 

Concerns about diesel emission are growing and it's been a high priority for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. 

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— Andrew Cluley is the Ann Arbor beat reporter, and anchor for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him acluley@emich.edu.