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Sedalia firefighters will soon have replacements for outdated breathing equipment.

“It’s probably some of the most important pieces of equipment for our firefighters,” said Chief Mike Ditzfeld.

The Sedalia Fire Department received an $86,575 federal grant to buy 18 self-contained breathing apparatuses. The Sedalia City Council accepted at its meeting Monday an $89,657 bid from Municipal Emergency Services, of Warsaw.

The bid includes 18 SCBAs, 41 face pieces, 10 mask voice amplifiers and other equipment.

Firefighters from all three shifts tested and evaluated different models offered by five vendors. They all chose the model offered by Municipal Emergency Services.

Third Ward Councilman Les Harrell said he liked that the firefighters tested the equipment and made recommendations.

“I noticed on some evaluations, they talked about things the average person wouldn’t think about,” he said.

The SCBAs should last 15 to 20 years, and have a 10-year warranty, Ditzfeld said.

In other business, Mayor Bob Wasson and the City Council recognized Kristen Allcorn for being a 2008 Prudential Financial and National Association of Secondary School Principal’s Spirit of Community recipient. Allcorn was chosen as one of two students to represent the state in May in Washington, D.C.

Allcorn started the Community Cafe, which serves meals to the hungry five days a week.

“She has worked very hard,” Wasson said.

Allcorn said she’s appreciated the support from different community groups to help with the Cafe.

“I really appreciate this,” she told the council. “What started as an idea among myself and some friends has grown to be something that has really benefited the community.”


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