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    Default SCBA Grant help needed

    I am going to put in for SCBA's under the micro grant category, what is maximum allowance for SCBA's?

    Also, I would love to look over someones winning SCBA narrative for some ideas while writing it. Please send the narrative to: covingtonfiredept@yahoo.com

    Thank you in advance!

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    SCBA micro grant? You'll be lucky to get 4 SCBA under $25,000 in Federal share. Obviously the vendors are taking advantage of the 2013 standard with price increases, but we are still seeing bids of under $5,500 for 2013 compliant SCBA.

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    Default SCBA Cost

    I have gotten myself confused. My understanding is the AFG grant will pay $5,500 for a SCBA. I believe that includes a harness, facepiece and 2 bottles. My Scott dealer quotes for a harness, facepiece and one bottle. His quote is for the $5,500. I still need to get a spare bottle. Also we currently have voice amplifiers. Are they included in the $5,500 or can I get them as extras.

    Can I get quotes from Scott dealers other than central jersey that will stay within the funding amounts?

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    In the past, AFG has limited 45-minute SCBA w/spare cylinder and face piece to $5,500. SCBA is still considered by AFG to include a spare cylinder and face piece.

    Amazing how the prices are always the exact amount that AFG caps. Those dealers must be really living paycheck to paycheck.

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    I have always found that when your trying to get quotes to write your grant you can't find a dealer to give a quote that's in budget with AFG. BUT WOW the minute you get the grant MAGICLY Priced drop down to with in AFG limits and usually get some extras thrown in also.

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    Perfect reason to buy from someone else

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    Exactly that's why we didn't pick Scott.

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    We just bought SCBA's with 2 bottles .
    Initial pricing from 2 different dealers was over 6200 per unit.
    When I mentioned to the powers that be the AFG pricing limits and suggested they negotiate with the dealer , all of a sudden they were willing to sell for 5500 per pack.
    Imagine that!!!
    greedy bastuurds!

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    You're not in Covington, IN are you? That's a stones throw from my house. I might be able to help.

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    That's why you should always get your quotes before a grant application period is open and the feeding frenzy starts with sales folks .BTW- be sure you don't ask for SCBA by brand name.....that can be an indicator that you do not intend to follow procurement integrity rules. Simply ask for "current NFPA compliant 4500psi SCBA."
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