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    I'm researching the possibility of pursuing a station exhaust system for our single station department. Has anyone been succesful being funded through the AFP grants, and if so, what was your approach?
    Mike Gallagher, Cambria FD, Cambria CA

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    Lots of folks have been successful at funding exhaust systems. Obviously cancer is a big issue among other respiratory ailments that can happen with recurring exposure to diesel fumes and the soot left everywhere.

    Priority goes to departments whose stations will be manned 24/7, or have other uses such as being attached to city hall, etc, etc. Call volume is also a decently weighted factor because obviously when you have more calls, the apparatus starts up more often.

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    sweetmikeyd,

    Send me an email (in my profile). I'll send you a copy of our narrative for the vehicle exhaust system. We were funded in 2003 for 2 stations (1 manned, 1 unmanned). It will show the approach that we used.

    An exhaust system must also meet the folowing according to the PG.

    Any vehicle exhaust extraction system obtained should be either extensive enough to extract all toxic vapors and particulates emitted from internal combustion engines and meet all applicable Federal, State, and local standards or part of a larger comprehensive system that does.
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    sweetmikeyd,

    A copy of the narrative has been sent. Hope this helps you out.

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    We also are looking at a vehicle exhaust extraction system. We did some recent investigating and found that on the night we do truck inspections and small-engine servicing, the CO levels are around 40 PPM with the bay doors open. Not only that, but we are constantly cleaning the soot and particles that build up on the floors, walls, etc. This is a building that doubles as a rented community center and hosts parties, dinners, fund-raisers, meetings, and lots of private events. I'm hoping that this is enough information that we can make a good case.

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    Higher computer scoring goes to 24/7 occupied stations, and stations used for other purposes, but if the narrative is short then those with lower numbers of occupied hours will score better if their narrative has no holes in it.

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    celsokid,

    Shoot me an email (in the profile) and I'll send you a copy of our vehicle exhaust system narrative. It will provide some additional points that you did not mention.

    Another point for call/volunteer departments can use. If you provide storm coverage during the year mention that also.

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