Grant Highlight: Moose Pass Volunteer Fire Department Compressor for Refilling Emergency Breathing Air Apparatus

Major Grant Highlight

Last March the Seward Community Foundation (SCF) approved full funding during our major grant cycle for an important project by the Moose Pass Fire Department. SCF awarded $8,599 to the Moose Pass Volunteer Fire Department (VFD) to purchase a compressor to refill Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) and Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus (SCUBA) tanks.

The compressor not only provides emergency divers the tool they need to respond, but it also allows Moose Pass VFD to provide services for the communities of Cooper Landing and Hope, but also operate independently from Seward and Anchorage. Previously Moose Pass VFD had to travel to Seward or Anchorage to pick up a compressor for use or fill tanks, putting those driving the vehicles at-risk with a high-pressure tank in transit. Reducing that risk and reducing the costs of travel are a win-win for both the Moose Pass VFD and the communities of Moose Pass and Seward. The Compressor will allow the Moose Pass VFD to fill other breathing tanks for a long time into the future.

Funding this project is a great example of a grant award that protects our community now and will last for years to come. Donations from the communities of Seward and Moose Pass allow the SCF to provide funding for potentially life-saving projects.