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Pittsburgh (PA) Wins State Grant for EMS Diesel Exhaust System Project

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The City of Pittsburgh has won a state grant to supplement its placement of diesel exhaust removal systems in emergency medical services stations.

The City announced plans in October to retrofit EMS stations with exhaust systems that expel diesel fumes from the vehicles to the outside while the vehicles are running inside the station, to make for a safer breathing environments for EMS staff.

The latest grant in support of the project is for $10,000 from the Pennsylvania Office of the State Fire Commissioner’s Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service Grant Program.

It will fund electrical upgrades at the stations that will allow the new exhaust systems to be installed.

The diesel exhaust systems are planned for Rescue 01: 4 systems; Medic 14: 3 systems; Medic 10: 3 systems; Medic 08: 1 system; Medic 06: 4 systems; Medic 04: 4 systems; Medic 03: 2 systems;  Medic 02: 4 systems; Medic 01 and 11 (located in the same station): 2 systems; Headquarters: 7 systems; EMS Training: 6 systems.