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The Bergen Fire Department is receiving almost $62,000 in federal funding to purchase an in-house air tank filling system.

Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand made the joint announcement Monday morning.

The filling systems are used to fill firefighters’ self-contained breathing apparatuses to keep them safe in action.

The department’s current air filling tank is nearing the end of its lifetime, making the addition of a new one very important.

“The funds that we received from the Assistance to Firefighter Grant will be used to purchase a new SCBA fill station for our fire station," Chief Chuck Dobson said. "The current system is an old low pressure system that isn't reliable when it comes to filling the new high pressure SCBA cylinders that the fire service uses today."

Dobson said the new equipment has additional benefits, including saving the department money and assisting other departments.

“We have incurred many repair bills to keep the system up and running due to the wear and tear," Dobson said. "In addition to our department, the fill station will be available to all of the surrounding departments, and to participants who come to use our training facility. By having this piece of equipment we will be able to keep emergency agencies closer to their own response areas.”

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