Marysville firefighters will have new masks and protective equipment thanks to a $600,000 grant they were recently awarded.
The Assistance to Firefighters Grant is a regional federal grant meant to assist firefighting agencies.
The Marysville Fire District received a similar grant about 12 years ago which provided self-contained breathing apparatuses (SCBA masks) and rapid intervention team packs (RIT packs).
"It's time for an upgrade. Our parts are worn out from use and training," said Tom Maloney, fire marshal with the Marysville Fire District.
He described the current equipment as obsolete and said this type of equipment is supposed to be replaced every 10 to 12 years.
The SCBA masks cost about $9,000 each.