The Keota Volunteer Fire Department is in need of replacing breathing apparatuses, and thanks to a grant from the Washington County Riverboat Foundation, they now have the funds to purchase what they need. They were awarded $19,850 at the WCRF fall grant presentation, which covers half of the money needed to purchase six new breathing apparatuses. The other half is coming from the Keota Fireman’s Association breakfast fundraiser and local taxes.

Keota Fire Chief Ryan Sieren says breathing apparatuses need to be replaced every 15 years, and theirs are no longer compliant. They have already ordered the equipment, and Sieren says it should arrive within a couple of weeks. The Keota Volunteer Fire Department is no stranger to the WCRF, having received grants in the past to help them purchase a fire engine, as well as personal protective equipment. Sieren is appreciative of the help they have received from the WCRF.