Self-contained breathing apparatuses donated to Prairie Fire

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Prairie du Chien Fire and 3M executives met last week to officially sanction three new self-contained breather apparatuses donated by 3M to the fire department. Pictured (from left) are Jeff Boughton, Steve Kleist, Shelly Gruber, Megan Beisker and Tim Deluhery. (Submitted photo)

The Prairie du Chien Fire Department recently accepted delivery of three new state-of-the-art 3M-Scott SCBAs, or self-contained breathing apparatuses. This equipment is used when firefighters have to enter a hazardous, smoke-filled environment. 

This product donation was made possible after the fire department was asked by local 3M personnel—Plant Manager Steve Kleist and Human Resources Manager Shelly Gruber—if their company could help the department out with any equipment purchases they were looking to make. 

Megan Beisker, 3M procurement coordinator, worked with the 3M-Scott fire and safety sales rep for the area to order the appropriate SCBAs that the fire department was seeking. 

Deputy Chief Tim Deluhery said 3M Prairie du Chien has in the past and continues today to support the Prairie du Chien Fire Department with financial and product donations, and that 3M’s support of the department is very much appreciated. 

According to Deluhery, this donation boosts the department’s apparatus number to almost as many firefighters as are on the department. 

3M Company purchased Scott Industries about a year ago, Deluhery said. So, instead of going elsewhere for this product, the fire department was able to find the right product, with “all the latest bells and whistles,” locally. 

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