The Cloquet Area Fire Department recently received a $380,000 federal grant for replacement of 25-year-old self-contained breathing apparatus, which doesn't meet current standards.

Captains Mike Garberg and Chad Vermeersch played an important role in securing the purchase of the 58 new SCBA units. Firefighters received training with the new gear and it's now in use.

CAFD was called to 44 fires in 2018 with an estimated total loss of $2,611,125, according to the 2018 annual report.