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Howe Springs Fire, Rescue gets new breathing equipment

on Tuesday, 23 February 2016. Posted in News, Local News

Howe Springs Fire, Rescue  gets new breathing equipment

The most important tool in the fire service is its people. No matter how much water, or how nice your truck is, the fire will not go out without our men and women who put their lives on the line every day. “Every one of my personnel takes a risk when they decide to answer an emergency call for assistance,” said Howe Springs Fire Rescue Chief William Dillon. “They should never have to take unnecessary risk or risk their lives wearing anything less than the best that can be provided for their safety.”

Florence County Council saw this need that was presented to them in December and approved for the purchase of 84 Self Contained Breathing Apparatus for Howe Springs Fire Rescue, the chief said. These units will replace older ones that do not meet the current standard that the SCBA’s are built by.

The department chose to go with MSA SCBA’s because of their price, service, warranty, and durability. With many upgraded features for our firefighters, the job of saving lives can be a little more comforting. The new packs were placed into service last week and are expected to provide service for at least 15 years. The packs were purchased from Safe Industries of South Carolina. The SCBA’s cost $6,012 each.

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