Hemet firefighters to update their breathing apparatus

A Hemet firefighter dons his older breathing apparatus to show Hemet city council how new breathing equipment on order by the Hemet Fire Department will better protect their lives in firefights. Tony Ault photo
The Hemet city council gave their approval to Hemet fire Chief Scott Brown to order 64 new self-contained breathing apparatus and related equipment to better equip his firefighters in live fires at a price of $351,498.77. The council resolution at its Oct. 22 meeting approving the purchase from All Star Fire Equipment Inc. followed a presentation by Brown and one of his firefighters. Brown said the equipment will better assure the firefighters they can survive for additional time during life-saving missions in structure fires. The new tanks will offer 45 minutes of breathable oxygen as compared to their current 17-year-old breathing tanks that hold only 30-minutes of air. The older apparatus is still serviceable and will be held in reserve. He said the new apparatus also includes
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