Howe Springs Fire Rescue received 84 new self-contained breathing apparatuses for their firefighters last week after the Florence County Council approved the purchase of the new equipment in December.
According to Howe Springs Fire Chief Billy Dillon, the request for new SCBAs was approved by county council members on Dec. 10, 2015. Dillon said the men and women in his department put their lives in the line every time a call comes in and having old, outdated equipment could put his firefighters in harm’s way.
The new SCBAs will replace the department’s older ones that ranged from seven to 15 years old. Each new SCBA was purchased from Safe Industries of South Carolina and cost over $6000 each. Dillon said he expects the gear will last for at least 15 years.
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