STAMFORD, Conn. – The Stamford Fire Department will soon have new breathing apparatus for all crews that will better protect Stamford firefighters, Stamford officials announced Tuesday.
Mayor David Martin, Director of Public Safety Ted Jankowski and Fire Chief Trevor Roach announced the purchase and future use of the Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) for city firefighters.
“A lot has changed in the technology of air packs in the last few years,” said Martin. “Firefighters risk their own safety every day. And if there is a way to better protect them, it is important to do that to ensure that they are as safe as possible when they are out saving lives.”
The new Air-Pak X3 SCBA has a more comfortable and sleeker design that removes snag hazards. The packs carry 50 percent more capacity in the same space, allowing for increased work and escape time. The new packs have technology in them that will allow the firefighter and the incident commander to see how much air is left in each firefighter’s pack. This will help incident commanders to make better decisions about the safety of each firefighter.
“We want to make sure that our firefighters are provided a high level of safety with the best possible equipment available so that they can provide for the safety and wellbeing of our residents," said Jankowski. "These new SCBAs deliver that increased level of safety. The air packs provide for a higher thermal degradation level, increased firefighting operating time and more appropriate exit time for the Firefighter to safely leave the ‘Immediately Dangerous to Life and Health’ atmosphere.”
Roach added, “Self-contained breathing apparatus is the most important and widely used tool in the fire service today. We must protect our Firefighters from the acute dangers, high temperatures, CO, and Cyanide but also from the chronic issues like cancer. These new air paks provide a higher level of protection.”
Martin also announced that the Stamford Fire Department’s Scott Air Pack 75s will be donated to a fire department in Lima, Peru. Lima is one of Stamford’s Sister Cities. Martin and a delegation visited Lima in July 2015.
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