January 19, 2012 | Vol. 39, No. 3

City buys new air packs for fire department

The city council approved the expenditure of $237,945 for the purchase of 30 new air packs, 70 new 45-minute composite air cylinders and a team pack with two 70-minute cylinders.

The purchase was made to supplier Municipal Emergency Services, Inc. who provides a pre-negotiated price to government agencies.

The city’s current packs are reaching the end of their useful life and making the old packs meet required code changes could cost as much as purchasing new equipment.

State grant funds provided for the construction of the new fire station will pay for the equipment along with a compressor to fill the tanks.

The refillable air bottles have a limited life and can only be re-filled a finite number of times. The city’s current bottles only have a life span of 2-3 more years.

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