Kensington fire department getting new equipment
Kensington firefighters will be breathing easier, thanks to the addition of new breathing apparatuses and oxygen tanks.
Town council, at its recent monthly meeting, approved the purchase of four new breathing apparatuses at a cost of $2,000 each plus HST.
Council also approved the purchase of eight oxygen tanks, totalling $1,600 plus HST, and a new ventilation fan for the department, at a cost of $3,475 plus HST.
Normally, new breathing apparatuses cost $6,700 plus HST each.
While at the Maritime Fire Chiefs Convention in Summerside last week, the opportunity arose for the department to purchase the equipment at a reduced cost.
The units, being bought through Dunk River Industries, are repossessed and have been tested and certified as new.
They contain the clear command communication system, which is compatible with the Kensington department’s existing breathing apparatuses.
In the new units, the communication system is built in.
Nearby New London Fire Department currently uses the same apparatus Kensington is buying.
The fan being purchased will clear smoke from buildings and other structures, and is deemed an essential piece of equipment.
Fire department revenues will cover the cost of the purchases.