Ap­pa­ra­tus ap­proved

Kens­ing­ton fire depart­ment get­ting new equip­ment

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE PROVINCE -

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.

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