High River Fire Department Improves Safety with New Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus

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High River Fire Department Improves Safety with New Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus

April 28, 2021

High River – Public safety is always top of mind for the High River Fire Department. A new addition will allow firefighters to rely on new, state-of-the-art technology while they are protecting High River residents and surrounding communities.

The new self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) replaces existing equipment that reached the end of its 15-year lifespan. This new equipment will protect fire staff from toxic gases, heat, smoke, and other air born toxins.

Other improved safety features and technology include.

  • Thermal imaging cameras that enable firefighters to see when they are in a zero-visibility environment. In the past, only one firefighter per crew had access to the thermal camera. The new SCBA means each member of the crew will be         able to see potential hazards and find their way to safety if they get lost.
  • Improved thermal resistance, meaning that the equipment will be able to tolerate much high temperatures before failing.
  • The ability to connect via Bluetooth into the firefighter’s radios, which helps to improve ground communications amongst fire staff.

Each of these features significantly improves safety for the firefighter’s and crew while they are protecting our community.

This equipment was purchased in conjunction with Black Diamond, Foothills and Turner Valley Fire Departments for cost savings and efficient delivery. This partnership will also allow for the new SCBA to be shared amongst the departments.

The old SCBA will have a second life being donated to the Alberta Fire Aid Society. The Society works to improve fire safety across the country through refurbishing old equipment to donate to other fire departments that have unsafe or outdated equipment.

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For more information, please contact:

High River Fire Department

403-652-3774

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