Bristol Virginia city officials announced Thursday the upcoming arrival of new breathing apparatus equipment that will replace aging units.
Fire Chief Mike Armstong said the over $257,000 required to purchase the items will come from the Federal Emergency Management Agency through their Assistance to Firefighters Grant program.
The self-contained unit help provide oxygen to the firefighters under extreme conditions such as entering a house fire or putting out a vehicle fire outside, the chief said. He noted that 45 unit will be acquired through the grant.
BVFD personnel should take delivery of their new tanks within the next 60 to 90 days.
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