PITTSBURG, KS.--- The new self-contained breathing apparatus, or more commonly known as an air pack, helps firefighters breathe when they are surrounded by smoke. The department's old air packs were 15-years-old and needed to be replaced. The new equipment is lighter, allowing for more flexibility when being worn, and the breathing masks will last in higher temperatures.
"This is part of the passing of the public safety sales tax, so we want to thank the community for their support. This is part of one of the items we were going to receive through that passing of this sales tax," said Mike Simons, Pittsburg Fire Chief.
The new equipment cost $366,000 and was funded by the public safety sales tax voters approved last year.
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