Firefighters breathe easy with new life saving equipment

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FIREFIGHTERS across the county are better prepared than ever to protect Suffolk residents thanks to the launch of brand new breathing kit.

The 10-year contract with Interspiro Ltd to equip the county’s 35 fire stations with ‘Spiroguide II’ breathing equipment ensures firefighters receive a boost to their personal safety using the very latest in firefighting technology.

Each new breathing kit includes a computer with a digital display which monitors air supply at all times. It also calculates a safe turnaround point in confined areas and uses an automatic distress signal to help nearby firefighters locate their colleague in an emergency.

Colin Spence, Suffolk County Council’s portfolio holder for public protection said: “Our firefighters do such a demanding and important job, and their safety is paramount. This means providing them with equipment that will protect them in some very difficult circumstances. It also supports them to deliver the best possible service to Suffolk people.”

Wearers of the new breathing kit receive a regulated supply of air to the mask for up to 38 minutes, which consumes approximately 50 litres per minute. For extra safety, an emergency air supply feature provides crews with emergency air if needed.