By Ed Harris
The Southington Fire Department recently acquired a new high pressure breathing air compressor, thanks to a grant.
The compressor, which fills the air packs the firefighters wear into a fire, was obtained through an Assistance to Firefighters grant. The grant covered 90 percent of the compressor’s $56,000 price tag. The town picked up the remaining $5,000.
“It’s replacing a 19-year-old system,” said firefighter Eric Heath, who wrote and helped secure the grant. “It was at the peak of its lifespan.”
Heath said the new compressor will cost less for maintenance and less to fill the tanks.
The compressor is currently in service and personnel are being trained on how to use it.
“Without this machine we couldn’t do our jobs,” Heath said. “It’s a lifesaving piece of equipment.”
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