New gear for firefighters


Iqaluit’s firefighters are getting 12 new self-contained breathing apparatus units and a rapid intervention kit.

Fire Chief Cory Chegwyn said the crew’s current air cylinders have reached the end of their service life and need replacement. The 26 air cylinders and 12 face pieces will cost about $57,000. Council approved the funds on Jan. 28.

The rapid intervention kit, Chegwyn explained, is a bag with a regulator, squeeze bottle and 15 feet of hose a firefighter could use to sustain another firefighter who has lost consciousness.

An Alberta company will exchange the city’s old units for new air bottles, for a credit of about $1,300 each.

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