Prattville Fire Department upgrades SCBA equipment.

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On August 4, 2020, the City Council approved the purchase of ten MSA 4500 PSI G1 SCBA Air Packs, ten MSA G1 Head Harnesses, and twenty  MSA Cylinders for the Prattville Fire Department. For over 25 years, the department has used MSA Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) following the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) standards on equipment, however as standard and technological advances change, the need to purchases new units for the department became necessary.

The new design of the MSA GI SCBA features PASS, communications, TIC, and GPS location capabilities, allowing the firefighters to work more safely, effectively, and efficiently. Upgraded features for each unit include seven LED lights, creating a 360-visibility for the user to see fellow firefighters, a full-color display on the pneumatic gauge, and an enhanced electronic voice amplifier.

The cost of the new equipment is $77,160.00, and it will be paid from the Fire Department's 2019 Fiscal Departmental Reserve (FDR) funds. The FDR funds are made available as an incentive to lose the mentality of “use it or lose it” and reward departments for coming in under budget. The FDR funds allocated for this purchase are from the PFD being under budget in 2019.  The new MSA GI SCBA air packs and head harnesses will outfit all of the first-out emergency vehicles at each station, and rotate current SCBAs to reserve vehicles. The department will surplus all 2004 and 2005 MSA Legacy series of SCBAs that are being used in the Training Division.