Ellis County Commission OKs breathing kits for Rural Fire

By Jonathan Zweygardt
Hays Post – May 6, 2014

The Ellis County Commission approved the purchase of 38 self-contained breathing apparatus units for Ellis County Rural Fire No. 1 at Monday evening’s regular meeting.

Earlier this year, Rural Fire Director Dick Klaus presented the commission with three bids to replace current packs, which tests show are beginning to wear out.

“Out of the 38 air packs, we had 23 fail at least one (test). Some failed several,” Klaus said. “I don’t think the chiefs or myself want to be held liable with guys wearing equipment like this.”

The commission awarded the bid to Hays Fire and Rescue Sales and Service for 38 AVON ISI air packs for $187,950.

Klaus said the AVON unit was the preferred choice of his firefighters, who attended demonstrations of three units earlier this year.

He estimated the air packs will last 15 years, noting the units carry a 10-year warranty on electronics and 15-year warranties on pneumatics and air components.

Gwen Romine, KSFFA Webmaster

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