Firefighters in Saginaw are a little safer thanks to new equipment paid for by the city.
The upgraded equipment allows firefighters increased breathing time using protective masks while they are responding to fires and rescues.
Forty self-contained breathing apparatuses were put into service last week. The devices cost about $220,000, according to Brandon Hausbeck, training officer for the department. The older units could support breathing for firefighters for up to 30 minutes, while the new ones last 45 minutes, Hausbeck said. There also were maintenance costs associated with the old equipment.
“The repairs were getting costly,” Hausbeck said.
Mayor Floyd Kloc said the equipment was needed.
“Their equipment was old,” Kloc said. “It is extremely important for us to have up-to-date equipment."