GARBERVILLE – More than 200 new self-contained breathing apparatuses (SCBA) were inspected on Tuesday, Sept. 29 at the Fortuna Volunteer Fire Department and prepared for distribution to local volunteer fire districts. The equipment cost nearly $1.4 million and is being paid for by Measure Z, the half-cent sales tax passed by voters in November.
Local fire chiefs gathered at the Garberville Cal Fire station on Thursday to receive their new apparatuses and learn the proper way to use them. On hand was Alex Bunker, sales manger for Allstar Fire Equipment Inc. from Hayward. A representative from the manufacturer was also on hand.
It is difficult for volunteer fire departments in the county to make substantial purchases of new equipment. Often, these departments operate at emergency scenes with outdated, unsafe and inadequate equipment, which puts the safety of citizens and firefighters at risk. The equipment received last week will replace old equipment, dramatically improving the ability for volunteers to respond to fires and other emergencies.