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By Steve Steiner
Executive Editor 

Bartow Firefighters Breathing Easier


Last updated 5/27/2020 at 11:44am

Steve Steiner

Deputy Chief Byron Moore (left) points out how the new SBAs (Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus is more ergonomically designed, which is being modeled by Fire Driver Shane Evans.

Literally. Thanks to receiving the latest in technology SBAs --- Self-Contained Breather Apparatus (and no, apparati is not the plural of apparatus), which are also known as airpacks.

The receipt of the newest SBAs is a welcome addition, as the previous one were bought in 2000 and 2004. With an average lifespan of each device is 15 years, the age of the older devices had reached the point where replacement parts were getting nearly impossible to obtain.

But more than that, technological advancements in current models have rendered the older models obsolete, especially as it regards several...

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