The City of Fruitland Park and the Fruitland Park Fire Rescue Department have officially outfitted their firefighters with new state-of-the-art SCBA equipment to replace older, out-of-date equipment. Fruitland Park firefighters started using their new MSA G1 SCBA equipment on the job in mid-August after several weeks of testing and training with them. Accumulating in almost a year of planning and research, sales representative Monte Sims of Ten-8 Fire and Safety was proud to be a part of this procurement of MSA G1 SCBA equipment.
Fruitland Park was greatly impressed with the improvements available in the MSA G1 SCBA equipment, which ultimately led to the purchase of 18 new SCBA packs, along with the necessary accessories to resupply the air packs, both in the station and on-scene. Each firefighter also got their own personal mask. The new SCBA units have an increased tank breathing air capacity and have masks with greater communication capability. Also, the heads up display and voice amplifiers are positioned inside the new mask. This is helpful because when firefighters are crawling through debris and rubble, they aren’t breaking the amplifiers off and they are able to see the lights when their air supply gets low. “There are at least a dozen upgrades and designs improvements that we, in the fire department, definitely needed, and they can very easily save our lives,” said Chief George Fernandez of Fruitland Park Fire-Rescue. As other G1 SCBA equipment reviews have confirmed, this new product is a huge upgrade and heavily focused on safety.
The new MSA G1 SCBA equipment exceeds NFPA safety standards and comes with a 15 year warranty. “Being confident in your equipment is extremely important. There’s no doubt this is a huge upgrade for this department,” said Chief Fernandez.
Again, congratulations to Fruitland Park Fire-Rescue for their much-needed upgrade to their SCBA equipment. The safety and efficiency of firefighter personnel is always a top priority in their very dangerous and unpredictable environment.