NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Two emergency departments in Horry County have new breathing masks to replace older equipment.
The North Myrtle Beach Department of Public Safety and the Loris Fire Department have purchased new Scott Self-Contained Breathing Apparatuses (SCBAs) to replace older equipment.
The SCBAs are equipped with 25 feet of search line stored in a bag that firefighters can use when assisting in searches in large open areas. In the event that a firefighter is injured and their alarm activates, each SCBA is equipped with a tracking device and the apparatus can be tracked with a handheld receiver.
The new equipment was used July 11.
In addition, North Myrtle Beach Public Safety purchased equipment that will be used in case a firefighter emergency occurs within a building.
The City of North Myrtle Beach was able to finance its $380,000 purchase over three years from within the Public Safety Department Budget.
The Loris Fire Department secured funding for their $170,000 purchase from the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighter's grant program.