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Abilene Fire Department hoping to buy new oxygen tanks, masks for all firefighters

The Abilene Fire Department is hoping to buy new oxygen tanks and masks for all its firefighters.

The cost to buy 110 "Self Contained Breathing Apparatus" or SBCA's would be $789,554.90.

Last year, the department was told its current model SCBA, the MSA M7, was being discontinued.

Fire Chief Cande Flores said due to the age of the department's current SCBA's and the safety issues that would arise from attempting to purchase a new model in stages, the best choice is to replace all of them at once.

If approved by the city council on Thursday, the new SBCA's would be purchased with money in the Fire Apparatus Replacement Fund which the city said has a current balance of approximately $3,000,000.

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