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Grant could save lives in Valdosta

January 4, 2006

Valdosta - The Valdosta Fire Department is getting new equipment that could save firefighters' lives.

More than $40,000 in Homeland Security money will be used to buy alarmed breathing tanks and Rapid Intervention Team equipment bags of with tools to rescue downed fire fighters.

The alarmed breathing tanks will automatically emit a high pitched shriek if a firefighter is still for thirty seconds or takes air from the tank.  "It really is for fire fighters safety. Number one, it lets them know that someone has a problem. Number two, we can follow that sound and it helps us locate them a lot quicker," says firefighter Ashley Tye.

They'll also buy seven computers to upgrade station reporting requirements.

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