Firefighters in North Myrtle Beach and Loris recently replaced older equipment, said North Myrtle Beach spokesman Pat Dowling.
The North Myrtle Beach Department of Public Safety and the Loris Fire Department purchased Scott Self-Contained Breathing Apparatuses (SCBA). The 48 SCBAs were placed in service in North Myrtle Beach in July, while Loris began using the 23 they purchased at the end of June.
The new equipment has 25 feet of search line stored in a bag that firefighters can use when assisting in searches in large open areas and can be tracked with a hand-held receiver in the event of a firefighter injury and alarm activation.
Both departments also purchased face masks to accompany the SCBAs and two rapid intervention packs that can be used in case a firefighter emergency occurs within a building.
North Myrtle Beach financed the $380,000 purchase over three years from within the public safety department budget.
Loris also purchased a fit test machine used to perform annual testing for personnel to ensure firefighters are wearing the correct size face pieces to protect from service. Loris secured funding for the $170,000 purchase through the Department of Homeland Security grants.