New Life-Saving Masks Donated to Firefighters

Local firefighters will be a bit safer the next time they fight a fire. This afternoon, the Georgia-based company International Safety Instruments donated 12 new devices to the Savannah Fire and Emergency Training Academy. They're called self-contained breathing apparatuses.

The equipment provides a state-of-the-art control console that allows firefighters to better communicate inside burning buildings, and a life-saving rapid intervention system. "What this enables us to do is to attach a secondary air supply on to a firefighter and buy them time if they are trapped in a building, something we don't currently have," said Tim Sendelback, the academy's chief of training.

There is also a digital readout on each face mask, so firefighters can monitor the air levels in their oxygen tanks.

Reported by: Kim Angelastro,