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Ga. firefighters getting longer-lasting air tanks

Commissioner OK'd spending federal grant money to buy equipment including 159 new breathing apparatuses with carbon-fiber air tanks

By Tim Omarzu
The Chattanooga Times Free Press

LaFAYETTE, Ga. — Walker County firefighters soon should have a weight taken off their shoulders.

That's because Commissioner Bebe Heiskell on Thursday approved spending $405,162 in federal grant money to buy equipment including 159 new breathing apparatuses equipped with carbon-fiber air tanks. The tanks weigh 11 pounds, hold 45 minutes' worth of air and should stay in service for 30 years, officials said.

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