By John Smith • 24 August 2020 • 12:02
Presenting the new breathing apparatus
Credit: Benalmadena Council
THE Benalmadena Fire Brigade is the first in Malaga Province to have new breathing apparatus with individual pulmo-automatic valves.
This was announced as Councillor for Security, Javier Marín; and the Benalmadena Fire Chief, David Bañasco, unveiled the latest acquisition of material for the service which consists of five autonomous breathing apparatus, plus 25 individual breathing intakes.
There is an ongoing programme of upgrading equipment which has so far seen an outlay of €14,900 as the Council endeavours to provide the fire-fighting service with the best technology equipment available.
Fire Chief Bañasco commented, “With the acquisition of this new equipment we want the best from the devices that we carry when we are working, to facilitate mobility.
“In addition to having a new system that allows us to evacuate the victims during a fire, there are rescue hoods, which facilitate their breathing during evacuation and the lung-automatic valves, which will be worn by all firefighters individually to ensure that they breathe the amount of air they need
“Due to the health alert for Covid-19, the individual use of these valves is essential” he added.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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