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Lompoc firefighters happy to use new air-replenishing equipment

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Photo courtesy: Batt. Chief Brian Federman, Lompoc Fire Department Photo courtesy: Batt. Chief Brian Federman, Lompoc Fire Department
Photo courtesy: Batt. Chief Brian Federman, Lompoc Fire Department Photo courtesy: Batt. Chief Brian Federman, Lompoc Fire Department

Lompoc firefighters began training with new equipment Monday that could help save a person in distress or themselves in a fire or hazardous atmosphere. 

They're called Rapid Intervention Crew packs, or RIC packs. Each pack is light with a compact solution for "rapid entry and air replenishment" to whoever needs it. Brian Federmann, battalion chief, says the packs are vital for each person's safety and the department's "overall mission and commitment to providing service to the community."

The fire department says all equipment will be placed on the frontline fire apparatus in the city. 

There are four packs total; together they were purchased by a $25,000 grant from the Hutton Parker Foundation. Lompoc firefighters work for a non-profit foundation that needs to raise money for any equipment they need.   

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