NEW BUNKER GEAR FOR RICHMOND FIREFIGHTERS

RICHMOND FIREFIGHTER Zeb Williams, left, shows City Council members the new bunker gear the city purchased. Mayor Mike Wright takes a moment to feel the material on the bunker coat.

RICHMOND – In less than a minute, Richmond firefighter Zeb Williams was out of his work boots and into his firefighting bunker gear, now a lighter set, thanks to purchases by the city.

City firefighters have six new air packs and with the $6,000 purchase of four more sets of coats and pants, all firefighters are wearing “the best gear possible,” City Administrator Tonya Willim said Tuesday as she watched Williams demonstrate the new gear.

“This makes Richmond firefighters some of the best protected firefighters around,” she said. “The gear is 20 percent lighter, and with a tighter profile, the firefighter can fit into smaller spaces.”

For details about the new gear, see the April 26 Richmond News

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