Lawton Fire receives new SCBAs department-wide

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Published January 19, 2023

Caitlin Gatlin | Communications & Marketing Manager


It’s a big day for the Lawton Fire Department and the safety of the firefighters who work to protect & serve the City of Lawton.

After more than 20 years, the department is receiving 55 brand new self-contained breathing apparatuses (SCBAs). It’s the first time in a long time for a department-wide replacement of SCBAs.

The $476,931 purchase included packs, bottles, masks, and a mask bag and was funded through the American Rescue Plan Act. The new equipment will be placed on all front-line apparatus at every station across the City of Lawton. The older equipment will be upgraded & put on reserve trucks or used for training and HAZMAT responses.

“It’ll be the first time we'll have SCBAs on all our reserve trucks so it will make us safer, and we’ll be able to put more trucks in service if something large scale were to happen,” said Lawton Fire Chief, Jared Williams.

The SCBAs serve as a lifeline for firefighters, allowing them to breathe in clean air while they go inside structures to fight fires or respond to HAZMAT situations.

The new equipment & upgrades follow new standards set by the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA). Every 5-6 years, the NFPA issues additional guidelines to increase the safety of firefighters & departments must adhere to the guidelines through new & improved equipment. The equipment received on Thursday is top of the line & has the potential to last another 15 years, with only upgrades needing to be made along the way.

Captain Gabe Arrellano was instrumental in this process. The upgrades have been needed for a couple of years now.

“Captain Arrellano oversees our SCBA Program & did a phenomenal job coordinating this for us,” Chief Williams said. “We’ve had these for about two weeks now, but needed to make sure everything was accounted for and in place before the roll-out. Captain Arrellano helped make the process smooth for everyone involved.”

The new equipment distributed to all eight fire stations increases the safety of our firefighters, thus increasing the safety of our citizens. The purchase is something the fire department is very proud of and grateful for.

“We can’t thank the City, the citizens and Mayor and Council enough for supporting this purchase,” said Chief Williams. “It was very timely, upgraded our department and the safety of our firefighters.”

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