Firefighters need to have a constant supply of oxygen, even in smoke-filled quarters. A firefighter usually wears a SABC (self-contained breathing aparatus) consisting of an oxygen tank (worn on the back) and a mask that covers his face and delivers the oxygen through a tube. This gear weighs around 30 pounds.

An SCBA typically has three main components: a high-pressure tank (e.g., 2200 psi to 4500 psi), a pressure regulator, and an inhalation connection (mouthpiece, mouth mask or face mask), connected together and mounted to a carrying frame.

Pressure-demand SCBA’s range in price from $1,500.00 to over $5,000.00. This is a necessary investment in firefighter safety, and impacts the ability of firefighters to battle flames when surrounded by smoke, and to enter smoke-filled buildings in order to save lives.

This is what The Big Chili is all about – supporting our volunteers who frequently contribute to the cost of their own equipment, and giving the financial support needed by our volunteer fire departments to ensure safety and efficiency when fighting a fire. Thank you, once again, to our selfless volunteers.


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