Cherokee County Fire to get air pack repair training

Specially trained Cherokee County fire personnel will be authorized to perform the required annual testing and repairs to self-contained breathing apparatus under an agreement with the device manufacturer, Scott Technologies Inc.

Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services spent about $18,000 for outside testing of air packs in fiscal 2019, according to a staff report to the county Board of Commissioners.

Under the agreement approved by commissioners, staff said, “Scott Safety will provide the necessary training to two fire employees at no cost to the county, other than general travel expenses. Upon completion of training, the county will have two employees that are Scott Certified Technicians, and they will be able to perform annual testing and general repairs.”

While the fire department will still have to buy replacement parts and tools, “having these tests and repairs done in-house will save the department both time and money,” staff said.