NORWAY — Fire Chief Dennis Yates said Wednesday his department will replace eight of its 22 self-contained breathing apparatus, or air packs, which expired in May.

“I got quotes from Fire Tech and Safety on the air packs,” he said. “In order to purchase the eight air packs, it would cost $52,920 and would require a down payment of $5,300. I have the $5,300 in my new equipment account.”

Yates credited Assistant Fire Chief Matt Buckley for doing much of the research and pricing for the packs.

At last week’s selectmen meeting Town Manager Dennis Lajoie presented a plan for replacing air packs, pointing out that the other 14 will expire in 2030.

“I think it’s important to have a plan for replacing them ahead of time,” Lajoie said.

He proposed replacing nine in 2023 and the rest in 2028.

Yates said air packs are replaced according to standards set by the National Fire Protection Agency.

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