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Houston Co. fire departments will benefit from new mobile response trailer

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A 20-foot-long trailer is the newest defense against fires in Houston County.

Two emergency response districts paid for the mobile response trailer. 

When battling fires like the one Houston County crews fought in Kennard recently, response time is always critical.

"We ran into instances where we ran out of air in our bottles and needed more air but didn't have that ability," said John Angerstein, the Crockett fire chief. "It raised our awareness to what we needed to do."

Their answer to the problem was the mobile response trailer, which will help with the issue of breathable air on scene.

"They are only equipped with one bottle on their back and one reserve tank," Angerstein said. "In a real-world experience you run out of air pretty quick. Within the initial 30 minutes, you are without air."

These tanks have the ability to refill up to 100 small tanks. It will also house hazmat and medical supplies.

It's the brainchild of the Crockett Fire Department, but the purchase of the equipment has been split so that all 12 departments in the county can use it at a moment's notice.

"If we combine forces together and spread the wealth so to speak, we can get more accomplished," Angerstein said.

The total cost of this project could end up being around $70,000, but Angerstein said that is a price he is willing to pay when it comes to safety.

"That's our number one concern is how to keep our guys safe," Angerstein said. "Keep the people we are responding to help; keep them safe. This right here is a huge step in doing that."

It's a step that could be the difference between life and death.

The trailer will be undergoing a few cosmetic changes and will have more equipment installed.

However, it is fully operational as is and ready to go out if needed.

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