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Colonie first responders get high-tech updates

Unlike air packs provided to fire fighters that use bottled air supplies lasting no longer than an hour, the new assisted respirators filter the air, he said.

Also, the new systems allow in-mask radio communications among first responders.

Almost half of the grant, $28,000, went toward the purchase of an inflatable-framed shelter that is lighted and has air conditioning and heat, said Berry.

The triage tent is built to military specifications and can tuck away in an ambulance or other department vehicle and be deployed in minutes. In its entirety, the new response team is unlike any other in the immediate area, he said. Already, the FBI has expressed an interest in using Colonie's paramedics if and when it responds to a chemical or biological emergency, he said.""

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