Looking for Input on SCBA project and associated cascade system
I've got a project where a department wants to replace 28 SCBA that are only compliant to the 1992 edition of NFPA 1981. This is obviously a high priority project since the packs are old and pre-date the 1997 edition of the standard. At $5,250 a pack, the total project is $147,000. If they are awarded, they will switch to high pressure packs.
In general I would advise a department to stop there and come back next year for their other priorities.
However, the current packs are low pressure and their cascade/fill system (which is also old and non compliant) is not capable of filling high pressure cylinders. So if they were to be awarded, they wouldn't be capable of filling their cylinders anymore.
My question, therefore....is it reasonable to add a new compressor/cascade/fill station that might increase the total request amount by $40K to a total of $180K.
The 2 projects obviously go hand-in-hand, however, will the extra cost make their application non-competitive?
I welcome everybody's insight.