Joining a growing number of cities committed to improving firefighter safety, Bellevue, Washington recently adopted the code requiring the installation of Firefighter Air Replenishment Systems (FARS) in all new high-rise building and transportation tunnels over 300 feet.

Included as part of a broad overview of the city’s fire safety policies, the recent move makes Bellevue one of more than 100 US municipalities requiring FARS in the construction of structures that pose increased risk to first responders.

FARS is a fixed-pipe system that allows firefighters to replenish their breathing apparatus at refill stations