All frontline firefighters will today be equipped with the latest type of breathing apparatus, after a five-year wait for it. The city's firefighters had complained about the length of time taken to provide them with new equipment - including the breathing apparatuses - after senior fireman Yeung Chun-kit, 47, died in a factory fire in Cheung Sha Wan on March 8. The 1,600 sets of the new apparatus had been distributed to all fire stations and would be ready for use from this morning, a Fire Services Department spokeswoman said. The breathing apparatus allows easier movement, and can monitor and record conditions. In addition, 6,000 face masks that can show oxygen levels will be distributed to all firefighters. The department began the process of upgrading equipment in 2006, at a cost of HK$45.7 million. The Fire Services Department Staff General Association will hold a meeting today seeking views from members. Last week, some firefighters called for association chairman Chiu Sin-chung to stand down after he said Yeung's death had had nothing to do with inadequate equipment. Chiu yesterday said that only a small group of firefighters had been calling for him to stand down. The association will today send all members a document about their work. An extraordinary general meeting will be held next Thursday to discuss members' concerns about the blaze. Meanwhile, the union representing console operators - who work at the call centre - has called for additional personnel following a 4 per cent staff turnover in the past two years. Fire Services Control Staff Union chairman Lee Chung-wing said the pressure of the job was one reason for a high turnover.