Special Report: Prevention of Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus Failures

Special Report: Prevention of Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus Failures

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Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) are one of the most important items of personal protective equipment used by firefighters and rescue personnel. SCBA allow firefighters to enter hazardous environments to perform essential interior operations including offensive fire attack, victim search, rescue and removal, ventilation, and overhaul. They are also used at non-fire incidents involving hazardous materials and confined spaces where there is a threat of toxic fumes or an oxygen-deficient atmosphere. There have been several well-documented incidents during the past 10 years where SCBA failure may have been a contributing factor in the deaths or injuries of firefightersA¹. These incidents, coupled with a recognition of the importance of self-contained breathing apparatus to firefighter safety, prompted the United States Fire Administration to undertake this study to address any operations trends associated with SCBA failure incidents, and to identify potential problems requiring correction or further study.the required test intervals. Test intervals for SCBA cylinders are dependent on construction type. ... facilities. The incidents in Detroit, MI and Humboldt, CA illustrate the importance of training personnel to recognize cylinders requiring hydrostatic testing. ... reprinted with the permission of Bruce J. Cavallari and Fire Engineering) answered many commonly asked questions regarding the ... MAINTENANCE.

Title:Special Report: Prevention of Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus Failures
Author:Department of Homeland Security FEMA, U.S. Fire Administration, National Fire Data Center
Publisher:FEMA - 2013-04-29


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