The advent of SCBA revolutionized the fire service. Whereas firefighters once regularly faced devastating exposure to smoke and harmful toxins, SCBA offer protection and supply firefighters the air to breathe while operating inside immediately dangerous to life or health (IDLH) environments. SCBA essentially serve as the firefighters' lungs in an otherwise airless atmosphere.
The SCBA's vital role has been amplified in recent years, with the increased focus on firefighter cancer exposures. More and more organizations are encouraging firefighters to stay on air through overhaul operations to maximize protection and reduce exposure risk. Even personnel traditionally staged away from the direct exposure to smoke or outside the IDLH environment, such as pump operators, are encouraged to mask up to protect themselves from the toxins in the air.
This FireRescue1 guide provides information on what fire departments need to consider when evaluating SCBA. Included in this guide:
- Key considerations before purchasing
- Questions to ask vendors
- Company directory
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