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Don't Hold Your Breath--A Response to "To Buddy Breathe of Not?"

March 28th, 2002John "Skip" ColemanPennWell PublicationsRe: "To Buddy Breathe or Not?"I was surprised by the content of John Coleman's article on "To Buddy Breathe or Not?" (Feb.02). My department recently embarked on the task of evaluating, bidding, and in servicing new breathing apparatus to replace our existing 15 year old units. The primary consideration during the development phase was for the safety and well being of the firefighters who would be wearing the apparatus. With that as the primary focus, the specifications for the new breathing apparatus included lightweight backpack/harness assemblies, voice amplifiers with radio communication interface, integrated PASS alarms, and rep...

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