May Roundtable: SCBA Enforcement for Toxic Atmosphere

05/31/2011
This month's Roundtable question was: Do you conduct atmospheric monitoring at fires and what additional steps if any are taken to protect firefighters during the overhaul phase of a fire? Read Skip Coleman's initial reply HERE.Thomas Dunne, deputy chief, New York City Fire DepartmentResponse: Our department enforces a basic policy requiring SCBA use in any toxic atmosphere. Overhauling presents a problem, since it is seldom obvious when a “safe” level is reached and the SCBA can be removed.  Excessive carbon monoxide (CO) levels are the norm during overhaul, and we carry CO detectors to monitor those levels. However, CO is only one of numerous hazards present during over...

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