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September Roundtable: Buddy Breathing

09/01/2011
By John "Skip" Coleman I asked this question many years ago in the Fire Engineering Magazine version of Roundtable, yet it is so important and still such a significant question that I am going to run it past you again. Self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) manufactures sell us a device that we can’t use.  According to the National Fire Protection Assocation (NFPA) Standard 1500, Standard on Fire Department Occupational Safety and Health Program, 2007 edition Section A.7.11.1.2: “The NFPA, ANSI, IAFF and most SCBA manufacturers do not recommend any form of buddy breathing”… including using some devices that can be purchased (for extra money) for SCBAs.  I looked at ...

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