September Roundtable: Buddy Breathing

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. “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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