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Standpipe Operations: Roundtable: Pressure-Reducing Valve Failure

By John "Skip" Coleman It is very easy to take things for granted. Most of us in the fire service know that certain things are working as they should to make our lives easier. We throw a self-contained breathing apparatus on our back, snap in the mask-mounted regulator, and inhale and we get air. As if by magic, these things work. How? We may not know how, but we do know that almost always, when we throw it on and inhale, we get air. If we are lucky, we are also taught what to do in the rare instance when it doesn't work.  There are many "things" like this in the fire service. They almost always work. Sometimes we don't know exactly how, but they do. One such tool...

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