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SCBA Policy

08/01/2007
QUESTION: Much has been written about the toxins contained in smoke. We have been aware of the effects of carbon monoxide for a long time. Other chemicals, such as hydrogen cyanide, are being given more weight as contributing causes to firefighter deaths and injuries. Most departments have a mandatory mask policy that provides guidelines for wearing SCBA at fires. Does your department have a written policy on the use of SCBA at fires? Who is responsible for compliance?I BEGIN MANY OF THESE ROUNDtable discussions with the statement “when I came on the job” because I believe it gives us a point of reference for the issue in question. It also illustrates how things changed in 30 years. I rem...

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