Firefighting

CONDUCTING A SUCSESSFUL SCBA EVALUATION

Issue 6 and Volume 148.

CONDUCTING A SUCSESSFUL SCBA EVALUATION BRIAN A. COLELLA Is your department in the market for new self-contained breathing apparatus? If so, do you have questions about how to begin the process of evaluating the many brands of SCBA to determine which is best for you? Are you unsure about the makeup of an SCBA evaluation committee? Do you need a game plan for organized field testing? Are you confused as to how to record the results of your SCBA testing? There currently are nine manufacturers of SCBA that carry the NFPA-compliant label. If your department is going to purchase new SCBA in the near future, you owe it to your firefighters and community to conduct a well-planned, thorough SCBA evaluation. By so doing, you`ll be able to purchase a top-performing SCBA at a reasonable cost. The following provides a logical evaluation outline for achieving these goals. THE NFPA 1981 STANDARD…

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