Leadership

THE POINT OF NO RETURN

Issue 3 and Volume 158.

BY STEVE BERNOCCO, MIKE GAGLIANO, PHIL JOSE, AND CASEY PHILLIPS The Rule of Air Management is simple: Know how much air you have in your SCBA and manage the amount of air you have so that you leave the hazardous environment before your SCBA low-air warning bell begins to ring.1 This rule holds true for any fire building or hazardous atmosphere. Firefighters should follow it at all times: at bread-and-butter room fires, at house fires, at the large apartment house fire, at the large commercial fire, at the confined-space rescue-at any incident where firefighters use their SCBAs. This article discusses how the Point of No Return relates to the Rule of Air Management. THE NFPA AND AIR MANAGEMENT National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1404, Standard for Fire Service Respiratory Protection Training, 2002 edition, covers specific training policies that relate to the self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA). However, many fire departments probably…

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