SCBA: U.S. vs. International Standards and Procedures

Issue 2 and Volume 164.

BY BRIAN ROBINSON The aim of firefighting is the same the world over, whether it be in London, Chicago, or downtown New Delhi. Among those aims, of course, are to rescue casualties; promote their recovery; extinguish fire; and, most importantly, ensure that the firefighters work safely and return home alive after each shift. However, the way that firefighters are protected differs considerably the world over, as are the procedures adopted to protect them, such as those pertaining to the use of self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA). Certainly, the concept of SCBA giving fresh air to protect the wearers is the same, although it does that in a slightly different way depending on the standard to which it was built. European Norm (EN) standard SCBAs are required in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, and some other parts of the world. A DIFFERENT CONCEPT OF SCBA It may immediately appear that an SCBA…

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