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    What are the hydro test years for SCBA Tanks (Carbon Fiber and FiberGlass)

    Is it every 3 years or 5?
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    Carbon composite/Kevlar cylinders must have a hydrostatic test every three (3) to five (5) years - depending on the manufacturer of the cylinder - and both hoop-wrapped and full-wrapped fiberglass cylinders must have a hydrostatic test every three (3) years.

    That is as per the Firefighter's Handbook: Essentials of Firefighting and Emergency Response, New Jersey Edition, 2004, but since the USDOT regulates compressed gas cylinders and requires hydrostatic testing, including those used for SCBA, these time frames are compliant all over the U.S.
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    The most accurate answer is it depends on the specific DOT exemption number the tanks were made under. This information is affixed in a permanent way to each tank made. This goes beyond just SCBA bottles - All HP gas cylinders from industrial gas tanks to scuba tanks to scba bottles all have a DOT classification/exemption number which dictates the test procedures/frequency.

    For our department, most of our bottles are Al and fall under the 3AL standard which is 5 years. We have a few hoop wrap composite tanks (don't have their number) but those are 5 year interval tanks as well.

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    IFSTA 5th Ed. says 3 for carbon fiber/composites like Piney said.

    Funny you should ask that question, this was just a question on my state test last week.
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    Thanks a lot
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    not all carbons are 3year. some are 5year, depending on the date they were manufactured.

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    new exemption says 5 years for composite.

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    Quote Originally Posted by michfire View Post
    new exemption says 5 years for composite.
    Interesting. Good to know. The correct answer was 3 yrs on my test. Hopefully it will be changed by the time I take the next test.
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    Default 3 & 5 years are both correct

    Cylinders retested prior to May 11, 2001 must
    be retested within 36 months of the retest date marked on
    the cylinder. Cylinders retested on or after May 11, 2001
    must be reinspected and hydrostatically retested at least
    once every five years. Cylinders manufactured under this special permit (DOT-SP 10915)
    are not authorized for use fifteen (15) years after the
    date of manufacture.

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    yeah it's a few years or so.

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