Thread: Do you have your own SCBA mask?
01-18-2009, 09:03 PM #26RK
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01-18-2009, 09:12 PM #27
We also are issued our own mask, regulator and voice amp. We also have an annual fit test and flow test of the regulator.A "Good" fire is not measured by how big it is, but by the fact that everyone is going home safe, and that we possibly learned something new about firefighting. Member:IACOJ
01-18-2009, 09:44 PM #28
01-18-2009, 10:24 PM #29
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01-19-2009, 10:46 AM #30
we also have our own mask...........and voice amp thanks to a grant.......I like it.IACOJ both divisions and PROUD OF IT !
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01-19-2009, 10:55 PM #31
01-20-2009, 11:08 AM #32
Everyone is issues their own facepiece w/voice amp here. We just switched over to Scotts....LOVE them...
The also gave us a handy dandy storage bag to prevent the facepiece from getting scratched/banged up when not in use.
Somebody mentioned not using it very much and forgetting to take it off the truck when off duty.......Its no different than the rest of your PPE just like your helmet, gloves, and/or any extra gear you carry.
If I'm not mistaken....I do believe there is a standard (not sure if NFPA and/or OSHA) that everyone is to have their own facepiece.....although this is the first department Ive been associated with that does this.
01-21-2009, 07:11 PM #33
We are each issued our own mask after completing probation.
Officers get voice amps and the rest are passed out per seniority.Jason Knecht
Township Fire Dept., Inc.
Eau Claire, WI
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01-21-2009, 07:43 PM #34
We all have our own masks. There are no other masks that are carried on the rig. You bring your mask with you. We are fit tested annually and masks are also tested.
01-22-2009, 10:38 AM #35If I'm not mistaken....I do believe there is a standard (not sure if NFPA and/or OSHA) that everyone is to have their own facepiece
It's usually easier to give each guy their own mask as opposed to all the options being available."This thread is being closed as it is off-topic and not related to the fire industry." - Isn't that what the Off Duty forum was for?
01-22-2009, 11:31 AM #36
My own pack with a mask AND a spare mask. T.C,
01-25-2009, 06:40 AM #37
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- L-Town, SC
In our county, everyone gets their own mask. We have MSA. Each mask comes with the HUD and many guys also have the voice amp. There has been talk of obtaining more voice amps. We have to go for a fit test yearly. It is up to each person to keep their mask clean. We also have a log book where we have to document that we inspected it monthly, after each use, and after cleaning it. We are also issued a mask bag to carry it in.
01-27-2009, 07:55 PM #38
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- Oct 2007
- Chatsworth and Kennesaw, GA
We do not get our own mask, there are 5 mask per engine (one per pack) that we share. Each mask that was in service is cleaned after use. Hopefully we will be receiving a grant soon that will allow every active member to have their own mask. It can get a little frustrating for some of us small guys to find those few mask on the engine that are not stretched out and will give a us a good seal.MCFD Station 1- "The Second-Due Saviors."
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01-28-2009, 08:19 PM #39
I think people take better care of them if they have there own masks. Its an investment that won't break the bank and is better in the long run. That, and it just plain gross to share masks with anyone no matter how much you clean them. I can think of a couple of guys I would not want to follow.
01-29-2009, 01:20 AM #40
We benefitted from a FIRE Act grant a few years back that allowed us to get rid of our mix of MSA packs (with low pressure hoses and waist mounted regulators) and Survivair packs -- both at 2216 psi. Not only did you not get your own mask, you were sure what type of pack you would be wearing as no rig had all of one type.
Now, all of the apparatus have 4500 psi Scott packs and everyone is issue their own mask. Not only is it more hygienic, but I think having masks that are properly sized (including the nose cone for some members) improves everyone's performance while working in SCBA. Whether it's a mask or gloves or bunker pants, you work better when your equipment fits you properly.
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