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    Default Do you have your own SCBA mask?

    I am in the process of trying to get my department to issue everyone their own masks. Currently we have a mix of both "truck masks" and assigned masks.

    Does anyone know of any research done on the cross contamination issue of a common mask?


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    We got enough mask so each individual could have their own. Everyone ended up using the ones stored on the trucks with the packs. The idea is you are supposed ot dunk the mask in a cleaning disinfecting solution when passing from one FF to the next.

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    I choose not to carry an issued mask and just use one from the engine. I would use it SO infrequently, that it is more likely to just be neglected or left in the back seat of my truck. I'm better off not bothering.
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    I do have my own personal mask.. but since making Deputy, it hasn't been used much. Mine is a Scott AV3000 with the voicemitter.
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    I have my own mask, but it is more for wearability than sanitation. The mask isn't where your contamination is- it's the regulator. And that is what most people forget to clean.
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    All of us are fitted and assigned a new mask.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hefightsfire99 View Post
    All of us are fitted and assigned a new mask.
    Ditto here. And all personnel are also annually fit tested as well.
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    We issue all interior certified personnel their own personal face piece and mask bag. We also carry face pieces located with each of the SCBAs on the apparatus.

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    My department issues each qualified firefighter a personal mask. We figure if someone chooses to be lazy and not clean their mask at least nobody else has to put their face in it. We also keep one spare face piece on each rig in case someones gets forgotten or damaged.

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    We each get our own.
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    We've got our own, as well. I know a department down the interstate that issues their own masks and regulator (hoses have quick connect fittings).

    If you're looking for information, you might check NFPA 1500 (I think that's the one I'm thinking of).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sleeper6 View Post
    My department issues each qualified firefighter a personal mask. We figure if someone chooses to be lazy and not clean their mask at least nobody else has to put their face in it. We also keep one spare face piece on each rig in case someones gets forgotten or damaged.
    Ditto. Ditto.

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    Volunteer and Career- own mask. With my factory approved prescription spectacle kit already installed and ready to go.
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    We are each issued a facepice (Drager Panorama Nova) and regulator (drager CBRN lung demand valve) and are FIT tested annually.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MontvilleFire39 View Post
    We are each issued a facepice (Drager Panorama Nova) and regulator (drager CBRN lung demand valve) and are FIT tested annually.
    Ditto here as well, with the exception of type. UC uses ISI CBRNE
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    We get our own mask, regulator and voice amp. Most of the bacteria is found in the regulator instead of the facepiece.

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    We get ours issued to us by the dept. There is also one spare mask per pack on the engine.
    Totally Unacceptable !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    How do you clean the regulator since that seems to be the dirty part? Do you do it same as the mask?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TNFF319 View Post
    How do you clean the regulator since that seems to be the dirty part? Do you do it same as the mask?
    We use the Scott Multi-wash solution and follow these directions...
    Cleaning and Disinfecting Made Easy

    Using Multi-Wash Mini cleaner and disinfectant is an easy
    procedure. First, remove any dirt or soil from your equipment.

    Then spray on Multi-Wash Mini. Swirl the solution around
    to coat all internal parts.
    Next, shake out the excess solution from the equipment being cleaned.

    Thoroughly rinse the solution out of the equipment, and let it dry
    completely.

    Your newly cleaned and disinfected equipment will be ready
    for immediate use.
    To speed up drying, we blow compressed air to dry the regulator and displace moisture.

    At the Fire Acdemy, this procedure is called "dunk and slosh" and the inits are air dried.
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    We don't get our own masks. Ours sit with the SCBA in the trucks and are cleaned after each use.

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