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    Is there an acceptable price for SCBAs that the AFG program will allow? I am getting a wide range of prices from vendors. Looking for the state-of-the-art SCBAs which meet all the current requirements. Any help would be appreciated.


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    Quote Originally Posted by SFD1800 View Post
    Is there an acceptable price for SCBAs that the AFG program will allow? I am getting a wide range of prices from vendors. Looking for the state-of-the-art SCBAs which meet all the current requirements. Any help would be appreciated.
    I got reduced to $5250 for 45 min composite SCBAs with facepiece and an extra bottle. I think another guy a week or so again said he got a little more. The FEMA rep at the AFG workshop I went to in March actually said the AFG max on SCBAs was $5250. So I have no idea how someone got awarded more. FWIW, I asked for $7,000 per pack.

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    I got my packs awarded in 2007 when Scott was the first to come out with a 2007 compliant pack. I had a bid price of almost $6000. I to got the $5250 number. When I told my rep thats all I had to spend, magically the price dropped. LOL

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    And they can go even lower. Competitive bidding is a big deal. $5,250 is plenty.

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    Last year we recieved three quotes :
    Brand "S" was 6,435.00 per unit
    Brand "M" was 5,100.00 per unit
    Brand "I" was 5,800.00 per unit

    We were awarded 5,250.00 per unit.
    Guess which one we went with???

    MSA Firehawks with 4.5 carbon bottles.!
    We actually ended up spending quite a bit less by buying salesmans demo units that had been used at trade shows and dept. demos. Like new condition at 1/3 off quoted price for new.

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    In 2007 I spent 4700 for msa 4500 air packs and fema allowed up 5000 if needed due to new 2007 regulation.

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    In 2007, I got Scott AP75's complete with spare 30min bottle & hard case for $4995. Requested $6000 each but reduced to $5000.

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    2008 AFG awarded 5250 for SCBA w/ spare bottle. Easily found 3 bidders would met that mark.
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    We just ordered 23 Sperian Warriors SCBA's. Bid came in just under $4,900 each. This included 45 min carbon cylinder @ 4500 psi with a spare cylinder for each pack. We also received 5 RIT packs for about $2,800 each. Each SCBA also has a voice amplifier, buddy breather hose. We received bids from MSA,Scott, Sperian and ISI. All were pretty close in bid with the exception of Scott, they under bid everybody by $19,000 to $21,000. Nobody on our department wanted Scott, plus they did not meet specs, no audiable bell for low preassure alarm. I talked to my regional AFG Rep and explained to her what was going on, and she stated that if we took the Scott bid, that we would be visited with an audit due to the fact that we would have $19,000 to $21,000 left over on a PPE award. And that this low price could have an impact on future SCBA awards (meaning that they could lower what they are willing to pay for SCBA's).

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    That suprises me about the Scott... The salesman must not know too much about them: a low air bell is an available option - I have 50 units with them (between the bell and Pass they are rather annoying doing the flowtesting!) I know my AP75's came in at 5250 last year... Personally, I like the vibralert & HUD features - there is no question if it is your low pressure alarm or someone else close...

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    Quote Originally Posted by rands1 View Post
    We just ordered 23 Sperian Warriors SCBA's. Bid came in just under $4,900 each. This included 45 min carbon cylinder @ 4500 psi with a spare cylinder for each pack. We also received 5 RIT packs for about $2,800 each. Each SCBA also has a voice amplifier, buddy breather hose. We received bids from MSA,Scott, Sperian and ISI. All were pretty close in bid with the exception of Scott, they under bid everybody by $19,000 to $21,000. Nobody on our department wanted Scott, plus they did not meet specs, no audiable bell for low preassure alarm. I talked to my regional AFG Rep and explained to her what was going on, and she stated that if we took the Scott bid, that we would be visited with an audit due to the fact that we would have $19,000 to $21,000 left over on a PPE award. And that this low price could have an impact on future SCBA awards (meaning that they could lower what they are willing to pay for SCBA's).

    You actually threw out the leading SCBA in the country because their alarm was not a 10cent tin bell? Who had low bid. And bought Sperian??? SPERIAN?

    What's the real story for manipulating the "specs" with the bell BS?
    If FD has $ left over you turn it back in. No harm no foul. It will be given to the next FD in line that had a DJ.

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    We had the packs for over a month for evaluation. Not one person on our departemt liked the Scott brand. Nobody felt secure wearing a Scott pack. I call Scott mfg myself to clarify about the low presure bell alarm, they stated just like the salesman that they no longer offer that as an option, it is only the vibra alert. The guys wanted the bell style as the low pressure alarm because that is what we are use to. The bell was written into the specs as the low presure audiable alarm for the packs, simple as that.Also as I stated that after talking with my regional AFG rep, if we took that bid, we would be auditied, and that the scott price could make AFG look at the prices for future SCBA awards. Would you like it if AFG lowered the scba price from 5250 down to around 3500, or your RIT packs lowered from 3000 to 850? Can you afford to pay the additional money for these SCBA's? I know that we couldn't.
    The way I look at it, the guys are getting the packs that they want and we may be saving future scba grants from getting major reductions.

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    Something smells in Denmark (nothing against you Denmarkians out there). What is wrong with having a very good pack and saving money that can be given to other departments that really need it?
    Just someone trying to help! (And by the way....Thanks for YOUR help!)

    Aggressive does not have to equal stupid.

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    It was a very simple process, not one member on our department wanted Scott. The guys looked at it in three directions, 1. It had too many possoble snag points, 2. It looked cheaply made ( the guys did not feel confident in this pack compared to the others) and 3. when only one vendor can low ball the comptition like this, it raises a red flag to us. Are we goining to buy cheap going into it and pay for it big time in the end? After the bids came in I called a department that just bought this unit about a year ago. They informed me that they have had nothing but problems with both the dealer and with Scott themselves. Scott did not want to honor the warrenty repairs (so they had to fight over that. I was told that if they had to do it over again they would not pick Scott, in fact they are thinking about just buying new packs from another vendor because of all the problems that they are having. But it comes to this, why should we buy a scba that the guys don't like or even voted for when they had a say on which pack they preffered?

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    Ahh, nothing invigorates a heated discussion much like brand of air pack!

    "1. It had too many possible snag points"
    Maybe so, but as a 'mask confidence' instructor, I've 'snagged' ALL brands of packs - the best solution is to know how not to get into trouble, and then what to do if you are in trouble. The pumper has too many possible vehicle accidents - do you not drive or do you train the folks to drive responsibly?

    "2. It looked cheaply made (the guys did not feel confident in this pack compared to the others)"
    Wow, pardon the pun here, but cheaply made as compared to WHAT? The AP75 looks like the strongest pack yet! I have battle proven packs here from the 2A up to and including the AP75's. As a Scott certified technician (we are an in-house repair center - do all the repairs ourselves) who has torn these things down to the bare block, I would NEVER trust my life to anything but Scott. The dual redundant air passages have NEVER both failed: it is designed to 'switch' to alarm if the primary stage fails. Try that with the others. Scott has never had a report of total air failure from one of it's packs.

    "3. when only one vendor can low ball the comptition like this, it raises a red flag to us. Are we going to buy cheap going into it and pay for it big time in the end?"
    I know the dealers get various 'specials' to offer depending on the amount of packs sold in their area. When I bought my updates last year, the package came in at $5,250.00 for the AP75 with quick disconnect hoses, integrated PASS & HUD, (2) cylinders the AV3000 mask, and voice amp - FAR from cheap! Scott's AV3000 was actually designed with enough voice intelligeability that the amplifier was not needed, but I wanted to add that option. During that time, the local (large) dealer was offering one free bottle for every 2 purchased! These guys sell over 5,000 packs per quarter themselves! Does that fact make the pack cheap? Nope. The QD option is similar to your 'buddy breather' hose as my RIT pack can hook onto the ff in trouble without removing it. Also, the option of every FF having not only their own mask, but regulator as well. They are responsible for it's cleaning and storage - NO cross contanimation! Buddy breathing is extremely discouraged here in NY, 2 people breathing down the bottle will run out of air quickly and give us 2 dead ff's.

    "After the bids came in I called a department that just bought this unit about a year ago. They informed me that they have had nothing but problems with both the dealer and with Scott themselves. Scott did not want to honor the warrenty repairs (so they had to fight over that.)"
    Good for you checking into things before purchasing them, I applaud that. Scott has one of the best warranty programs on the market today - 10 year bumper to bumper, 2 years on the electronics. (doubtful you got that with Speiran) It is possible that the dealer was not a service center and couldn't do the work. I find it hard to believe that Monroe would not rectify any problem quickly. Maybe I'm living in a glass house because ANY problem I have run into, I just fill out the form, send it to Monroe and get the replacement parts in a week or so, never an issue. My field service rep quickly answers every question I have in regards to issues with the packs. Sales reps, however, are a bit slower to respond because they are trained in selling them, not fixing them. That could have been their problem...

    "I was told that if they had to do it over again they would not pick Scott, in fact they are thinking about just buying new packs from another vendor because of all the problems that they are having." Boy, I'd love to contact them and make an offer on their packs if they are going to sell them! The FD's in my county are about 90% Scott, 5% MSA, and about 2% each other (ISI, Interspiro) At work, I am responsible for 1500 Scott's, 80 MSA, 30 Dreagers, and 20 ISI's statewide, and we rarely ever run into operational issues on Scotts, the others - well, I'd rather not talk about it... The largest problem I've ever seen on Scotts was training issues (both proper use and cleaning) Irregardless of the pack you're using, the training component is the most important: the best pack in the world won't hold up if it is not used and maintained properly.

    "But it comes to this, why should we buy a scba that the guys don't like or even voted for when they had a say on which pack they preffered?" THAT, I'll give you. If that is what the body wishes for, that is what you should give them. Me - I'll take the Scott, thank you. Tactile alarm (vibralert) AND HUD advises me if I am low air, not some darn bell (who's bell IS that, anyway?) I'd be happy to give you a bunch of those blasted bells from my packs that I consider useless and a waste of money anyway! I was not aware that they did away with those blasted bells - I'm glad! They were always a pain anyway! We stopped buying the bells a few years ago (however, in my defense, they are still available in our 'parts' catalog...)

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    I believe everyone gets audited that recieves a grant. I can't believe you bought Sperian??? You can use the excess money for fire prevention all you need to do is write a amendment. SPERIAN?????? As long as the guys are properly protected I guess thats all that matters so I will stop picking on Sperian.

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    Quote Originally Posted by admpaul View Post
    I believe everyone gets audited that recieves a grant. I can't believe you bought Sperian??? You can use the excess money for fire prevention all you need to do is write a amendment. SPERIAN?????? As long as the guys are properly protected I guess thats all that matters so I will stop picking on Sperian.
    That's my thought also. I wouldn't even send an RFP to a dealer in anything other than Scott and MSA. In our area have dealers that do well with maintenance/repair for both of these. I see Scott warranty repair gear that was years out of warranty and they are tough on dealers that aren't performing.

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    I bought Sperian too (formerly suvivair). We have 8 1997 compliant survivairs and felt that interoperability within our department was critical. Heap on the criticism, I can handle it.

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    Chief could you get me the address and POC for the scbas you bought and an email address and if possible contact me at sheltonjimmie63@gmail.com
    Quote Originally Posted by MIDWESTCHIEF View Post
    In 2007, I got Scott AP75's complete with spare 30min bottle & hard case for $4995. Requested $6000 each but reduced to $5000.

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