Face Piece or no Face piece?? That is the question...
We are gathering research on whether or not wearing your facepiece on the apparatus to the fire scene is beneficial. Also wearing it in scenes where there is no visible smoke or hazard, and the chance of it becoming hazardous is very minimal. The thought process is that the environment would become hazardous, and you would be ready. Also saving you a step going on air, giving you a quicker attack.
Cons have been it hampers communication severely, visibility, tracking down smells, and also your breathing, since you are not on air. Face piece on, but not on air.
I was searching for some studies, or actual hands on research of which is more practical, safer and better overall way of working while on the fire ground.
We as a department have varying opinions as to this matter.
I am of the opinion that the ability to communicate is severely hampered while wearing a facepiece. With the noises being generated by fans, saws, radio communications and apparatus engines, it is very difficult to communicate.
Like I said previously, there are other issues with visibility and breathing and loss of your senses that hamper your productivity as well.
We would like some input or studies that show the benefits or hindrances on both sides.
Any hard facts or instances would be appreciated.