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    One of our members who is career in a neighboring agency mentioned that you are supposed to be a scott certified technician to replace batteries in SCBA's because of liability. Has anyone ever run across this issue or heard of this?

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    Nope. We used to do them as a group at our career dept every 3-4 months if I remember right....Everyone would grab 2 or 3 packs and we'd be done in 20 minutes.
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    Absolute hogwash. Why would you need to be a tech to change batteries just like you change in your kid's toys.
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    If you had to be a tech, there would probably be a special tool required to access the batteries.

    We change our own, although when the tech does come in on an annual basis to test the packs, he does change them as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ellery View Post
    One of our members who is career in a neighboring agency mentioned that you are supposed to be a scott certified technician to replace batteries in SCBA's because of liability. Has anyone ever run across this issue or heard of this?
    Seems odd - especially when we don't even use Scott packs.
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    just more of the Scott mystere. only the best and need to be certifies to do anything

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    No you don't. But if you are using newer Scott's you should be using Duracell Industrial battery's. We had 2 units burn out using cheaper battery's, called Scott and was told the salesman should have told us this up front. Plus you need competent personal changing the battery's because they need to go a curtain way. The unit will work with the battery's in wrong but can damage the board in the newer packs. Very costly repairs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by D.sinesi View Post
    No you don't. But if you are using newer Scott's you should be using Duracell Industrial battery's. We had 2 units burn out using cheaper battery's, called Scott and was told the salesman should have told us this up front. Plus you need competent personal changing the battery's because they need to go a curtain way. The unit will work with the battery's in wrong but can damage the board in the newer packs. Very costly repairs.

    There's a reason that every SCBA comes with an "owner's manual" type document. Every SCBA manufacturer has recommended battery types which are listed in their manuals. It is also a NIOSH and therefore an NFPA requirement to use the correctly specified batteries.

    Back to the original question.... no, you do not need to be a technician to change batteries.

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    Anyone running rechargeable batteries in their SCBAs or have discussed the idea with the manufacturer? I have not seen this done but it was just a thought. These are the best rechargeables I have encountered.
    http://www.ansmann.de/en/homepage/re...battery-packs/

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