SCBA's - New style regulators
---I posted this in the wrong forum (I was reading this one when I decided to post a topic). I have reposted it in the Safety/Survival Forum. Please reply there. Thanks.---
This is just a general question regarding the newer SCBA's with the regulator that attaches to the front of the mask.
I am familar with the SCBA's that have the hose coming from the mask and attaching to either a waist or chest regulator. This is the style my FD currently uses. I have seen the newer ones where the regulator attaches directly on the mask. Eventually, we will be upgrading our SCBA's to newer models. There is a concern I have regaring the face mounted regulator that no one yet has been able to answer. With our current models, if for some reason your tank goes "empty" before you completely exit the structure (as you are escaping the house because your "bell" went off), or you have possible equipment failure, you disconnect the hose and place it in your turnout coat to filter as much of the smoke as possible on your way out. What do you do in the case of the face mounted regulators? You can't take it off, because the mask will then be open to the smoke.
Any insight to this question is appreciated. Basically, I would like to know some pro's and con's of the newer style. I don't want this to be a "what is right or wrong" debate, I just want us to make a logical decision when it is time to upgrade our SCBA's, as to which style regulator to get. I know there are benefits both ways.
[This message has been edited by JCB209 (edited 04-26-2001).]