We're currently looking into getting some type of gas monitor. We're an all volunteer Dept, covering approx 35 square miles with 2,500 people and approx. 100 calls per year. We also have a major highway running straight through our district, a LP Gas dist. center, and a major railway. We're looking for a "well rounded" gas meter that would suit our needs, and our budget. We're having to get this on a grant so choices would be 2 simpler meters (one for each pumper) or one high dollar meter for the first out pumper. This is where ya'll come in... We need suggestions on meters and options and so on, from people who have had more experience with them. Thanks in advance!
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05-24-2004, 11:03 PM #1
05-25-2004, 07:22 AM #2
- Join Date
- Dec 1999
- Swanton Fire Dept. Swanton, Vermont
We got an MSA Orion. Most places around here have gone with them.
The major thing I would look at is field replaceable sensors with easy re-calibration. We had a different meter before and it ate O2 sensors and it needed to be sent out to get it replaced and recal'ed. Expensive issue. The O2 will need replacement but if you can do it, it won't cost as much.
05-25-2004, 09:21 AM #3
Try the Scott Scout we have 2 in service.
05-25-2004, 10:29 PM #4
I may just be blind and dumb, but i don't see the Scout listed on Scott's website.
05-25-2004, 10:35 PM #5I may just be blind and dumb, but i don't see the Scout listed on Scott's website.
We use a Scout; like it pretty well.
05-25-2004, 10:59 PM #6
Have you asked the LP distribution company to donate a meter to the FD?
They can donate one, give you the training on how to use it, you get an additional piece of equipment, peace of mind and they get a nice little tax writeoff!"The education of a firefighter and the continued education of a firefighter is what makes "real" firefighters. Continuous skill development is the core of progressive firefighting. We learn by doing and doing it again and again, both on the training ground and the fireground."
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05-26-2004, 12:20 AM #7
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- Jun 2002
- Glenn Dale Md, Heart of the P.G. County Fire Belt....
There is Quite a Variety Out There........
See If any dealers will do a demo, and give you a chance to use it in your own setting. We use, and like, a Gastrak.............Never use Force! Get a Bigger Hammer.
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05-26-2004, 06:47 AM #8
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- Jan 2004
We use Bio-Systems Phd older version , and the Phd-lite newer version. We have had good luck with both. The units are user friendly and are field serviceable with only a phillips screwdriver. Sensors are changeable in house and the units can be recalibrated in house. Batterys are rechargeable, or standard "AA" packs.
Capt gonzo had a good idea, check with the gas company and or the railroad and the just may help you out. It never hurts to ask.
05-26-2004, 11:39 AM #9
Excelent idea Capt. We'll have to see if we can't hit them up for one. We haven't had any demos yet, but we're working on getting some.
05-27-2004, 01:24 AM #10
We demo'd several and ended up buying 4 Scott Scout's.
Simple no BS operation and maintenance. For a general 4 gas/5 gas atmospheric monitor, there was no comparison in my opinion. Good warranty on the sensors. Great performance. Has a "sniffer" mode for pin-pointing leaks.
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