I had an Interspiro failure several weeks ago. It's one, of the many types that we have had. Mine wasn't an O ring issue. My regular unit was at the shops, and there was a "spare unit" in service. I checked it when I cam on duty, and later, the shops returned my normal unit. When I checked my normal unit, before placeing it in service, the plastic housing behind the bypass valve exploded apart upon being charged with air. This failure has occured with many other FF's either on the fireground, or while doing thier routine checks of the units. The scba shop guys were still there at the station, and replaced the faulty part quickly. The next morning, one of our dept officers showed up to get a statement from me about it. He also mentioned then that we would probably be "in" our new scba's by the end of April. At that time, I was told it would be the Scott 50's, like we had before. So, I'm going to assume that is still the case. We have had the Interspiro scba's August of 05, and have over 100 failures of some type. O ring failures while actively firefighting, as well as at morning checks.. along with bypass failures in both conditions, along with other mask failures etc. hoses burning in two on more than one occasion.
It is at the point that we are faced with going into a burning building, not knowing if our scba will suddenly fail for no reason at all. We are a large city/dept, and we have more than our share of structure fires. Just since Jan 1st I've been to numerous structures, and first in on many of them. We simply cannot refuse to wear them.. and put the public at risk, .. so we continue to put ourselves in harms way, with these faulty packs, until we are given something better to use. It sucks, but we have to do what we have to do.. it really does put us in a rotten situation. I know that these new scba's will be a very welcome site at all the stations. They won't get here soon enough for anyone.
I just hope that we can all stay safe until the switch is made. Thanks for all the well wishes for our welfare, it is truely welcome. Only our fellow bothers & sisters out there can know what we a truely faced with. This job can be dangerous enough, without carrying a ticking time bomb on your back while doing it.
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Thread: San Antonio SCBA failures
03-25-2006, 03:22 AM #21http://www.sanantoniofire.org
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03-25-2006, 07:11 AM #22Originally Posted by SSHANK42
Good Luck on your timely replacements San Antonio brothers. My heart is with you.
A few years ago I took my wife to San Antonio for a romantic night on the River Walk. We had a hard time finding a parking spot that didn't require a taxi ride to the river. Some of your guys at a nearby station let us park in their parking lot. You guys are the greatest. Take care and stay safe!!
Last edited by THEFIRENUT; 03-25-2006 at 07:18 AM.Just someone trying to help! (And by the way....Thanks for YOUR help!)
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04-24-2006, 10:08 PM #23IACOJ both divisions and PROUD OF IT !
Pardon me sir.. .....but I believe we are all over here !
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I'm sorry, I haven't been paying much attention for the last 3 hours.....what were we discussing?
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04-25-2006, 10:12 AM #24
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Does anybody know what kind of scba's they are going with?
04-25-2006, 07:54 PM #25
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We have Scott Air-Pack 50's on order and we anxiously await their arrival.
04-25-2006, 10:46 PM #26
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- Rural Wisconsin, Retired from the burbs of Milwaukee
When I worked for the ANG as a civilian firefighter we got Interspiros. I hated them then and this only reenforces my opinion of them.
Good for you guys getting AP-50's. A reliable, workhorse of an SCBA.
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