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    HI;
    I'm interested in finding out how you guys mark your SCBA BOTTLES and inventory them. What do you track besides the hydrostatic test dates? What do you use to stencil the tanks or is there a something else out there to do it better? Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Poochy
    HI;
    I'm interested in finding out how you guys mark your SCBA BOTTLES and inventory them. What do you track besides the hydrostatic test dates? What do you use to stencil the tanks or is there a something else out there to do it better? Thanks

    Each of our cylinders are numbered with a large paint marker. We track hrdros and repairs.




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    We do the same as Fireman4949 and also use the manufacture's serial number.

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    Big reflective numbers are affixed to the cylinder.
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    we use a bright orange spray painted stencil ...........we just write the number on the neck in black permanent marker starting @ #1.
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    About the same as WeruJ1. Each station and their respective eq is color coded. SCBA's included. The bottle is also marked/tracked per a number assigned to the bottle.
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    Thanks guys, I was just wondering if anyone had a different view on how to number, inventory or keep some other aspect of the SBCA bottles. I do like the reflective number Idea but i guess that might get to be kinda expensive .....Thanks Guys.

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    P-Touch labels with station number hyphenated with cylinder number (XX-01 etc). A master inventory sheet lists the serial number that corresponds to the affixed tracking number. We have Scott 4.5 fifty series backframes. The cylinder numbers are attached to the cylinder so when the BA's are in the brackets you can read the number of the cylinder through the "window" of the backframe.

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    we use a bar code on the bottles with a hand scanner to keep track of all bottles

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    Our system is similar to everyone else's here. we utilize reflective numbers on each bottle, and a fire department ID tag which has the inventoty number attached to it.

    We have listed on the inventory data sheet on our software, the date the bottle was made, serial number, date put into service, manufacturer, sales company and rep, as well as any needed repairs to that specific bottle, cost of the bottle new. Since our bottles have no hydro test dates we always refer to the build dates to see when bottles are needing replaced in the future.

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    We used an engraver on our Scott Aluminum tanks to lightly etch the Department inventory number into/through the yellow paint.
    This number is specific to the piece of equipment. It makes inventory much easier.

    The bottles are numbered (1 thru ???) larger with a large black "Marks-A-Lot" permanent marker. It's easy, cheap, and can be refrehed without trouble.
    The "hydro" date is stamped/engraved on the cylinder by the service doing the test.

    Every tank is emtied and refilled with "fresh" air on a rotation of 2 months. I use a printed sheet at the cascade to keep up with when each is filled.

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    We use a stencil to spray paint a very large number on the cylinder. Started at #1. Whenever a cylinder is filled or other maintenance is done the firefighter filling out the paperwork just has to put down the cylinder # rather than trying to find the itty bitty serial number on the cylinder. We have a spreadsheet that lists each cylinders department # to the actual manufacturers serial #. It also lists stat dates etc... I have found that the paperwork actually gets completed better now that serial #'s don't need to be found and written, also eliminates the confusion of which of the sometimes many numbers on the cylinder is actually the serial #. If you'd like I can send you our spreadsheet and some pics of painted cylinders.

    NOTE: We also use the same marking system on our cascade storage cylinders.
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