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    Default Help With MSA donning/doffing procedure

    I work for a law enforcement agency that has MSA airpacks and masks in the building. We are rewriting SOPs, procedures, training manuals, etc. I'm trying to find a good resource for step by step instructions of how to don/dof these tanks and masks. We have the old type with the large metal respirator on the hip and the big hose going to the mask. Any help would be greatly appreciated as this is a serious matter to have our people trained properly.

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    Just out of curiosity, what are using these packs for?

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    How about going to your local F,D, and asking them for assistance.
    I am sure they will help and might even share thier SOP/SOG's with you.

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    I'd contact the respirator manufacturer and have them send you and old instruction manual. Either that or check with the local FD. If they had the same brand, then they will likely have exactly what you are looking for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by neverdairy View Post
    I work for a law enforcement agency that has MSA airpacks and masks in the building. We are rewriting SOPs, procedures, training manuals, etc. I'm trying to find a good resource for step by step instructions of how to don/dof these tanks and masks. We have the old type with the large metal respirator on the hip and the big hose going to the mask. Any help would be greatly appreciated as this is a serious matter to have our people trained properly.
    Why did the agency not have SOP's for the masks already? I thought you were 'rewriting' them. Don't reinvent the wheel. Keep it simple.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geinandputitout View Post
    I'd contact the respirator manufacturer and have them send you and old instruction manual. Either that or check with the local FD. If they had the same brand, then they will likely have exactly what you are looking for.
    I would agree. Contact the local FD. Sounds like some older model MSA's you're working with here, but even if the local fire department has more modern equipment I'm sure there are some old hands around who are still proficient with older belt-mounted regulator models. Even if they don't use MSA's, they should be very familiar with SCBA's in general and ought to be able to help you out.

    Also, ask the local FD if they have a library of IFSTA (International Fire Service Training Association) manuals (they should). Either the "Essentials" manual or the "Self Contained Breathing Apparatus" manual will have a detailed (but generic) donning procedure with pictures and everything. That would probably be a good place to start.

    Again, what are you going to be using these for?
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    I know the county jail here has the old MSA SCBAs hanging on walls all over the place. I believe they are for fires so the jailers could get prisoners out and not be overwhelmed by the smoke. Never know if a prisoner would take that oppurnity to try and escape.

    MSA had at one time a poster for the Ultralite 2. I couldn't find it on the website but I'm sure someone somewhere has it on file.
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    Just contact MSA, I am sure they will send you any and all material to help out.

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