I am using the Essentials of Firefighting Manual 4th Edition and I will pose the following questions. If you can answer them fine, but the point is, you should use these as the basis for a drill for your people. We will do some detailed SCBA training in other posts but this is a little thought primer and review.
How much variation is accepted as a difference between a remote gauge and the cylinder gauge? Do you always check cylinder gauge before donning?
Name one situation where you should use the purge valve? ( And its not to clear your mask either!)
Approximately how many seconds does it take for a PASS device to activate?
How often are you supposed to retrain on the use of PASS devices? When was the last time you were trained on yours?
Can you manually operate your PASS device with a gloved hand without looking? ( Sounds like a good company drill to me, have everyone line up and see who is the quickest)
What percentage of cylinder capacity is considered full? What is the psi?
How often should scba be inspected? Have you read NFPA 1500 and 1404?
How do you clean and dry a facepiece?
How often do composite air cylinders have to be tested? What are the hydrostatic test dates on your cylinders?
How long should it take you to don an SCBA and be fully dressed in turnout gear ready to go? How long does it actually take?
Take these questions have a company drill, and review all of the answers with your personnel. It adds some flavor to the donning and doffing drills that become mundane.
When you are beginning the drill empty and lower the air pressure in a couple of spares before hand so as the drill progresses you can see if people are actually checking the cylinder gauge or are the just verbalizing it and not really checking.
Be sure all packs and cylinders are checked and ready to go at the completion of the drill.
Pete Lamb @ Copyright 2012
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