PPE CASE – Evaluation of a Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus Involved in Near Miss During Live Fire Training with a Recruit at a State Academy
East Hartford Fire Department Request for a Scott® Safety Air-Pak 4.5
NPPTL Report Number TN-21971
NIOSH received a SCBA used by a recruit during a live fire training evolution at the state fire academy. The SCBA was not found to contribute to the incident.
A qualified service technician must inspect, repair, test, clean, and replace damaged components of any SCBA involved in an incident before it may be returned to service.
At the request of the East Hartford Connecticut Fire Department, NIOSH’s National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory (NPPTL) inspected and evaluated the Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) used by a fire fighter during the live fire training evolution.
This report provides a summary of NPPTL’s inspection and evaluation methods, as well as findings, for an SCBA that was being used by a recruit of the Connecticut State Fire Academy. The SCBA used was a Scott® Safety Air-Pak Model 4.5 30 minute, 4500 psi unit. The East Hartford Fire Department was advised that NIOSH NPPTL would provide a written report of the investigation and any applicable test results.
East Hartford Fire Department Request for a Scott® Safety Air-Pak 4.5 [PDF – 9 MB]
NIOSH . PPE CASE: Evaluation of a Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus Involved in Near Miss During Live Fire Training with a Recruit at a State Academy. By Jay Tarley. Morgantown, WV U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, NPPTL TN-21971.