Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) Evaluation in Support of the Fire Service

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Working in Cold: Fire Fighter SCBA Best Practices When Working in Cold

Infographic - WORKING IN COLD: Fire Fighter SCBA Best Practices When Working in Cold
  • Follow SCBA manufacturers’ recommendations for breathing air moisture content and compressor maintenance
  • Ensure SCBA breathing air systems receive routine maintenance
  • Keep SCBA connections dry when changing cylinders
  • Use care when removing SCBA after use to protect from cold and water
  • On the fireground, keep SCBA out of extreme cold temperatures when not in use, store in heated cab

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Working in Cold: When using SCBA and working in Cold

Infographic - WHEN WORKING IN COLD: When using SCBA and working in cold
  • Refer to SCBA user instructions
  • Talk to your SCBA manufacturer
  • Talk to your breathing air compressor manufacturer

Why? To reduce the risk of freeze ups leading to out-of-air emergencies due to breathing-air moisture and environmental contamination.

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Reference: https://www.usfa.fema.gov/downloads/pdf/publications/tr-088.pdfCdc-pdfExternal

Page last reviewed: February 28, 2018