What to Consider Before Purchasing a “Refurbished” SCBA

When considering the purchase of new SCBA, it is important to understand the compliance implications of purchasing “refurbished” SCBA from a supplier not authorized by its manufacturer. Several businesses in the United States and Canada advertise and sell SCBA that are “refurbished” or “reconditioned” units from various SCBA manufacturers. U.S. OSHA regulations [29 CFR 1910.134(h)(4)] require that “the employer shall

Six Characteristics to Recruit for in Volunteer Firefighters

When it comes to personnel, volunteer fire departments are no different than corporations or nonprofit groups. They all need people in the boat rowing toward the same agreed-upon destination. And while that rowing requires hard skills, like a strong back, it also requires soft skills — such as the ability to work as part of a team. In firefighting, the

Realizing Effective Firefighter Rapid Intervention Team Techniques and Equipment

A rapid intervention team (RIT) must have a thorough knowledge of basic and advanced search procedures to be effective at reaching the downed firefighter quickly. The time saved at reducing the search time can be time used at completing an RIT bag change and extrication if needed. This search knowledge can only be gained through constant training and understanding of

Benefits and Advancements of Snap-Change Cylinders for Fireground Readiness

3M Scott's Snap-Change cylinder connection was yet another industry first when it was introduced in 2004 as part of the 3M™ Scott™ Air-Pak™ NxG2 SCBA. Utilizing a patented quick release design to support rapid cylinder replacement on the fireground, the proven design of the Snap-Change cylinder connection has continued to evolve over the years with the 3M™ Scott™ Air-Pak™ NxG7

Nine Technologies That Will Help Transform the Fire Service

Smart technologies like artificial intelligence, mixed reality or autonomous vehicles are being deployed by first responders in ways hardly imagined even just a decade ago. As firefighters grow accustomed to current technologies, other innovations such as use of big data, biotelemetry, facial recognition software, 360 video and the leveraging of gaming technology are beginning to emerge. The integration of these

U.S. OSHA COVID-19 Violations are on the Rise. Be Prepared.

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread throughout the United States, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is moving forward with enforcement of violations related to COVID-19. As of December 18, 2020, the agency has proposed penalties totaling $3,646,228.00. [1] These citations have come as a result of more than 270 inspections and can be

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