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Using Emergency Escape Breathing Devices (EEBD) in Immediately Dangerous to Life or Health (IDLH) Situations

Emergency escape breathing devices (EEBD) are a type of self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) used for emergency escape in immediately dangerous to life or health (IDLH) situations. When properly used, an EEBD can provide emergency respiratory protection by allowing the wearer to escape from environments with atmospheres that are oxygen deficient or that contain toxic contaminants. Typical Applications for EEBD Many

Find Out More About the American Recovery Plan EMS/Firefighter Funding Assistance

As the United States takes the next steps to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, the $1.9 trillion emergency stimulus plan known as the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 is the next source of support for COVID-19 pandemic response. But how does this next piece of legislation and spending impact first responders, including EMS agencies and firefighters? Below are major plan

Officers Should Set the Tone When Inspecting SCBA

Each day the company officer sets the tone at the station whether intentionally or unintentionally. Everyone is influenced by the habits and behaviors of the officer. The officer always has a host of administrative duties to perform, whether it’s logging in the roster for the day, starting the log book, entering payroll information, logging training, or any number of other

10 Ways You Should Think About SCBA Comfort

You may think the comfort of a self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) is subjective, but it’s really not. Here are 10 obvious — and not so obvious — ways firefighters should judge the comfort of their SCBA. 1. Realistic Movement The SCBA feels nice on your back, right? When you tried it on in the training room, it felt good. When

Discover the Firefighter Combat Challenge: Founder Dr. Paul Davis, an Interview

The 3M Scott Fire & Safety Firefighter Combat Challenge seeks to encourage firefighter fitness and demonstrate the profession's rigors to the public. Wearing "full bunker gear" and the 3M Scott Air-Pak™ SCBA breathing apparatus, competitors race head-to-head as they simulate the physical demands of real-life firefighting by performing a series of tasks they could encounter in a live fire rescue

Points to Consider When Selecting Fire Service SCBA

Selecting and purchasing SCBA can be a complex process. Not only is it capital-intensive, it also represents a long-term investment in arguably the most important piece of personal protective equipment (PPE) that a firefighter puts on. The SCBA is a critical lifeline to the firefighter and should be given careful consideration before making a 12 to 15-year investment. The National

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