|The SCBA Lifeline and Air Management|
The SCBA is only exceeded by the brain as the most important tool for a firefighter. Operating with this piece of equipment in less than ideal conditions should become second nature for all firefighters and they must be thoroughly familiar with the specific piece of breathing apparatus they use. Unexpected circumstances will sometimes take place on the fireground, and firefighters need every option possible to save themselves or aid the rapid intervention team in their rescue. A question that every firefighter should be able to answer without hesitation is, "How long can they work while wearing an S.C.B.A.?" The fireground is not the place to figure out that answer. What do you need to know to be prepared to meet the challenge?
Jeffrey Pindelski is the deputy chief of operations for Downers Grove, IL, and the co-author of the text "RICO: Rapid Intervention Company Operations"