Thursday, October 18th, 2012 9:10 am
From FireRescue Magazine
In January, the 2013 edition of NFPA 1981: Standard on Open-Circuit Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) for Emergency Services will be released. This is no mere cosmetic update; the standard contains some significant changes that will have an immediate impact on firefighting tactics.
To get the critical information about the new standard and what changes you can expect in your SCBA, FireRescue spoke with Dan Rossos, chair of the NFPA’s technical committee on respiratory protective equipment, who’s been with Portland (Ore.) Fire and Rescue for more than 30 years. Rossos is involved in numerous SCBA-related task forces and committees. In short, there’s no better source for helping us understand the changes imminent in SCBA technology.
The main proposed changes to the standard involve the following areas:
- End-of-service time indicator (EOSTI)
- Facepiece lens thermal degradation
- Voice intelligibility requirements
- Emergency breathing safety systems (“buddy breathers”)
We asked Rossos to provide some more information on each of these areas.
Click here to read the full interview.