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Probie with a SCBA question

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  • Probie with a SCBA question

    Good evening ladies and gentlemen,
    I am a probie FFPM and have a question regarding SCBAs. Our department uses the Drager Airboss PSS-100 SCBAs but I noticed this question can be applied to all SCBA makes due to DOT's standardization. I gave a presentation on it the other day. I was asked a question by my captain that has me absolutely stumped. So the question is regarding the 30 minute bottle vs the 60 minute bottle. The 30min per Drager's spec sheet has 45 cubic feet of air and the 60min has 87 cubic feet of air. I found out that this is standardized by DOT-e 10945 and that it is calculated for it's rating to deliver 40LPM for 30 or 60 minutes. I just simply cannot find out why the 30 min has 45cu.ft and the 60 min has 87cu.ft and not 90cu.ft (double the cubic feet of the 30 min bottle). I researched the question, asked the BA techs in our department and called a Drager specialist in Texas and still do not have an answer. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
    Thank you in advance!

  • #2
    Thank you for the reply, fire5555!

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    • #3
      I know this isn't really helpful but IMO your captain is a dick for even asking. I bet he/she doesn't even know the answer.

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