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  • What do you do with your SCBA mask when your not using it?

    How do you store your SCBA mask when your not using it. On my dept a lot of the firefighters put their mask in a pouch on their turnout coat, but some of the coats dont have the pouch to put your mask in. I tried using a seperate mask bag and I grabbed it when I would grab my helmet and my coat but that was a pain to carry around on a call. Right now I have my mask clipped to my gear with a carabiner the only problem with that is that my mask is just hangging off of my coat and it gets in my way a lot, it would also be easier to get damaged. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to solve this problem?

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    we get issued a bag to put our mask and other mask stuff in. its just a simple bag that has some kind of liner that doesnt scratch the mask itself. it gets put on the truck when we start a shift and comes off at the end of a shift just like the rest of our gear.
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    • #3
      Same here. I have a bag that I throw the mask in and I just keep it in the truck. When I get a call requiring turnouts but no SCBA I dont bring it with me everywhere I go. Also, if you dont want to worry about losing it, just use the clip/carabiner you got with it and I clip it onto the SCBA waist strap. But, dont forget to take it off when you get on scene otherwise if you go interior, someone might mistake it for your drop bag. Clipping it to the SCBA is what alot of people do in my department.
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      • #4
        Our sail shop sewed clips; 1 in the mask, 1 on the chest strap. (These are short enough to keep it close and not be an entanglement problem when not used) That is where my mask is cliped whenn not in use. I also fold over the head netting to try to protect the they face piece.
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        • #5
          Leave it in the bag on the truck for someone else to use. (its not my personal mask)
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          • #6
            Our guys just have clips on the SCBA straps to hold the mask. We have protective bags for the masks in the trucks, but they are no help on scene.
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            • #7
              We are all issued a storage bag to keep the mask in...When it's in the locker.

              When we come on duty, the mask is removed from the bag and connected to the SCBA (we have all seat mounted SCBAs) and is ready to use.

              While wearing the pack, but not on air, the mask webbing is clipped to the harness strap via a factory installed clip on the harness strap. There is no special pouch or bag that we use to keep the mask in when wearing an SCBA.




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              • #8
                Here, every firefighter is issued a mask bag that hangs with their gear on the rack. I believe that ours have straps so that they can be hung around the neck when not in use on scene.
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                • #9
                  I keep myne in a mask bag on the engine. I take it out when I might need it and put it around my neck. When I'm done with the call it goes back in the bag.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by mcaldwell
                    Our guys just have clips on the SCBA straps to hold the mask. We have protective bags for the masks in the trucks, but they are no help on scene.
                    That's how we do it.
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                    • #11
                      I have the protective bag draw strung around the mask, but the mask itself is attached to a carabiner on my turnout gear. That way I can quickly ditch the bag in the cab if it looks like we might need to mask up in a few minutes.....

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                      • #12
                        I wear mine all the time. I'm wearing it right now. I have a little battery powered fan that I use to blow cool air in to make me more comfortable.
                        Logic and proportion have fallen sloppy dead.

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                        • #13
                          When riding, it is hooked to the pack that I am using, when not it is stored in its protective bag.
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                          • #14
                            It's all about personal preference. For me, I like to clip the mask bag on the shoulder strap on the regulator side of my SCBA. This way, if it's a call where SCBA is needed, I'll always have my mask. Something I learned from my crew officer was if you need to mask up, after you click in, leave your mask bag at the door, so it's not hanging off your pack.

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                            • #15
                              If I am not using my mask and won't need it very fast (I.E. a roof operation or climbing an aerial ladder) I will pin the hose of the mask in my waist straps and pull it back towards my back. This will keep it from swinging back and forth as you climb a ladder or operate.

                              If I am stretching a line or operating on a roof where it might be needed, I will let it hang or throw it over my shoulder so it is out of the way. If I need it, it will be fast. Even if it is pinned under your waist belt, if you practice you can get it on within a few seconds.
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