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    My department has a few older Scott 2.2 SCBAs and they're in a junk closet and haven't been touched for years. Nobody can remember why they're in there and they have been replaced and are basically obsolete. I am considering using this for practicing the 2-minute drill. What seals usually fail or wear on this? It won't be used in an IDLH environment so if there's a way to afro engineer it I'll consider it.
    MY VIEWS DO NOT REFLECT those of my department or association.
    Originally posted by Rescue101
    I don't mind fire rolling over my head. I just don't like it rolling UNDER my a**.

  • #2
    Not sure what a two minute drill is, but any drilling done by your guys should be done with the equipment that they use on a daily basis- that they are familiar with and know intimately (or at least they should.) If a two minute drill is some kind of escape/RIT/Rescue drill then I absolutely would not want to use them- the guys should use the existing equipment.
    "Loyalty Above all Else. Except Honor."

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    • #3
      We use a few out of service SCBA for dummy paks, that is to say, when we are doing RIT drills or other firefighter rescue type scenarios, we use the old SCBA to get dragged around and beat up, rather than in-service units

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      • #4
        I'm guessing a 2 minute drill is a donning drill. I'm also guessing that the packs in question have the old low pressure hose attached to the face piece and attach to the chest regulator?

        I agree with both responses above- don't use an obsolete pack for a drill- you need the muscle memory with what you will actually use. Use the old packs on drag dummies.

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        • #5
          I'll repeat what a previous poster said ...... Any SCBA used to train members on how to don and doff should be done with the SCBA they will actually be donning and doffing. It would be no different than teaching somebody how to drive an apparatus that is currently out of service and they will not be driving.

          But them someplace in your station as a static display.
          Train to fight the fires you fight.

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          • #6
            Steel bottles? Let the new guys run a few drills with them on their backs... They don't have to breathe them, just lug 'em around for a bit...
            Opinions my own. Standard disclaimers apply.

            Everyone goes home. Safety begins with you.

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            • #7
              So I have replaced the batteries and installed a full steel bottle and the pass device comes on when air is charged and alerts properly. I have breathed air and everything works like a charm. I honestly have no idea why it was removed from service but it is a Scott 75 2216psi and the mfg date is 2007. It has the integral pass device and the mask regulator. The only reason I can think of was that the batteries were dead and no one could find out how to replace them. All apparatus have SCBAs so this must've been a training pack or maybe a demo from our supplier.
              MY VIEWS DO NOT REFLECT those of my department or association.
              Originally posted by Rescue101
              I don't mind fire rolling over my head. I just don't like it rolling UNDER my a**.

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