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    I’m curious how many other departments use ISI SCBA’s. WE use to have MSA’s, but over that past few years we replaced them with the ISI’s. Now all we have is ISI’s. A vast improvement from the MSA’s.

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    Would not give you a plugged nickel any ISI breathing apparatus. We have been putting up with the junk for the last 13-15 years, at first it was not bad stuff but we soon found problems that drove us nuts. They conseptually built a good unit but then they use cheap parts like the air switch, if you don't dock the reg perfectly the switch (plastic) breaks. The turn buckle to hold the bottle in place worked for about 2 years then stripped and would not hold on tight. The last number of years it has been increasingly hard to get parts and the price just keeps going up. If you want an SCBA that you can repair on the tailbord of a truck in the middle of the night in a raging snowstorm with a pair of pliers, then its great, but who the hell wants to do that? We are buying either MSDA or Scott, the jury is still out as to which one, when that happens I will be the first one to throw the ISI in the junk bin, good ridance!!

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      I agree with LACAPT. The ISI stuff looks good at first but its junk and not very safe, especially the new stuff. We switched to the new MSAs over the last couple of years and its great stuff! We did a lot of research and as a tech and a firefighter I'd recomend the MSA. Totally reliable and way easier to work on and they have really good service.
      We have a neighboring department that had old ISIs and started buying new ones to upgrade and they got so frustrated that they told them to take them back and ended up switching over to MSA even though its going to cost them more money because they have to buy all new bottles too. Anyway, good luck with them and be careful about that air switch freezing in the winter.

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        We havn't had any major problems with our ISI's. Our only real problem has been the micro phones. We've been switching over from MSA's to ISI's for the past five years. A few months ago the rest of our MSA's were taking out of service. Over the years we've been switching over we havn't had any real major problems.

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        • #5
          We have 12 ISI 2.2 SCBA. I have to agree with the others on this one. The air switch for your bypass is always leaking air if you bump it while waiting in staging. If you don't connect the reg properly to the mask you break off the little nipple. We started replacing the ISI with MSA's about three years ago. We've also started an upgrade program for our older SCOTT 4.5. Hopefully we'll have everything upgraded over the next couple of years.
          Anyone want to buy some ISI's?

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