system. No more than four lengths of air supply hoses
The self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA)
may be used in making up a maximum working length
provides a source of backup air if the PASP/RASP
of hose. Each hose is 75 feet in length.
airflow is interrupted or fails. It consists of two
lightweight escape cylinders, a full facepiece with a
mask-mounted pressure demand regulator, a first stage
regulator, an alarm, and other associated components. A
harness and carry pouch is provided to carry and protect
the cylinders. The SCBA provides an emergency air
supply of 15 minutes. Proper techniques to don and
remove the SCBA will vary slightly due to different
styles of SCBA, and you will learn and practice these
techniques either aboard ship or at a Fleet Training
Center, during fire-fighting team trainer evolutions.
Properly performed scheduled
maintenance is essential to safe, dependable
operation of the supplied air respirator (SAR)
with the self-contained breathing apparatus
(SCBA). Omission or lax performance of
prescribed maintenance procedures could
result in equipment failure, injury, or death to
Cleaning, inspections, and scheduled maintenance
of the SAR/SCBA is vital for personnel safety and
must be completed according to scheduled PMS and
the manufacturer's technical manual.
Figure 5-27. PASP controls and indicators, (view A) top and
(view B) front panels.
The fire-fighter's ensemble is designed to protect
the fire fighter from short duration flame exposure,
heat, and falling debris. Your safety during actual
casualties and training evolutions may depend on
CYLINDER VALVE HANDLE
proper wearing of the ensemble. Your hose team will
practice donning and removing the ensemble (as well
VENT CAP AND
as the OBA or SCBA), and you will be expected to
become proficient at donning your equipment in a
rapid, safe, and correct manner.
The components of the fire-fighter's ensemble
include the following:
· Fire-fighter's coveralls
· Fire-fighter's antiflash hood
· Damage control/fire-fighter's helmet
· Fire-fighter's gloves
· Fire-fighter's boots
Figure 5-28. RASP controls and indicators.