On some firegrounds, Firefighter SCBA Pass Alarms (as well as SCBA low air alarms) sounding have become like car alarms sounding—-no one is paying attention and they are being ignored. We have all seen it, at least in the past, a Firefighter exits the structure, tosses the SCBA down and the music starts.
It’s a problem.
Why? While it should seem obvious, when SCBA’s are sounding for false reasons (PASS or air)-there is no way to be aware if a FF is genuinely down.
If you remove your SCBA-disable the alarm by shutting down the air etc-don’t ever allow the SCBA to sit there and chirp.
If you HEAR a PASS (or low air alarm) alarm sounding-take action-notify your officer/sector/division or command. Don’t ignore a sounding PASS or air alarm. Remember the intent of the device is to alert us when a FIREFIGHTER IS DOWN.
Command: Declare “emergency traffic” followed by a PAR.
Fast forward this video to one minute and then let it run.
Please take time to properly disable SCBA’s when being put down, prior to rehab etc….NEVER allow your SCBA to lay there, activated, and to sound a false alarm.
Same lesson for ANY alarm sounding on the fireground….never ignore’m….you never know if a Brother or Sister may be down.
Any questions? Let me know,