My department is going for a grant and we want an idea of what a new air pack would cost. I heard that a bailout system is required on the SCBA's but the more I read I am finding that this is an option.
Not into scba but do you see something in 1981 or other standard that requires it??
Have you talked to a local sales rep about it? If so what standard and section do they reference
New York State has a requirement that fire departments must make some sort of bailout system available to firefighters. The only NFPA standard I found is 1983 that relates to standards for life safety ropes. Yesterday, I was able to contact a vendor that we use and he said most departments have been ordering new SCBA's with the bailout system but that it's not required. The bailout system adds $966 to an air pack. We are trying to get a grant for 32 air packs and are probably going to leave the bailout system off to save money.
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Just doing some searching, that is what I see. Plus the NFPA standard for scba does not say anything about them,
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