NORWALK FIRE DEPARTMENT
STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE
TITLE: Personal Facepieces & Regulators
DATE: July 20, 2005
The Norwalk Fire Department intends to issue to all members engaged in firefighting operations their own SCBA face-piece and regulator. This is being done to better protect the health and welfare of the members of the department. The intent of this SOP is to outline procedures for the use and care of this equipment.
1. All members engaged in firefighting operations will be fit tested for a proper face piece seal at The Maintenance Division if they have not already done so.
A. Anyone who purchased their own face piece previously must be fit tested with that face piece if they wish to continue using it.
B. The Training Director shall ensure that new hires are fit tested and provided with this equipment before SCBA training or assignment to a Platoon
3. All members engaged in firefighting operations shall be issued one (1) personal face piece, one (1) personal regulator with quick disconnect, one (1) voice emitter, and one (1) storage bag. The member’s drill number will be engraved on the face piece and the regulator, and a sticker with that person’s name will be affixed to both items. Each storage bag will have the person’s name and drill number embroidered on it.
A. The face piece and regulator being issued shall be considered part of your personal protective equipment, just like your turnout gear. If you work an overtime tour or an exchange of time in another station you must bring your face piece and regulator. Borrowing someone else’s equipment defeats the purpose of issuing individual face pieces and regulators.
B. At the start of your shift all personnel shall attach their regulator and face piece to the SCBA they will be using that shift. The SCBA shall be tested to ensure proper operation.
C. At the end of your work shift you shall remove your face piece and regulator from the SCBA and return it to your storage bag.
D. All equipment should be sanitized after use. (See attachment).
4. The Lieutenant at Station 2 will be issued several regulators to be used in the event a regulator malfunctions or is damaged at an incident which occurs when The Shops are closed. The spares are not intended for the use of someone who does not have their regulator with them.
5. The Department Maintenance Division shall maintain all components of the department’s SCBA. Company Officers shall notify the Division of any needed repairs to regulators or face pieces.
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