Ready for action: essential apparatus: a vital component in the management of compressed air breating apparatus (CABA) is maintenance--without adequate service and repair, essential equipment can be rendered useless. This is not only dangerous, but could be lifethreatening.(Firefighting Technology)

Anyone wearing or using BA should have a comprehensive knowledge of their BA equipment that includes fault finding and routine maintenance in accordance with the manufacturer's recommendations.

While many countries, and the brigades within those countries, have already documented basic servicing requirements as part of their national standards, it is worth considering the way in which BA manufacturers themselves recommend that BA is serviced and tested. All data should be recorded in an equipment log book and the following suggestions should apply to both used and non-used (ie, in storage) equipment.

After use

All CABA should be cleaned and dried after use to remove debris, hazardous substances end any accumulated deposits. …

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