20064 – Breathing Apparatus

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Ref: FOI/20064

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST

West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information requested on 2nd August 220

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request.

Could you please provide the following information on Breathing Apparatus used within West Midlands FS?

1.    Can you please provide the current manufacture and model of the Breathing Apparatus (BA) set/s used within your Fire and Rescue Service (FRS)?
2.    Does your FRS have Extended Duration Breathing Apparatus (EDBA)?

EDBA is BA with a working duration of between 30 and 60 minutes (at 58 litres per minute air consumption rate). 

3.    What is the quoted cylinder capacity used within your FRS?

Can you please give the water volume and full capacity when charged e.g. 6.8Litres (L) water volume, 1836L of air when charged to 300bar.  If you have both SDBA and EDBA, please provide both cylinder capacities. 

4.    Can you provide both the working duration and safety margin in minutes of the BA used within your FRS?

If you have EDBA, please provide this too. 

5.    Could you please provide your FRS standard on the minimum cylinder pressure for entry into the risk area and minimum cylinder pressure for a re-entry?
6.    Can you please provide the pressure at which your Low Pressure Warning Whistle (LPWW) activates / sounds at?

If the BA used within your service also has an electronic Low Pressure Warning Device (LPWD) can you provide this too. 

7.    Could you please provide a copy of the BA duration table as found on your Entry Control Boards used within your FRS?
8.    Can you please detail your services Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for Emergency Air Supply Equipment (EASE) arrangements?
9.    Do you have telemetry for the monitoring of BA wearers within your FRS?
10. Do you have long duration BA within your FRS?

Long Duration BA has a working duration of over 60 minutes. 

If you answer yes, please could you provide the manufacture and model of long duration BA set used within your FRS.  Could you also state the working and safety margin duration.  

 

Reply

1.    Can you please provide the current manufacture and model of the Breathing Apparatus (BA) set/s used within your Fire and Rescue Service (FRS)?
Draeger PSS7000 SCBA
2.    Does your FRS have Extended Duration Breathing Apparatus (EDBA)?

EDBA is BA with a working duration of between 30 and 60 minutes (at 58 litres per minute air consumption rate). 

Yes via ‘T’ piece adaptor
3.    What is the quoted cylinder capacity used within your FRS?

Can you please give the water volume and full capacity when charged e.g. 6.8Litres (L) water volume, 1836L of air when charged to 300bar.  If you have both SDBA and EDBA, please provide both cylinder capacities. 

 6.8L 1836L charged to 300bar. Same cylinders just twinned in EDBA
4.    Can you provide both the working duration and safety margin in minutes of the BA used within your FRS?

If you have EDBA, please provide this too. 

  Working Duration – 26mins. Safety Margin 10mins.
5.    Could you please provide your FRS standard on the minimum cylinder pressure for entry into the risk area and minimum cylinder pressure for a re-entry?
240bar minimum entry and 190bar re-entry
6.    Can you please provide the pressure at which your Low Pressure Warning Whistle (LPWW) activates / sounds at?

If the BA used within your service also has an electronic Low Pressure Warning Device (LPWD) can you provide this too. 

75 bar +/- 5bar for both LPWW and LPWD
7.    Could you please provide a copy of the BA duration table as found on your Entry Control Boards used within your FRS?
BA duration table 1.0 Download
8.    Can you please detail your services Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for Emergency Air Supply Equipment (EASE) arrangements?
Not available
9.    Do you have telemetry for the monitoring of BA wearers within your FRS?
 Yes Draeger Merlin boards
10. Do you have long duration BA within your FRS?

Long Duration BA has a working duration of over 60 minutes. 

If you answer yes, please could you provide the manufacture and model of long duration BA set used within your FRS.  Could you also state the working and safety margin duration.  

No

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