It's Really The Only Time You Have
"We know that the SCBA is our only protection against the products of combustion. It protects our respiratory system from harm. There is a big difference, however, between wearing your SCBA and using it. We would never go into a fire without wearing one on our
backs, but sometimes, perhaps for a small incipient fire or in the overhaul stages, we don’t wear it. How many times have you been at a job where once one firefighter takes his or her mask off, shortly thereafter, everyone else takes theirs off, too?
If you are operating in a smoke condition, have the face piece on your face! Chapter 5, Page 47
It cannot be overstated enough that we must use the equipment we are provided to provide us a level of protection today so we can continue in our trade tomorrow. Breathing smoke isn't cool and neither is having cancer so make sure you are being the role model on the fireground. Our job is to make sure the same number of guys that came into work with you go home to their families.
Take a few minutes and share this article from The Atlantic with your crew, discuss how it doesn't matter how strong or fit we are, the smoke we enter will kill you.
Use your SCBA, don't just wear it!