Yeah, me too. It's hard to forget how heavy and awkward those early Scott paks were.
Every department should have one.
When the young'ens start griping about their modern units with the light weight bottles and easy features, they should have to don an early pak and run a few laps around the building.
Give them something for a frame of reference.
wow, this brings back memories. When I first got on we had the old Survivair packs with the heavy steel bottles and the low pressure hose. Seemed like everytime I'd turn around or crawl I'd pinch off that hose and cut off my air. No nose guard on the facepiece so It'd fog up the second you put it on.
Capt that's what we had. Stunk on ice let me tell ya. Love the new bottles and new features on the packs. We had two valves on the regulator one was emergency and one regulated the pressure in the mask. Like I said people can gripe about the new features on the bottles all they want but I sure don't wanna go back to the old days.
Yah, I agree thank goodness how far we have come with breathing apparatus technology... but what I simply DO NOT GET, is WHY people are STILL REFUSING TO PUT THE @)(#&@(#&!)(^^!!! THINGS ON at fires! Inexcuseable and no one will convince me that it is safe to breathe in any amount of toxic smoke.. EVER!