While SCBA emergencies are rare, firefighters must be prepared for any form of malfunction or mechanical failure that might put them at risk during operations. This program will describe some of the most common SCBA emergencies a firefighter might encounter and the required actions to safely overcome an SCBA emergency. The program will also include an update on how technological developments are setting the stage for improved SCBA operations, including more functional/low-profile designs, telemetry-based monitoring devices, exposed temperatures, PASS alarm activations and much more.
Matthew Tobia, Anne Arundel (Md.) County Fire Department
Currently serving as a Battalion Chief with Anne Arundel County Fire Department, Matthew Tobia is a strong supporter of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and has served on several Everyone Goes Home projects. Matt also serves as Vice-Chair for the IAFC’s Safety, Health & Survival Section and is a member of the FireRescue editorial board.