Mossel Bay Fire, Rescue and Disaster Management Services fire fighters devised SCBA conversion to easily decontaminate PPE, vehicles and areas
Mossel Bay Fire, Rescue and Disaster Management Services fire fighters devised a conversion on the conventional self-contained-breathing-apparatus (SCBA) set to enable us to decontaminate PPE, vehicles and office space with ease. “This was done at no cost by using equipment from our SCBA room and workshop. Fantastic and well done fire fighters Royden Roelfse, Ernest (Buks) Burmeister and Heinrich Botha. Your brilliance is applauded”, said Chief Fire Officer Joseph Johnston, Mossel Bay Fire, Rescue and Disaster Management Services.
Fire and Rescue International asked the team to share their experience with our readers as to benefit other fire services, stations and companies.
“We sat on Sunday and tried to establish how we can implement a portable sanitising system. We took a look at the current five-litre spray containers and walked around the storeroom to see if we can adjust the system. We came across old airbag regulators and a spray gun and took the air lines and spray guns to see if it would fit on the buddy system of the SCBA. The buddy system on the SCBA makes provision for an extra line, so we made some adjustments on the lines, connected the spray gun with an air hose to the buddy system, filled the spray gun with water and it worked.”
“If no buddy connection is available on the SCBA, it can also be connected to a detachable low pressure line, where the disadvantage will be that the wearer will be disconnected from the facepiece.”
“The advantages of the system are that it is portable, less effort and we can sanitise a bigger area very quickly. It is also of great benefit if you need to decontaminate a large area or multiple contaminated persons or equipment and also houses, ablution blocks etc.”
“Also, the wearer use his/her own SCBA, with a buddy connection, so the wearer is protected at all times. If necessary, it can also be connected to an airpack, if you need to sanitise a bigger area or have to work longer than a normal SCBA allows.”
“For our disinfectant we contacted the Bay Life Private Hospital and inquired about the disinfectant they use in the operating theatres, which is Steri Clean. Other services can contact their local hospitals to find out what products they use.”
“The invention was shared via our fire chief Joseph Johnston on social media so that other services could also implement the H,E & R Sanitiser system to eliminate the spread of viruses and bacteria.”
Fire and Rescue International commends Royden Roelfse, Ernest (Buks) Burmeister and Heinrich Botha for their innovative invention and team effort. Great work, guys!