Law enforcement personnel face many types of dangerous and hazardous conditions where using a self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) may be necessary. They are sometimes equipped with industrial SCBA or firefighting SCBA, but is this the right equipment for their job?
In fact, the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recognizes this difference and has worked with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the leading standard developer in this area for the U.S., to develop the NFPA 1986 Standard on Respiratory Protection Equipment for Tactical and Technical Operation. But why is this important?
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