Calif. fire chief, union at odds over safety of SCBA
Monrovia bought the breathing equipment in 2009 along with 25 other departments in LA County; union said straps, PASS system had problems
By Nathan McIntire
The Pasadena Star—News
MONROVIA, Calif. — Fire department administrators and members of the firefighters' union are again clashing over a breathing device the rank and file believes is unsafe.
Firefighters in January began training with the new units — a tank and mask system that allows them to breathe oxygen when battling smoky fires — but the results were discouraging, union officials said.