Keep a clean face


By Mark van der Feyst

I recently conducted a live burn class for an outside department. I noticed one participants had about a two-day's amount of growth on his face. He was under the impression that he was going to participate in that fashion. He was told to shave his beard or else he will not be going in.

The SCBA face piece cannot make an airtight seal against a firefighters face if whiskers are present. It is good practice for all firefighters, especially volunteers, to be clean-shaven at all times so that when the tone drops, they are ready to use their SCBA. 

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