Firehawk™
Air Mask
OPERATION AND INSTRUCTIONS
WARNING
THIS MANUAL MUST BE CAREFULLY READ AND FOLLOWED BY ALL PERSONS WHO HAVE OR WILL HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR USING OR
SERVICING THIS SCBA. This Air Mask will perform as designed only if
used and serviced according to the instructions; OTHERWISE IT COULD
FAIL TO PERFORM AS DESIGNED, AND PERSONS WHO RELY ON THE AIR
MASK COULD SUSTAIN SERIOUS PERSONAL INJURY OR DEATH.
This Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) is certified by the
National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and is
specifically designed to comply with National Fire Protection
Association (NFPA) standards for use in firefighting applications.
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following conditions:
(1) This device may not cause harmful interference and (2) this device
must accept any interference that may cause undesired operation.
WARNING
Do not use a 2216psi Air Cylinder on a 3000psi operating system. Such a
configuration is not approved by NIOSH. Failure to follow this precaution may result in serious personal injury or death.
Changes and modifications not expressly approved by the manufacturer could void the user’s authority to operate the equipment.
The warranties made by MSA with respect to the product are voided if
the product is not installed, used and serviced in accordance with the
instructions in this manual. Please protect yourself and your employees
by following the instructions. Please read and observe the WARNINGS
and CAUTIONS inside. For any additional information relative to use or
repair, write or call 1-800-MSA-2222 during regular working hours.
For More Information, call 1-800-MSA-2222 or Visit Our Website at www.MSAnet.com
The Safety Company
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INTRODUCTION
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Quick-Fill® System Operation............................................21
URC Assembly Operation .................................................25
Cleaning and Disinfecting .................................................29
Inspection..........................................................................31
Functional Tests ................................................................33
Flow Test and Overhaul Requirements .............................34
Lifetime Warranty ..............................................................35
NIOSH Approval Information...............................................2
Special or Critical Users Instructions..................................2
Important Notice .................................................................3
Before Use...........................................................................4
Description ..........................................................................5
Donning ...............................................................................9
Using the Air Mask............................................................13
Removing the Apparatus ..................................................15
Cold Weather Operation....................................................19
NIOSH APPROVAL INFORMATION
CAUTIONS AND LIMITATIONS
WARNING
Do not install a Quick-Fill System and 3000psi URC
Assembly on the same air mask. Combining these
assemblies on the same air mask will not allow the
relief valve in the 3000psi URC Assembly to open as
designed. Failure to follow this warning can result in
serious personal injury or death.
D- Air line respirators can be used only when the respirators are supplied with respirable air meeting the
requirements of CGA G-7.1 Grade D or higher.
E- Use only the pressure ranges and hose lengths specified in the User’s Instructions.
I- Contains electrical parts which have not been evaluated as an ignition source in flammable or explosive
atmospheres by MSHA/NIOSH.
J- Failure to properly use and maintain this product could
result in injury or death.
M- All approved respirators shall be selected, fitted, used
and maintained in accordance with MSHA, OSHA and
other applicable regulations.
N- Never substitute, modify, add or omit parts. Use only
exact replacement parts in the configuration as specified by the manufacturer.
O- Refer to Users Instructions, and/or maintenance manuals for information on use and maintenance of these
respirators.
S- Special or critical User’s Instructions and/or specific
use limitations apply. Refer to user instructions before
donning.
Approval is maintained while transfilling air only if MSA
Quick-Fill System Hose Assembly 485331 or 485332 is
used. Include 488703 cylinder charging system hose if
using with encapsulated suit. A Quick-Fill System
equipped apparatus is not approved for use with the 71008-1 cylinder and valve assembly.
When NightFighter™ Heads-Up Display System is
used as a gauge (Not in conjunction with standard
pneumatic Gauge) continuous operations mode must
be used to maintain NIOSH approval.
Do not alter this unit. Altering will void the Intrinsic-Safety
rating and may affect the Intrinsic-Safety of the device.
Misuse or abuse of the NightFighter Heads-Up Display
System, or the equipment to which it is attached, or using
this equipment in a manner or situation not intended by
the manufacturer, may result in damage to the
NightFighter Heads-Up Display System, or equipment
connected to the NightFighter Heads-Up Display System,
may result in personal injury or death to user or persons
dependent on the user.
S - SPECIAL OR CRITICAL USER’S INSTRUCTIONS
Approved for use at temperatures above -25°F. Approved
only when the compressed-air container is fully charged
with air meeting the requirements of the Compressed Gas
Association Specification G-7 for quality verification level
(grade) D air or equivalent specifications. The cylinder
shall meet applicable DOT specifications.
Always inspect the NightFighter Heads-Up Display
System for damage before use. If damage is found, immediately remove the device from service.
Note: The NightFighter Heads-Up Display System must
be used with an Ultra Elite® Facepiece. Do not attempt to
transfill air (using URC Assembly or Quick-Fill System
connectors) if donor’s audible alarm is ringing.
When equipped with the cylinder charging system transfilling coupling on the 7-1215-1 pressure gauge and hose
assembly, the apparatus must also be equipped with the
803534 first stage regulator and Audi-Larm Assembly.
Firehawk MMR Dual Purpose Conversion Kits (Foster
Quick-Connect Type Connection P/N 10026540, Foster
Threaded Type Connection P/N 10026541 or Hansen
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INTRODUCTION
Quick-Connect Type Connection P/N 10026542, Hansen
Threaded Type Connection P/N 10026543) when installed
on an MMR Air Masks are approved for use as a combination apparatus. When installed on an SCBA, that SCBA
becomes a combination-type apparatus for respiratory
protection during entry into and escape from oxygen-deficient atmospheres, gases, and vapors when not more
than 20 percent of the cylinder’s rated capacity is used
during entry.
Approval for use against CBRN chemical warfare agents
is maintained only when using approved components and
following instructions listed on the NIOSH approval supplement (P/N 10044165).
IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR RESPIRATORY PROTECTION PROGRAM ADMINISTRATORS
1. An adequate respiratory protection program must
include knowledge of hazards, hazard assessment,
selection of proper respiratory protective equipment,
proper facepiece sizing and fit testing, instruction and
training in the use of equipment, inspection and maintenance of equipment, and medical surveillance. [See
OSHA regulations, Title 29 CFR, Part 1910. 134 (c).]
2. This SCBA may be used only after proper instruction
and training in its use as specified in NFPA-1500 and
OSHA regulations Title 29 CFR, Part 1910. 134.
3. This SCBA must be secured by a positive mechanical
means if stowed within an enclosed seating area of
fire department vehicles, or in a compartment with a
positive latching door. The method of holding the
SCBA in place must be designed to minimize injury to
persons in the vehicle in the event of accident, rapid
deceleration, or acceleration.
4. Do not mark the SCBA, i.e., with stamps, labels, paint,
or other method. Use of such markings may interfere
with apparatus use or may constitute a flammability
hazard.
5. Be sure that no other equipment interferes with the
SCBA facial seal, or with the user’s hands, or other
necessary means of mobility. For more information on
self-contained breathing apparatus use and performance standards, please consult the following publications:
Air Hose: When used as a combination apparatus, the
device shall be supplied with respirable air through air
supply hose with a minimum length of 8 feet and maximum length of 300 feet within the pressure range of 8590psig. A maximum of 12 sections of straight or uncoiled
air supply hose may be used in making up the working
length of hose. When using coiled hose, a maximum of 6
sections may be used and each section is considered to
be 50 feet long. Hose sections vary from 8 feet to 100 feet
lengths. The air-line connection to the apparatus is to be
made through approved Quick-Disconnects only. The
purity of the air supply is the responsibility of the user. The
respirator is approved only when the air supplied meets
the requirements of the Compressed Gas Association
Specification G-7. 1989 quality verification level (Grade) D
for Gaseous Air.
WARNING
Do not Transfill (be a Donor) using a 3000psi URC
Assembly. The 3000psi URC Assembly has a check
valve that does not allow cylinders to Transfill (be a
Donor). Failure to follow this warning can result in
serious personal injury or death.
WARNING
Using the 3000psi URC Assembly to fill cylinders, the
cylinder can only be filled to 2216psig. If the pressure
exceeds 2216psig a relief valve in the URC Assembly
will vent at approximately 2525psig or as low as
2400psig. A 3000psig cylinder can only be filled to
3000psig by using a secondary air source; the 3000psi
URC Assembly can not be used for filling a 3000psig
cylinder. Failure to follow this warning can result in
serious personal injury or death.
NFPA Standard 1500, Fire Department Occupational
Safety and Health Programs (Chapter 5) and NFPA 1981
Standard, on Open-Circuit SCBA’s for Fire Service. Above
publications are available from the following: National Fire
Protection Association, Batterymarch Park, Quincy, MA
22269.
ANSI Standard Z88.5, Practices for Respiratory Protection
for the Fire Service; and, ANSI Standard Z88.2, Practices
for Respiratory Protection. American National Standards
Institute, 1430 Broadway, New York, NY 10018.
Use with adequate skin protection when worn in gases
and vapors that poison by skin absorption (for example:
hydrocyanic-acid gas). In making renewals or repairs,
parts identical with those furnished by the manufacturer
under the pertinent approval shall be maintained. NIOSH
Approval Information for non CBRN approved respirators
is included as a supplement to these instructions (P/N
10024128).
OSHA Safety and Health Standards (29 CFR 1910) (see
specifically Part 1910. 134), available from the
Superintendent of Documents, U. S. Government Printing
Office, Washington, DC 20402. Compressed Gas
Association, Inc., 1725 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Suite 1004,
Arlington, VA 22202.
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The NightFighter Heads-Up Display System is approved
intrinsically-safe and conforms to UL/ANSI 913 for use in
Class I, Div. I, Groups A thru D hazardous locations, temperature rating T1.
8. Take into account the following factors which may
affect the duration or the service life.
a. the degree of physical activity of the user;
b. the physical condition of the user;
c. the degree that the user’s breathing rate is
increased by excitement, fear, or other emotional
factors;
d. the degree of training or experience which the
user has had with this or similar equipment;
e. whether or not the cylinder is fully charged;
f. the presence in the compressed air of carbon
dioxide concentrations greater than the .04%
level normally found in atmospheric air;
g. the atmospheric pressure; if used in a pressurized tunnel or caisson at 2 atmospheres (15psi
gauge) the duration will be one-half as long as
when used at 1 atmosphere; at 3 atmospheres
the duration will be one-third as long;
h. the condition of the apparatus.
Note: The Nightfighter Heads-Up Display System has
been tested and found to comply with the limits for a
Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC
Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable
protection against harmful interference in a residential
installation. This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency and, if not installed in accordance
with instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio
communications. However, there is no guarantee that
interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this
equipment does cause interference to radio or television
reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct
the interference by one or more of the following measures:
• Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna
• Increase the separation between the equipment and
the receiver
• Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit
different from that to which the receiver is connected.
• Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
Failure to follow this warning can result in serious personal injury or death.
WARNING
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WARNING
1. Read and follow all NIOSH and other approval limitations.
2. Do not use this carrier and harness assembly as a
vertical raising or lowering device.
3. Do not use the air mask as an underwater device.
4. This system must be supplied with respirable
[Quality Verification Level (Grade) D, see ANSI/CGA
G-7.1-1989] or higher quality air; and a dew point
not to exceed -65°F (24ppm v/v) [Compressed Gas
Association Specification G-7.1 for Quality
Verification Level (Grade) D Gaseous Air].
5. This device may not seal properly with your face if
you have a beard, gross sideburns or similar physical characteristics (see NFPA-1500 and ANSI
Z88.2). An improper facial seal may allow contaminants to leak into the facepiece, reducing or eliminating respiratory protection. Do not use this
device if such conditions exist. The face-to-facepiece seal must be tested before each use. Never
remove the facepiece except in a safe, non-hazardous, non-toxic atmosphere.
6. Return to a safe atmosphere immediately if discoloration, crazing, blistering, cracking, or other deterioration of the lens material is observed.
7. Users must wear suitable protective clothing and
warnings must be taken so that the air mask is not
exposed to atmospheres that may be harmful.
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Do not use a 2216psi Air Cylinder on a 3000psi
operating system. Such a configuration is not
approved by NIOSH.
Do not Transfill (be a Donor) using a 3000psi URC
Assembly. The 3000psi URC Assembly has a check
valve that does not allow cylinders to Transfill (be a
Donor).
Using the 3000psi URC Assembly to fill cylinders,
the cylinder can only be filled to 2216psig. If the
pressure exceeds 2216psig a relief valve in the
URC Assembly will vent at approximately 2525psig
or as low as 2400psig. A 3000psig cylinder can only
be filled to 3000psig by using a secondary air
source; the 3000psi URC Assembly can not be
used for filling a 3000psig cylinder.
Do not install a Quick-Fill System and 3000psi URC
assembly on the same air mask. Combining these
assemblies on the same air mask will not allow the
relief valve in the 3000psi URC Assembly to open
as designed.
Failure to follow the above warnings can result in serious personal injury or death.
BEFORE USE
Thoroughly inspect this air mask on receipt and before
use. This air mask is to be used only by trained and qualified personnel. Read and understand these instructions
before attempting to use this equipment. If you have any
questions, call toll free 1-800-MSA-2222.
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DESCRIPTION
DESCRIPTION
DUAL-PURPOSE
The air masks from MSA are pressure-demand, self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) with NightFighter
Heads-Up Display System, URC Assembly (Universal
Rescue Connection), and Pressure Gauge certified by the
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
(NIOSH) for use in atmospheres immediately dangerous to
life or health:
The Firehawk MMR is used as a combination apparatus. It
is approved by NIOSH for use as a half-hour or one hour,
pressure-demand, self-contained breathing apparatus for
entry or escape from oxygen deficient atmospheres,
gases, or vapors.
The Firehawk MMR is a self-contained breathing apparatus rated for 30, 45, or 60 minute service duration. It is
also a supplied-air respirator utilizing a supply of air from
a stationary cylinder or compressor.
``Immediately dangerous to life or health’’ means conditions that pose an immediate threat to life or health or
conditions that pose an immediate threat of severe exposure to contaminants, such as radioactive materials,
which are likely to have adverse cumulative or delayed
effects on health [Title 42 CFR, Part 84.2, (Q)] Additionally,
the air masks are designed to comply with the NFPA-1981
Standard.
The Dual-Purpose Conversion Kit supplies the parts necessary to modify a Firehawk MMR Air Mask so that it can
function as either a self-contained breathing apparatus
(SCBA) or as an air-line, air-supplied respirator.
When used as a combination apparatus, the device shall
be supplied with respirable air through 8 to 300 feet of airsupply hose from MSA, within a pressure range of 8590psig.
WARNING
DO NOT use this carrier and harness assembly as a
vertical raising or lowering device. Failure to follow
this warning can result in serious personal injury or
death.
WARNING
Particles and contaminants can enter a supplied-air
respirator system when air supply hoses are disconnected and/or reconnected in a contaminated atmosphere. Failure to follow this warning can result in serious personal injury or death depending on the toxicity
of the contaminant involved. It is the responsibility of
the user to determine the potential risk and to take the
necessary warnings, which may include a requirement
that NO disconnection or reconnection of air supply
hoses be permitted in a contaminated atmosphere. If
in doubt DO NOT disconnect and/or reconnect.
MMR breathing apparatus consists of the following major
sub-assemblies.
• first stage regulator
• second stage regulator
• air cylinder and valve
• Audi-Larm™ Audible Alarm with URC Assembly
• carrier and harness
• facepiece
• NightFighter Heads-Up Display System/ICM Unit
Gauge
WARNING
FIRST STAGE REGULATOR
DO NOT install or attempt to use any hose assembly
or fitting other than those supplied by MSA for the
Firehawk MMR Dual-Purpose. Failure to follow this
warning can result in serious personal injury or death.
The PR14 First Stage Regulator incorporates a downstream design and dual springs to provide maximum reliability. The regulator incorporates a large, easily replaceable, sintered filter to capture particulates that may be in
the air stream.
AIR CYLINDER AND VALVE
SECOND STAGE REGULATOR
This is a pressure-demand regulator, which keeps a positive pressure in the facepiece all the time. A slide button
(top release button) on top of the regulator stops air flow.
To stop airflow, push the button IN. To restart the regulator, inhale sharply. The regulator attaches to the facepiece
with a push to connect connector. The regulator delivers
large flow rates accurately and quickly.
Capacity
Cubic Ft.
Pressure
psig
Rated Svc*
Life (Min.)
45
88
45
45
60
66
4500
4500
2216
2216
3000
4500
30
60
30
30
30
45
*as approved by NIOSH
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DESCRIPTION
The air cylinder and valve consists of a tank and a cylinder valve assembly. The cylinder valve includes a valve
body, cylinder valve inlet tube, handwheel, safety disc
(burst disc), and pressure gauge. The pressure gauge
shows the air pressure in the cylinder continuously. The
gauge is calibrated in 100psig increments. For example, a
gauge reading of 20 is read as 20 x 100 or 2,000psig. A
handwheel is used to open and close the cylinder valve.
The carrier consists of a backplate, a cylinder band with
latch to hold the cylinder, and a harness, consisting of
shoulder pads, chest strap (optional), adjustable pullstraps, waist-strap, and belt mounted regulator retainer.
FACEPIECES
The facepiece is available in three sizes.
The facepiece lens is super-hardcoated to meet the
requirements of NFPA 1981. This process gives the clear
polycarbonate lens superior abrasion and chemical protection.
AUDI-LARM AUDIBLE ALARM WITH URC ASSEMBLY
The Audi-Larm Audible Alarm rings when there is approximately 25% of the SCBA’s rated service time remaining.
The alarm also rings when the cylinder valve is first
opened, providing an audible indication that the alarm is
properly "cocked”. A high pressure hose delivers air at
cylinder pressure from the alarm to the first stage regulator.
Approx. Remaining
Service Time
Cylinder
30-min.
30-min.
45-min.
60-min.
30-min.
2216
4500
4500
4500
3000
The facepiece has a low-resistance, pressure-demand
exhalation valve designed for easy cleaning. An inhalation
check valve in the inlet housing keeps moisture and contaminants out of the mask mounted regulator. The facepiece has a speaking diaphragm for clear, short-range
communication. The facepiece is stocked with nose cup
and SpeeD-ON® Head Harness. This harness is made of
flame and heat resistant (FHR) materials and features a
five-point suspension. A five-point adjustment rubber
head harness is also available.
psig
psig
psig
psig
psig
7 min.
7 min.
11 min.
14 min.
10 min.
NIGHTFIGHTER HEADS-UP DISPLAY SYSTEM/PRESSURE GAUGE/ICM UNIT 2000/ICM UNIT 2000 PLUS
GAUGE
URC ASSEMBLY
The NightFighter Heads-Up Display System/Pressure
Gauge/ICM Unit 2000/ICM Unit 2000 Plus are multi-mode,
battery-powered, low pressure warning devices which
gives audible and visible warning that air cylinder pressure
has reached a pre-set level (approximately 25% of service
time is remaining).
WARNING
Do not use a 2216psi air cylinder on a 3000psi operating system. Such a configuration is not approved by
NIOSH. Failure to follow this warning can result in
serious personal injury or death.
All NFPA approved SCBA are equipped with an Audi-Larm
body that includes a URC Assembly (Universal Rescue
Connection) Fitting. The URC Assembly is a male quick-fill
inlet for use by Rapid Intervention Crews for emergency
filling of SCBA. Also included with the URC Assembly is a
pressure relief valve for protection of the cylinder burst
disc. The URC Assembly may also be used for transfill
operations.
NIGHTFIGHTER HEADS-UP DISPLAY SYSTEM
CARRIER AND HARNESS
Note: The NightFighter Heads-Up Display System can
only be used with an Ultra Elite Facepiece.
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WARNING
•
DO NOT use this carrier and harness assembly as a
vertical raising or lowering device. Failure to follow
this warning can result in serious personal injury or
death.
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The NightFighter Heads-Up Display System allows a
user to clearly and easily see air cylinder volume while
wearing a NFPA compliant SCBA.
The NightFighter Heads-Up Display System allows a
user to transfer the receiver from Ultra Elite Facepiece
to another NFPA 1981, 2002 Edition Ultra Elite
Facepiece.
The NightFighter Heads-Up Display System consists
of three (3) separate assemblies:
• Bracket assembly attached to an Ultra Elite
Facepiece.
• Receiver mounted on the bracket assembly.
• Transmitter assembled to the gauge line. (See
Installation Instruction P/N 10035581).
DESCRIPTION
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The NightFighter Heads-Up Display System's Receiver
shows the user the air cylinder volume in one quarter
cylinder increments, from a full cylinder to an empty
cylinder, by a LED light logic pattern.
The NightFighter Heads-Up Display System's
Transmitter is assembled to the gauge line hose. The
transmitter or ICM Tx Unit sends a signal to the
receiver (on the facepiece) of the air cylinder content.
The NightFighter Heads-Up Display System's Receiver
has seven (7) LED light patterns. (See Chart).
The NightFighter Heads-Up Display System's Receiver
has a light sensor for that automatically adjusts the
brightness of the LED based on to the ambient light
levels measured outside of the facepiece.
The NightFighter Heads-Up Display System's Receiver
will indicate a low battery by a Yellow LED light for the
receiver and transmitter. (See Chart).
The NightFighter Heads-Up Display System operates
using two (2) standard AAA alkaline batteries in the
transmitter, or four (4) standard AA alkaline batteries if
the ICM Tx Unit is installed, and two (2) standard AA
alkaline batteries in the receiver. The NightFighter
Heads-Up Display System notifies the user when the
batteries need to be replaced.
G
G
G
G
76% to 100%
Full Cylinder, 4 Green LED
20 Sec. Steadily ON
G
G
G
75% to 51%
3/4 Full Cylinder, 3 Green LED
20 Sec. Steadily ON
Y
Y
26.1% to 50%
1/2 Full Cylinder, 2 Yellow LED
30 Sec. Flashing ON/OFF
25% to 0%
1/4 Full Cylinder, 1 Red LED
Flashing Continuously
R
Yellow Light
Low Battery LED for
Receiver/Transmitter
O
Orange Light
Pre-Alarm for
ICM Tx Unit
Y
NOT USED
Note: With system pressurized, quick press of the
Operation Button on the transmitter or mode button
(green) on the ICM Tx Unit will show current pressure for
ONLY 10 seconds.
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The LED lights in the receiver will automatically adjust
for the brightness outside of the facepiece.
The receiver will indicate a Yellow LED light, after
going through the start up sequence, if a low battery
condition is detected in the receiver, transmitter, or
ICM Tx Unit. (See Low Battery Warnings).
Low Battery Warnings
WARNING
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Note: There are different low battery warnings.
Use only Duracell MN2400, Energizer E92, or
Eveready A92 AAA alkaline batteries in the TRANSMITTER. Use of other batteries, or a combination
of batteries from different manufacturers, will
affect performance of the unit and will void the
intrinsic safety approval.
Use only Duracell MN1500 or Energizer E91 AA
alkaline batteries in the RECEIVER. Use of other
batteries, or a combination of batteries from different manufacturers, will affect performance of the
unit and will void the intrinsic safety approval.
In older versions of the NightFighter RECEIVER containing AAA alkaline batteries use only Duracell
MN2400, Energizer E92, or Eveready A92. Use of
other batteries, or a combination of batteries from
different manufacturers, will affect the performance of the unit and will void the intrinsic safety
approval.
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If there is a low battery in the receiver, single Yellow
LED flash.
If there is a low battery in the transmitter or ICM Tx
Unit, double short Yellow LED flashes.
If there are low batteries in the receiver and transmitter
or ICM Tx Unit, the Yellow LED will alternate single
and double flashes.
The receiver will show air cylinder volume in 25% tank
increments from full to empty. (See Chart).
ICM TX UNIT
The ICM Tx Unit attached to the SCBA gauge hose. See
ICM Tx Unit Installation Instructions for proper installation
procedures.
Failure to follow this warning can result in serious personal injury or death.
The ICM Tx Unit is a multi-mode battery-powered, digital
pressure gauge, and serves as the transmitter for the
NightFighter Heads-Up Display System.
Note: The ICM Tx Unit does NOT have an audible low
pressure warning indicating that the cylinder has reached
25% service life.
Follow the procedures for the ICM Tx Unit outlined in the
ICM Tx Unit and NightFighter Heads-Up Display System
Operation and Maintenance Instructions (P/N 10058881).
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The ICM Tx Unit turns on automatically when the user
opens the SCBA cylinder valve. The GREEN lighten the
unit flashes to signal that is activated and operating.
The ICM TX Unit has three control buttons.
provide compliance with the NFPA 1981 Standard. The
audible alarm with URC Assembly feature (repeated tones
alarm) incorporated with the NightFighter Heads-Up Display
System/Pressure Gauge/ICM Unit 2000 Plus and ICM Unit
2000 provide additional user low pressure warning.
The RESET/OFF yellow button resets the device from the
full alarm mode. It also shuts the unit off after the cylinder
valve is closed and all air pressure is bled from the unit.
Follow the procedures for the NightFighter Heads-Up
Display System and ICM Unit 2000/ICM Unit 2000 Plus
Gauge.
The center opaque (alarm) button activates the full alarm
mode by pressing and holding the button, with or without
air pressure.
The ICM Unit 2000 Plus and ICM Unit 2000 Gauge turns
on automatically when the user opens the SCBA cylinder
valve. The GREEN light on the unit flashes to signal that it
is activated and operating.
The ICM Tx Unit mode button (green) will change the digital display window. See the During Use section.
Mode Button
(green)
ICM 2000 Plus
Only
The complete instructions on using the ICM Tx Unit, refer
to the ICM Tx Unit and NightFighter Heads-Up Display
System Operation and Maintenance Instructions (P/N
10058881).
Panic Button
(red)
Reset Button
(yellow)
ICM UNIT 2000 PLUS/ICM UNIT 2000
The ICM Unit 2000 Plus Gauge has 3 control buttons. The
ICM Unit 2000 Gauge has 2 control buttons.
The ICM Unit 2000 Plus and ICM Unit 2000 Gauge attaches to the SCBA gauge hose. See installation instructions
for proper installation procedures.
The RESET/OFF yellow button resets the device from the
full alarm mode. It also shuts the unit off after the cylinder
valve is closed and all air pressure is bled from the unit.
The center red (alarm) button activates the full alarm
mode with or without air pressure.
The ICM Unit 2000 Plus and ICM Unit 2000 Gauge are
also multi-mode, battery-powered, low pressure warning
devices which give audible and visible warning that air
cylinder pressure has reached approximately 25% of service life. There are two warning indicators:
• The pressure gauge face and the digital display blink
• An audible alarm repeats single tone bursts
The ICM Unit 2000 Plus Gauge mode button (green) will
change the digital display window. See the During Use
section for details.
Note: The visual warning indicators in conjunction with
the air mask audible alarm with URC Assembly (ringing bell)
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Receiver will show last air cylinder content reading. LED
lights will stay on to show air cylinder content drop.
DONNING THE AIR MASK
1. Remove the facepiece from the case.
CAUTION
WARNING
In this Continuous Operations Mode, the LIFE of the
batteries will be shortened.
Do not use a cover lens in a high-temperature environment, such as firefighting. High temperatures may distort the cover lens. Or, moisture trapped between a
cover lens and the facepiece lens may condense and
distort vision. Always remove the cover lens before
donning the facepiece. Failure to follow this warning
can result in serious personal injury or death.
Turning Continuous Operations Mode OFF
• The Continuous Operations Mode will deactivate if low
battery condition is present.
• Push Operation Button on the transmitter, holding the
button in for 3 seconds. Release button once LED
lights go off.
• Receiver will show last air cylinder content reading.
LED lights will go to Automatic Intermittent Mode
showing only air cylinder content drop in the percentage mode.
2. Check that the cylinder is fully pressurized.
3. Testing the NightFighter Heads-Up Display System
and ICM Unit Gauge.
Note: The NightFighter Heads-Up Display System
Receiver and Transmitter or ICM Tx Unit must be no more
than 15 inches apart, otherwise the receiver's LED lights
may not function.
Note: The NightFighter Heads-Up Display System will
automatically turn itself OFF approximately 60 seconds
after the apparatus is depressurized. (The signal Red LED
light will flash at this time).
WARNING
Test the NightFighter Heads-Up Display System or
ICM Gauge for damaged parts before each use of the
SCBA. Do NOT use this device unless it passes all
operational tests indicated below. Failure to follow this
warning can result in serious personal injury or death.
ICM UNIT GAUGE
The PASS function uses RED and GREEN light-emitting
diodes (LEDs) to display its status visually:
GREEN LEDs start to flash when the cylinder valve is
opened and shows that the device is operational.
RED
LEDs flash slowly when the device is in prealarm; LEDs flash rapidly when the device is in
full alarm.
4. Open SCBA cylinder valve fully to pressurize the
NightFighter Heads-Up Display System, then close the
cylinder valve.
5. Looking through the facepiece lens at the LED panel,
all LED’s must illuminate at the top of the receiver.
CAUTION
The receiver must go through all LED light patterns when
system is pressurized.
DO NOT use a partially full cylinder. If the cylinder is
not full, the service time is reduced accordingly.
NightFighter Heads-Up Display System Start-Up
Sequence:
• Four Green LED’s for 20 seconds, Steadily ON
• Three Green LED’s for 20 seconds, Steadily ON.
• Two Yellow LED’s for 30 seconds, Flashing.
• One Red LED flashing.
• Yellow LED for Low Battery.
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•
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CONTINUOUS OPERATIONS MODE
Reach inside the right shoulder straps and grasp the
redundant alarm and pressure gauge, slide left arm
through left shoulder straps.
Bend forward slightly, rest it on your back.
Attach the chest strap (optional).
Fasten the waist-strap and pull it tight for a snug fit.
As you straighten up, pull the shoulder strap tabs out.
Hike the unit up for a comfortable fit.
The shoulder straps and waist-strap ends must be
tucked in and lay flat across the body.
Note: Continuous Operations Mode can only be used
when system is pressurized.
Push Operation Button on the transmitter or mode button
(green) on the ICM Tx Unit and hold button in for 3 seconds. Once LED lights come on release button.
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USING THE NIGHTFIGHTER HEADS-UP DISPLAY SYSTEM, ICM UNIT GAUGE, AUDI-LARM ALARM, AND
URC ASSEMBLY
1. Grasp the mask mounted regulator and push the slide
button.
5. No air should flow from
the regulator. If it does,
repeat steps 1 and 2.
2. Check that the red
bypass knob is fully
closed (clockwise).
6. Check the Pressure Gauge, NightFighter Heads-Up
Display System, ICM Unit and Cylinder Gauges. It
should be within 110psig for 2216psig; 150psig for
3000psig; 225psig for 4500psig.
CAUTION
If your readings do not agree with these cylinder values, do not use the SCBA. Return it to an MSA trained
or certified repairperson.
3. Reach behind and
open the cylinder valve
fully. Listen for the
audible alarm with URC
Assembly to ring briefly
as pressure in the system increases.
7. Check for bypass operation. Grasp the red
knob and turn it
counter-clockwise.
Listen for airflow, and
then turn it OFF. Close
cylinder valve fully.
CAUTION
Listen for any hiss or pop sounds from the Audi-Larm
Alarm with URC Assembly, if heard do not use the
SCBA. Return it to an MSA trained or certified repairperson. Failure to follow this warning can result in
serious personal injury or death.
8. Check for air leaks. Open cylinder valve fully to pressurize system, then close the cylinder valve and watch
the Pressure Gauge, NightFighter Heads-Up Display
System or ICM Unit Gauge.
4. As the pressure rises from 50 to 200 psig, both visible
and audible alarms activate automatically, indicating
that the alarms are functional and "cocked." When the
system is fully pressurized, the alarms enter the
Monitor (normal) Mode.
CAUTION
If the needle drops more than 100psi in 10 seconds,
do not use the SCBA. The SCBA must be repaired;
otherwise, reduced service life may result.
WARNING
If the alarm with URC Assembly fails to ring, ICM Unit
Gauge or NightFighter Heads-Up Display System fails
to light and tone, do not use the apparatus. The SCBA
must be checked and corrected for proper operation
by an MSA trained or certified repairperson before
using. Failure to follow this warning can result in serious personal injury or death.
9. Crack the bypass valve slowly to bleed off pressure
until the NightFighter Heads-Up Display System or
ICM Unit Gauge drops below:
530psig-approximately (low pressure system)
750psig-approximately (3000psi system)
1175psig-approximately (high pressure system)
The NightFighter System will illuminate; ICM Gauge and
Audi-Larm Alarm with URC Assembly will sound.
Note: The NightFighter Heads-Up Display System will
automatically turn itself OFF, approximately 60 seconds
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DONNING
after the apparatus is depressurized. (A single Red LED
light will flash at this time).
10. When the pressure falls below 200psig, turn the ICM
Unit Gauge off.
4. Pull the back of harness
downward until centered at the back of the
head.
WARNING
If the Audi-Larm Alarm with URC Assembly fails to
ring, ICM Unit Gauge or NightFighter Heads-Up
Display System fails to light or tone, or fails to continuously ring to 200psig, do not use the apparatus. The
SCBA must be checked and corrected for proper
operation by an MSA trained or certified repairperson
before using. Failure to follow this warning can result
in serious personal injury or death.
5. Tighten the two lower
straps first by pulling
them straight back, not
out. Tighten the facepiece until the mask is
snug against the face.
Note: Before donning, check that the regulator sealing
ring is seated properly in its groove, and that it is not torn,
gouged, or nicked.
DONNING THE FACEPIECE WITH THE SPEED-ON
HEAD HARNESS
1. Place neckstrap, if present, around your neck so that
the facepiece lens is against the body.
6. Tighten the two side
temple straps in the
same manner as
described above.
Ensure that the facepiece tabs are not
tucked under the face
seal.
2. Loosen all the harness
straps. Grip the bottom
straps.
7. The top strap is not
adjustable on some
models. Make sure the
back of the harness is
centered on the back of
the head and the faceseal is providing uniform pressure on the
face at all points.
Readjust straps if needed.
3. Insert chin well into the
lower part of facepiece,
then pull the harness
back over head.
FACEPIECE FIT CHECK
Note: Check the inhalation valve, inhale. If you do not
receive sufficient flow of air, do not use facepiece. The
facepiece must be repaired or replaced.
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1. To check for facepiece
fit, hold the palm of
your hand over the inlet
facepiece adapter and
inhale. Hold your breath
at least 10 seconds.
The facepiece should
collapse and stay collapsed against your
face. If it does not, readjust the facepiece
and test again. If this
does not correct the leak, do not use the facepiece.
INSTALLING THE SLIDE MASK MOUNTED
REGULATOR
1. Grasp regulator and
orient regulator so that
red bypass knob is
pointing to the right
and slide button is on
top.
2. Test the exhalation valve, take a deep breath and hold
it. Block the inlet facepiece adapter with the palm of
your hand and exhale. If the exhalation valve is stuck,
you may feel a heavy rush of air around the facepiece.
You may need to exhale sharply to open the valve. If
this does not release the valve, do not use the facepiece.
2. Slide regulator onto rail
(fast track) of facepiece
cover. Slide regulator
down the rail cover
until regulator stops.
WARNING
This device may not seal properly with your face if you
have a beard, gross sideburns or similar physical
characteristics (see NFPA-1500 and ANSI Z88.2). An
improper facial seal may allow contaminants to leak
into the facepiece, reducing or eliminating respiratory
protection. Do not use this device if such conditions
exist. The face-to-facepiece seal must be tested
before each use. Never remove the facepiece except
in a safe, non hazardous non-toxic atmosphere.
Failure to follow this warning can result in serious personal injury or death.
3. Insert regulator into
facepiece adapter by
pushing inward.
3. Open the cylinder valve
fully. Push in on the
slide button to stop air
flow.
4. Check proper engagement by pulling on the regulator
to ensure regulator is securely attached to facepiece
adapter.
WARNING
Do not use the SCBA unless the regulator is connected properly. A regulator that is not installed correctly
can separate from the facepiece unexpectedly. Return
the SCBA to an MSA trained or certified repairperson
to correct the condition. Failure to follow this warning
can result in serious personal injury or death.
4. Listen for any sound of hissing or popping from the
Audi-Larm Alarm with URC Assembly. If heard, return
the SCBA to an MSA trained or certified repairperson.
5. Inhale sharply to start the airflow.
a. Check the bypass again by turning the red knob
counter-clockwise until you feel increased airflow.
Close the bypass.
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USING THE AIR MASK
WARNING
There must be a continuous flow of air when the
bypass knob is opened. If not, do not use the apparatus. The SCBA must be checked and the condition
corrected by an MSA trained or certified repairperson
before it can be used. Failure to follow this warning
can result in serious personal injury or death.
Periodically check the pressure indicated on the
NightFighter Heads-Up Display System or ICM Unit pressure gauge. It continually displays the cylinder pressure.
When the needle reaches the red zone, the Audi-Larm
Alarm with URC Assembly will begin ringing and
NightFighter Heads-Up Display System or ICM Unit
Gauge will begin to light or tone. When the bell starts
ringing or when the pressure reaches approximately 25%
of the rated service pressure, return to fresh air.
Note: If the air mask passes all tests, the unit is ready to
use. Remember, you must perform these tests every time
before you enter the hazardous atmosphere. If the unit
fails to meet any of the tests, the condition(s) must be
corrected before using the apparatus.
NightFighter Heads-Up Display System, ICM Unit Gauge,
and Audi-Larm Alarm with URC Assembly activate when
cylinder pressure drops below approximate values:
530psig-approximately for low pressure
750psig-approximately (3000:psi system)
1175psig-approximately for high pressure
INSTALLING THE FIREHAWK PUSH-TO-CONNECT
MASK MOUNTED REGULATOR
1. Grasp regulator and insert regulator into facepiece
adapter by pushing inward. Check proper engagement
by pulling on the regulator to ensure regulator is
securely attached to facepiece adapter.
When the NightFighter Heads-Up Display System, ICM
Unit Gauge or Audi-Larm Alarm activates, immediately
return to fresh air.
Note: Apparatus service life is reduced greatly when the
bypass is used.
WARNING
Do not use the SCBA unless the regulator is connected properly. A regulator that is not installed correctly
can separate from the facepiece unexpectedly. Return
the SCBA to an MSA trained or certified repairperson
to correct the condition. Failure to follow this warning
can result in serious personal injury or death.
PRECAUTIONS DURING USE
Periodically check the pressure indicated on the remote
gauge.
• Reduced air flow: Immediately open the bypass.
Immediately return to fresh air.
• Air mask free-flows: Immediately return to fresh air.
• Audi-Larm Alarm with URC Assembly Rings:
Immediately return to fresh air.
• NightFighter Heads- Up Display System Low Volume
Indicator Lights and Flashes: Immediately return to
fresh air.
• ICM Unit Gauge Lights and Flashes: Immediately
return to fresh air.
2. Inhale sharply to start the airflow.
3. Check the bypass again by turning the red knob
counter-clockwise until you feel increased air flow.
Close the bypass.
WARNING
There must be a continuous flow of air when the
bypass knob is opened. If not, do not use the apparatus. The SCBA must be checked and the condition
corrected by an MSA trained or certified repairperson
before it can be used. Failure to follow this warning
can result in serious personal injury or death.
WARNING
Do not use a 2216psi Air Cylinder on a 3000psi operating system. Such a configuration is not approved by
NIOSH. Failure to follow this warning can result in
serious personal injury or death.
Note: If the apparatus passes all tests, the unit is ready to
use. Remember, you must perform these tests every time
before you enter the hazardous atmosphere. If the unit
fails to meet any of the tests, the condition(s) must be
corrected before using the apparatus.
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REMOVING THE AIR MASK
REMOVING THE AIR MASK DISCONNECTING THE
SLIDE REGULATOR
5. When the pressure falls below 200psig, turn the
NightFighter Heads-Up Display System or ICM Unit
Gauge off.
Note: The NightFighter Heads-Up Display System will
automatically turn itself OFF, approximately 60 seconds
after the apparatus is depressurized. (The single Red LED
light will flash at this time).
6. Stow the regulator with slide button at bottom in the
stand-by belt mount when it is not in use.
1. Grasp top of regulator.
7. To remove the facepiece, fully loosen the
harness straps and pull
the facepiece up and
away from your face.
2. Push the release buttons and pull regulator
down and out of facepiece adapter.
8. To remove the carrier harness, press the belt buckle
release button IN.
9. Disconnect the chest strap (if used).
10. To loosen the shoulder straps, grasp the release
loops. Push them out and away from your body.
11. Slip your right arm out of the shoulder pad first, then
remove the harness.
Note: Regulator can hang on cover rail in a stand-by
mode.
Note: Be sure to replace the cylinder with a full one.
Complete Inspection and Cleaning and Disinfecting
Procedures outlined in this manual. Ensure complete
apparatus is clean and dry. Ensure that facepiece head
harness straps and harness adjustment straps are fully
extended. Place the complete apparatus in the storage
case or suitable storage location so it can be reached
easily for emergency use. (See storage instructions.)
3. Slide regulator up cover
rail until regulator slide
button is free of cover
rail.
DISCONNECTING THE FIREHAWK PUSH-TO-CONNECT REGULATOR
1. Grasp top of regulator.
2. Push the release buttons and pull regulator out of
facepiece adapter.
3. Close the cylinder valve fully. Open the bypass to
release system pressure. Close the bypass.
4. When the pressure falls below 200psig, turn the ICM
Unit Gauge off by pressing the alarm switch 2 times in
rapid succession.
4. Close the cylinder valve
fully. Open the bypass
to release system pressure. Close the bypass.
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Note: The NightFighter Heads-Up Display System will
automatically turn itself OFF, approximately 60 seconds
after the apparatus is depressurized. (The signal Red LED
light will flash at this time). An extended single tone will
sound indicating the unit has been turned off.
4. Slide the fully charged cylinder into the carrier, with
gauge facing out, turn the latch wing clockwise to
tighten fully. Fold over the latch wing toward backplate, locking latch wing in place.
Note: Be sure to tighten the latch wing fully each time a
cylinder is installed.
5. Stow the regulator in the stand-by belt mount when it
is not in use.
6. To remove the facepiece, fully loosen the harness
straps and pull the facepiece up and away from your
face.
7. To remove the carrier harness, press the belt buckle
release button IN.
8. Disconnect the chest strap (if used).
9. To loosen the shoulder straps, grasp the release
loops. Push them out and away from your body.
10. Slip your right arm out of the shoulder pad first, then
remove the harness.
5. To check that the cylinder is secure, place one hand
on the backplate and grasp the cylinder valve with the
other. Try to pull the cylinder and valve down and out
away from the carrier. Make sure that the band and
latch holds the cylinder securely in the carrier.
Note: If the cylinder feels loose, re-check that the band and
latch is in the proper slot; that the lock tab is fully engaged
in the slot; and that the latch wing is fully tightened and
flipped over with the label side OUT. Do not use the air
mask if the cylinder is not held securely in the carrier.
Note: Be sure to replace the cylinder with a full one.
Complete Inspection and Cleaning and Disinfecting
Procedures outlined in this manual. Ensure complete
apparatus is clean and dry. Ensure that facepiece head
harness straps and harness adjustment straps are fully
extended. Place the complete apparatus in the storage
case or suitable storage location so it can be reached
easily for emergency use. (See storage instructions.)
6. Check that the O-ring is inside the Audi-Larm Alarm
with URC Assembly coupling nut. If the O-ring is damaged it must be replaced before the alarm is used.
7. Thread the Audi-Larm
Alarm with URC
Assembly coupling nut
to the cylinder valve
and hand-tighten (no
tools).
CHANGING THE CYLINDER WITH BAND AND LATCH
WARNING
Be careful not to drop cylinder or bump valve knob. An
unsecured cylinder can become an airborne projectile
under its own pressure if the valve is opened even
slightly. Failure to follow this warning can result in
serious personal injury or death.
CHANGING THE CYLINDER WITH BUCKLE AND
STRAP
1. Be sure there is no
pressure in the system
before replacing a
cylinder. Disconnect
the Audi-Larm Alarm
with URC Assembly
coupling nut.
Be careful not to drop cylinder or bump valve knob. An
unsecured cylinder can become an airborne projectile
under its own pressure if the valve is opened even
slightly. Failure to follow this warning can result in
serious personal injury or death.
2. Lift and turn the latch wing to loosen the cylinder
clamp.
3. Slide out the empty cylinder and install one that is fully
charged. Be sure that the adjustable cylinder band
and latch is in the proper slot before you insert a new
cylinder. Make sure that the lock tab on the carrier is
fully engaged in the appropriate cylinder band slot
position.
1. Be sure there is no pressure in the system before
replacing a cylinder. Disconnect the alarm with URC
Assembly coupling nut.
2. Lift over center buckle to loosen the cylinder strap.
3. Slide out the empty cylinder and install one that is fully
charged. Be sure that the adjustable cylinder buckle is
properly installed.
4. Slide the fully charged cylinder into the carrier, with
gauge facing out. Close the over center buckle to
tighten the cylinder strap.
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5. To check that the cylinder is secure, place one hand
on the back plate and grasp the cylinder valve with
the other. Try to pull the cylinder and valve down and
out away from the carrier. Make sure that the strap
and buckle hold the cylinder securely in the carrier.
Level (grade) D air or equivalent specification.
4. Do not use unless the cylinder is filled to the full
pressure approved.
5. Do not alter, modify, or substitute any components
without approval of the manufacturer.
6. Inspect frequently. Maintain according to manufacturer’s instructions. Repair only by properly trained
personnel.
NOTE: If the cylinder feels loose, re-check that the strap
and buckle are properly adjusted. Open cylinder buckle.
Tighten cylinder strap by pulling on top (outer) strap. It will
be necessary to reposition the black plastic slide during
adjustment. Tighten cylinder strap until cylinder buckle is
approximately 45 degrees from vertical. Close the cylinder
buckle. Do not use the air mask if the cylinder is not held
securely in the carrier. DO NOT over-tighten the cylinder
strap; otherwise it will damage the center buckle
assembly.
Failure to follow these warnings can result in serious
personal injury or death.
SAFETY PRECAUTIONS FOR MSA SELF-CONTAINED
BREATHING APPARATUS CYLINDERS
Breathing apparatus cylinders should be fully recharged
as soon as possible after use.
6. Check that the O-ring is inside the Alarm with URC
Assembly coupling nut. If the O-ring is damaged it
must be replaced before the alarm is used.
7. Thread the alarm with URC Assembly coupling nut to
the cylinder valve and hand-tighten (no tools).
Cylinders should not be stored partially charged for two
reasons:
1. If used partially charged, the duration of the apparatus
is reduced.
2. The pressure relief device is only designed to protect
a fully charged cylinder from the effects of a fire.
CHARGING CYLINDERS
For maximum safety, the cylinders should be stored full or
at a pressure above ambient but less than 100psig.
A lightweight SCBA cylinder can become airborne solely
under the thrust of air from an inadvertedly opened cylinder valve. If a cylinder is removed from a horizontal shelf
by grasping the handwheel, the weight of the cylinder can
cause the cylinder to rotate downward causing the valve
to open slightly.
Prior to recharging, cylinders must be examined externally
for evidence of high heat exposure, corrosion, or other
evidence of significant damage.
Additional information of value when performing external
and internal inspections of cylinders may be found in the
latest editions of CGA Publication C-6: "Standards for
Visual Inspection of Steel Compressed Gas Cylinders",
CGA Publication C-6.1: "Standards for Visual Inspection
of High Pressure Aluminum Compressed Gas Cylinders",
and/or CGA Publication C-6.2: "Guidelines for Visual
Inspection and Requalification of Fiber Reinforced High
Pressure Cylinders" available form the Compressed Gas
Association, Inc., 1725 Jefferson Davis Highway, Suite
1004, Arlington, VA 22202-4102.
WARNING
•
•
•
Never carry a cylinder by the handwheel.
Avoid dropping the cylinder or bumping the handwheel.
Use the handwheel only to open and close the
cylinder valve.
A valve could partially open causing the cylinder to
become an airborne projectile under its own pressure
and result in serious personal injury or death.
If there is any doubt about the suitability of the cylinder
for recharge, it should be returned to a certified hydrostatic test facility for expert examination and testing.
WARNING
Always check to be sure the retest date is within the prescribed period and that the cylinder is properly labeled to
indicate its gaseous service. New labels are restricted
items which are not available except through certified
hydrostatic test facilities.
1. Remove from service if cylinder shows evidence of
exposure to high heat or flame: e.g., paint turned
to a brown or black color, decals charred or missing, gauge lens melted, or elastomeric materials
distorted.
2. Use this device only after receiving proper training
in its use. Use in accordance with this label and
MSA apparatus instructions.
3. To maintain NIOSH approval, container must be
fully charged with respirable air meeting the
requirements of the Compressed Gas Association
specification G-7.1 1989 for Quality Verification
When replacing cylinder valves or after the retesting of
cylinders, make sure the proper cylinder valve, burst disc,
and O-ring are installed prior to cylinder recharging.
Establish the service pressure of the cylinder. Type 3 AA
(steel) cylinders that bear a plus (+) sign after the latest
retest date may be recharged to a pressure, i.e. a cylinder
stamped 3AA2015 with a plus (+) sign after the test date
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may be recharged to 2216psig. (this applies to steel cylinders only). Steel cylinders without the plus (+) sign
stamped after the latest test date must be removed from
service. All other cylinders which are not 3AA type shall
be filled to the designated service pressure only (as found
on the DOT approval or stamping). For cylinders manufactured under a U.S. DOT exemption (i.e., DOT-E-#####),
the exemption should be consulted and is available from
the Associate Administrator for Hazardous Materials
Safety, Research and Special Programs Administration,
U.S. Department of Transportation, 400 7th Street, SW,
Washington, D.C. 20590-0001.
WARNING
Use only Duracell MN2400, Energizer E92 AAA alkaline
batteries in the TRANSMITTER. Use of other batteries,
or a combination of batteries from different manufacturers, will affect performance of the unit and will void
the intrinsic safety approval. Failure to follow this
warning can result in serious personal injury or death.
1. Unfasten the transmitter shroud strap(s).
2. Slide the shroud off the transmitter to expose the battery door screws.
3. Loosen the screws to open the battery door.
4. Insert two AAA batteries according to the battery orientation noted inside the compartment.
5. Close the battery door and tighten the screws.
6. Slide shroud cover and transmitter and fasten the
strap(s).
Appropriately connect the cylinder to the filling system and
refill. Terminate the filling when the pressure reaches the service pressure and allow the cylinder to cool to room temperature. If necessary, top-off the cylinder such that the service
pressure is attained with the cylinder at a temperature of
70°F. Close the valves on the cylinder and the filling system
and remove the cylinder. Apply a leak solution to determine
if there is any leakage between the cylinder and the valve. If
there is no leakage, the cylinder is ready for use.
WARNING
•
STORAGE
Do not store the apparatus or spare cylinders within or
near an area where the apparatus can or might be
exposed to any substances that will or might attack any
part of the apparatus, causing the apparatus NOT to perform as designed and approved.
•
WARNING
Be careful not to drop cylinder or bump valve knob. An
unsecured cylinder can become an airborne projectile
under its own pressure if the valve is opened even
slightly. Failure to follow this warning can result in
serious personal injury or death.
Failure to follow this warning can result in serious personal injury or death.
1. Loosen the screws to open the battery door in the
receiver.
2. Insert two AA batteries according to the battery orientation notes inside the receiver compartment.
3. Ensure the battery cover gasket is free of debris and
not damaged or missing.
4. Close the battery door and tighten the screws.
Do not store the alarms for extended periods with the batteries installed. Do not store the apparatus with an empty
or partly filled cylinder. Always install a fully-charged cylinder so that the apparatus is ready for use. Complete
Inspection and Cleaning and Disinfecting Procedures outlined in this manual. Ensure the complete apparatus is
clean and dry. Ensure the facepiece head harness adjustment straps are fully extended. Place the complete apparatus in the storage case or suitable storage location so it
can be easily reached for emergency use.
Battery Disposal/Recycling
Dispose of or recycle batteries in accordance with all
applicable federal, state, and local regulations.
To store the NightFighter Heads-Up Display System components, be sure that the unit is in the OFF (LED is not
illuminated) position. For prolonged storage, remove the
batteries to prevent battery corrosion. Store units in a
cool, dry place.
WARNING
Do not dispose of the battery in fire. It may explode.
Failure to follow this warning can result in serious personal injury or death.
BATTERY REPLACEMENT
In continuous service, battery life will vary depending on
user conditions. The battery is not rechargeable.
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Use only Duracell MN1500 or Energizer E91 AA
alkaline batteries in the RECEIVER. Use of other
batteries, or a combination of batteries from different manufacturers, will affect performance of the
unit and will void the intrinsic safety approval.
Failure to follow this warning can result in serious
personal injury or death.
In older versions of the NightFighter RECEIVER
containing AAA alkaline batteries use only Duracell
MN2400, Energizer E92, or Eveready A92. Use of
other batteries, or a combination of batteries from
different manufacturers, will affect the performance of the unit and will void the intrinsic safety
approval.
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COLD WEATHER OPERATION
SUGGESTED PROCEDURES FOR COLD WEATHER
OPERATION
Moisture can cause problems in SCBA if it freezes.
However, moisture can cause freezing problems even if
the surrounding air is above freezing. This is due to air
flowing from the cylinder through the regulator drops from
cylinder pressure to close to atmospheric pressure very
quickly. As it does so it expands, causing the air and the
regulator to become colder. Although the surrounding
temperature may be warmer than 32°F, the temperature
inside the regulator may be lower. Any water inside could
turn to ice and restrict airflow.
4.
5.
1. To keep moisture from entering the mask mounted
regulator. Stow the regulator in the stand-by belt
mount.
2. Use the neck strap. The neck strap keeps the facepiece upside down on the user's neck. Water does not
collect in the facepiece. If not used correctly, the facepiece can act as a funnel, catching and directing
water into the regulator.
3. When the SCBA is away from heat, water spray can
freeze on the regulator surface. Ice can build up and
freeze the shut-off button, bypass valve, and the
6.
7.
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release tabs. Before entering or re-entering a hazardous atmosphere, make sure the shut-off button,
release tabs, and bypass valve are ice-free and operating properly. Periodically, check the bypass to be
sure it is ice-free.
Moisture can enter through the cylinder valve or coupling nut when cylinders are replaced on the SCBA.
When replacing cylinders, be careful to prevent moisture or contamination from entering the system.
Remove any ice from these fittings. Wipe the coupling
nut threads and cylinder valve threads dry before disconnecting the cylinder. Water can contaminate the
system and freeze.
NIOSH certification requires a nosecup at temperatures below 32°F. The nosecup reduces lens fogging
and must be used whenever freezing conditions are
encountered.
During cleanup at the station, be careful to keep water
from entering the facepiece or mask mounted regulator when washing fire trucks at the station.
Thoroughly dry the facepiece and mask mounted regulator after cleaning and disinfecting. Follow
Confidence Plus® Cleaning Solution instructions.
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QUICK-FILL SYSTEM OPERATION
QUICK-FILL SYSTEM OPERATION
WARNING
For transfilling operations using the Quick-Fill System,
do not use any transfilling hose assembly or fittings
other than those supplied by MSA specifically for the
Quick-Fill System. Use of any other transfilling hose
assembly and/or fitting can result in serious personal
injury or death, and will void NIOSH approval.
The Quick-Fill System may be used for transfill operations
as described in this manual. Only qualified, trained personal Standard Operating Procedures should be developed for use of the Quick-Fill System, unless using a
3000psi apparatus. The 3000psi apparatus can not be
used with Quick-Fill system.
WARNING
WARNING
•
•
•
•
•
The 3000psi Air Mask is NOT compatible with a
2216psi SCBA Cylinder.
Do not use the Quick-Fill System with 3000psi Air
Masks.
Do not install a Quick-Fill System on a 3000psi Air
Mask. This combination will not allow the relief
valve in the 3000psi URC Assembly to open as
designed.
The Quick-Fill System is not to be used as a
"Buddy Breather" such that two (2) users are sharing the air supplied by one (1) approved SCBA
cylinder simultaneously; doing so will void NIOSH
approval.
•
•
Failure to follow the above warnings can result in serious personal injury or death.
The Quick-Fill System must be used only by qualified,
trained personnel who have carefully read and understood
these instructions, cautions, and warnings. NIOSH
approvals of SCBA from MSA are maintained while transfilling air ONLY if appropriate Quick-Fill System hose
assemblies from MSA are used. Quick-Fill System hose
assemblies and fittings are rated for a maximum working
pressure of 4500psig.
Do not Transfill (be a Donor) using a 3000psi URC
Assembly. The 3000psi URC Assembly has a check
valve that does not allow cylinders to Transfill (be a
donor).
Using the 3000psi URC Assembly to fill cylinders,
the cylinder can only be filled to 2216psig. If the
pressure exceeds 2216psig a relief valve in the
URC Assembly will vent at approximately 2525psig
or as low as 2400psig. A 3000psig cylinder can only
be filled to 3000psig by using a secondary air
source; the 3000psi URC Assembly can not be
used for filling a 3000psig cylinder.
Do not lubricate the Quick-Fill fittings. Do not permit oil, grease, or other contaminants to come in
contact with the Quick-Fill fittings. The Quick-Fill
hose assemblies and fittings are designed to be
used with Quality Verification Level (Grade) D or
better air as defined by ANSI/CGA G-7.1.TRANSFILLING AIR FROM A SECONDARY AIR SOURCE.
Failure to follow the above warnings can result in serious personal injury or death.
A secondary air source stores compressed breathing air
until needed to refill SCBA air cylinders. Examples of air
sources include: cascade air cylinder refilling systems;
high pressure compressor systems with a fixed reservoir;
and an SCBA air cylinder which is not installed on an
SCBA.
NIOSH approval is maintained only when using the following Hose Assemblies: 485331, 802687, 802688, 802689,
802690, and 48332, for filling cylinders in IDLH atmospheres.
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FILLING INSTRUCTIONS FOR QUICK-FILL SYSTEM
WARNING
•
•
Do not connect a Quick-Fill System equipped Low
Pressure SCBA to an unregulated secondary air
source with a pressure greater than 2216psig. The
Quick-Fill System equipped low pressure air mask
is rated for a maximum working pressure of
2216psig. As an additional safety feature, the SCBA
has a pressure relief valve which automatically
vents at 2525psig.
Do not connect a High Pressure SCBA to a secondary air source with a pressure greater than
4500psig. The high pressure air mask is rated for a
maximum working pressure of 4500psig.
1. To connect the Quick-Fill System hose.
a. Push the female fitting on the male fitting until it
snaps in place. Pull on the hose to be sure the fitting snapped into place.
b. Turn the air source on.
c. The following components are available for connecting to a secondary air source.
Order MSA P/N Description
Failure to follow the above warnings can result in serious personal injury or death.
Male stainless steel quick-disconnect
with SAE-10 thread, complete with
dust cover (for use as a fitting for
customized refilling systems).
PRECAUTIONS FOR USING QUICK-FILL SYSTEM
25-FOOT QUICK-FILL HOSES
Note: Female quick-disconnect fittings
include dust covers.
485391
1. The Quick-Fill System can only be used to fill
approved SCBA cylinders.
2. The Quick-Fill System is not to be used as a "Buddy
Breather" such that two (2) users are sharing the air
supplied by one (1) SCBA cylinder simultaneously
doing so will void NIOSH approval.
3. The user is responsible for the air source, which must
meet the requirements of Compressed Gas
Association Specification ANSI/G-7.1, Quality
Verification Level (Grade) D Gaseous Air or better, with
a moisture dew point of not greater than -65°F
(24ppm water vapor, normal). Pressures at the inlet of
the Quick-Fill System hose must not exceed that of
the SCBA (2216psig or 4500psig).
4. Using the 3000psi URC Assembly to fill cylinders, the
cylinder can only be filled to 2216psig. If the pressure
exceeds 2216psig a relief valve in the URC Assembly
will vent at approximately 2525psig or as low as
2400psig. A 3000psig cylinder can only be filled to
3000psig by using a secondary air source; the 3000psi
URC Assembly cannot be used for filling a 3000psig
cylinder.
5. The user also is responsible for connecting the QuickFill hose to an appropriate secondary air source.
6. The cylinder must be inspected for damage before
charging.
7. If filling cylinders in fresh air using the Quick-Fill
System topping off the cylinder is recommended after
the cylinder has cooled from initial fill. Topping off a
cylinder after it has cooled will ensure proper service
time.
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485532
With two female quick-disconnects
487906
With a female quick-disconnect on one
end and a SAE-4 fitting on the other.
487907
With a female quick-disconnect one
end and a CGA-347 (4500 psig) outlet
on the other.
487908
With a female quick-disconnect on one
end and a CGA-346 (2216 psig) outlet
on the other.
487909
With a female quick-disconnect on one
end and a CGA-347 (4500 psig)
coupling nut on the other.
487910
With a female quick-connect on one
end and a CGA-346 (2216 psig)
coupling nut on the other.
CAUTION
If there are leaks from either female fitting, or along
the hose, depressurize the hose and correct the problem. Such leakage can result in increased fill time.
2. To attach the Quick-Fill System hose to the SCBA.
a. Remove the rubber dust cap from the male inlet fitting on the SCBA. Be sure that the cylinder valve is
fully opened.
b. Remove the rubber dust cap from the female fitting
on the Quick-Fill System hose.
c. Push the female fitting on the male fitting until it
snaps in place. Pull on the hose to be sure the fitting snapped into place. Transfilling begins when
the female fitting is snapped on the SCBA male fitting.
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Note: If the secondary air source does not have a sufficient volume of air, the SCBA cylinder will not reach full
service pressure. After approximately 45-60 seconds,
pressure between the secondary air source and the SCBA
cylinder will be equal.
WARNING
Do not transfill if the donor's audible alarm is ringing
or NightFighter Heads-Up Display /ICM Unit Gauge are
flashing. Failure to follow this warning can result in
shorter escape time to return to fresh air, causing serious personal injury or death.
CAUTION
The audible alarm begins ringing and NightFighter HeadsUp Display begins flashing to indicate that the pressure in
the cylinder has been reduced to 25% of its rated working
pressure. Remaining service time must be used for
escape to fresh air. If the donor's audible alarm begins
ringing or NightFighter Heads-Up Display /ICM Unit
Gauge begins flashing during transfilling, the donor should
disconnect and preserve his escape time.
Cylinder temperature will increase by approximately
45°F. The pressure gauge may show FULL immediately
after transfilling, but cylinder pressure may decrease
by as much as 190psig after the cylinder cools to
room temperature. Actual service time may be
reduced accordingly.
3. Compare the SCBA pressure gauge or ICM Unit reading to the secondary air source pressure gauge reading. If the readings are the same, pressure is equal.
4. To disconnect the Quick-Fill System hose after transfilling, pull the gray sleeve back. The hose fitting and
the male fitting will separate. A hiss or pop may be
heard as the fittings separate and the high pressure air
is sealed off.
5. Immediately install the dust cover on the male fitting.
6. The SCBA cylinder is ready for service if the cylinder
pressure gauge is on the corresponding color band.
1. If the donor's alarm is not ringing or NightFighter
Heads-Up Display /ICM Unit Gauge are not flashing
and you have sufficient air to transfill air to a receiver,
(greater than1000psig for Low Pressure SCBA and
greater than 2000psig for High Pressure SCBA), follow
these steps.
a. Remove the 3 foot emergency transfill hose from its
protective pouch.
b. Remove the rubber dust cover from both female fittings on the Quick-Fill System hose assembly.
c. Remove the rubber dust cover from the male QuickFill System fitting.
d. Push the female fittings on to the male fittings until
they click in place. Pull on the hose to be sure it
snapped in place.
QUICK-FILL SYSTEM EMERGENCY OPERATIONS
1. If you are transfilling in fresh air and the dust cover will
not stay on the male fitting because air is leaking, correct the condition before using the SCBA.
2. If you are transfilling in a contaminated atmosphere
and the dust cover will not stay on the male fitting
because air is leaking:
a. Immediately reconnect the Quick-Fill System hose
to seal off the leak and return to fresh air.
b. If you cannot reconnect the hose, reach behind and
close the cylinder valve. Air pressure in the regulator
will drop, and the leak will slow down.
c. Quickly replace the protective dust cap on the male
fitting. This will form a redundant seal.
d. Open the cylinder valve and return to fresh air
immediately. The dust cover prevents dirt, water,
and debris from entering the fitting, and acts as a
redundant seal.
WARNING
If serious leakage is noticed from either of the two
female fittings, or anywhere along the hose, disconnect the female fittings and return to fresh air immediately. Failure to follow this warning can result in serious personal injury or death.
e. After approximately 30-60 seconds, pressure
between the SCBA cylinders will be equal.
f. Disconnect the Quick-Fill System hose from the
SCBA by pulling the gray sleeve back on both ends.
A hiss or pop may be heard as the fittings separate
and the high pressure air is sealed off.
g. Immediately install the dust cover on the Quick-Fill
System male fitting. The dust cover prevents dirt,
water, and debris from entering the fitting, and acts
as a redundant seal.
TRANSFILLING BETWEEN SCBA FROM MSA (EMERGENCY BREATHING SYSTEM)
Note: The SCBA with the higher pressure reading is the
donor. The SCBA with the lower pressure is the receiver.
Transfilling between users of SCBA should be performed
only during life-threatening emergencies or simulated
training exercises. Both donor and receiver must return to
fresh air immediately following the procedure.
QUICK-FILL SYSTEM EMERGENCY OPERATIONS
1. If the dust cover will not stay on the male fitting
because air is leaking:
a. Immediately reconnect the Quick-Fill System hose
to seal off the leak and return to fresh air.
b. If you can not reconnect the hose, reach behind
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and close the cylinder valve. Air pressure in the regulator will drop, and the leak will slow down.
c. Quickly replace the protective dust cap on the male
fitting. This will form a redundant seal.
d. Open the cylinder valve and return to fresh air
immediately.
2. Preparing the Quick-Fill System for Storage:
a. Press in on the center of the quick-disconnect dust
cap to release any pressure in the Quick-Fill System
hose.
b. Roll up the hose and place it in its protective pouch.
Note: Only persons trained in MSA Maintenance are
authorized to repair or disassemble the Quick-Fill System.
If repairs are required, contact your nearest MSA office.
Call 1-800-MSA-2222.
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URC ASSEMBLY OPERATION
URC ASSEMBLY OPERATION
WARNING
•
All NFPA 1981-2002 approved SCBA are equipped with a
URC Assembly (Universal Rescue Connection) fitting. The
URC Assembly is a male quick-fill inlet for use by Rapid
Intervention Crews for emergency filling operations. The
system also includes an automatically resetting pressure
relief valve. The SCBA can also be equipped with a shoulder mounted quick-fill system, unless using a 3000psi
URC Assembly, the 3000psi URC Assembly can not be
used with Quick-Fill System.
•
WARNING
•
•
The URC Assembly is not to be used as a "Buddy
Breather" such that two (2) users are sharing the
air supplied by one (1) approved SCBA cylinder
simultaneously; doing so will void NIOSH approval.
Failure to follow the above warnings can result in
serious personal injury or death.
The URC Assembly must be used by trained Rapid
Intervention Crews only using procedures developed for rapid intervention.
•
Do not Transfill (be a Donor) using a 3000psi URC
Assembly. The 3000psi URC Assembly has a check
valve that does not allow cylinders to Transfill (be a
donor). Failure to follow this warning can result in
serious personal injury or death.
Using the 3000psi URC Assembly to fill cylinders,
the cylinder can only be filled to 2216psig. If the
pressure exceeds 2216psig a relief valve in the
URC Assembly will vent at approximately 2525psig
or as low as 2400psig. A 3000psig cylinder can only
be filled to 3000psig by using a secondary air
source; the 3000psi URC Assembly can not be
used for filling a 3000psig cylinder.
Do not lubricate the URC Assembly fittings. Do not
permit oil, grease, or other contaminants to come
in contact with the Quick-Fill fittings. The Quick-Fill
hose assemblies and fittings are designed to be
used with Quality Verification Level (Grade) D or
better air as defined by ANSI/CGA G-7.1.TRANSFILLING AIR FROM A SECONDARY AIR SOURCE.
Failure to follow the above warnings can result in serious personal injury or death.
Failure to follow the above warnings can result in serious personal injury or death.
WARNING
Note: The URC Assembly may be used for transfill operations as described in this manual. Standard operating procedures should be developed for use of the URC
Assembly or Quick Fill System.
For Filling Operations using the URC Assembly, do not
use any transfilling hose assembly or fittings other
than those supplied by MSA specifically for the URC
Assembly or Quick-Fill System. Use of any other
transfilling hose assembly, fitting, or cylinder can
result in serious personal injury or death, and will void
NIOSH approval.
WARNING
Do not install a Quick-Fill System and 3000psi URC
assembly on the same air mask. Combining these
assemblies on the same air mask will not allow the
relief valve in the 3000psi URC Assembly to open as
designed. Failure to follow this warning can result in
serious personal injury or death.
A secondary air source stores compressed breathing air
until needed to refill SCBA air cylinders. Secondary air
source pressure must be greater than air mask cylinder
pressure. Examples of air sources include: cascade air
cylinder refilling systems; high pressure compressor systems with a fixed reservoir; and an SCBA air cylinder
which is not installed on an SCBA.
The URC Assembly must be used only by qualified,
trained personnel who have carefully read and understood
these instructions, cautions, and warnings. NIOSH
approvals of SCBA from MSA are maintained while transfilling air ONLY if appropriate Quick-Fill hose assemblies
from MSA are used. URC Assembly or Quick-Fill hose
assemblies and fittings are rated for a maximum working
pressure of 4500psig.
WARNING
Do not connect a High Pressure SCBA to a secondary
air source with a pressure greater than 4500psig. The
high pressure air mask is rated for a maximum working pressure of 4500psig. Failure to follow the above
warnings can result in serious personal injury or
death.
NIOSH approval is maintained only when using the following Hose Assemblies:
485331, 802687, 802688, 802689, 802690, and 48332, for
filling cylinders in IDLH atmospheres.
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PRECAUTIONS FOR USING URC ASSEMBLY
2. To attach the Quick-Fill System hose to the URC
Assembly:
a. Remove the rubber dust cap from the male inlet fitting on the URC Assembly. Be sure that the cylinder
valve is fully opened.
b. Remove the rubber dust cap from the female fitting
on the Quick-Fill System hose.
c. Push the female fitting on the male fitting until it
snaps in place. Pull on the hose to be sure the fitting snapped into place. Filling begins when the
female fitting is snapped on the URC Assembly.
1. The URC Assembly can only be used to fill approved
SCBA cylinders.
2. The URC Assembly is not to be used as a "Buddy
Breather" such that two (2) users are sharing the air
supplied by one (1) SCBA cylinder simultaneously
doing so will void NIOSH approval.
3. The user is responsible for the air source, which must
meet the requirements of Compressed Gas
Association Specification ANSI/G-7.1, Quality
Verification Level (Grade) D Gaseous Air or better, with
a moisture dew point of not greater than -65°F
(24ppm water vapor, normal). Pressures at the inlet of
the Quick-Fill System hose must not exceed that of
the SCBA (2216psig or 4500psig).
4. Using the 3000psi URC Assembly to fill cylinders, the
cylinder can only be filled to 2216psig. If the pressure
exceeds 2216psig a relief valve in the URC Assembly
will vent at approximately 2525psig. or as low as
2400psig. A 3000psig cylinder can only be filled to
3000psig by using a secondary air source; the 3000psi
URC Assembly can not be used for filling a 3000psig
cylinder.
5. The user also is responsible for connecting the QuickFill hose to an appropriate secondary air source.
6. The cylinder must be inspected for damage before
charging.
7. If filling cylinders in fresh air using the URC Assembly
topping off the cylinder is recommended after the
cylinder has cooled from initial fill. Topping off a cylinder after it has cooled will ensure proper service time.
WARNING
If serious leakage is noticed from either of the two
female fittings, or anywhere along the hose, disconnect the female fittings and return to fresh air immediately. Failure to follow this warning can result in serious personal injury or death.
Note: If the secondary air source does not have a sufficient volume of air, the SCBA cylinder will not reach full
service pressure.
After approximately 45-60 seconds, pressure between the
secondary air source and the SCBA cylinder will be equal.
CAUTION
Cylinder temperature will increase by approximately
45°F. The pressure gauge may show FULL immediately
after transfilling, but cylinder pressure may decrease
by as much as 190psig after the cylinder cools to
room temperature. Actual service time may be
reduced accordingly.
FILLING INSTRUCTIONS FOR USING THE URC
ASSEMBLY
3. Compare the SCBA pressure gauge or ICM Unit reading to the secondary air source pressure gauge reading. If the readings are the same, pressure is equal.
4. To disconnect the Quick-Fill System hose after transfilling, pull the gray sleeve back. The hose fitting and
the URC Assembly will separate. A hiss or pop may
be heard as the fittings separate and the high pressure
air is sealed off.
5. Immediately install the dust cover on the URC
Assembly male fitting.
6. The SCBA cylinder is ready for service if the cylinder
pressure gauge is on the corresponding color band.
For Rapid Intervention Crews:
Note: Rapid Intervention Crews should use a separate air
supply such as MSA’s RescueAire™ portable air supply
system to fill SCBA in an IDLH atmosphere.
1. To connect the URC Assembly to the Quick-Fill
System hose (P/N 485391 URC Assembly or Quick-Fill
System fitting installed on the air source):
a. Push the female fitting on the male fitting until it
snaps in place. Pull on the hose to be sure the fitting snapped into place.
b. Turn the air source on.
URC ASSEMBLY EMERGENCY OPERATIONS
WARNING
WARNING
If there are leaks from either female fitting, or along
the hose, depressurize the hose and correct the problem. Such leakage can result in increased fill time.
Failure to follow this warning can result in serious personal injury or death.
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NIOSH DOES NOT approve the use of the URC
Assembly to transfer air from the cylinder of one
SCBA to another SCBA. Failure to follow this warning
can result in serious personal injury or death.
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1. If you are in fresh air and the dust cover will not stay
on the URC Assembly because air is leaking, correct
the condition before using the SCBA.
2. If you are filling the URC Assembly in a contaminated
atmosphere and the dust cover will not stay on the
URC Assembly because air is leaking:
a. Immediately reconnect the Quick-Fill System hose
to seal off the leak and return to fresh air.
b. If you cannot reconnect the hose, reach behind and
close the cylinder valve. Air pressure in the regulator
will drop, and the leak will slow down.
c. Quickly replace the protective dust cap on the URC
Assembly male regulator fitting. This will form a
redundant seal.
d. Open the cylinder valve and return to fresh air
immediately. The dust cover prevents dirt, water,
and debris from entering the fitting and acts as a
redundant seal.
The audible alarm with URC Assembly begins ringing and
NightFighter Heads-Up Display begins flashing to indicate
that the pressure in the cylinder has been reduced to 25%
of its rated working pressure. Remaining service time
must be used for escape to fresh air.
Note: Only persons trained in MSA Maintenance are
authorized to repair or disassemble the URC Assembly. If
repairs are required, contact your nearest MSA office. Call
1-800-MSA-2222.
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CLEANING AND DISINFECTING
CLEANING AND DISINFECTING
e. Clean the pressure-demand exhalation valve by
pressing in on the stem with a blunt object and
flushing with clean water.
f. Allow the facepiece to air dry. Do not dry the parts
by placing them near a heater or in direct sunlight.
The rubber will deteriorate.
g. Operate the exhalation valve by hand to be sure it
works properly.
Depending on the cleaning policy adopted, either a designated person or the user should clean each device after
each use. ANSI standards suggest that users should be
trained in the cleaning procedure. Confidence Plus
Cleaning Solution (P/N 10009971) from MSA is recommended. It cleans and disinfects in one operation. It
retains its germicidal efficiency in hard water to inhibit the
growth of bacteria. It will not deteriorate rubber, plastic,
glass, or metal parts. Refer to label for user instructions.
Note: Do not force-dry the parts by placing them in a
heater or in direct sunlight. The rubber will deteriorate.
When the facepiece is thoroughly dry, store the facepiece
in the plastic bag that it was shipped in.
CAUTION
DO NOT use any cleaning substances that can or
might attack any part of the apparatus.
3. In general, only the facepiece requires cleaning and
disinfecting after each use. If the apparatus is soiled
(i.e. heavy smoke residue or dirt accumulation) use a
sponge damp with mild soap solution or use a
soft/medium bristle brush to remove deposits that
may interfere with normal operation of:
a. Harness (straps and buckles)
b. Cylinder carrier (band and latch assembly)
c. Cylinder (handwheel, gauge, outlet connection)
d. Audi-Larm Alarm with URC Assembly (bell or coupling nut connection)
e. NightFighter Heads-Up Display System/Pressure
Gauge/ICM Unit Gauge
f. MMR remote gauge lens
g. First stage regulator
h. MMR second stage regulator. Cover outlet of the
MMR second stage regulator to prevent water, dirt,
or debris from entering.
4. Inspect the entire apparatus as you re-assemble it.
Follow the Inspection Instructions.
5. Re-attach NightFighter Heads-Up Display System
Receiver
a. Slide receiver onto facepiece bracket.
b. Finger-tighten thumb screw.
6. Thoroughly dry the facepiece and regulator after
cleaning and disinfecting. The facepiece can trap
water, which could enter the regulator.
CAUTION
Alcohol should not be used as a germicide because it
may deteriorate rubber parts.
CAUTION
If not rinsed thoroughly, cleaning agent residue may
irritate the wearer’s skin.
1. Preparing Solution
a. Follow the instructions with the Confidence Plus
Cleaning Solution.
b. If the Confidence Plus Cleaning Solution is not
used, wash in a mild cleaning solution, rinse thoroughly, and submerge in a germicide solution for
the manufacturer’s recommended time.
2. Clean and Disinfect the Facepiece
a. Remove the mask mounted regulator from the facepiece.
b. Unthread the thumb screw of NightFighter HeadsUp Display System receiver and slide the receiver
from facepiece bracket.
c. Thoroughly wash the facepiece (and nosecup) in the
cleaning solution. A soft brush or sponge can be
used to clean the soiled facepiece.
d. Rinse the facepiece and components in clean,
warm (110°F) water (preferably running and
drained).
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INSPECTION
INSPECTION
Inspect the entire SCBA after it is cleaned and disinfected. NFPA-1500, as well as ANSI Standards Z88.2 and
Z88.5, describe three levels of inspection procedures
which are to be performed. Refer to these documents, or
to an inspection program prepared by a health professional in establishing an inspection program. Detailed repair
procedures are located in Users Maintenance Instructions.
(P/N 10024089)
5.
WARNING
If the apparatus does not function properly during any
of the following inspections, it must be removed from
service. Failure to follow this warning can result in
serious personal injury or death.
WARNING
Do not inspect the apparatus before cleaning if there
is danger of contacting hazardous contaminants.
Clean and disinfect first, then inspect. Failure to follow
this warning can cause inhalation or skin absorption
of the contaminant and result in serious personal
injury or death.
6.
COMPONENT INSPECTION
(AFTER EACH USE AND MONTHLY)
7.
1. Don the air mask following the instruction procedures.
These steps make up the Air Mask Functional Test.
2. If all steps are performed successfully, remove the air
mask and inspect it following the steps below.
3. Facepiece
a. Inspect the facepiece for rubber deterioration, dirt,
cracks, tears, holes, or tackiness.
b. Check the harness headstraps for breaks, loss of
elasticity, or missing buckles or straps. Check the
straps for signs of wear.
c. Inspect the lens for cracks, scratches, and a tight
seal with the facepiece rubber.
d. The exhalation valve must be clean and operate
easily. The valve must move off the seat and return
when released.
e. Inspect the facepiece coupling for damage. Also
check to be sure the spider gasket and valve disc
are present.
f. Inspect the NightFighter Heads-Up Display System
receiver module. Look for cracks or other signs of
damage which could allow contaminants to enter
the module housing.
g. Inspect the facepiece rubber behind the
NightFighter Heads-Up Display System or Clear
Command bracket for holes or tears.
4. Cylinder Gauges
a. Be sure you can see both gauge needles and face
clearly through the lens. Also be sure the gauge
8.
stem is not bent.
b. Inspect the gauge hose for any visible damage.
Audible Alarm with URC Assembly/NightFighter
Heads-Up Display System/ICM Unit Gauge
a. Check that the alarm rings briefly and the
NightFighter Heads-Up Display System flashes or
ICM Unit Gauge tones when the cylinder valve is
opened. This test assures that the alarms are operating.
b. Check that the bell is in the proper alignment and
on tightly.
c. If the bell is loose, remove the alarm from service.
d. Unscrew the Audi-Larm Alarm with URC Assembly
coupling nut from the cylinder valve. Inspect the
coupling nut for thread damage. Also be sure there
is an O-ring, and that it is not damaged. Replace
the insert O-ring if it is damaged.
e. Check Audi-Larm Alarm with URC Assembly and
URC Assembly relief valve for any damage.
f. Check relief valve label for damage. Check for missing or lose label. Ensure that relief valve ports are
showing. If any damage, remove air mask from service and replace relief valve.
High Pressure Hose
Check the high pressure hose between the alarm and
the first stage regulator. Look for cuts or severe abrasions. If present, replace the hose. The hose fitting
should be tight.
Quick-Connect Second Stage Intermediate Hose.
Inspect rubber washer for deterioration, dirt, cracks,
tears, or tackiness.
Cylinder
Breathing apparatus cylinders should be recharged as
soon as possible after use. Cylinders should not be
stored partially charged for two reasons:
• If used without recharge, the service life of the
apparatus is reduced.
• The cylinder burst disc vents excess pressure if a
full cylinder is over exposed to fire or heat. If the
cylinder is not full, it may be damaged before the
burst disc vents.
It is also essential that the required inspections and tests
be performed on all SCBA cylinders in accordance with
Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations. DOT regulations require that composite cylinders be retired from
service after the fifteenth year. Please note this does not
include cylinder valve assembly which may be reused.
Steel and aluminum cylinder service life is indefinite if
proper inspection and hydrotest procedures are followed
and they indicate that the cylinder may remain in service.
Please contact your MSA distributor or sales associate if
you have questions or if you need additional information
regarding this policy.
Note: ANSI Z88.5 recommends checking cylinder pressure weekly. For maximum safety the cylinders should be
stored full or empty (pressure above ambient but less than
100psig).
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INSPECTION
a. If the cylinder is less than FULL, recharge it before
storing it. Cylinder air must be at least CGA Quality
Verification Level (Grade) D respirable air.
b. Inspect the cylinder valve for signs of damage. The
valve may be opened slightly to be sure it operates
properly. Be sure to fully close the valve.
c. Inspect the cylinder body for cracks, dents, weakened areas, corrosive agents causing the fibers to
break or peel, or signs of heat-related damage. If
the cylinder is damaged return it to an MSA Service
Center. Call 1-800-MSA-2222 for instructions.
d. Check the hydrostatic test date on the cylinder
approval sticker located on the cylinder neck.
Composite cylinders must be tested every three
years. Stealth cylinders (carbon) must be tested
every five years. Steel cylinders must be tested
every five years.
9. Harness
a. Inspect all harness components for cuts, tears,
abrasions, or signs of heat or chemical-related
damage.
b. Check that the tee nuts, washers, and screws, if
any, are secure.
10. Carrier
a. Inspect the cylinder band and latch to be sure it
holds the cylinder securely. Operate the latch wing
to be sure that it opens and closes properly and
that it holds the cylinder securely If the cylinder
band and latch is locked, the latch wing should not
turn.
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b. Inspect back plate for cracks, weakened areas or
signs of heat or chemically related damages.
11. PR14 First Stage Regulator
a. Inspect the regulator mounting bracket for cracks,
weakened areas, or signs of heat or chemical-related damage.
b. Inspect the regulator mounting bracket screws to
verify that they are secure.
c. Inspect the regulator mounting bracket to verify that
it holds the regulator securely.
d. Inspect the regulator seal ring to verify that it is present and properly seated. Inspect the seal ring for
rubber deterioration, dirt, cracks, tears, holes, or
tackiness.
e. Inspect the pressure relief valve. Verify that the
relief holes are clear and free of debris or other contamination. Verify that the pressure relief valve is
properly secured.
f. Inspect the hose connections. Verify that the hoses
are properly secured.
12. Record Keeping
Following inspection, the date and initials of the designated person should be recorded on an inspection
tag. A more detailed record of the operations performed can be noted on an inspection and maintenance log. Inspection tags and inspection and maintenance logs are available from MSA. When the inspection data has been recorded, the breathing apparatus
is stored in a ready position.
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FUNCTIONAL TESTS
FUNCTIONAL CHECKS
(AFTER EACH USE AND MONTHLY)
Gauge or ICM Unit Gauge at which the alarms ring
and tone. This test should be performed with a minimum cylinder pressure of 1,200psig for the Low
Pressure SCBA, 1800psig for 3000psi system and
2,000psig for the High Pressure SCBA.
b. Pressurize the system by opening the cylinder valve
for a moment and then closing it. The alarms should
ring or tone, indicating they are cocked and armed.
c. Open bypass slowly.
d. Watch the drop in pressure on the Pressure Gauge
or ICM Unit gauge and the point at which the AudiLarm Alarm with URC Assembly begins to ring and
the NightFighter Heads-Up Display System
Receiver begins to flash. Nominal gauge readings at
which the alarm should start to ring and tone or
flash are listed below.
530psig-approximately (low pressure system)
750psig-approximately (3000psi system)
1175psig-approximately (high pressure system)
e. The alarms should continue until the air pressure is
approximately 200psig or less. If the Audi-Larm
Alarm with URC Assembly, ICM Unit Gauge or
NightFighter Heads-Up Display System does not
function properly, the apparatus must be removed
from service.
4. Audi-Larm Alarm with URC Assembly Body
a. Check that the bell is on tightly and is in the proper
alignment.
b. Check URC Assembly and relief valve for damage
or leaks.
c. Close the cylinder valve completely. Be sure that
nothing blocks the regulator outlet.
1. Check that the regulator and facepiece can hold a
negative pressure.
a. Close the cylinder valve.
b. Hold the facepiece against your face to create an
effective seal.
c. Attach the regulator to the facepiece and inhale
until the facepiece begins to collapse against your
face. Hold your breath for about 10 seconds. The
negative pressure should be maintained and the
facepiece should remain collapsed against your
face for the entire 10 seconds.
d. Do not use the apparatus if negative pressure cannot be maintained in the facepiece. Return the regulator and facepiece to a certified repairperson.
2. Check second stage regulator operation.
a. Push the regulator release buttons.
b. Verify that the regulator bypass knob is fully closed
(clockwise).
c. Slowly open the cylinder valve to pressurize the
SCBA. Verify that the cylinder valve is completely
opened.
d. Check the pressure gauge to verify that the cylinder
is full. Regulator functional checks must be conducted with a full cylinder.
e. Open the regulator bypass knob (counter-clockwise). Verify that air flows from the regulator. Close
the bypass knob (clockwise).
f. Attach the regulator to the facepiece. Verify proper
regulator attachment by pulling on the regulator.
g. Don the facepiece or hold the facepiece against
your face to create an effective seal.
h. Inhale sharply to start air flow. Breathe normally.
Verify proper regulator response. The regulator
should not make any unusual sounds including:
whistling, chattering, or popping.
i. Remove the facepiece from the face. Verify that air
flows freely. Push the regulator release buttons.
Verify that air flow stops.
j. If the regulator fails to meet any of the above
checks, remove the apparatus from service. Return
the regulator to a certified repairperson.
3. NightFighter Heads-Up Display System and Audible
Alarm with URC Assembly
a. MSA recommends that the function of the AudiLarm Alarm with URC Assembly, ICM Unit and
NightFighter Heads-Up Display System warning
device be checked by observing the Pressure
WARNING
Do not disconnect the Audi-Larm coupling nut when
pressure is shown on the regulator gauge. Release all
pressure from the regulator by opening the bypass
valve. Removing the coupling nut with the regulator
pressurized can result in serious personal injury,
death, or damage to equipment.
d. Open the bypass valve slowly to release trapped air.
Close bypass valve.
e. Unscrew the Audi-Larm coupling nut from the cylinder valve. It is hand-tight and should not require
tools.
f. Inspect the coupling nut for thread damage. Also be
sure there is an O-ring and that it is not damaged.
g. Replace the O-ring if it is damaged.
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FLOW TEST AND OVERHAUL REQUIREMENTS
FLOW TEST AND OVERHAUL REQUIREMENTS
breathing apparatus must be flow tested every year using
an MSA approved flow test device. The following table
summarizes MSA’s required frequency for overhaul and
flow testing:
Your SCBA Regulator and Audi-Larm Alarm Assembly
must be flow tested and overhauled at specific time intervals. These Maintenance Procedures must be performed
by a trained repairperson or at a Certified Service Center.
Contact your MSA sales representative or call the MSA
Customer Service Center at 1-877-MSA-3473. They will
supply the information you need to meet these requirements.
Annual flow tests are stated as a requirement in NFPA
1852, Standard on Selection, Care, and Maintenance of
Open-Circuit Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA),
2002 Edition, which further emphasizes their importance.
Although this standard relates to SCBA used in the fire
service, MSA requires that a flow test be performed at
least annually on all fire service and non-fire service SCBA
and combination respirators that use a pressure demand
regulator.
CBRN Firehawk
Overhaul
Frequency
Regulators and
Audi-Larm
Overhaul
Frequency
Flow Test
Frequency
1 cylinder per
day or greater
Every 1 year
Every 3 years
Every year
1 cylinder every
Every 3 years
other day
Every 8 years
Every year
Every 10 years Every 15 years
Every year
1 cylinder per
week or less
A decision to retire apparatus should be based on a
SCBA’s performance data and whether that data meets
the specified level of performance as defined in maintenance requirements from MSA.
The required replacement/overhaul schedule for self-contained breathing apparatus from MSA is based on apparatus usage on an individual basis. The frequency required
for SCBA overhaul depends upon how often the apparatus is used. MSA breathing apparatus must be overhauled
based on the actual level of usage of the SCBA, rather
than on time alone.
*The unit of SCBA use is defined as the consumption of
one 30 min. cylinder of air. Example: If three cylinders of
air are used, the SCBA would be considered to have been
used three times.
Overhaul is covered in the Regulator and Audi-Larm
Disassembly and Repair sections and includes installation
of the Regulator and Audi-Larm overhaul kits. MSA
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Average SCBA
Usage
If an assessment of the SCBA’s usage can not be estimated or determined, then the SCBA shall be overhauled
every three years.
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Mine Safety Appliances Company
SCBA Lifetime Warranty
and Terms of Sale
1.
Express Warranty—Air Masks and/or components furnished
under this order carry a Lifetime Warranty against material
defects and/or faulty workmanship, with the exception of those
components specifically identified herein. MSA shall be released
from all obligations under this warranty in the event repairs or
modifications are made by persons other than its own or
authorized service personnel or if the warranty claim results
from abuse, misuse, or normal wear and tear of the product. No
agent, employee or representative of MSA may bind MSA to any
2.
affirmation, representation or modification of the warranty
concerning the goods sold under this contract. MSA makes no
warranty concerning components or accessories not manufactured by MSA, but will pass on to the Purchaser all warranties
of manufacturers of such components. THIS WARRANTY IS IN LIEU
OF ALL OTHER WARRANTEES, EXPRESS, IMPLIED OR STATUTORY, AND IS STRICTLY LIMITED TO THE TERMS HEREOF: MSA
SPECIFICALLY DISCLAIMS ANY WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY OR OF FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.
Product Description
Warranty Period
Air Mask (less Cylinder)
Lifetime
Air Mask Cylinder
Until end of service life
as controlled by
gov’t. reg/DOT
Air Mask Replacement Parts
Lifetime
Air Mask Critical Repair Parts
Lifetime
Routine Air Mask Maintenance
MSA requires that the air mask be maintained as
specified in the Operations and Instructions Manual;
however, the warranty coverage is for material
defects and/or faulty workmanship only, and is not
dependent on performing routine maintenance. The
material and labor costs of overhaul procedures and
other routine maintenance are the responsibility of
the purchaser and are not covered by the warranty.
Exceptions—The products below are excluded from MSA’s Lifetime Warranty:
Product Description
Facemask Blank, Breathing Tube,
Harness, & Nose Cup
Electronic Speech Communication
Redundant Alarm
DragonFly™ Pass
NightFighter™ Heads-Up Display System
ICM® Unit 2000 & ICM® Unit 2000 Plus
Non-Rechargeable Batteries
Exception
Warranty Period
Rubber Product
5
Manufacturer’s Warranty
Year Limited/Age Deterioration
1 Year
MSA Limited Warranty
MSA Limited Warranty
Expendable and/or Consumable Parts
2 Years
N/A
3. Exclusive Remedy—It is expressly agreed that the Purchaser’s
sole and exclusive remedy for breach of the above warranty, for
any tortious conduct of MSA, or for any other cause of action,
shall be the repair and/or replacement, at MSA’s option, of any
equipment or parts thereof, that after examination by MSA are
proven to be defective. Replacement equipment and/or parts
will be provided at no cost to the Purchaser, F.O.B. Purchaser’s
named place of destination. Failure of MSA to successfully
repair any nonconforming product shall not cause the remedy
established hereby to fail of its essential purpose.
4. Exclusion of Consequential Damages—Purchaser specifically understands and agrees that under no circumstances will
MSA be liable to Purchaser for economic, special, incidental, or
consequential damages or losses of any kind whatsoever,
including but not limited to, loss of anticipated profits and any
other loss caused by reason of the non-operation of the goods.
This exclusion is applicable to claims for breach of warranty, tortious conduct or any other cause of action against MSA.
Corporate Headquarters
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Phone (412) 967-3000
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