PremAire Cadet Escape Respirator Owner's Manual

PremAire Cadet Escape Respirator Owner's Manual
PremAire
Cadet Escape
®
Open-Circuit, Pressure-Demand, Escape,
Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus or Combination,
Open-Circuit, Pressure-Demand, Escape, Self-Contained
Breathing Apparatus and Type C, Supplied-Air Respirator
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 respirator. This
respirator will perform as designed only if used and service according to
the instructions; otherwise it could fail to perform as designed and persons
who rely on the respirator could sustain serious personal injury or death.
This respirator is certified by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health
(NIOSH).
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 additional information relative to use or repair call 1-800-MSA-2222 during regular working hours.
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INTRODUCTION
TABLE OF CONTENTS
NIOSH Approval Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2
Description . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4
Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6
Donning the Respirator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8
Standard Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13
Emergency Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13
Removing the Respirator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15
Cold Weather Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18
Cleaning and Disinfecting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19
Visual Inspection and Functional Checks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21
Flow Test and Overhaul Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24
Appendix . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25
NIOSH APPROVAL INFORMATION
CAUTIONS AND LIMITATIONS
Compressed Gas Association Specification G-7.1 for quality verification level (Grade) D air or equivalent specifications.
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 quality.
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 Users Instructions and/or specific use
limitations apply. Refer to user instructions before donning.
Approved only when the compressed-air container is fully
charged with air meeting the requirements of the
Compressed Gas Association Specification G-7.1 for quality verification level (Grade) D air or equivalent specifications. The cylinder shall meet applicable DOT specifications.
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 is included as a supplement
to these instructions (P/N 10074329) for PremAire Cadet
Escape and (P/N 10107219) for PremAire Cadet Escape
Responder.
IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR RESPIRATORY PROTECTION PROGRAM ADMINISTRATORS
S – SPECIAL OR CRITICAL USER’S INSTRUCTIONS
1. An adequate respiratory protection program must
include knowledge of hazards, hazard assessment,
selection of proper respiratory protective equipment,
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, Subpart I, Par. 1910.134 (c).]
2. This respirator may be used only after proper instruction and training in its use as specified in OSHA regulations Title 29 CFR, Part 1910.134, Subpart 1, Par.
1910.134 (b) (3).
3. Do not mark the respirator, i.e., with stamps, labels,
paint or other method. Use of such markings may
interfere with apparatus use or may constitute a flammability hazard.
Approved for use at temperatures above -25°F.
Approved only when the respirator is supplied with respirable air through an air supply hose with a minimum
length of 8 feet and a maximum length of 300 feet within a
pressure range of 70-90 psig. 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 six 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
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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 (15 psig 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.
8. DO NOT modify the respirator.
Misuse can result in serious injury or death.
4. Be sure that no other equipment interferes with the
respirator facial seal, the user’s ability to operate the
respirator, or other necessary means of mobility.
For more information on respirator use and performance
standards, please consult the following publications:
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.
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.
" WARNING
1. Read and observe all NIOSH and other
approval limitations as they apply to using
the breathing apparatus.
2. DO NOT use the respirator as an underwater
device.
3. This system must be supplied with respirable [Quality Verification Level (Grade) D,
see ANSI/CGA G-7.1] 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].
4. This device may not seal properly with your
face if you have a beard, gross sideburns or
similar physical characteristics (see NFPA1500 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, nonhazardous non-toxic atmosphere.
5. Return to a safe atmosphere immediately if
discoloration, crazing, blistering, cracking
or other deterioration of the lens material is
observed.
6. Users must wear suitable protective clothing and precautions must be taken so that
the respirator is not exposed to atmospheres that may be harmful.
7. Take into account the following factors
which may affect the duration or the service life.
a.the degree of physical activity of the
user;
" WARNING
Particles and contaminants can enter a supplied-air respirator system when air supply
hoses are disconnected and/or reconnected in
a contaminated atmosphere. This could result
in serious 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 precautions 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.
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DESCRIPTION
OPERATING PRINCIPLES
ATTACHMENT HOSE
The PremAire Cadet Escape Respirator is a combination
supplied-air respirator with self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) for escape.
The attachment hose is used to connect the air supply
hoses to the cylinder and valve assembly. The attachment
hose includes a large sintered filter to remove particulate
from the supplied air source. The attachment hose
includes a check valve to prevent loss of air through the
hose when the cylinder valve is open (SCBA mode). MSA
approved quick-disconnects are fitted to the end of the
attachment hose.
The PremAire Cadet Escape Respirator utilizes a pressure-demand regulator mounted at the facepiece. This
mask mounted regulator (MMR) maintains a slight positive
pressure within the facepiece while regulating and reducing the air supply to a breathable pressure. This is accomplished by using a diaphragm that senses the breathing
demands of the user in a controlled feedback state. The
positive pressure of air inside the facepiece, whether the
wearer is inhaling or exhaling, is to prevent contaminants
from entering the facepiece, should there be slight face-tofacepiece seal leakage.
SECOND STAGE REGULATOR
The second stage regulator is a pressure-demand regulator. The 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 either Push-To-Connect or Slide-To-Connect
connectors.
The respirator is suitable for use with a large, compressed
air cylinder of breathable air or a bank of cylinders set up
in cascade fashion. Alternatively, the PremAire Cadet
Escape Respirator can be used with a compressor system
designed and configured to supply respirable breathing air
to the respirator, within the NIOSH approved pressure
range.
FACEPIECE
The facepiece is available in three types; the Ultra Elite®
and Ultra Elite Responder® Facepieces and the
Advantage® 4000 Facepiece.
In normal use, the PremAire Cadet Escape Respirator is
connected to an air supply of a type and duration selected
by the user and will provide respiratory protection as long
as the user remains connected to the air supply. The respirator allows the wearer to work within the limits of the
approved air-supply hose. The escape cylinder is not to be
used for entry. The escape cylinder should not be used to
switch from one airline to another. However, should the primary air supply fail or be interrupted, the emergencyescape cylinder enables the wearer to egress from the
potentially IDLH atmosphere.
The Ultra Elite and Advantage 4000 Facepieces are available in three sizes and with a rubber head harness or
net head harness. The Ultra Elite Responder Facepiece is
available in three sizes and with a net head harness.
The Ultra Elite Facepiece is available with either push-toconnect or slide-to-connect regulator inlet connections.
The Ultra Elite Responder and Advantage 4000 Facepieces
are available with a push-to-connect regulator inlet
connections.
CYLINDER AND VALVE ASSEMBLY
The Ultra Elite and Ultra Elite Responder Facepieces have
a speaking diaphragm for clear, short-range
communication.
The cylinder and valve assembly consists of a cylinder and
a combination cylinder valve and first stage regulator
valve. The cylinders are available in 5, 10, and 15 minute
rated service time durations. The cylinders are available in
aluminum or carbon fiber material options.
The Ultra Elite and Advantage 4000 Facepieces include 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 valve assembly includes a handwheel to open and
close the cylinder air supply, a recessed/protected pressure gauge to measure cylinder contents, a cylinder fill
port with check valve to pressurize the cylinder, a high
pressure relief device to protect the cylinder from overpressurization, an intermediate pressure relief valve to protect the second stage regulator from over-pressurization,
and a first stage regulator valve to reduce cylinder pressure to a suitable intermediate pressure. The first stage
regulator valve incorporates a downstream design and
dual springs to provide maximum reliability.
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The Ultra Elite Responder Facepiece includes a dual-mode
exhalation valve. When the facepiece is not
connected to the FireHawk® M7 Responder regulator, the
exhalation valve operates as a demand exhalation valve.
When the facepiece is connected to a pressurized FireHawk
M7 Responder regulator, the exhalation valve
operates as a pressure-demand exhalation valve.
The facepiece lens is super-hardcoated to meet the requirements of NFPA 1981.
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The facepiece has a low-resistance, pressure-demand
exhalation valve. An inhalation check valve in the inlet
housing keeps moisture and contaminants out of the
Firehawk Responder Regulator.
The cylinder carrier is available in standard and bag versions. The standard version includes metal clamps and
fabric straps. The bag version includes a single bag with
draw string. Cylinder carriers are removable from the harness using quick release hardware.
CARRIER AND HARNESS ASSEMBLY
The waist belt is available in two sizes, standard and
large. The waist belt includes a side-release buckle with
single adjustment. The shoulder strap includes a large
adjustment buckle.
The carrier and harness assembly consists of a cylinder
carrier, a waist belt, a shoulder strap, and attachment hose
strain relief strap.
A shoulder pad accessory is available.
The carrier and harness assembly is available in nylon or
Kevlar materials.
The harness assembly includes a stand-by mount to stow
the second stage regulator when the respirator is not in
use.
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OPERATION
SUPPLY HOSE–TO–SUPPLY HOSE
CONNECTIONS
Thoroughly inspect this respirator on receipt and before
use. This respirator is to be used only by trained and qualified personnel. Read and understand these instructions
before attempting to use this equipment.
Use MSA-approved couplings only for supply hose connections.
" CAUTION
AIR SOURCE
Hoses must only be interconnected with either
the threaded connector (3/4-16 UNF) or locking
quick-disconnect couplings listed below. DO
NOT use non-locking quick disconnects to
interconnect air supply hoses.
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-7.1 for quality verification level
(Grade) D air or equivalent specifications.
AIR SUPPLY HOSE
The PremAire Cadet Escape Respirator can be used with
a wide range of MSA air supply hoses with a minimum
length of 8 feet and a maximum length of 300 feet. The
minimum air supply pressure is 70 psig and the maximum
air supply pressure is 90 psig. 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 six 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.
CEJN - Chrome
SNAP-TITE — Aluminum
" WARNING
MSA air supply hoses have temperature limitations. DO NOT use the PremAire Cadet Escape
Respirator whenever ambient or inlet-air temperatures exceed the limits specified below for
each hose material. Misuse can result in serious injury or death.
HOSE
MATERIAL
RECOMMENDED
LIMITS
Polyvinyl Chloride
Neoprene
Nylon (Coiled)
32˚F to 120˚F
-25˚F to 212˚F
-20˚F to 180˚F
SNAP-TITE — Stainless Steel
Locking quick-disconnects connect by pushing the plug
and socket together. To separate, push the plug and socket together, then pull the socket sleeve away from the
plug.
INLET PRESSURE GAUGE
To ensure accurate pressure readings, the inlet pressure
gauge must be located at the air source.
SUPPLY HOSE–TO–ATTACHMENT HOSE
CONNECTIONS
Attachment hose connections are to be made through
approved MSA couplings only.
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, Brass (BR), Stainless Steel (SST)
479027
479029 Plug For (Brass) Quick Disconnect Assembly
479028 Plug For (SST) Quick Disconnect Assembly
479034 (Brass) Socket
479033 (SST) Socket
CEJN
479026 Plug For (Chrome) Quick Disconnect Assembly
476956 (Nickel) Socket
, Brass (BR), Stainless Steel (SST)
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OPERATION
5. Adjust the waist strap
by pulling the strap to
the left.
DONNING THE RESPIRATOR
1. Remove the respirator from its storage location/case.
2. Check that the cylinder is fully pressurized.
" CAUTION
DO NOT use a partially full cylinder. If the
cylinder is not full, escape service time is
decreased.
" WARNING
DO NOT enter any area that requires an escape
time greater than the service life of the cylinder. Cylinder life varies with the work rate of
the individual and may be shorter with heavy
work loads. Misuse can result in serious injury
or death.
6. Tuck in loose ends of shoulder strap and waist belt.
DONNING THE FACEPIECE WITH RUBBER
HEAD HARNESS: ADVANTAGE 4000 OR ULTRA
ELITE
3. Connect the air supply hoses to each other.
4. Connect air supply hoses to the air source.
1. Loosen all harness
straps fully.
DONNING THE CARRIER AND HARNESS, RIGHT
HIP VERSION
1. Hold the shoulder strap with the left hand. Slide shoulder strap over head so that the shoulder strap is positioned over the left shoulder and the cylinder is positioned on the right hip.
2. Adjust the shoulder
strap by pulling the
strap down.
2. Insert chin into the
lower part of the facepiece, then pull the harness back over the
head.
NOTE: The cylinder should be positioned at or just below
waist level.
3. Tighten the lower
straps first by pulling
them straight back, not
out.
3. Connect the waist belt buckle.
4. As necessary, slide the waist belt buckle toward the
cylinder to properly position the belt.
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4. Tighten the temple
straps in the same
manner. Ensure that
the facepiece tabs are
not tucked under the
facepiece seal.
2. Insert chin into the
lower part of the facepiece, then pull the harness back over the
head.
5. Pull the harness toward
the neck and adjust
straps as necessary.
3. Pull the back of harness downward until
centered at the back of
the head.
6. If present, tighten the
top strap for best visibility and fit.
4. Tighten the lower
straps first by pulling
them straight back, not
out. Tighten the facepiece until the mask is
snug against the face.
5. Tighten the temple straps in the same manner. Ensure
that the facepiece tabs are not tucked under the facepiece seal.
6. Make sure the back of the harness is centered on the
back of the head and faceseal is providing uniform
pressure on the face at all points. Adjust straps as necessary.
DONNING THE FACEPIECE WITH NET HEAD
HARNESS: ADVANTAGE 4000, ULTRA ELITE,
ULTRA ELITE RESPONDER
1. Loosen all harness
straps fully. Grip the
bottom straps.
ULTRA ELITE AND ADVANTAGE 4000 FACEPIECE FIT CHECK
" WARNING
Check the inhalation valve by inhaling. If sufficient flow of air is not received, do not use facepiece. The facepiece must be repaired or
replaced. Misuse can result in serious injury or
death.
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OPERATION
1. Check for facepiece fit
by holding the palm of
one hand over the inlet
connection and inhaling. Hold breath at
least 10 seconds. The
facepiece should collapse and stay collapsed against the face.
b. Connect the regulator to facepiece (See “Installing
the Push-to-Connect FireHawk Responder
Regulator” section for instruction on installing
FireHawk Responder regulator).
c. Take a deep breath and hold it for at least 10 seconds. The facepiece should collapse and stay collapsed against the face. Remove the regulator after
the test is performed. If it does not, readjust the
facepiece and test again. If this does not correct the leak, do not use the facepiece.
2. Test the exhalation valve.
a. Take a deep breath and hold it.
b. Connect the regulator to facepiece.
c. Exhale. If the exhalation valve is stuck, a heavy rush
of air around the facepiece may be noticed. A sharp
exhalation of air may be needed to open the valve.
Remove the regulator after the test is performed. If
this does not release the valve, do not use the facepiece.
If it does not, adjust the facepiece and test
again. If adjustment does not provide a proper
seal, do not use the facepiece.
2. Test the exhalation
valve, take a deep
breath and hold it.
Block the inlet connection with the palm of
one hand and exhale. If
the exhalation valve is
stuck, a heavy rush of
air may be felt around
the facepiece.
" WARNING
This device may not seal properly to the face if
a beard, gross sideburns or similar physical
characteristics (see NFPA-1500 and ANSI
Z88.2) exist. 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. Misuse can result in serious
injury or death.
NOTE: It may be necessary to exhale sharply to open the
valve. If this does not release the valve, do not use the
facepiece.
" WARNING
This device may not seal properly with your
face if you have a beard, gross sideburns or
similar physical characteristics (see NFPA1500 and ANSI Z88.2). An improper face-tofacepiece seal may allow contaminants to leak
into the facepiece, reducing or eliminating respiratory protection. Do not use this device if a
proper face-to-facepiece seal can not be
achieved. The face-to-facepiece seal must be
tested before each use. Never remove the facepiece except in a safe, non-hazardous nontoxic atmosphere. Misuse can result in serious
injury or death.
3. Open the cylinder valve fully. Push in on the side buttons of the FireHawk Responder regulator to stop air
flow.
CONNECTING THE AIR SUPPLY HOSE TO THE
ATTACHMENT HOSE
1. Verify that the cylinder valve knob is completely closed
(clockwise).
" WARNING
• DO NOT open the cylinder valve knob unless
in an emergency escape application. Doing
so while connected to an air source could
result in depleted cylinder pressure and
decreased escape time.
• DO NOT enter any area which requires an
escape greater than the service life of the
cylinder. Cylinder life varies with the work
rate of the individual and may be shorter
with heavy work loads.
Misuse can result in serious injury or death.
ULTRA ELITE RESPONDER FACEPIECE FIT
CHECK
NOTE: Check the inhalation valve by inhaling. If the facepiece does not provide sufficient flow of air, do not use
facepiece. The facepiece must be repaired or replaced.
1. Check facepiece fit
a. Detach the FireHawk Responder regulator from the
intermediate pressure line.
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2. Push the Firehawk
Regulator release buttons to shut off the regulator.
7. Check for bypass operation. Grasp the red
knob and turn it
counter-clockwise.
Listen for airflow. Turn
the knob clockwise to
close the bypass.
3. While pressing the release buttons, pull the regulator
out of the stand-by mount.
INSTALLING THE FIREHAWK RESPONDER
REGULATOR
4. Connect the air supply
hose to the attachment
hose.
1. Before installing the FireHawk Responder regulator, be
sure the regulator is attached to the intermediate pressure line and the cylinder is turned on.
2. Grasp the FireHawk Responder regulator. Orient
bypass knob with pneumatic plug to the right. Insert
the regulator with pneumatic plug into the facepiece by
pushing inward.
3. Ensure proper engagement by pulling on the regulator
to verify that the regulator is securely attached to facepiece.
" WARNING
DO NOT use the air mask unless the regulator
is connected properly. A regulator that is not
installed correctly can separate from the facepiece unexpectedly. Return the air mask to an
MSA trained or certified repairperson to correct the condition. Misuse can result in serious
injury or death.
5. Pull on the quick-disconnect plug and socket to verify
that the hoses are securely attached.
6. Listen and inspect for
air leakage from the
Firehawk Regulator,
cylinder and valve
assembly, and hose
connections.
4. Inhale sharply to start the airflow.
5. Check the bypass again by turning the red knob
counter-clockwise until increased air flow is felt. Close
the bypass.
" WARNING
There must be a continuous flow of air when
the bypass knob is opened. If not, do not use
the air mask. The air mask must be checked
and the condition corrected by an MSA trained
or certified repairperson before it can be used.
Misuse can result in serious injury or death.
" WARNING
DO NOT use the respirator if it exhibits leakage. Return the respirator to an MSA trained or
certified repairperson to correct the condition.
Misuse can result in serious injury or death.
NOTE: If the air mask passes all tests, it is ready for use.
These tests must be performed every time before entering
a hazardous atmosphere. If the air mask fails to meet any
of the tests, the condition(s) must be corrected before
using the air mask.
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OPERATION
INSTALLING THE FIREHAWK PUSH-TO-CONNECT REGULATOR
INSTALLING THE FIREHAWK SLIDE-TO-CONNECT REGULATOR
1. Grasp regulator and
orient regulator so that
the bypass knob is
pointing to the right.
1. Grasp regulator and
orient regulator so that
the bypass knob is
pointing to the right.
2. Insert regulator into
facepiece adapter by
pushing inward.
2. Slide regulator onto rail
(fast track) of facepiece
cover. Slide regulator
down the rail cover until
regulator stops.
3. Ensure the regulator locks into the facepiece.
4. Check proper engagement by pulling on the regulator
to ensure regulator is securely attached to facepiece.
3. Insert regulator into
facepiece adapter by
pushing inward.
" WARNING
DO NOT use the respirator unless the regulator
is connected properly. A regulator that is not
installed correctly can separate from the facepiece unexpectedly. Return the respirator to an
MSA trained or certified repairperson to correct
the condition. Misuse can result in serious injury
or death.
4. Ensure the regulator locks into the facepiece.
5. Check proper engagement by pulling on the regulator
to ensure regulator is securely attached to facepiece.
5. Inhale sharply to start the airflow.
a. Check the bypass again by turning the red knob
counter-clockwise until increased airflow is felt.
Close the bypass.
" WARNING
DO NOT use the respirator unless the regulator
is connected properly. A regulator that is not
installed correctly can separate from the facepiece unexpectedly. Return the respirator to an
MSA trained or certified repairperson to correct the condition. Misuse can result in serious
injury or death.
" WARNING
The respirator must deliver air flow on demand.
If it does not, do not use the respirator. The
respirator must be checked and the condition
corrected by an MSA trained or certified repair
person before using it. Misuse can result in
serious injury or death.
6. Inhale sharply to start the airflow.
a. Check the bypass again by turning the red knob
counter-clockwise until increased airflow is felt.
Close the bypass.
NOTE: If the respirator passes all tests, the unit is ready
to use. These tests must be performed before entering the
hazardous atmosphere every time. If the unit fails to meet
any of the tests, the condition(s) must be corrected before
using the apparatus.
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OPERATION
" WARNING
The respirator must deliver air flow on demand.
If it does not, do not use the respirator. The
respirator must be checked and the condition
corrected by an MSA trained or certified repairperson before using it. Misuse can result in
serious injury or death.
" CAUTION
The emergency-escape air cylinder must not
be used to provide respiratory protection while
entering the working area. Entry must be made
only when connected to the primary air source
through the air supply hose.
NOTE: If the respirator passes all tests, the unit is ready
to use. Perform these tests before entering the hazardous
atmosphere every time. If the unit fails to meet any of the
tests, the condition(s) must be corrected before using the
apparatus.
EMERGENCY OPERATION
If the air supply is interrupted:
1. Completely open the cylinder valve by turning it
counter-clockwise.
2. Disconnect the attachment hose from the air supply
hose.
3. Immediately return to fresh air.
STANDARD OPERATION
" CAUTION
If the bypass valve is used when breathing
from the emergency-escape air cylinder, the
respirator service time will be reduced.
1. Don the apparatus and check for proper operation as
described in the “Donning” section of this manual.
2. Breathe normally.
" WARNING
DO NOT open the cylinder valve knob unless
in an emergency escape application; doing
so while connected to an air source could
result in depleted cylinder pressure and a
decreased escape time.
• DO NOT enter any area which requires an
escape greater than the service life of the
cylinder. Cylinder life varies with the work
rate of the individual and may be shorter
with heavy work loads.
Misuse can result in serious injury or death.
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REMOVING THE RESPIRATOR
DISCONNECTING THE FIREHAWK
PUSH-TO-CONNECT REGULATOR
2. Push the release buttons and pull regulator
down and out of facepiece adapter.
1. Grasp top of regulator.
2. Push the release buttons and pull regulator
down and out of facepiece adapter.
NOTE: Regulator can hang on cover rail in a standby
mode.
3. Slide regulator up facepiece cover rail until
regulator slide button is
free of rail.
3. Disconnect the attachment hose from the air
supply hose.
4. Disconnect the attachment hose from the air
supply hose.
4. Open the bypass to vent system pressure. Close the
bypass.
5. Stow the regulator in the stand-by belt mount.
DISCONNECTING THE FIREHAWK
SLIDE-TO-CONNECT REGULATOR
1. Grasp top of regulator.
5. Open the bypass to vent system pressure. Close the
bypass.
6. Stow the regulator in the stand-by belt mount.
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REMOVING THE RESPIRATOR
REMOVING THE FACEPIECE
3. Slide the carrier and harness up and over the head.
1. Fully loosen the facepiece head harness
straps.
NOTE: Complete the cleaning, disinfecting, and inspection 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.)
CHARGING THE CYLINDERS
" WARNING
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
MSA apparatus instructions.
3. To maintain approval, container must be
fully charged with respirable air meeting the
requirements of the Compress Gas
Association specification G-7.1 for Quality
Verification 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.
Misuse can result in serious injury or death.
2. Pull the facepiece up
and away from the
face.
REMOVING THE CARRIER AND HARNESS
1. Disconnect the waist
belt buckle by pressing
in on both tabs.
SAFETY PRECAUTIONS FOR MSA SELF-CONTAINED BREATHING APPARATUS CYLINDERS
Breathing apparatus cylinders should be fully recharged as
soon as possible after use.
2. Loosen the shoulder
adjustment buckle by
lifting the buckle tab up.
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.
For maximum safety, the cylinders should be stored full or
at a pressure above ambient but less than 100 psig.
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REMOVING THE RESPIRATOR
Prior to recharging, cylinders must be examined externally
for evidence of high heat exposure, corrosion, or other evidence of significant damage.
for Hazardous Materials Safety, Research and Special
Programs Administration, U.S. Department of
Transportation, 400 7th Street, SW, Washington, D.C.
20590-0001.
Additional information of value when performing external
and internal inspections of cylinders may be found in the
latest editions of CGA Publication C-6.1: “Standards for
Visual Inspection of High Pressure Aluminum Compressed
Gas Cylinder”, and/or CGA Publication C-6.2: “Guidelines
for Visual Inspection and Requalification of Fiber
Reinforced High Pressure Cylinders” available from the
Compressed Gas Association, Inc., 1725 Jefferson Davis
Highway, Suite 1004, Arlington, VA 22202-4102.
NOTE: When refilling a PremAire Cadet Escape
Respirator cylinder and valve assembly, do not open the
cylinder valve knob. The high pressure fill port is directly
exposed to cylinder pressure. The fill port is independent
of the cylinder valve knob position. The fill port includes a
check valve that prevents cylinder air from escaping
through the fill port when the filling attachment is removed.
Remove the dust cap from the cylinder and valve assembly fill port. Appropriately connect the filling system to the
fill port 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. Appropriately disconnect the filling system from the fill port. Apply a leak detecting solution
to the fill port check valve to determine if there is leakage.
Replace the fill port dust cap. If there is no leakage, the
cylinder and valve assembly is ready for service.
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.
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.
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. All cylinders
that are not 3AA type shall be filled to the designated service pressure only (as found on the DOT approval label 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
STORAGE
Do not store the respirator or spare cylinder and valve
assemblies within or near an area where the respirator can
or might be exposed to any substances that will attack any
part of the respirator, causing the respirator NOT to perform as designed and approved.
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COLD WEATHER OPERATION
SUGGESTED PROCEDURES FOR COLD WEATHER OPERATION
Moisture can cause problems in respirators 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.
1. To keep moisture from entering the Firehawk
Regulator. Stow the regulator in the stand-by mount.
2. When the respirator is away from heat, water spray
can freeze on the regulator surface. Ice can build up
and freeze the buttons and bypass valve. Before entering or re-entering a hazardous atmosphere, make sure
the buttons and bypass valve are ice-free and operating properly. Periodically, check the bypass to be sure
it is ice-free.
3. NIOSH certification requires a nosecup at temperatures below 32°F. The nosecup reduces lens fogging
and must be used whenever freezing conditions are
encountered.
4. During cleaning, be careful to keep water from entering
the regulator.
5. Thoroughly dry the facepiece and mask mounted regulator after cleaning and disinfecting. Follow Confidence
Plus® Cleaning Solution Instructions.
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CLEANING AND DISINFECTING
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.
•
•
•
pressing in on the stem with a blunt object and
flushing with clean water.
e. 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.
f. Operate the exhalation valve by hand to be sure it
works properly.
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.
Alcohol should not be used as a germicide
because it may deteriorate rubber parts.
If not rinsed thoroughly, cleaning agent
residue may irritate the wearer’s skin.
3. In general, only the facepiece requires cleaning and
disinfecting after each use. If the apparatus is soiled
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. Carrier and harness assembly
b. Cylinder and valve assembly
c. Firehawk Second Stage Regulator (Cover outlet of
the regulator to prevent water, dirt or debris from
entering)
4. Inspect the entire apparatus during reassembly. Follow
the inspection instructions.
5. Thoroughly dry the facepiece and regulator after cleaning and disinfecting. The facepiece can trap water that
could enter the regulator.
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. Thoroughly wash the facepiece (and nosecup) in the
cleaning solution. A soft brush or sponge can be
used to clean the soiled facepiece.
c. Rinse the facepiece and components in clean, warm
(110°F), water (preferably running and drained).
d. Clean the pressure demand exhalation valve by
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VISUAL INSPECTION AND FUNCTIONAL CHECKS
INSPECTION
Center. Call 1-800-MSA-2222 for instructions.
d. Check the hydrostatic test date on the cylinder
approval sticker located on the cylinder neck.
Aluminum and carbon fiber cylinder must be tested
every five years.
e. Be sure that the gauge needle and face are clearly
visible through the lens.
f. Inspect the high pressure relief device. Verify that
the relief holes are clear and free of debris or other
contamination.
g. Inspect the intermediate pressure relief valve. Verify
that the relief holes are clear and free of debris or
other contamination.
h. Inspect the valve assembly seal ring to verify that it
is present and properly seated. Inspect the seal ring
for rubber deterioration, dirt, cracks, tears, holes, or
tackiness.
i. Inspect the hose connections. Verify that the hoses
are properly secured.
j. Inspect the fill port. Verify that the fill port dust cap is
present and properly secured.
Inspect the entire respirator after it is cleaned and disinfected. 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 MSA User’s Maintenance Instructions.
" WARNING
If the respirator does not meet any of the
following inspections, it must be removed
from service.
• DO NOT inspect the air mask before cleaning if there is danger of contacting hazardous contaminants. Clean and disinfect
first, then inspect.
• DO NOT use any cleaning substances that
can or might attack any part of the apparatus.
Misuse can cause inhalation or skin absorption
of the contaminant and result in serious injury
or death.
•
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.
Aluminum cylinder service life is indefinite if proper inspection and hydrotest procedures are followed and they indicate that the cylinder may remain in service. Contact an
MSA distributor or sales associate for additional information regarding this policy.
COMPONENT INSPECTION (AFTER EACH USE
AND MONTHLY)
1. Facepiece
a. Inspect the facepiece for rubber deterioration, dirt,
cracks, tears, holes, or tackiness.
b. Check the head harness straps for breaks, loss of
elasticity, 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 adapter for damage. Also check
to be sure the inhalation check valve is present.
2. Cylinder and Valve Assembly
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 respirator 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.
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.
c. Inspect the cylinder body for cracks, dents, weakened areas, corrosive agent, causing the fibers to
break or peel, or signs of heat-related damage. If
the cylinder is damaged return it to an MSA Service
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
100 psig).
3. Carrier and Harness
a. Inspect all harness components for cuts, tears, abrasion or signs of heat or chemically-related damage.
b. Inspect the cylinder carrier components for cuts,
tears, abrasion or signs of heat or chemically-related
damage. Verify that the carrier securely retains the
cylinder.
4. 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.
FUNCTIONAL CHECKS (AFTER EACH USE AND
MONTHLY)
1. Check that the regulator and facepiece can hold a negative pressure.
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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.
a. Verify that the cylinder valve is closed.
b. Hold the facepiece against the face to create an
effective seal.
c. Attach the regulator to the facepiece and inhale until
the facepiece begins to collapse against the face.
Hold breath for about 10 seconds. The negative
pressure should be maintained and the facepiece
should remain collapsed against the 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 respirator. 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. Hold the facepiece against the 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. Check the attachment hose quick-disconnect plug.
A.Verify that no air flows through the plug when the
cylinder valve knob is open.
4. After completing the functional checks, recharge the
cylinder and valve assembly before storing it.
" WARNING
If the air mask exhibits any of the conditions
listed in the “Component Inspection” section or
if the air mask does not function properly as
described in the “Functional Tests section, the
air mask must be removed from service.
Misuse can result in serious injury or death.
" WARNING
DO NOT inspect the air mask before cleaning if
there is danger of contacting hazardous contaminants. Clean and disinfect first, then inspect.
Misuse can cause inhalation or skin absorption
of the contaminant and result in serious injury
or death.
" WARNING
Never substitute, modify, add, or omit parts.
Use only exact replacement parts in the configuration as specified by the manufacturer.
Misuse can result in serious injury or death.
COMPONENT INSPECTION
1. Facepiece
a. Inspect the facepiece, drink tube (if applicable), and
nose cup for rubber deterioration, dirt, cracks, tears,
holes, or tackiness.
b. Inspect the head harness straps for tears, loss of
elasticity, or missing buckles or straps.
c. Inspect the lens for cracks, scratches, and a tight
seal with the facepiece rubber.
d. Ensure the exhalation valve is clean and operates
easily. The valve must move off the seat and return
when released.
e. Inspect the facepiece inlet for damage. Ensure the
spider gasket and valve disc are present.
f. Inspect the lens receptacle and lens plug
g. Ensure that the o-ring is in place and free of cracks,
tears, dirt, and distortion.
• Check the threads to ensure they are not rounded or nicked.
• Inspect the lens plug for cracks or other signs of
damage which could allow contaminants to enter
the housing.
h. Inspect the pneumatic receptacle o-ring to be free of
cracks, tears, dirt, and distortion.
i. Inspect the facepiece rubber behind the FireHawk
M7 Responder HUD and/or ClearCommand
Communication System bracket (optional) for holes
or tears.
2. FireHawk M7 Responder HUD
INSPECTION: RESPONDER FACEPIECE AND
REGULATOR
Conduct the Following: Before Use, After Each Use, and
Monthly
Thoroughly inspect this air mask upon 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.
Inspect the entire air mask after it is cleaned and disinfected. NFPA-1500, as well as ANSI Standards Z88.2 and
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a. Inspect the FireHawk M7 Responder HUD for cracks
or other signs of damage which could allow contaminants to enter the housing.
b. Ensure that moisture or debris is not present in the
battery compartment.
c. Ensure the battery compartment o-ring on the battery
cap is free of debris and not damaged or missing.
d. Reassemble the FireHawk M7 Responder HUD to
the bracket on the Ultra Elite Responder Facepiece.
3. ClearCommand® Communication System
a. Remove the amplifier housing from the facepiece
and inspect the housing for cracks or other signs of
damage
b. Ensure that the battery compartment is free of moisture or debris.
c. Reassemble the amplifier housing on the facepiece.
d. Depress the on/off button on the unit and then
release it.
e. Look through the facepiece lens. The red LED
should be illuminated at the top of the amplifier unit.
f. Scrape a fingernail lightly across the voicemitter
microphone grille of the voicemitter microphone
assembly.
g. Listen for this sound reproduced in the amplifier
speaker.
h. Depress and release the on/off button again to turn
the unit OFF. The LED on the amplifier unit should
be OFF.
4. FireHawk Responder Second Stage Regulator
a. The FireHawk M7 Responder Air Mask is equipped
with a quick-connect second stage intermediate
pressure hose, inspect the rubber washer for deterioration, dirt, cracks, tears, or tackiness.
b. Ensure that the FireHawk Responder regulator sealing ring is seated properly in its groove on the outlet
of the regulator and that it is not torn, gouged, or
nicked.
c. Ensure that the FireHawk Responder regulator
pneumatic plug is free of dirt and not damaged.
5. Record Keeping
a. Following inspection, the date and initials of the designated inspector should be recorded on an inspection tag. A more detailed record of the operations
performed can be noted on an inspection and maintenance log, available from MSA. When the inspection data has been recorded, the air mask is ready
for use.
FUNCTIONAL TESTS
Conduct the following Before Use, After Each Use, and
Monthly
1. Check that the FireHawk Responder regulator and
facepiece can hold a negative pressure.
a. Close the cylinder valve and purge any air from the
system using the bypass knob on the FireHawk
Responder regulator.
b. Hold the facepiece against the face to create an
effective seal.
c. Attach the FireHawk Responder regulator to the
facepiece and inhale until the facepiece begins to
collapse against the face. (See “Installing the
FireHawk Responder Regulator” section for instruction on installing FireHawk Responder regulator).
Hold breath for approximately 10 seconds. Negative
pressure should be maintained and the facepiece
should remain collapsed against the face for the
entire 10 seconds.
d. Do not use the air mask if negative pressure cannot
be maintained in the facepiece. Return the FireHawk
Responder regulator and facepiece to a certified
repairperson.
2. Check FireHawk Responder regulator operation.
NOTE: FireHawk Responder regulator functional checks
must be conducted with a full cylinder. Check the pressure
gauge on the cylinder valve to verify that the cylinder is
full.
a. Push the release buttons on the side of the regulator.
b. Ensure that the regulator bypass knob is fully closed
(clockwise).
c. Slowly open the cylinder valve to pressurize the air
mask. Ensure that the cylinder valve is completely
opened.
d. Open the FireHawk Responder regulator bypass
knob (counter-clockwise). Ensure that air flows from
the regulator. Close the bypass knob (clockwise).
e. Attach the regulator to the facepiece. Ensure proper
regulator attachment by pulling on the regulator.
f. Don the facepiece or hold the facepiece against the
face to create an effective seal.
g. Inhale sharply to start air flow. Breathe normally.
Ensure proper regulator response. The regulator
should not make any unusual sounds including
whistling, chattering, or popping.
h. Remove the facepiece from the face. Ensure that air
flows freely. Push the regulator release buttons.
Ensure that air flow stops.
i. If the regulator fails to meet any of the above checks,
remove the air mask from service. Return the regulator to a certified repairperson.
" WARNING
All repair and replacement of subassemblies
must be carried out by an MSA certified repair
technician. Failure to follow this warning will
void NFPA and NIOSH certifications and can
result in serious injury or death.
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FLOW TEST AND OVERHAUL REQUIREMENTS
The PremAire Cadet Escape Respirator must be flow
tested and overhauled at the intervals determined by use.
PremAire Cadet Escape Respirators must be flow tested
annually using an MSA-approved flow test device.
Retiring a Combination Supplied-Air Respirator
Base the decision to retire a combination supplied-air
respirator on performance data. Retire combination
supplied-air respirators that do not meet specified
performance levels.
Required Overhaul and Flow Test Frequency
Second Stage
Average Combination
Regulator and
Supplied Air
Cylinder and Valve
Respirator Use*
Assembly Overhaul
Flow Test
Frequency
Frequency
Thirty (30) minutes or
more of airline use or one
(1) or more cylinder(s)
every 3 years
per day.
Thirty (30) minutes of
airline use or one (1)
every year
every 8 years
cylinder every other day.
Up to thirty (30) minutes
of airline or one (1)
every 15 years
cylinder per week.
* The unit of combination supplied air respirator use is
defined as thirty (30) minutes of airline use or the
consumption (or partial consumption) of one escape
cylinder. If combination supplied air respirator use cannot
be determined, overhaul every three (3) years.
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APPENDIX
CONVERTING THE CARRIER AND HARNESS
FROM RIGHT HIP MOUNT TO LEFT HIP MOUNT
(STANDARD CARRIER)
8. Unweave the waist belt
from the shoulder strap
and pull strap.
NOTE: The PremAire Cadet Escape Respirator is
designed for use with the cylinder located on the right hip.
The respirator will be most comfortable for most users in
this configuration.
1. As necessary, disconnect the attachment hose from
the air supply hose.
2. Disconnect the strain relief strap from the shoulder
strap snap hook (strap with buckle).
3. Disconnect the cylinder carrier from the shoulder strap
and pull strap (strap without buckle).
9. Connect the pull strap
to the cylinder carrier
D-ring to the right of the
pressure gauge (when
looking at the gauge).
4. Loosen the hose
clamps.
10. Connect the shoulder strap to the remaining cylinder
carrier D-ring.
5. Rotate the straps 180°.
The straps should be
equally spaced on
either side of the pressure gauge.
11. Weave the waist belt
through the pull strap.
6. Tighten the hose clamps
7. Unweave the waist belt
strap from the male
waist belt buckle.
12. Weave the waist belt through the shoulder strap.
13. Weave the waist belt
strap through the
waist belt buckle.
14. Connect the strain relief strap to the shoulder strap
snap hook.
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APPENDIX
CONVERTING THE CARRIER AND HARNESS
FROM RIGHT HIP MOUNT TO LEFT HIP MOUNT
(BAG CARRIER)
7. Connect the pull strap
to the cylinder carrier
D-ring to the right of the
pressure gauge (when
looking at the gauge).
NOTE: The PremAire Cadet Escape Respirator is
designed for use with the cylinder located on the right hip.
The respirator will be most comfortable for most users in
this configuration.
1. As necessary, disconnect the attachment hose from
the air supply hose.
2. Disconnect the strain relief strap from the shoulder
strap snap hook (strap with buckle).
3. Disconnect the cylinder carrier from the shoulder strap
and pull strap (strap without buckle).
8. Connect the shoulder strap to the remaining cylinder
carrier D-ring.
9. Weave the waist belt through the pull strap.
10. Weave the waist belt through the shoulder strap.
11. Weave the waist belt strap through the waist belt
buckle.
4. Rotate the bag 180˚ so
that the gauge face is
opposite the bag logo.
12. Connect the strain
relief strap to the shoulder strap snap hook.
5. Unweave the waist belt
strap from the male
waist belt buckle.
DONNING THE CARRIER AND HARNESS, LEFT
HIP VERSION
NOTE: The PremAire Cadet Escape Respirator is
designed for use with the cylinder located on the right hip.
The respirator will be most comfortable for most users in
this configuration. If a left hip mounted cylinder is desired,
refer to the Converting the Carrier and Harness from Right
Hip Mount to Left Hip Mount sections in this manual.
6. Unweave the waist belt
from the shoulder strap
and pull strap.
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1. Hold the shoulder strap with the right hand. Slide
shoulder strap over head so that the shoulder strap is
positioned over the right shoulder and the cylinder is
positioned on the left hip.
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2. Adjust the shoulder
strap by pulling the
strap down. The
cylinder should be
positioned at or just
below waist level.
4. As necessary, slide the waist belt buckle toward the
front cylinder to properly position the belt.
5. Adjust the waist strap
by pulling the strap to
the right.
6. Tuck in loose ends of
shoulder strap and
waist belt.
3. Connect the waist belt buckle.
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