STATION – A new $2.4 million facility for self-contained breathing apparatus
(SCBA) is under construction at Brayton Fire Training Field of the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX). The
9,100-square-foot building will hold 28 trailers with 32 SCBA on each trailer —
for a total of 896 SCBA.
building will include a compressor room, a diagnostics room for flow testing
and repairs, a facepiece wash room, an office and breakroom, along with restroom
facilities, which will be available for students and staff. Designed by
Patterson Architects, the building is expected to be completed in mid-June by
contractor Quad-Tex Construction, in advance of the July Fire Training Schools.
staff perform an estimated 75,000 refills on SCBA per year, said Chris
Masterson, SCBA Training Support Foreman.
SCBA support is required for many of ESTI’s Program training scenarios;
Industrial, HazMat, Rescue, Municipal, Marine, and Extension are all programs
that routinely utilize SCBA. “Other TEEX divisions have their SCBA equipment
maintained and flow tested here as well,” he added.
testing of every SCBA is required and we also have to sample the air that the
compressors are producing so as to ensure the sampled air meets the NFPA
standard for breathing air,” Masterson said. “Our SCBA program is also audited
by the Texas Commission on Fire Protection to ensure it follows established
little known fact is that Brayton Fire Training Field has 2.5 miles of
stainless steel tubing as part of the Air System that delivers breathing air to
each project. Three Breathing Air Compressors
produce high-quality breathing air to a pressure of ~4500 psi, he said. This air
is stored in large cylinder banks throughout the field to facilitate the volume
needed for SCBA refills at every firefighting project.
Masterson, Julian Alvarado Sr. and Mike Brown of TEEX are certified as SCBA
Technicians. They are assisted by Student Technicians Edwin Castillo, Erick
Plasencia, Nick Knoerzer and Chase Nobles.