The Importance of Fit Testing: Ensuring Proper Respirator Use in the Fire Department
A “Fit test” is a test performed to ensure that a respirator, such as a self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), properly fits the individual using it. This is an important step in ensuring that the respirator will provide the necessary protection to the wearer during an emergency situation, such as a fire. The test typically involves the wearer performing various movements and speaking while wearing the respirator to ensure that it remains securely in place and that they can communicate effectively.
Last Updated on February 22, 2023