SCBA Bid Notice
Chardon and Burton Fire Departments SCBA Bid Notice and Specification
To All Interested Bidders:
Chardon Fire Department, Inc. and The Burton Volunteer Fire Department, Inc., will receive bids in sealed envelopes, subject to the conditions contained in the specifications and bid documents, until 4:00 pm, Thursday November 15th, 2018. All bids received shall be deposited with Larry Gaspar, Fire Chief, Chardon Fire Department Inc., 110 South Hambden Street, Chardon, Ohio, 44024. All sealed bids received according to the specified conditions will be publicly opened and read by Larry Gaspar, Fire Chief, Chardon Fire Department Inc. at 10:00 am, Friday, November 16, 2018, at the Chardon Fire Department Inc., front lobby, 110 South Hambden Street, Chardon, Ohio 44024.
The bid is for firefighting self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA)
The Specifications and Bid Documents are available at the The Chardon Fire Department, Inc. 110 South Hambden Street, Chardon Ohio 44024, and at The Burton Volunteer Fire Department Inc., 13828 Spring Street, Burton, Ohio 44021 Facebook sites, which are listed in Facebook at the Chardon Fire Department or Burton Volunteer Fire Department in the notes section, or at the web site www.chardonfire.org , or via email by contacting Chardon Fire Chief, Larry Gaspar, to request a copy of the Bid Specifications Document. Said specifications and bid documents are on file at the Chardon Fire Department Inc., 110 South Hambden Street, Chardon, Ohio 44024.
The Chardon Fire Department Inc. and The Burton Volunteer Fire Department Inc. reserve the right to reject any and all proposals and to waive any technicalities.
Bids will be chosen based upon the best and most appropriate bid and not necessarily based upon the lowest bid.
Chardon Fire Department Inc. The Burton Fire Volunteer Fire Department Inc.
SCBA, 2013 COMPLIANT BID SPECIFICATION
General Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus Requirements
The purpose of this bid specification is to establish the minimum requirements for an open-circuit self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA). The SCBA shall consist of the following major sub-assemblies: (1) full facepiece assembly; (2) a removable facepiece-mounted, positive pressure breathing regulator with air-saver switch; (3) an automatic dual path redundant pressure reducing regulator; (4) end-of-service time indicators; (5) a harness and backframe assembly for supporting the equipment on the body of the wearer; (6) a shoulder strap mounted, remote gauge indicating cylinder pressure; (7) a rapid intervention crew/universal air connection (RIC/UAC); and (8) cylinder and valve assembly for storing breathing air under pressure.
The successful bidder agrees to provide, at their own expense, a factory trained instructor for such time as the respirator user shall require complete instruction in the operation and maintenance of the respirator. Any exceptions to these specifications must be detailed in a separate attachment. Failure to do so will automatically disqualify the bidder.
The successful bidder must be a sales distributor, authorized by the manufacturer, to sell the equipment specified herein. A signed document from the manufacture confirming this must be included with the bid.
The SCBA shall maintain all NIOSH standards with any of the following types of cylinders listed as provided by the SCBA manufacturer.
The SCBA shall be approved to NIOSH 42 CFR, Part 84 for chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear protection (CBRN). The SCBA shall be compliant to the NFPA 1981, 2013 Edition, Standard on Open-Circuit Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus for Emergency Services. The SCBA shall be compliant to the NFPA 1982, 2013 Edition (if including optional PASS Device), Standard on Personal Alert Safety Systems. If the SCBA is to include an optional integrated self-rescue device, the device shall be compliant to the NFPA 1983, 2012 Edition, Standard on Life Safety Rope and Equipment for Emergency Services. All electronic components shall be approved for Intrinsic Safety under UL 913 Class I, Groups C and D, Class II, Groups E, F and G, Hazardous locations.
The facepiece shall have a large diameter inlet serving as the female half of a quarter (1/4) turn coupling which mates with the positive pressure breathing regulator. The facepiece shall be approved for use with multiple respiratory applications to enable the same user to switch from one application to another without the use of tools and without doffing the facepiece. The full facepiece assembly shall fit persons of varying facial shapes and sizes with minimal visual interference. The full facepiece assembly shall be available in three sizes marked “S” for Small, “M” for Medium, and “L” for Large. The facepiece sizes shall be easily identifiable through a color-coding scheme.
The facepiece assembly, including head harness, shall be latex free. The facepiece series shall have a faceseal that is secured to the lens by a U-shaped channel frame that is retained to the lens using two fasteners. The faceseal shall be a reverse reflex design for enhanced fit and comfort. The facepiece shall contain inhalation valves that are readily visible to enable quick visual inspection. The lens shall be a single, replaceable, modified cone configuration constructed of a non-shatter type polycarbonate material.
In accordance with NIOSH 42 CFR part 84, the facepiece meets penetration and impact requirements, including compliance with ANSI Z87.1 – 2010. The lens shall have a coating to resist abrasion and chemical attack and meet the requirements of NFPA-1981, for lens abrasion. The lens shall have an internal anti-fog coating to reduce fogging of the lens. Mutli-directional voicemitters shall be mounted on both sides of the facepiece and ducted directly to an integral silicone nosecup to enhance voice transmission. The facepiece assembly shall be able to incorporate multiple electronic communications options (amplification, radio interface, wireless, etc.) without affecting NIOSH approvals or NFPA/CBRN approvals where applicable.
The facepiece shall enable the transmission of communications bracket on either the right or left side.
The head harness shall be a five-point suspension made in the fashion of a net hood to minimize interference between securing of the facepiece and the wearing of head protection and be constructed of a para-aramid material for fire, first responder and CBRN applications. The head harness shall be available in a five-strap and four-strap configuration. The head harness shall include either a positioning strap or an integrated handle to assist with donning of the facepiece. Two flame resistant elastic straps, attached to the faceseal in four locations, shall provide adjustment for proper face sealing.
The facepiece-mounted positive pressure-breathing regulator shall supply and maintain air to the facepiece to satisfy the needs of the user at a pressure greater than atmospheric by no more than 1.5 inches of water pressure static. The breathing regulator shall maintain positive pressure during flows of up to 500 standard liters per minute. The regulator shall also meet or exceed a dynamic flow requirement of remaining positive while supplying a minute volume of 160 liters.
The breathing regulator shall have attached a low pressure hose which shall be threaded through the left shoulder strap to couple to the pressure reducing regulator mounted on the backframe. Regulator shall be available with a quick connect coupling in line for use with the optional outlet manifold and accessory hose to allow the breathing regulator to be disconnected from the unit and reconnected to the auxiliary hose of a second unit in the event rescue is required. The quick connect coupling shall be easily connected and disconnected by trained individuals with a gloved hand and/or in low light conditions. The quick connect coupling shall not allow the air hose to be connected without the HUD Connection. The coupling shall also be guarded against inadvertent disconnect during use of the equipment. The low-pressure hose shall be equipped with a swivel attachment at the facepiece mounted regulator.
The regulator shall connect to the facepiece by way of a quarter (1/4) turn coupling. The user shall hear an audible sound when the regulator is attached correctly to the facepiece. The regulator shall be equipped with a doughnut-shaped gasket which provides a seal against the mating surface of the facepiece. The regulator cover shall be fabricated of a flame resistant, high impact plastic. The breathing regulator shall have a demand valve to deliver air to the user, activated by a diaphragm responsive to respiration. The demand valve shall use an extended temperature range dynamic O-ring seal composed of a fluorosilicone elastomer.
The diaphragm shall include the system exhalation valve and shall be constructed from a high strength butyl elastomer. A purge valve shall be situated at the inlet of the breathing regulator and shall be capable of delivering airflow of between 125 and 225 standard liters per minute.
The breathing regulator shall be designed to direct the incoming air through a spray bar and over the inner surface of the facepiece lens for defogging purposes. The components of the breathing regulator shall be constructed of materials that are not vulnerable to corrosion. The flame-resistant cover shall contain an air saver switch and pressure demand bias mechanism. It shall reactivate and supply air only in the positive pressure mode when the wearer affects a face seal and inhales. This device shall not affect the breathing flow though the system while in operation.
Pressure Reducer with Snap-Change Cylinder Connection
The pressure-reducing regulator shall be mounted at the waist on the backframe and be coupled to the cylinder valve through a patented stainless steel quick connect snout for engagement and sealing within the cylinder valve outlet. The cylinder shall be secured to the pressure-reducing regulator with two pull-rings 180o from each other. A stainless steel rod shall secure each of the pull-rings to prevent removal of the cylinder while the SCBA is pressurized. The stainless steel rods shall be actuated when the cylinder is opened and when cylinder pressure is above 30 psig. In lieu of a manual by-pass, the pressure-reducing regulator shall include a back-up pressure-reducing valve connected in parallel with the primary pressure-reducing valve and an automatic transfer valve for redundant control. The back-up pressure reducing valve shall also be the means of activating the low-pressure alarm devices in the facepiece-mounted breathing regulator. This warning shall denote a switch from the primary reducing valve to the back-up reducing valve whether from a malfunction of the primary reducing valve or from low cylinder supply pressure.
A press-to-test valve shall be included to allow bench testing of the back-up reducing valve. The pressure-reducing regulator shall have extended temperature range dynamic O-ring seals composed of fluorosilicone elastomer. The pressure reducing regulator shall have incorporated a reseatable over-pressurization relief valve which shall prevent the attached low pressure hose and facepiece-mounted breathing regulator from being subjected to high pressure.
End-of-Service Time Indicator (EOSTI)
The SCBA shall have two end-of-service time indicators (EOSTI), a tactile alarm and a Heads-Up Display (HUD). The primary EOSTI shall be the integral low-pressure alarm device that shall combine an audible alarm with simultaneous vibration of the facepiece. The primary EOSTI shall be located in the Facepiece-Mounted Positive Pressure Regulator. This alarm device shall indicate either low cylinder pressure (33% +5%, -0%) or a malfunction of the primary pressure-reducing valve (first stage regulator).
The HUD shall serve as the secondary EOSTI. The HUD shall be powered by the SCBA’s single power supply. It shall be mounted in the user’s field of vision on the Facepiece-Mounted Positive Pressure Regulator. It shall display cylinder pressure in increments of 100%, 75%, 50% and 33%. The display shall not have a numerical representation of cylinder pressure. At full cylinder pressure, two green Light Emitting Diodes (LED) shall be illuminated. At three-quarter cylinder pressure, one green LED shall be illuminated. At one-half cylinder pressure, one “yellow” LED shall be illuminated and flash at a rate not to exceed one (1x) time per second. At one-third cylinder pressure, one “red” LED shall be illuminated and flash at a rate not to exceed ten (10x) times per second. The HUD shall have a low battery indication that is distinct and distinguishable from the cylinder pressure indications.
Harness and Backframe Assembly
A lightweight, lumbar support style backframe and harness assembly shall be used to carry the cylinder and valve assembly and the pressure reducing regulator assembly. The backframe shall be a solid, one-piece black powder-coated aluminum alloy frame that is contoured to follow the shape of the user’s back. The backframe shall include a shroud to streamline hose and wire management by minimizing exposure of the low pressure hose and electronics molded cable. The backframe shall include a mounting for the pressure reducer located at the waist. The backframe shall include an over-the-center, adjustable tri-slide fixture, a para-aramid strap and a double-locking latch assembly to secure 30, 45, 60, or 75 minute cylinders.
The backframe shall include a mounting area suitable for installation of a distress alarm integrated with the SCBA. The mounting area shall permit installation of a distress alarm sensor module in an area between the pressure reducer and the backframe. The harness assembly shall include a waist pad and shoulder pads constructed of an outer shell material and incorporating a closed-cell foam design to minimize water absorption. The harness assembly shall incorporate parachute-type, quick-release buckles with an integrated bail to prevent the webbing from loosening. Optional spring (alligator) clips shall also be available.
The harness assembly shall consist of a one size black para-aramid strap with two red stripes along the outer edges and a reflective stripe in the center. The harness assembly shall include a seat-belt type waist belt attachment. This harness assembly shall include box-stitched construction with no screws or bolts. The harness assembly shall incorporate parachute-type, quick-release buckles and shall include shoulder and hip pads. The harness assembly shall be easily removable from the backframe without the use of tools. The harness assembly shall be machine washable to minimize contamination and carcinogen exposure. The harness assembly shall accommodate a waist belt extension.
The waist pad shall be attached to the backframe such that movement by the wearer provides natural articulation. Articulation shall be accomplished without the use of mechanical devices. The waist pad and belt shall freely wrap around and conform to the wearers’ hips. The shoulder harness shall be fitted with a Drag Rescue Loop (DRL) capable of being deployed in an emergency situation to drag a downed firefighter to safety. The Drag Rescue Loop (DRL) shall be sewn into the shoulder harness assembly and rated for a minimum of 1,000 lbs. pull strength. The Drag Rescue Loop (DRL) shall be stored in a manner to prevent accidental snag, but maintain accessibility with gloved hands.
The shoulder harness shall be attached to the backframe such that the harness presents itself for ease of donning. The shoulder harness shall include reflective material to enhance the visibility of the wearer in low-light conditions. The shoulder harness shall accommodate two distinct positions for a chest strap attachment. The shoulder harness shall accommodate a mounting clip for attachment of a handheld radio remote speaker microphone. The waist belt shall incorporate a quick release feature to jettison the SCBA. The waist belt shall utilize the patented COBRA buckle system. The waist belt shall include a D-ring integrated into the front buckle that can be utilized as an NFPA 1983 rate attachment or positioning point.
Rapid Intervention Crew/Universal Air Connection (RIC/UAC)
The SCBA shall incorporate a RIC/UAC fitting to be compliant with the 2013 edition of the NFPA 1981 Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus standard. The RIC/UAC shall be an integral part of the pressure reducer and protected by the backframe. The RIC/UAC inlet connection shall be within 4” (4-inches) of the tip of the CGA threads of the cylinder valve. The RIC/UAC shall consist of a connection for attaching a high-pressure air source and a self-resetting relief valve allowing a higher pressure than that of the SCBA to be attached to the SCBA. The self-resetting relief valve shall be color-coded to identify pressure rating of the SCBA. The RIC/UAC shall have a check valve to prevent the loss of air when the high-pressure air source has been disconnected.
The cylinder threads shall be straight with an O-ring or quad-ring gasket type seal. The cylinder valve shall be a “fail open” type, constructed of forged aluminum and designed such that no stem packing or packing gland nuts are required. It shall contain an upper and lower seat such that the pressure will seal the stem on the upperseat, thus preventing leakage past the stem. No adjustment shall be necessary during the life of the valve
If the SCBA is equipped with a Snap-Change Cylinder connection, the cylinder valve shall be designed with a patented stainless steel quick connect snout that delivers air directly to the first stage pressure-reducing regulator. The quick connect snout shall be an integral part of the cylinder valve, rather than an adapter that threads onto the CGA fitting. If the SCBA is equipped with a Snap-Change Cylinder connection, the cylinder valve shall be offered with a CGA 346 or CGA 347 fitting for the purposes of filling the cylinder only. If the SCBA is equipped with a Snap-Change Cylinder connection, the fill fitting shall have a check valve to prevent flow from the cylinder. If the SCBA is equipped with a Snap-Change Cylinder connection, the fill fitting shall be provided with a dust cover to protect threads from damage and prevent interior surfaces from being contaminated when not in use. If the SCBA is equipped with a Snap-Change Cylinder connection, the dust cover shall be retained to the cylinder valve.
Each cylinder valve shall consist of the following: 1) a hand activated valve mechanism with a spring-loaded, positive action, ratchet type safety lock and lock-out release for selecting “lock open service” or “non-lock open service”; 2) an upstream connected frangible disc safety relief device; 3) a dual reading pressure gauge indicating cylinder pressure at all times; 4) an elastomeric bumper; 5) an angled outlet. The cylinder valve shall have an RFID tag molded into the elastomeric bumper with a universal RFID marking embossment. The RFID tag shall be capable of storing product specific information, including serial number, manufacture date, hydrostatic test date, pressure rating, life expectancy, and fill logs. The SCBA shall maintain all NIOSH and NFPA standards with any of the following types of cylinders listed as provided by the SCBA manufacturer.
The cylinder shall be manufactured in accordance with DOT specifications and meet the Transport Canada requirements with working pressures of 4500 psig. The cylinder shall be lightweight, composite type cylinder consisting of an aluminum alloy inner shell, with a total overwrap of carbon fiber, fiberglass and an epoxy resin. The cylinder shall have a 2D barcode located under the protective gel coat programmed with the following information, at a minimum: serial number, manufacture date, and hydrostatic test date. The cylinder shall be available in 45-minute duration based on the NIOSH breathing rate of 40 liters per minute (lpm).
Personal Alert Safety System with Firefighter Locator
The PASS device shall be compliant to the NFPA 1982, 2013 Edition Standard on Personal Alert Safety Systems. Operation of this distress alarm shall be initiated with the opening of the valve of an SCBA charged cylinder. The system shall feature a “hands-free” re-set capability that may be activated by means of a slight movement of the SCBA when the system is in a pre-alarm mode.
The system shall operate from a single power source containing six “AA” batteries. The battery life of the SCBA with PASS only shall be no less than 200 hours. The system shall have a battery check function that provides an LED indication of battery status while the SCBA is not pressurized. When the PASS is manually activated, the locator system shall immediately emit a 2.4 GHz signal to be received by a separate hand-held receiver. When the PASS is activated due to lack of motion, the locator system shall have a ten second delay prior to emitting a 2.4 GHz signal to be received by a separate hand-held receiver. The system shall utilize a 2.4 GHz signal to provide the best path to a “downed” firefighter. The locating system shall be programmable with eight alphanumeric characters to provide identification information. The PASS device shall contain two components: a Console and a Sensor Module. When the PASS device goes into pre-alarm, the user shall be notified through a distinct light pattern in the regulator-mounted HUD display.
The console shall be located on the user’s right shoulder harness. The console shall contain an integral edge lit mechanical pressure gauge that is automatically turned on by opening the cylinder valve. The console shall display to the user the following: Pre-Alarm: alternating red flashing LED’s; Full Alarm: dual flashing red LED’s and a flashing PASS icon; Low Battery: red flashing LED’s; Normal System Operation: flashing green LED. The console shall contain a photo sensing diode to dim and brighten the HUD as ambient lighting changes. The console shall contain push buttons for user interface. The push buttons shall be designed to minimize accidental activation. A yellow color-coded push button shall permit system re-set. A red color-coded push button shall permit manual activation of the full alarm mode.
The console shall be equipped with a LED “External HUD” allowing others to determine the wearer’s cylinder pressure through the same color-code scheme as the regulator-mounted HUD. A green LED shall be illuminated across the gauge face to indicate a cylinder with greater than half cylinder pressure. A yellow LED shall be illuminated across the gauge face to
indicate a cylinder with less than half cylinder pressure. A red LED shall be illuminated across the gauge face to indicate a cylinder with less than one-third cylinder pressure.
The system shall include a sensor module mounted to the SCBA backframe and located in an area between the cylinder and backframe in a manner designed to protect the assembly from damage. The sensor module shall contain a motion sensor that is sensitive to user hip movement to reduce false activations. The sensor module shall contain redundant, dual sound emitters for the audible alarm and dual visual “buddy” indicators. The sensor module sound emitters shall be oriented in multi-directions for optimal sound projection.
The visual indicators on the backframe mounted sensor module shall flash green during normal operation. The visual indicators shall flash red when the device is in pre alarm and full-alarm. The visual indicators shall flash orange when the SCBA has reached one-half cylinder pressure. The visual indicators shall flash a combination of red, green, and white when the SCBA has reached one-third cylinder pressure.
The unit shall be covered by a warranty providing protection against defects in materials or workmanship. This warranty shall be for a period of 10 years on the SCBA, except for the pressure reducer, which shall be covered for 15 years. This warranty shall not have any exclusions other than consumables and carrying cases. This warranty shall not require a registration in order to activate. This warranty shall not be contingent upon completing mandatory overhaul or recommended preventative maintenance.