Firefighters forced to work only ten minutes at a time due to $ 5.5 million masks that are defective and will not be closed
- The new breathing masks of firefighters can only be used for 10 minutes during a fire
- A failure in the vital piece of equipment has led the union to a threatening action
- More crews are needed to fight fires due to time restriction with each mask
- The NSW government bought the MSA AirGo masks for approximately $ 5.5 million
Kelsey Wilkie for Daily Mail Australia
A warning has been issued about defective equipment that has failed the firefighters during rescues.
It has been revealed that respiratory masks, which were purchased by the NSW government in 2016 for $ 5.5 million, should only be used for 10 minutes at a time during a rescue.
MSA AirGo masks lock in the open position and continuously release air, according to firefighters.
The MSA AirGo masks lock in the open position and release air continuously, which means that firefighters can only use them for 10 minutes.
"The uncontrolled flow will quickly exhaust the air supply, which represents a security risk for firefighters in dangerous atmospheres," said the Fire and Rescue bulletin.
Due to the failure, the masks had to be replaced by old masks on trucks in the Greater Sydney, Wollongong and Newcastle area.
But each truck, which has four new MSA AirGo masks, only received two old masks as a replacement.
MSA AirGo masks lock in the open position allowing air to flow continuously
This has led to the need to send additional crews to fight fires, the Daily Telegraph reported.
The Secretary of State of the Union of Firefighters Employees, Leighton Drury, said that if the problem is not resolved, they will take action.
"The breathing apparatus is the most important equipment in a fire truck," said a senior officer at the Sydney station.
"It's the only thing that allows firefighters to breathe smoke and toxic atmospheres and the only thing that allows us to save the lives of trapped people."
The interim Minister of Emergency Services, Mark Speakman, said they were working with the provider to address the problem.
"They are working to identify any possible problems with the equipment, and will evaluate possible solutions, if necessary, and the agency remains ready to respond to any potential incident."
More crews have been needed to fight fires due to the failure of the masks that restrict the time that firefighters can spend wearing masks