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Dalmatian Fire Equipment, Inc.
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We are the largest supplier of refurbished self contained breathing apparatus in North America.
We are the largest supplier of refurbished self contained breathing apparatus in North America.

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Did you know that Dalmatian Fire has a blog where you can check out our refurbishing process, as well as other details about our company? Check it out here if you'd like to know more about us: http://dalmatianfire.com/quality-under-pressure-blog/
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Dalmatian Fire Equipment is the largest supplier of refurbished self contained breathing apparatus in North America. Dalmatian provides high quality equipment for firefighting, oil field safety, HazMat, and mining.
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Dalmatian Fire Equipment is the largest supplier of refurbished self contained breathing apparatus in North America. Dalmatian provides high quality equipment for firefighting, oil field safety, HazMat, and mining.
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Testing...Testing 1,2,3

The final step of Dalmatian’s refurbishment process is Quality Assurance (QA). According to Code of Federal Regulations and Standards, completion of a valid Posicheck and hydro stat test is sufficient.

We guarantee our packs for 10 years. This means that we have to get it perfect when it goes out the door. We don’t want packs coming back for additional work. We want that pack to function for another 10 years without a problem. This last readjustment is what makes a huge difference in the quality of Dalmatian’s packs.

Every pack is individually tested and when you receive a pack from Dalmatian it will have a paper tag on it with the initials of every person that has worked on it at every station. The QA person ensures this and initials as well. The last essential part of QA is to pair the pack specification to the order. This last step of order validation is really important to prevent us from shipping the wrong pack or the wrong components to someone. In rare instances the packs are rejected. This QA piece is an above and beyond step that Dalmatian does, but it’s what makes the difference.

Quality Assurance is the most vital step in the refurbishing process because SCBA’s are personal: they provide the most critical of all functions — the breath of life while the fireman is in the fire. This equipment needs to be trustworthy through all types emergencies driven stress.

To support the dangerous task of fighting fires, the packs are massively robust and overly designed, which is a great starting point for the Dalmatian Fire process. The team classifies, standardizes configuration, disassembles, cleans, stitches and polishes, corrects prior repairs, reassembles, exhaustively tests, adjusts – and ultimately a human breathes through each pack before shipping out to the customer in need.

But most of all, Dalmatian Fire creates renewal and rejuvenation with massive TLC.
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Cylinders
Cylinders are handled within a separate line in Dalmatians refurbishing process. Under this line, Dalmatian is regulated by the Department of Transportation (DOT) and certified with a DOT RIN number. This means that we are subject to random inspections to make sure that all of our procedures are followed.
After a cylinder is purchased, it is inspected again for external damage. Any nick, scratch or gouge is graded to level 1, 2, or 3, which determines if it’s not repairable, repairable, or cosmetic and does not need repair. We go through and evaluate each imperfection in our used cylinders. Once a level has been determined and the cylinder passes, we clean off all outer debris. We use the heated ultrasonic cleaners to alleviate one of the most difficult processes, which is removing the previous department’s identifying sticker.
We remove epoxy from the previous hydro testing and prepare the cylinder for its more current hydro test. This does require some hand scrubbing before moving the cylinder to hydrostatic testing. This complex process involves immersing the cylinder into a larger bomb proof cylinder. Water is then put in that cylinder and closed with a strong cap. The cylinder being tested is then pressurized, and we measure the expansion of the tank in micro centimeters to compare the expansion to what would be expected of a tank that was properly functioning.
The theory behind this is that as aluminum expands and contracts from air being filled and released over the years is that the cycling can cause micro-cracks to develop inside the cylinder. These micro-cracks will allow for the cylinder to expand ever so slightly more as the cylinder ages. Beyond a certain point that cylinder is no longer safe according to DOT. So we must measure the micro centimeters of expansion to see if it is within the stated range.
Once the cylinder passes the hydro test, we attach the date and RIN certification number to the cylinder and epoxy over it. The next test is an Eddy test of the threads. The threads, where the valve is attached, can also get cracks. If the threads become cracked it could become a hazard because the valve could come off or leak. The Eddy test uses electrical current to make sure the threads are perfect.
The next step is valve rebuilding. The valves only have a few moving parts, their simplicity is what makes them so robust. Valves are disassembled, cleaned, reassembled and installed on the cylinder that has been tested. Next we fill with every cylinder with breathing air and do an immersion test to ensure that the valve isn’t leaking after installation. It is a common test that is also used within the manufacturer’s factory. When you have 4500 PSI in a cylinder, it doesn’t take much of a hole to create a stream of bubbles. It is rare for the cylinders at this stage to leak, but we do the test to make sure. Air is then let out of the cylinder as we do not ship cylinders with air in them.
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Dalmatian Fire Equipment is the largest supplier of refurbished self contained breathing apparatus in North America. Dalmatian provides high quality equipment for firefighting, oil field safety, HazMat, and mining.
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Industrial Cleaning
We call the next step of the refurbishing process industrial cleaning. This step of the process happens after an order has been received from the customer. The pack is torn down for deep cleaning and preliminary repair. The preliminary repair process includes disassembly, industrial cleaning, sewing and reassembly.
Disassembly
The first step is disassembly. Here the pack is reviewed again to be sure it has all necessary components that may have been missed when the pack was received, sometimes weeks, months or years before.
Industrial Cleaning
Next is a multi-faceted industrial cleaning. The metal components are washed with our primary washing technique which is ultrasonic cleaning. Dalmatian does its ultrasonic cleaning at 175 degrees with detergents that remove the smoke.
Ultrasonic cleaning is similar to the process for cleaning a diamond wedding ring but at a very large industrial scale. The value of the ultrasonic cleaning is the microscopic bubbles that percolate up from the bottom. These bubbles aren’t visible to the human eye, but when they hit the surface they explode with a pressure of 20,000 PSI. The smoke, dirt, and debris is dislodged from the packs.
This intense cleaning method is demanded by these products. Imagine a firefighter running through a burning building and bumping into a burning polyester couch. The glue and fabric gets glommed onto the side of the pack. He then proceeds to drag it through the mud before getting sprayed with water and hanging it up wet. We have to get through all those years and layers of whatever may have gotten on the pack. The ultrasonic temperature helps those components get clean.
The fabric components, the Nomex and Kevlar straps and harnesses, are also removed and put through a special washing process of their own. We use machinery called extractors. On the surface they appear to be very large washing machines but, in fact, they are more like a centrifuge. At first it runs like a front loading washing machine swishing the harness around with special detergent designed to get into all the pores.
The big difference is the spin cycle. These large machines spin very fast with a force 100 times gravity. What that does is pull out the detergent that has become embedded in the cloth, taking the dirt and grime with it. This deep cleaning is not easy to be accomplished without this system. We have developed these techniques over many years to ensure the best clean to the harness and frame.
Reassembly Before Test
Finally, after everything has been cleaned and sewn, everything is reassembled. Components that needed replacing are included and it is gathered into one functioning unit. The pack is now ready for final assembly and testing.
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NEW Carleton Carbon Fiber Cylinders

Our NEW Carbon Fiber Cylinders manufactured by Carleton are built around DOT specifications and have a working pressure of 2216 psig. These cylinders are lightweight, composite cylinders consisting of an aluminum alloy inner shell, with a total over wrap of carbon fiber, fiberglass and an epoxy resin. They are rated for 30 minutes in duration. Your choice of make of valve assembly. These cylinders are manufactured to the same specifications and standards as our leading new SCBA competitors.

Visit the website for more product details.
http://dalmatianfire.com/new-carleton-carbon-fiber-cylinders/
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