SCBA's Used vs New, cost comparison

So your debating on purchasing New SCBA’s vs Used SCBA’s. So lets dive into the debate with some simple figures. We will not figure in flow tests or hydro tests in figures due to those being a constant whether you purchase new or used.

  • 10 NEW SCBA w/ 2 cylinders and 1 mask per SCBA. $70-$90k.
    • Cost of ownership breakdown based on 15yr service life.
      • $4700-$6000 per year cost of ownership.
      • $13-16.50 per day cost of ownership.
        • These figures do not include Flow tests, hydro test, repairs.
      • At 15 year you will now have to make the decision to continue using 15yr old SCBA’s and purchasing all new cylinders at $20K or purchasing all new equipment again at $70k-$90k

 

  • 10 USED SCBA w/ 2 cylinders and 1 mask per SCBA. $10k-$21k.
    • Cost of ownership breakdown based on 7.5yrs service life.
      • $1400-$2800 per year.
      • $4-$8 per day cost of ownership.
        • These figures do not include flow tests, hydro tests, repairs.
      • By basing this on 7.5yr service life. Your dept. can update your SCBA’s to the next level of NFPA compliance every 7.5 yrs. So your departments SCBA’s will be progressively upgraded on a routine basis.