Shipman's Fire Equipment Co. Inc
Shipman's Fire Equipment Co., Inc.
Shipman's Fire Equipment Co., Inc., serving municipal and volunteer fire departments, businesses, and industries
in Connecticut, Rhode
Island, and southern Massachusetts, has been in existence for over fifty-six years.
Scott Air Paks

ScottNIOSH and OSHA require you to functionally test your SCOTT self contained breathing apparatus every two years. Let Shipman's mobile test unint get your air-paks up to code with our factory trained technicians. We can give you the highest quality of attention your air-paks need at a reasonable price.

Shipman's posi-check machine is the only breathing machine that meets the stringent requirements specified by NFPA 1852 and DOT with a frequency that depends on the design of the cylinder. The SCBA cylinder requalification process includes an internal and external visual inspection. All metal cylinders are re-qualified every 5 years and composite cylinders every 3 years.

Shipman's also offers individual face fitting, field level classes and repair of all SCOTT products. Let Shipman's do your tseting and inform you each time your due for inspection.

Maintenance Guidelines

Scott Service VanAll work performed by our Scott Service Center comply with various NFPA, OSHA and other standards that impact upon the care and maintenance of Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus. The included, but are not limited to the following:


  • ScottScott Health & Safety manufacturer service recommendations.
  • NFPA 1852 Selection, Care, and Maintenance of Open-Circuit Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) current edition.
  • NFPA 1500 Standard on Fire Department Occupational Safety and Health Program as it applies to SCBA.
  • OSHA 29 CFR 1910.134 Respirator Protection
  • Compressed Gas Association CGA C-6.2 Guidelines for Visual Inspections and Re-qualification of Fiber Reinforced High Pressure Cylinders.
Mask Fit Testing

Mask Fit TestingOSHA 29 CRF 1910.134 Respiratory Protection requires proper fitting respirator facepieces prior to initial use of a respirator and annually thereafter, or whenever a different make, model, style or size facepiece is utilized. Shipman's provides a quantitative fit test utilizing an automated TSI PortaCount Instrument. Fit test reports, reflecting all fit test factors, are provided at the completion of the test. Fit testing can be scheduled at your facility or ours.

There are two primary reasons for respirator fit testing: 1) Verification of training. After an individual has received respirator training you perform a fit test to make certain that the person has learned how to properly put on and wear a respirator without assistance. 2) Sizing. It is important to make sure that the individual will be issued a respirator that is size to be capable of providing protection when worn properly.


Flow Testing

NFPA-1852 requires that all SCBA be annually tested on a breathing machine in accordance with the SCBA manufacturer

Scott Flow Testing

Hydrostatic Testing

Hydrostatic TestingCarbon Composite Cylinders

Carbon fibers composite cylinders exhibiting the most recent hydrostatic test date prior to May 11, 2001 must be tested at the next three-year test interval. After that test, these cylinders may be tested at the five-year interval. Cylinders with test dates prior to July 1, 2001 must be tested at their next three-year hydrostatic interval. All cylinders manufactured after July 2001 will now require hydrostatic testing every 5 years from date of manufacture.