What is a BA Shield?
BA (Breathing Apparatus) Shields are made to fit on your SCBA or respirator mask and stand up to the daily abuse you put it through. As firefighters, we understand that we can't always be gentle and our gear needs to be able to keep up. Whether you are police, fire, rescue, military or civilian, sometimes we are tasked with entering environments that may be hazardous or toxic. Therefore, one of the most important pieces of personal protective equipment is our mask with a scratch free lens for maximum visibility. We understand that it isn't always easy to protect your mask and lens while not in use or on your face, but a BA shield is the solution.
Are there other uses?
Absolutely! BA Shields offer a fast, simple and an effective means of training for zero visibility, sometimes known as 'mask confidence' drills. This allows the user to get familiar with operating in dark or smoked out environments. BA Shields can be donned or doffed without the need to remove any other piece of your protective ensemble if visibility is suddenly needed. Do you want to know the best part? There is no longer a need to stuff your mask with newspaper, ineffective and ill fitting 'blackout' sheets, and no more Saran Wrap or Press N' Seal causing permanent damage to your lens. As an added bonus, your regulator or cartridge filters can still be used with the BA Shield on the lens.
how tough are they?
We get this a lot. In fact, people worry about the product getting stepped on. Our recommendation? When you enter your hazardous environment, just ditch the BA Shield at the door. If your BA Shield has your name on it (we use vinyl stickers), it acts as a pseudo-accountability tag. Just collect it with your tools as you exit, reapply, and keep your lens protected. BA Shields are almost impervious to damage and resistant to around 42 different chemicals. Though due to its properties and like most plastics, we STRONGLY advise against exposing it to heat greater than what normal atmospheric conditions can create. These are NOT INTENDED FOR IDLH ENVIRONMENTS.
Do you do bulk orders for agencies?
Of course! BA Shields are available in large orders and at bulk quantity prices. Here's the skinny: Pricing starts at a 10% discount for 25-50 units, and we offer a 15% discount for all orders over 50 units. If you have questions about a bulk order, send an email to sales@bashields and we would be happy to get you a personal quote for your order. While we welcome large orders, please keep in mind that each BA Shield is still made by hand in the USA and may take more than 3 weeks to construct and process your order depending on the order size.
How do I know if i need the voice AMPLIFiER Model for the scott av3000? Does it matter?
Actually, it does matter. While it may not seem that important, if you plan to use your Shield(s) for blackout training, size really is important. Scott makes both a left and right sided voice amplifier model, and while you may not have the voice amp itself, you may still have the adapter bracket. The photos below illustrate which model is which. The curvature of our Shields at the exhalation ports contour the circular bracket or frame of the port which can allow the Shield to sit lopsided and allow the user to 'cheat' during blackout training. WE ARE CURRENTLY WORKING ON A UNIVERSAL PATTERN, ONLY AVAILABLE IN OUR SMOKED OUT SCOTT SERIES FOR NOW.
do you ship internationally?
Absolutely! Canada and Mexico customers can choose said option at checkout for a flat fee of $25.
how long until i get my shield?
Well if you're one of the fine men or women who have bought a custom product you can expect it to take around 2 to 3 weeks for us to design it, print it, mold it, and ship it. Remember, we are family men first and career firefighters second. Don't worry, you come next, but this does mean that sometimes things can get delayed, but rest assured when we aren't spending time at home with our families, or slaying the dragon, we're working on your Custom BA Shield. If you ordered a stock image we try to get those out within 48 hours of the order, however sometimes life happens and delays occur. Due to extreme popularity please understand it could occasionally take up to 2 weeks for select styles (that way when it ships same day you can be surprised!).