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Gas mask fit testing change

Recent changes to AFMAN 32-4006, Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Mask Fit and Liquid Hazard Simulant Training, make preparing to deploy easier on all Airmen. Among the changes is replacing the current method of "fit to mask" with "fit to size." Personnel who are issued masks for exercises and deployments will no longer be required to have a new fit test each time they receive a new mask.

Because of this change, the 6th Medical Group's Bioenvironmental Engineering Flight will only insure that personnel deploy with a mask of the same size and type as worn when they passed the fit test.

Additionally, a fit test will only be performed in the following circumstances: personnel assigned to a deployable Unit Type Code must be fit tested every 20 to 40 months, individuals are required to self-identify a significant change in weight or facial structure that may affect the fit of their mask and a new fit test must be performed when an individual changes duty station.

The change was directed across the Air Force due to many units not having the resources to issue a mask permanently to each individual.

Due to the hospital training day on the third Wednesday of every month, BEF has changed their gas mask fit testing walk-in hours of operation from Wednesday to Tuesday afternoon between the hours of 1 to 4 p.m.

BEF will make scheduled appointments for personnel meeting any of the following criteria: imminent deployment, second or third duty shift or personnel in a group of 10 or more. Contact BEF at 827-9570 with additional questions. (Courtesy of the BEF)

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