Fire District 4’s new Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus improves visibility, air capacity
DEER PARK, Wash. — Fire District 4 is using a new Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus. An SCBA is a piece of personal protective equipment used by firefighters to breath clean air in smokey, hazardous environments.
The new devices were commissioned to meet current National Fire Protection Association Standards. The masks are larger, providing more visibility to the user. They are also equipped with a speaker to provide improved communication between firefighters.
The equipment also feature a new heads up display to allow firefighters to easily see the amount of air remaining in their cylinders. The air cylinders increased in capacity, but not in size. They weigh approximately 30 lbs and have been designed to increase comfort, reduce back strain, and reduce fatigue.
District 4 firefighters have been testing and training with the new equipment since it went into service on July 24th.
The SCBA is manufactured by MSA, the same company who manufactured the previous devices. Fire District 4’s press release said after a rigorous selection process, they chose MSA due to the familiarity, ease of transition, and reliability District 4 has experienced with their products in the past.
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