Pittsburgh, PA – Dräger is introducing a new self contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) that has been certified to meet NFPA requirements. The PSS 5000, introduced at the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) 2011 in Indianapolis, provides a reliable supply of oxygen combined with a high level of comfort, and is tailored to meet the everyday requirements of firefighters. The new SCBA is 1981:2007 certified by the NFPA.
Firefighters are frequently exposed to physically demanding situations - for example, saving people from extreme heat in smoky buildings. Equipment should not become an additional burden in these highly stressful situations. The carrying system of the new PSS 5000 is adapted to the human body. It remains stable and firmly fixed in place during heavy motion operations and is positioned comfortably on the user’s waist, back, and shoulders.
The support frames of the new PSS 5000 breathing apparatus are made of carbon. They are very light yet robust and thus easily resist shocks or falling objects. None of the materials will deform at high temperatures and are resistant to chemicals and oil. The first stage reducer is offered with both a traditional CGA handwheel or with a quick connect cylinder, making it easy to change our cylinders during overhaul at the scene. The PSS 5000 meets the requirements of NFPA 1981:2007 for firefighting equipment concerning resistance to heat and fire.
The PSS 5000 has the same air supply as the existing PSS 7000, and can be serviced quickly and easily. The medium and high-pressure hoses in the PSS 5000 are integrated into the carrying system without disturbing the wearer. Firefighters or rescue personnel can therefore work in confined spaces without fear of hoses becoming tangled or snagged. In order to ventilate in an emergency situation in which a workmate or a victim is found, a supplied air line is also available with the optional 20” and 40” multilink.
The PSS 5000 is tailored specifically to the needs of firefighters and can be configured as required. To monitor the air and indicate the time remaining, wearers will use an electronic Sentinel 7000. The carrying system in the PSS 5000 is equipped with stainless steel buckles, making it very durable and robust even with frequent use in extreme situations. The PSS 5000 can be quickly disassembled and serviced, which reduces the time required to maintain the equipment. The pressure regulators feature a simple click system used to snap them into the carrying plate and are very easy to assemble and disassemble. All of these features are designed with both the user and service technician in mind.
The PSS 5000 can be used with different components from the Dräger portfolio for firefighters, such as the full FPS 7000 facemask in three standard sizes, and the optional low and high pressure cylinders in 30, 45, and 60 minute durations. Dräger offers a full complement of communications gear with the FPS 7000 facemask, and also provides both hard and soft storage case options to help maintain the life of the breathing apparatus.
The Dräger PSS 5000, the Dräger PSS 7000, and the Dräger FPS 7000 series are manufactured by Dräger Safety AG & Co. KGaA.
Dräger is a leading international company in the fields of medical and safety technology. Dräger products protect, support and save lives. Founded in 1889, in 2010 Dräger generated revenues of around EUR 2.18 billion. The Dräger Group is currently present in more than 190 countries and has about 11,000 employees worldwide. Please visit www.draeger.com for more information.