Dräger SCBA Earns NFPA Certification

Oct. 1, 2019
New Dräger SCBAs are available for purchase and delivery in October after successfully passing the 2018 edition of NFPA 1981/1982.

HOUSTON - Dräger earned certification for its latest Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) based on the 2018 Edition of National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) standards, as announced today in the common notification from the certification organization.

“Dräger is proud of our legacy of saving American lives for more than 100 years, and our newest SCBA will continue that tradition for American and Canadian firefighters,” said John Wilson, senior vice president for Dräger U.S. “The worldwide team at Dräger worked to ensure the 2018 Edition of our SCBA would be a fitting successor to the 2013 version.”

Dräger-authorized sales partners throughout the United States and Canada will be able to order the newest SCBA configurations today. SCBAs are in stock and ready to ship in October.

Updates to Dräger SCBAs

Although similar to the 2013 Edition and bearing the same name, some significant changes are included in the 2018 Edition of Dräger SCBAs:

  • The connection of the lung-demand valve (LDV) to the full-face mask includes two independent release buttons. Pressing either button will not disengage the LDV; both buttons must be pressed simultaneously. The previous version had a single release button on the mask.
  • Pneumatics perform at a greater range of environmental temperatures.
  • Dräger previously offered the Buddy Breather with universal male and female connectors in the 2013 Edition. Now, the Universal Emergency Breathing Supply System (UEBSS) is an option with a 40-inch connection hose to assure mutual aid, no matter the 2018 Edition SCBA manufacturer.

Firefighters invited to try new SCBAs at Firehouse Expo

Dräger will show the newly certified SCBA to firefighters attending Firehouse Expo in Nashville on October 10, 11 and 12. Visitors should stop by booth 317 to try on the most comfortable SCBA ever.

“We look forward to giving firefighters the opportunity to experience our newest SCBA for themselves,” said Paul Tarter, product manager for Dräger SCBAs and an active-duty firefighter himself. “We’re confident firefighters will consider this the most ergonomic unit available today – able to fit almost anyone, no matter his or her height or build.”

Several components come together to form an SCBA ensemble, including some of the following: Carrying systems (PSS® 7000 or PSS® 5000), a fullface mask (FPS® 7000), monitoring unit (Sentinel® 7000), and communications (FPS® -COM 5000 or FPS® -COM 7000). As a part of the certification process, each part is tested to assure the whole performs per the NFPA standards. For more information, click here.

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