Apparatus & Equipment, Firefighting, Tech Zone

IAFF to Demo New “Flat Pack” SCBA

The International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) and the Prince George’s County (MD) Fire/EMS Department will demonstrate a prototype of a new self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) on May 18, 2010, at the Prince George’s Fire/EMS Training Academy in Cheltenham, Maryland.

Reporters are invited to wear the new SCBA as the IAFF and Prince George’s County fire fighters begin a field test of a prototype of the new breathing apparatus.

The IAFF’s next-generation SCBA prototype – also called a “flat pack” – relies on pressure-vessel technology, which results in a breathing apparatus that is smaller, lighter and more efficient than SCBA currently in use. These important changes will improve the safety of firefighters.

This new SCBA technology will be available to fire departments once extensive testing