Until recently, a one-size-fits-all approach for firefighter respiratory protection might have been considered the norm. However, no two fire stations are alike, and each has differing needs, preferences, and expectations of their protective equipment. This understanding served as the key driver behind the development of a new and innovative self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) platform – called the M1 SCBA – that was unveiled at the 125th French Firefighters Congress by MSA Safety Incorporated, a pioneer in firefighter safety. The M1 SCBA is fully customizable and can be configured to meet a broad range of firefighter needs and brigade budgets. Environmental protection standards It is the result of a three-year product development initiative and countless hours of voice-of-customer research. Overall, the M1 SCBA represents the most advanced, ergonomic, and modular SCBA that MSA has ever introduced to the European and International markets. Designed to meet the European Norm 137 (EN137) safety, health, and environmental protection standards, as well ATEX intrinsic safety standards for usage in hazardous or explosive atmospheres, this all-new SCBA platform includes several innovative and customizable features that help to enhance hygiene and improve ergonomics and comfort. These include a padded harness that is fully water-repellent, making the entire SCBA system machine washable without disassembly; the industry’s lightest-weight backplate, with a unique one-handed height adjustment; and an advanced hip belt that evenly distributes the weight of the SCBA. Enhanced voice transmission With a 10 year warranty, all components of the M1 SCBA are designed for longer-life Additional features that help to reduce the overall cost-of-ownership include a high-pressure cylinder connection for fast cylinder exchanges; configurations with and without integrated electronics and telemetry; and compatibility with MSA’s G1 facepiece. For those who desire enhanced voice transmission, a new state-of-the-art communications system, called the C1 headset, is also available and easily attaches to the outside of the facepiece. With a 10 year warranty, all components of the M1 SCBA are designed for longer life and are field replaceable without requiring the use of tools. “Fighting fires is extremely demanding, and requires equipment built to survive extreme conditions,” said Jason Traynor, MSA’s General Manager for Global Respiratory Protection and Fire Helmets. Breathing apparatus technology “But what’s right for one fire brigade, might not be right for another. And that really was the premise behind the development of the M1 SCBA. We wanted to give fire servicemen and women an entirely new range of options in breathing apparatus technology at a cost and configuration that’s right for them.” “Our commitment to the fire service is long-standing,” added Bob Leenen, President of MSA International. “We’re proud that we’ve been protecting fire brigades all around the world for so many years, and are thankful for their continued trust in the MSA brand. The M1 SCBA is very much a game-changer when it comes to both respiratory protection performance and customization,” he said. Mr. Leenen noted the company expects to begin production of the M1 SCBA by the end of 2018.
Global safety equipment manufacturer, MSA Safety Incorporated has announced that it has executed a US$ 10 million contract to provide G1 self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) and accessories to the Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) and Country Fire Authority (CFA) of Victoria, Australia, two of the country’s largest and most well-respected fire departments. For MSA Safety Incorporated, the contract represents the largest G1 SCBA order placed till date. The majority of the order is expected to ship in the second half of 2018, with the balance shipping in 2019. G1 self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) Our G1 SCBA is widely recognized in the global fire service market as a technology game-changer" “Our G1 SCBA is widely recognized in the global fire service market as a technology game-changer, in that it provides the most advanced, balanced, and customizable breathing apparatus available today,” said Bob Leenen, President of MSA International. Bob adds, “The G1 SCBA represents a five-year research and development effort that incorporated feedback from thousands of firefighters across the world.” Featuring darkness- and smoke-piercing ‘buddy lights’ The G1 SCBA platform, which was introduced in 2014, incorporates a number of innovative features, including darkness- and smoke-piercing ‘buddy lights’, improved voice amplification communications, and an ergonomic design with an adjustable waist belt and wide-shoulder straps, allowing the weight of the SCBA to be ergonomically dispersed. “As a company whose primary mission is safety, we are incredibly honored that the Metropolitan Fire Brigade and Country Fire Authority have entrusted MSA to help protect their men and women in uniform,” said Sankalp Navjivan, Vice President and General Manager of MSA’s Pacific Asia Region, which includes Australia. Advanced protective equipment Mr. Navjivan commented that the trust placed in MSA Safety Incorporated is never taken for granted. He adds, “It is what fuels our mission and our passion to continually raise the bar to best protect firefighters with the most advanced protective equipment available on the market today.”