Improving firefighter safety: a look at recent BA developments: extensive research has been carried out by breathing apparatus specialist Draeger, which has led to the company setting the technological standard for the future.(Advertising Feature)

BACK IN 1990, IN ANTICIPATION of the new PPE Directive, EN137, Draeger Safety seized the opportunity to develop a new type of compressed air breathing apparatus (CABA). With the standard as a guide, the company made the decision not to simply amend existing sets but, instead, undertook extensive research to find out exactly what its customers, the firefighters, needed. Today, the Draeger range not only meets the standard but goes beyond the basic requirements and leads the way, technologically, well into the future.

Design Developments

The results of the customer research were to bring about a revolution in terms of ergonomics which would not only affect BA design and performance but would lead to the introduction of lighter, stronger materials such as Kovar and Nomex. For Draeger, it also meant significant investment in new manufacturing methods and the installation of new machine tools at each of its manufacturing sites.

For instance, the burden of weight on the back is something that every firefighter has to contend with. …

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