Every firefighter bears the weight of a breathing apparatus, knowing the SCBA is critical to keeping them safe. Unfortunately, there are some challenges that can take that gear from a protective device to a harmful one.
First, firefighter staff levels are dropping. Second, synthetic building materials cause fires to burn hotter, faster, and far more toxic. Third, firefighter cancer rates are up, pushing firefighters to wear SCBA through overhaul to reduce toxic fume inhalation.
The result is fewer people on a site, working longer and harder, wearing heavier cylinders, and carrying packs for extended periods of time.
NFPA regulations now require additional safety equipment, including voice amplification and heads up displays. The only way to add these has been to bolt them onto the facepiece, raising not only the cost of each facepiece, but also increasing head and neck strain and boosting the risk of snags.
When stress and physical strain are the number one cause of injury (both during the firefight and after), it's important to limit the pressure in order to keep teams safe - or else risk losing team members to injury or downtime.
What if there was a SCBA that could be customized to better protect against the physical stressors?
Now there is:the MSA G1 SCBA
Reduce physical stressors
The MSA G1 SCBA Breathing Apparatus is the only SCBA created with intelligent ergonomics. It not only makes firefighters more effective, it also makes them more comfortable while protecting them from physical wear and tear.
With the MSA G1 SCBA, firefighters can wear the pack longer with less physical strain, staying safe and protected from physical harm and toxic fumes.
- Reduce pressure on the head and neck: With no electronic parts on the facepiece, the MSA G1 SCBA is lightweight and compact.
- Experience more balance and agility: Thanks to adjustable sizing and lumbar support, the MSA G1 SCBA ensures improved comfort and fit regardless of size or stature.