Key Changes to NFPA 1981/1982 SCBA Requirements
End-of-Service Time Indicator (EOSTI) has moved from 25% to 33% (with a tolerance of -0%, +5% or
33% – 38%) of the cylinder’s operating pressure.
The NFPA committee worked with NIOSH to
establish minimum performance and approval requirements for Emergency Breathing Support Systems (EBSS), or “Buddy Breathers”.
There is a universal PASS Alarm, so that all devices, regardless of the manufacturer, will have the same sound.
|Current Standard||New Standard|
|SCBA Cylinder Pressure||Alarm point at 25%||Alarm point at 33%|
What does this mean to you, as a fire department?
The EOSTI Increase from 25% to 33% was developed to increase the remaining air capacity once the low air alarm activates. However, this change will also reduce the total amount of working time available to the firefighter. Many departments, particularly those currently using 30-minute cylinders, may decide to increase the duration of their cylinders, to provide sufficient working time.
The use of Emergency Breathing Support Systems will be approved for use in an emergency situation. In the past, the units were approved to be on the SCBA but not approved for use. All PASS Devices will now sound the same and there will be more consistent alarms on the fire ground. It could reduce potential confusion in mutual aid situations. However, the new sound will be different from the current sound for any manufacturer.
Scott submitted and has received NFPA 2013 Edition approvals for 2 models of our Air-Pak SCBA. We are offering the fireground-proven Air-Pak 75 (AP75) SCBA, with modifications to the low air alarm set-points, electronics, and PASS sound to meet 2013 requirements. We have also introduced a new Air-Pak platform, the Air-Pak X3, which further raises the bar for SCBA performance.
|Introducing||the Scott Safety Air-Pak X3|
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