…..through the NFPA 1981/1982 2013 standard change in the Low Air Alarm End of Service Time Indicator (EOSTI)!
The NFPA 1981 2007 standard required the alarm to sound when 25% of the cylinder’s air was available. The NFPA 1981 2013 edition will increase that requirement to 33% of the cylinder’s available air.
The NFPA 1981 2013 edition is the first time the EOSTI level has actually been set for the fire service. The 25% number accepted for years came from a NIOSH standard that actually had a tolerance of 20% to 25%.
With the addition of the 33% threshold for reserve air, the fire service can now more closely follow the NFPA 1404 standard on Fire Service Respiratory Protection and Training which calls for:
- The individual shall exit from an IDLH atmosphere “before” consumption of reserve air supply begins.
- The individual shall recognize that the low air alarm notification indicates that the member is consuming the reserve air supply.
In the world of air management and firefighter safety, increasing the safety margin through additional reserve air and clear indicators of the use of reserve air is definitely a positive move!
CNIC Navy Modular training units will soon be delivered to California, New Hampshire, Washington and Virginia Navy Bases for realistic fire fighting and rescue operations for structural and maritime training.
The units include two propane fueled fireplaces simulating an electrical fire on the second floor and a ground floor multi-prop fireplace with flare-up fire. Challenging entry/exit simulations are created with numerous moveable maze panels along with vertical challenges through access ports on the top module and a 30” vertical ladder. The unit includes a command center with PC for maintaining training logs along with temperature readings and specific personnel training evolutions.
Multiple safety features are provided including automatic extraction fan engagement and excessive temps monitors and automatic shut down if needed.
The units comply with NFPA requirements and include four (4) days of on-site training at time of delivery.
Draeger’s X-am 5000 provides the Fire Service the smallest ergonomic designed five (5) gas detector available.
Reliable and simple two-button operation coupled with a rugged integrated rubber protective boot, this detector provides shock proof sensors and remains functional even after falling into water. The X-am 5000 is the perfect personal detector for the fire service.
Calibration is made simple by using either the bump/calibration test station or the new X-Dock automatic calibration station.
Draeger produces their own high performance sensors, which provide accuracy and consistency with the greatest sensor longevity on the market. The oxygen sensor has an expected lifetime of five years.
Your Safety Is The Measure of all Things!