10/23/08 78 W, 1 I - + 11 - 16 New, Lighter SCBA


Firegeezer surfaces this new concept for self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA). Weighs only 8 pounds, has a profile less than 2 inches think, and is compatable with existing air supply hoses. How cool is that? Poses some interesting questions, as well. Subtract 20-some pounds from "standard gear" and what happens next? Do you re-add that weight with additional equipment? Do you recalibrate the strength requirements for prospective firefighters? Makes an interesting thought exercise...
  


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OK. They save 20 lbs. in weight. Water weighs 8.33 or so lbs. per gal. So each member can carry roughly 2 1/2 callons of water. So, with a crew of 3(4) that is 7 1/2(10) gallons of water.

Who needs big fire trucks. Buy a crew cab Smart Car.

Yeah, that’s the ticket.
DJ (Email) - 10/23/08 - 22:57

Absolutely amazing. Cant wait to see what the working model looks like. I wonder how long it’ll take for us to get our hands on them?
KnightsofMalta - 10/24/08 - 00:39

The article said it would be commercially available in about two years, so figure you can add about a year to that. If it is a viable concept, you will probably see them around in about 3 1/2 years or. Probably in a military model first.
DJ (Web Site) - 10/24/08 - 15:53

Mike, not sure if you have been on Firegeezer lately, but he re-posted about the new SCBA. He mentioned you in the article. Thought it was pretty cool. Your famousness, for lack of a better term, is growing! Haha.
DHFD - 10/26/08 - 14:32

All kidding aside, the pictures and video are impressive. From my point of view, it will be easier to carry an injured firefighter out of the hot zone and on a LBB. I can slo see the advantages to storage in cabs or compartments. This also may provide a viable means of ‘seat mounting’ in smaller vehicles, such as SUVs, mini pumpers, and ambulances.

Now if they would only work on making the LP12 lighter…
DJ (Email) - 10/26/08 - 15:37

UPDATED: http://firegeezer.com/2008/10/26/new-lig..
KnightsofMalta - 10/26/08 - 16:28



  
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