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...


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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