Draeger's latest Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus, which has earned certification under the 2018 edition of the NFPA 1981/1982 standards, will begin shipping in October.

The company updated its SCBAs with three new features:

  • The connection of the lung-demand valve (LDV) to the full-face mask includes two independent release buttons. Pressing either button will not disengage the LDV; both buttons must be pressed simultaneously. The previous version had a single release button on the mask.
  • Pneumatics perform at a greater range of environmental temperatures.
  • Dräger previously offered the Buddy Breather with universal male and female connectors in the 2013 Edition. Now, the Universal Emergency Breathing Supply System (UEBSS) is an option with a 40-inch connection hose to assure mutual aid, no matter the 2018 Edition SCBA manufacturer.

The company invited firefighters to test the newly certified SCBA at the Firehouse Expo in Nashville from Oct. 10-12.