February 25, 2004- – Pittsburgh, PA – – Draeger Safety, Inc. is pleased to announce the NIOSH CBRN approval of its NFPA 1981, 2002-Edition Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA). The NIOSH CBRN standard was instituted to protect our nations emergency responders from potential threats in chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear environments. The NIOSH CBRN standard is the worlds most stringent certification for SCBAs. Draeger submitted both high pressure SCBAs, the AirBoss PSS 100 and Evolution PLUS series, and these passed the stringent requirements.
In addition to providing the highest level of protection for non-CBRN applications, such as fire and hazmat response, Draegers enhanced second stage regulator or lung demand valve (LDV) is designed to protect the user from a variety of CBRN threats, including liquid chemical warfare agents, biological agents and alpha and beta particles.
The enhanced CBRN LDV was designed for the highest level of protection as well as simplicity of use. Because of its unique design, upgrading currently fielded SCBAs will be quick and easy to carry out. In seconds, the user will be able to upgrade an existing Draeger SCBA by simply replacing the LDV with the newly enhanced CBRN LDV. Draeger soon expects to have CBRN Upgrade Kits available for NFPA 1981, 1997-Edition SCBAs making it possible for thousands of emergency responders to economically upgrade their existing Draeger SCBAs to the highest level of protection.
Accessories approved with the Draeger SCBAs include 30, 45, and 60-minute cylinders. BAcomm voice amplifier and radio interface system, spectacle kit, airline system, Prism heads up display and the AirBoss Sentinel warning system.