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Sperian Obtains Two SCBA Escape System Certifications

Issue 9 and Volume 15.

Sperian's escape system is integrated with its Warrior SCBA.
Sperian’s escape system is integrated with its Warrior SCBA.

Sperian Respiratory Protection, working with Fire Innovations LLC, has obtained certifications from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) on an escape belt and rappelling system integrated onto the Warrior SCBA.

The integration of the escape belt and optional rappelling products with the Warrior SCBA allows fire departments to add a critical piece of rescue equipment while maintaining critical compliance with the NFPA 1981 SCBA standard and the NFPA 1983 life safety rope and equipment standard.

The Sperian belt features a patented quick-release jettison system that allows the Warrior SCBA to be disengaged from the belt with a tug of two quick-release pull straps. By pulling the straps, the firefighter jettisons the SCBA, allowing an escape from a confined space without the bulk of the SCBA. The straps, according to Sperian, also allow the firefighter to easily change the orientation of the SCBA while keeping the mask-mounted regulator secure on the facepiece.

“The configurations and uses of the belt are endless,” said Sperian Product Manager Jeff Shipley. “For example, the standard belt is NFPA 1983 certified as an escape belt, but with the addition of an optional multi-use strap, it can be converted into a NFPA-certified ladder belt.”

He said additional uses for the belt include firefighter drag, buddy rescue, Columbus prop and steep roof safety strap. The optional rappelling pouch is compact and holds up to 50 feet of NFPA-certified Sterling 7.5-mm rope. The Hook-N-Go pouch can be quickly fastened to the back of the escape belt, the company said.

The belt is constructed of a Kevlar and Nomex weave that is braided, minimizing the possibility of breakage. It is highly visible, with a silver stripe and offers 4,000 pounds of tensile strength.

“We believe this is the safest, most practical escape and rappelling belt ever made for firefighters,” Shipley said.

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