Honeywell (NYSE: HON) today announced the Honeywell TITAN™, a new self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) that combines high-performance Honeywell materials, proprietary electronics, and unique ergonomic features to offer firefighters a greater degree of maneuverability, safety, and efficiency on the fireground. See a demo of TITAN at booth 911 at FDIC International 2016, April 18-23.
“TITAN offers firefighters a whole new experience with their SCBA because it operates like an extension of the firefighter—it’s well balanced on the body, makes communication easier and is intuitive to operate.” said Ken Schmidt, president for Honeywell First Responder. “Honeywell built smart technology into a simple SCBA that enables the firefighter to focus their energy on attacking the fire and not their SCBA.”
Developed by a global Honeywell First Responder R&D team in consultation and extensive testing with firefighters, the TITAN SCBA offers new technological and ergonomic advancements, including:
- Patented motion sensors on both sides of the unit (one in the front, Personal Alert Safety System (PASS), one in the back PASS) keep the TITAN in sensing mode, greatly reducing battery consumption and minimizing false pre-alarms.
- SCBA wellness-check sends diagnostic software alerts to the user through audible and visual alarms when there is a mechanical fault with an electrical component.
- ThermAlert heat alarm in the PASS gives the firefighter a visual and audible indicator when they begin to absorb too much heat.
- Optional voice amplification system (VAS) with push-to-talk or hands-free constant talk operation.
- Simple, convenient user training via a smartphone.
- Optional wireless radio communications provide long-distance communication that works with sophisticated repeater systems.
Honeywell designed TITAN for maximum comfort and utility. Unlike many SCBAs, the unit rests on the hips, not the shoulders, so the apparatus stays balanced at the body’s center of gravity. The unit also has a swivel-and-pivot mechanism that allows for unrestricted body movement and advanced materials on the shoulder straps keep shoulder straps from slipping off.
An aerospace-grade aluminum back frame and durable waist belt can withstand 1,000 pounds of pull force, and shoulder strap material that is impermeable to chemicals can withstand more than 700 pounds. TITAN is compatible with Honeywell’s Life Grip™, a multi-functional waist belt that can be used to integrate a rappelling system, ladder belt and can also be used as a drag strap.
“Thanks to special materials, TITAN is incredibly rugged,” said Schmidt. “We have received reports from firefighters that it reduces body fatigue, shoulder pain and other aches and pains from bulky SCBAs. This SCBA answers the industry’s need for a competitively priced SCBA that offers the best combination of comfort, safety, reliability and ease of use. And by developing an SCBA that exceeds NFPA-compliant standards, Honeywell is making a statement of its long-term commitment to the firefighting community.”
TITAN is compliant with the 2007 and 2013 editions of NFPA 1981 (the National Fire Protection Association), meets the requirements of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and is approved for use with chemical, biological, radioactive and nuclear (CBRN) materials.
For more information on Titan SCBA and other Honeywell First Responder products, visit www.honeywellsafety.com/TITANSCBA.