Draeger Launches Firefighter Tracking Products

Draeger's ETR 1000 and FRT 1000.
Draeger’s ETR 1000 and FRT 1000.

Draeger Safety KG & Co. KGaA is introducing a new line of products for tracking downed firefighters.

The company entered into an exclusive manufacturing and supply agreement in December with Exit Technologies of Boulder, Colo., developer of the Tracker Firefighter Rescue Transceiver (FRT) and Egress Transmitter (ET). Through the agreement, Draeger launched two fireground tracking products under the names Draeger FRT 1000 and Draeger ETR 1000.

The Draeger FRT 1000 is a low-frequency 457-kHz radio transmitter and receiver both contained in the same handheld unit. It is worn on the SCBA belt during fireground operations in conjunction with an integrated or stand-alone PASS device. When the firefighter stops moving for 60 seconds, it sends an electromagnetic distress signal that can be tracked by others on the fireground who are also wearing a Draeger FRT 1000.

The signal transmission can also be activated manually by a distressed firefighter while issuing a Mayday. The low frequency distress signal transmits through walls and floors enabling firefighters inside and outside the structure to rapidly track and rescue a downed firefighter.

The Draeger ETR 1000 is a transmit-only unit that can be placed at exits and other points of safety by the fire attack team or incident commander. Draeger ETR 1000s can be used as “electronic breadcrumbs” by a distressed firefighter attempting reorientation or self-rescue. Each unit has one button for locating firefighters wearing Draeger FRT 1000s and one button for locating Draeger ETR 1000s.

Bright Distance Display

When switched from standby to search mode, a bright distance display and changing audible signal provide direction to the transmitting Draeger FRT 1000 or Draeger ETR 1000.

“Every year, an average of 100 U.S. firefighters die in the line of duty,” said Draeger Marketing Manager Rainer Westphal. “Many of these are caused from being lost, trapped, or disoriented. At Draeger, we are strongly committed to safety and believe that the Draeger FRT 1000 will complement our existing line of telemetry systems, thermal imaging cameras and SCBA in supporting firefighter safety.”

Exit Technologies President Bruce McGowan said, “We believe this technology can save as many – or more – lives in the fire service as it has saved in the mountains. We are extremely pleased to be working closely with the largest player in the international market. This important technology will be adopted even faster in the fire service under their strong industry leadership.”

Nearly 40 U.S. fire departments are already using the Colorado company’s technology, originally developed for locating avalanche victims buried in snow. Exit Technologies’ parent company, BCA, is the world’s largest manufacturer of avalanche rescue transceivers and has saved over 50 lives over the past eight years, according to company officials.

For information call 800-615-5503 or go to www.draeger.com.

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