Control Module

Cutting Edge Technology

The MSA G1 SCBA has been designed to meet and exceed your demands, providing more functionality than ever before.

The G1 Control Module has both analog and color digital LCD displays, making certain that your status is available at all times.

Auto-start motion control mechanism built into the control module intuitively provides the information you need when you need it. Adding yet another layer to ease-of-use: no matter which button is pressed, your information displays.

Learn more abut digital displays.

Quick Fill System

The Quick-Fill System

The Quick-Fill System lets MSA air mask users refill and transfill air cylinders while SCBA is worn, without removing air cylinder —even in IDLH atmospheres.

With a quick connect design you can rapidly fill a bottle between 40 and 60 sec. Doffing of the air mask is not required.

Use this MSA option to:
•    Fill SCBA cylinder from mobile compressor or cascade system in less than a minute.
•    Transfill between two cylinders, providing emergency breathing system.
•    Extend air supply over longer durations, using remote compressed-air source.

Air masks compliant to recent NFPA standards have Quick-Fill URC fitting located at the Audi-Larm™ Audible Alarm warning device.

Quick-Fill System hose with quick-disconnect connects air source to adapter for air transfer.

Learn more about MSA SCBA G1.

MSA SCBA fit

One Size Fit All

MSA SCBA where one size really can fit all

The MSA G1 SCBA is the only SCBA on the market that offers harness customization to ensure improved comfort, balance and fit. By providing an adjustable lumbar pad, you can have a tailored unit with up/down and pivot capabilities that can actually move with you.

Widened, adjustable shoulder straps enhance weight distribution and comfort. Through use of interlocking shoulder straps and strategically placed friction pads, the MSA G1 SCBA provides increased fit and stability while allowing for easy donning and doffing.

The G1 Control Module, G1 Regulator and G1 Speaker Module can be configured on either shoulder, easily integrating into any standard operating procedure.

Learn more about the adjustable shoulder straps.

buddy lights

Buddy Lights and Reflective Material

Improved visibility through buddy lights and reflective material

MSA G1 SCBA has 4 buddy lights located on the backplate, 2 control modules and a regulator light to help firefighters be seen and providing 360 degree visibility.

Controls and functions are very intuitive. Gauges are redundant and user friendly, and the visibility is fantastic as the LCD screens are extremely bright and easily read.

Glow-in-the-dark markings and gauges compliment the pack’s LED lighting systems. Buddy lights and different status lights even allow for other members to quickly gauge your air supply simply based on the color of the LEDs displayed around your pack and mask.

Learn more about the Buddy Lights.

Some of MSA G1 SCBA Safety Features

Be Heard

Every MSA G1 SCBA is equipped with electronic voice amplification because high quality fireground communications shouldn’t be optional. With patent-pending design, dual microphones integrated into the regulator eliminate the Darth Vader-like inhalation sound. This unique feature automatically activates and shuts down with the unit.

Shoulder strap-mounted speaker module provides loud and clear communications from the regulator microphone while maintaining low profile to aid in reducing snag points. Every MSA G1 SCBA is equipped with this cutting edge technology.

When Air is Low, Seconds Matter

When air is low and you must access the Universal Air Connection (UAC) for emergency purposes, seconds matter. That’s why MSA invented the patent-pending RIT light to shine a bright white LED on the UAC connection, making it easier to find and connect to a rescue air source. The primary UAC illuminates when End of Service Time Indicator (EOSTI) reaches 35%.

Learn more about increased safety and situational awareness.

facepiece MSA

MSA G1 Facepiece

MSA G1 Facepiece is lightweight and compact: No electronics needed

The MSA G1 Facepiece was designed without electronic components, to minimize weight, reduce your stress and fatigue and improve your overall performance level. This design also means that there are no electronic components on the outside of the facepiece that may result in snag and entanglement hazards.

Also, by eliminating costly electronic components, the price is reduced substantially, allowing personal-issue facepieces to be a cost effective measure. As an added bonus, the facepiece is equipped with cross-contamination prevention to reduce the spread of illness when facepieces are shared.

But MSA didn’t stop there. The MSA G1 SCBA is also equipped with a speaking diaphragm to increase speech clarity while off air.

The new G1 Facepiece is not only lightweight and compact with overall low profile design, it’s comfortable and built to last.

Taking the preferred design features of the Ultra Elite Facepiece, including wide field of view and comfortable, robust seal geometry, we’ve taken the MSA G1 SCBA to the next level with an open port to provide low breathing resistance, both on and off air.

The G1 Facepiece can help you to conserve energy for when you need it most. Learn more about MSA G1.

NFPA updates

NFPA Updates

Update on NFPA Standards, 2018 edition

We are providing an overview and current snapshot of the topics that are being discussed for inclusion in the 2018 edition of the NFPA 1981 and NFPA 1982 standards.

Some of the topics that are being discussed:

NFPA 1981

Second Stage Regulator Retention & Removal

  • This topic was discussed for the 2013 edition standard, but was not included at that time. It is now being incorporated into the 2018 edition standard.
  • This would include a strength of interface test between the face-piece and second stage regulator to ensure that the second stage regulator will not pull out of the face-piece lens.
  • The test would pull the regulator by the low pressure hose in 5 different directions at a force of 56.2 lbs.
  • This would also include a requirement for two distinct actions when removing the regulator.
    Example: Pull latch and rotate regulator

Pneumatic Data Logging
Minimums:

  • Initial Air Activation (pressure, date and time stamp)
  • Data Logging @ 30 second intervals (pressure, date and time stamp)
  • Data Logging of Pressure Milestones – 75 %, 50%, and 33% (EOSTI)
  • Breathing Rate @ 30 second intervals (minimum 5 LPM resolution)
  • HUD Deactivation (pressure, date and time stamp)
  • Retain 36 hours of data
  • Output data to CSV file
  • No requirement for temperature data log

Universal EBSS Fitting
The Task Group is working to develop a standardized EBSS fitting that would be universal between SCBA manufactures.

Minimums:

  • The EBSS shall have an operating range of 80-150 psi
  • The EBSS shall have male and female fittings that allow bidirectional airflow, with a check valve to prevent contamination from entering air circuit
  • The EBSS shall have a minimum hose length of 20 inches
  • The EBSS will be accessible using only one hand and able to be deployed by pulling in a single direction
  • The EBSS location will be readily visible and the pouch will be identified as being an EBSS

Communications

  • The Task Group is working with the Technical Committee (TC) on Electronic Safety Equipment (ESE) to develop joint performance requirements for hard-wired and wireless radio interface systems.
  • The Task Group has chosen Bluetooth protocol as the profile for wireless radio interface systems.
    • Wireless communications would include the connection from an in-mask microphone, remote speaker microphone, or voice amp to a Land Mobile Radio (LMR ).

Thermal Performance

  • There are currently no changes being reviewed for the 2018 edition as it relates to thermal performance of the face-piece lens.
  • The University of Illinois Fire Service Institute has received Federal grant
    funding and continues to conduct research in this area.

CBRN Certification

  • NIOSH is developing criteria for labs to be eligible to perform CBRN testing.
  • The criteria will be applied to the U.S. Army’s Edgewood Arsenal facility to help ensure future reliability, but it can also be applied to any other labs who might be interested in performing CBRN testing.

NFPA 1982

Transmitting RF PASS
The standard would include (2) new RF PASS tests to improve reliability:

  • Multi-hop
    • Wireless networks use two or more wireless hops to convey information from a source to a destination.
  • Multipath
    • Propagation phenomenon that results in radio signals reaching the receiving antenna by two or more paths.

Universal PASS Tone
The Task Group is changing the PASS tone to account for field reports of the sound not carrying as far

  • From a customer perspective, this could be translated as the volume not being as loud as pre-2013 Edition SCBA and/or not being able to discern direction and track the location of the sound

For more information visit NFPA website.

Spray Painter

The Importance of Paint Booth Inspection

The Importance of Paint Booth Inspection

The most common problems that are most likely going to face a spray booth include overspray, dripping, spilling or causing the unwanted accumulation of paints. Luckily, these issues can be perfectly mitigated and prevented through efficient paint booth inspection. Since a booth is comprised of various different parts which function differently, it would be great if the inspection is individualized to care for every part of the booth so that no malfunctions occur.

Easy Removal of Paint Accumulation

When paint accumulates in the booth, it is very tedious and daunting to remove. To avoid this from happening, make sure that you apply a protective booth coating during your inspection. Inspections allows you to see the possibility of paint accumulation. You can use the baffle coatings peelable booth coatings and water wash compounds. They all have unique features to help the booth in having paint accumulation, but their common function is to ensure that removal of paint accumulation on the booth is done easily.

Exhaust Stacks

If Fremont 59L is used or applied on the stacks, then a hand scraper can be used to easily remove the Exhaust stack overspray of the paint. For easy sludge disposal, the Fremont 59L and Fremont 60 can be applied on the walls of the booth. These two compounds can also be applied on the baffle plates. Exhaust consumes a lot of time to inspect, but it is important to ensure that you check everything on them to avoid future drawbacks.

Smooth Production Line Operation

For perfect production line spray painting, the parts to be sprayed are normally taken off or suspended from the hooks. They are then transported through the spray booth in such a way that any overspray that will miss the parts will paint the hooks. It would be easy to produce line operation by eliminating the paint from the hooks. A paint stripper additive will always reduce the stripping time.

Continued Operation without Downtime

Through maintenance tasks like booth floor stripping, skimming and tank cleaning, the parts of the booth will be made efficient and functioning at a quick speed. Stripping of the booth floors needs to be done using an ideal stripper that would react with the overspray paint for its easy removal. The stripper should be able to retain its functionality so that it can be used in the next maintenance session or stripping session. The nozzles should remain unclogged. To check for any sludge accumulation, remove the cap on the main header, and you will see everything. The solution that is contained in the reservoir tank should be of right chemical composition to avoid sludge from circulating in the whole system.

Request a monthly inspection and an annual test of all paint booth systems. Fire and Safety company is here to help.

respirator fitting

Respiratory Protection – The Role of Fit Testing

What a Fit Test Pass Truly Entails

Now, the truth is that fit testing, especially when it comes to tight-fitting respiratory face pieces is something which has been used for quite a while now. However, there are yet quite a lot of widespread misconceptions as well as misunderstanding regardless what a fit test pass truly entails. Different aspects would usually generate research papers, and there are a few different ones which are dedicated to this issue. In any case, the below will attempt to explain certain key considerations and to describe its relevance to the proper control of exposure throughout the usage of protective respiratory devices.

Why Fit Testing?

The purpose of this particular respirator fit testing is actually designated to verify that the actual selected make as well as model and also the size of the face piece accommodates the facial characteristics of the individual perfectly. That’s the main purpose, and that’s what needs to be taken into account.

Passing the fit test, however, doesn’t really guarantee that every time the person dons the face piece the adequate fit is going to get achieved. In fact, it identifies that this particular face piece has the actual potential to fit the facial characteristics, provided the wearer makes the necessary adjustments on his own.

Things to Consider

In the United States, the NIOSH is responsible for the testing and the certification of the Respiratory Protective Device (RPD). Total Inward Leakage measurement (TIL), on the other hand, hasn’t been a part of the certification process at all. The actual evaluation of fit has relied on testing which is individual as well as different mandated by the OSHA checking procedures. However, understanding the complications that this could deliver, the NIOSH are already implementing TIL testing as part of the certification process which is designated to evaluate the performance of RPD under lab conditions.

Safety importance

The Importance of Lockout Tag out Training

The unfortunate truth is that too many employees are injured or killed because they failed to understand whether a machine or the power to the machine was turned on or off. The best measure that you can possibly take in order to prevent this from happening is locking out / tag out training.  The estimations indicate that approximately about 120 lives per year are being saved and more than 50 injuries are being prevented. These are methods of protecting employees by making sure that all of the machines are turned off prior to operating on them or if they are to work around.

If you don’t have an employed lock out tag out program at your work site, then you run the risk of the machines starting back up unexpectedly and without warning. This is because they have this particular tendency because of the energy which was stored and it wasn’t correctly released afterwards. Or it could also happen when someone goes ahead to start the machine without first checking whether everything is safe enough to do so.

The Hazardous Energy Sources

Now, there are a few different types of energy sources which are considered hazardous. This is according to the standard of the lock out tag out program which requires that such sources are isolated and also rendered inoperative duly and appropriately. Some of these sources include:

  • Thermal
  • Hydraulic
  • Mechanical
  • Chemical
  • Gravitational
  • Pneumatic

These particular sources could be active currents, or they could be stored in a capacitor. What is more, a failure to properly recognize all of the energy sources which could impose dangers and hazards to the worker is particularly harmful. This is the main intention behind the lock out tag out training.

Basic Steps

There are a few steps that need to be taken into account when it comes to loc out tag out training, and they include planning, communication, and neutralization of the power right there at the source and locking out all of the power sources.

Only when all of the machines have been prepared, and the workers are deemed to be in a safe condition can the power be turned back on in order to commence the working process. This is something particularly important and, as you can see for yourself, it could also be life-saving. With this being said, following common and properly established practices is critical for the overall safety of your employees.