Firefighters benefit from new breathing apparatus technology


Fire engines across Nottinghamshire are now kitted out with new state-of-the-art breathing apparatus sets.

The new Drager sets have replaced the old sets which had come to the end of their working life, after more than 10 years of service to NFRS.

Firefighters and Officers across the Service have received training on the use of the new sets, a process which began in January this year, with the sets going live at the end of July.  

The sets feature telemetry technology, a system which sends live data from the sets back to the entry control board, including breathing rates and cylinder pressures, which then calculates how long the wearer has left before their cylinder runs out, enhancing performance at incidents.

Kev Shuttlewood, Head of Engineering at NFRS, said: "Although telemetry is not a new technology in itself, we have not worked with this in Nottinghamshire before, so everyone from firefighters to Officers and our BA trainers have gone through a comprehensive training programme on all elements of design, use and maintenance of the equipment.

"We are really pleased to be working with Drager, and throughout the tendering, evaluation and training process, they have been very supportive and professional."

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