Making Cost Effective Decisions with SCBAs
With an increasing focus on cost-effective department spending, fire departments have been evaluating cost and product lifetime to select the most fiscally-responsible equipment for their departments.
St. Lucie County Selects Cost-Effective SCBA
Long-Term Cost Mitigation
MSA’s G1 SCBA and its accessories come with an unparalleled 15-year warranty
The voice amplification device on the G1 SCBA dramatically increases the clarity and volume of communications between fire personnel on fire grounds, reducing the risk of incidents.
The G1 SCBA employs a single source of power for the entire SCBA. This means that instead of changing out multiple batteries, which racks up the expenses, the SCBA uses a rechargable lithium-ion battery pack. The rechargeable pack not only means it can be reused (also reducing costs), but it also eliminates the risk of batteries corroding and damaging the SCBA.
Potential for Injury Reduction
The department elected to invest in the G1’s adjustable and swiveling lumbar back option to help improve the ergonomics of its firefighters with the long-term goal of reducing firefighter fatigue and injuries.
The G1 facepiece is unique because it does not contain any electronics, allowing for replacement at a lower cost. Equally as important, the facepiece can be fully submersed in water for decontamination, reducing firefighters’ risk of being exposed to harmful carcinogens while keeping the mask clean so it lasts.
MSA’s G1 SCBA comes with the option of an integrated thermal imaging camera (ITIC). If a deparment does not have the funds to invest in a TIC up front, the SCBA at least provides them with the option of equipping the SCBA with an ITIC later.
The G1 facepiece is extremely comfortable with its fit and reduced weight from not having electronics on it.