Breathing Apparatus

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Breathing Apparatus Equipment used when entering properties that are smoke filled and on fire

Breathing Apparatus (BA) allows firefighters to enter atmospheres where the air is unsafe to breathe. For example smoke or fumes.

   Firefighters carry out an after-use test on breathing apparatus following an incident

Firefighters carry out an after-use test on breathing apparatus following an incident


The type of breathing apparatus used is the Interspiro Spirotroniq Compressed Air Breathing Apparatus which features an on-board computerised monitoring system to allow the firefighter to constantly monitor their air flow and duration.

The fire appliance has 4 or 6 BA sets depending on the type of appliance.

BA set comprises of:

  • Backplate
  • Harness
  • Regulator
  • Breathing Valve
  • Face Mask
  • On-board Computer with Mask Mounted Display
  • Safety Line
  • Automatic Distress Signal Unit
  • 1 cylinder per set : 300 bar (4500 psi) Carbon Fibre Composite Twin Cylinder Packs with Protective Cover