PITTSBURGH, July 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Draeger Safety, Inc., a leading provider of safety and protective equipment used by firefighters and other first responders, said today that it welcomes the publication of findings from an investigation conducted by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) into allegations that Draeger's Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) was prone to malfunction.
NIOSH inspected Draeger SCBA units provided by the DeKalb County Fire Rescue Department. The NIOSH inspection report includes details showing that all units "as received" were in some way in need of service. As a result, none of the units passed the Draeger standard for pressure testing in the condition they were received. However, the Draeger test results still allowed for all the necessary NIOSH tests to be performed according to specifications. (See page three of the investigation report.)
In NIOSH tests, of the "as received" equipment, all units tested successfully in all test categories.
The NIOSH report also states the equipment supplied by the DeKalb County Fire Rescue Department failed National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) test requirements in the "as received" condition due to significant dirt on the exhalation valves. After cleaning, the equipment passed this test. (See Test Notes, Page 5, Appendix II of the investigation report.)
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"We are pleased but not surprised by the results of the NIOSH investigation," said Tim Martin, Vice President Sales and Service, Draeger Safety, Inc. "We take our responsibilities to the firefighters we protect with the utmost seriousness. We would never do anything to put firefighters and other first responders in harm's way. As