Sperian Fire Awarded Major SCBA Contract in Palm Beach County, Florida

Palm Beach, FL - Palm Beach County Fire Rescue has awarded a major contract for nearly 600 self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBAs) and related equipment to Sperian Fire and its exclusive South Florida distributor, Safety Solutions International. The award is believed to be the largest of its kind in Florida in 2009.

The award, based on an evaluation of SCBAs from all leading manufacturers, falls close on the heels of another major contract award. The County of Los Angeles Fire Department, the third largest fire department in the United States, recently approved the purchase of more than 4000 Warrior SCBAs.

Sperian will provide Palm Beach County with 585 Warrior™ SCBAs, 1750 cylinders and 1400 facepieces, as well as RIT Kits, WMD adaptors and related equipment. The Palm Beach County units will also come equipped with the new Sperian Digital Dashboard™ heads-up display (HUD).

The Digital Dashboard™ is a simple, reliable and easy-to-read, hard-wired Heads-Up Display (HUD) that provides firefighters with continuous LCD illustration of critical air management information such as cylinder air volume and air time remaining displayed in minutes and percentage of air remaining in the cylinder. “What is so great about the Digital Dashboard is the fact that it tucks nicely in the facepiece, does not obstruct the view of the user and provides reliable, real-time SCBA information,” said Jeff Shipley, Product Manager.

“The Palm Beach County evaluation process was tough,” said Troy Cool, both a firefighter and a vice president at Safety Solutions, “but the Warrior did great.”

“The evaluation team was really impressed with the ergonomic design,” he said. “It’s comfortable, adds maneuverability and really reduces back stress.”

“Both Palm Beach and Los Angeles are progressive, top-notch fire departments that demand progressive, top-notch equipment,” said Sperian vice president Bill Sokol. “The Warrior represents a new generation of SCBA, and these independent evaluations and awards, made on both coasts, validate Sperian’s incorporation of firefighter input into innovative design.”

For more information, check www.sperianfire.com or contact Jeff Shipley, Warrior Product Manager, at Sperian Respiratory Protection USA, LLC, 3001 South Susan Street, Santa Ana, CA 92704. He can be phoned at 714 427 5320 or emailed at jshipley@sperianprotection.com jshipley@sperianprotection.com

About Sperian Fire
Sperian Fire offers high performance respiratory gear, action ready protective apparel, and instrumentation for firefighting and emergency services. Well-known products include the Warrior™ SCBA, Sperian UltraMotion™ and Vectra SL™ turnout gear, the Sperian Pathfinder™ firefighter locating system, and the Biosystems PosiChek3® SCBA Test Bench.

About Sperian Protection
Sperian Fire is a division of Sperian Protection. With nearly 6,000 employees worldwide, Sperian Protection (formerly Bacou-Dalloz) is the world’s leading manufacturer of personal protective equipment. Sperian's expertise focuses on head, body and fall protection products including; hearing, eye and respiratory protection, protective apparel, safety harnesses, belts, anchors and fall prevention systems.

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