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APR on the Fire Ground fireman

Protection from Dangerous Particulates

The best and safest option for breathing protection is an SCBA. However, not all Fire Departments can afford SCBAs for all Firefighters. Further, during different stages of a fire, portions of the Fire Ground may be deemed breathable with the primary risk factor being particulates found in smoke and soot.

In these cases, some alternative forms of airway protection may be appropriate and cost effective. This is especially true during Overhaul and Investigations phases.

Any alternatives to an SCBA should always be paired with some form of gas detection to assure that no toxic gases that could affect firefighters at the scene.

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Air-Purifying Respirator PPE on the Fire Ground

The use of air-purifying respiration on the fire ground could be used in the warm and cold zones only. Every fire department operates differently and every fire is unique. Since smoke knows no boundaries, the cancer-causing particulates that lurk in the air should be filtered out.

Whether in the warm or cold zone, command should monitor the air with a multi-gas detector. Alarm on a detector would alert that invisible, toxic gases have expanded beyond the IDLH.

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X-plore 8500 warm zone orange

PAPR perfect for fire investigations

Fire Marshals or Investigators during sifting through soot, ashes, etc., reintroduce cancer-causing particulates into the air. The Dräger X-plore 8500 provide good protection and allow for the extended period of time required to research a fire. 

The Dräger X-plore 8500 is a powered air-purifying respirator (PAPR) that provides 99.97% purified air from a safe environment.

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X-plore 5500 warm zone orange

Full-face protection from particulates

Dräger offers firefighters mask/filter combinations to reduce particulate dangers, like the full-face X-plore 5500 to protect both the airway and the eyes on the fire ground.

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X-plore 3500 illustration orange

Half-face mask with filters protects airways

The Dräger X-plore 3500 half-face mask with a P100 filter protects the airway of a firefighter, paramedic, or other first responder from 99.97% of fire ground particulates.

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X-plore 1700 cold zone blue

Protect firefighters and EMS from particulates

Even at a distance away from the IDLH and Warm Zone, smoke knows no boundary. Smoke is laden with the cancer-causing particulates that First Responders need to avoid. Consider the Dräger X-plore 1700 as standard protection. 

The Dräger X-plore 1700 N95 disposable mask comes individually wrapped and folded flat. When worn properly, these masks filter 95% of particulates in the air.

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X-plore 1300 cold zone blue

N95 mask filters out 95% of particulates

The Dräger X-plore 1300 is a molded cup version of the N95 disposable mask. The X-plore 1300 filters 95% of particulates in the air when worn correctly.

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Free Run with Dräger X-plore 8000

Free Run with Dräger X-plore 8000 (PAPR)

Want rugged and reliable performance in an PAPR. Check out the Dräger X-plore 8000 series, a Powered Air-Purifying Respirator.

Dräger X-plore 8000 in a Car Wash

Dräger X-plore® 8000 (PAPR) in a Car Wash

The fire ground can be wet and can be tough on equipment. Check out Dräger's PAPR stands up to an extreme environment.

Handle and Use of the Powered Air-Purifying Respirator

Handle and Use of the Powered Air-Purifying Respirator

This video shows you how to handle the Dräger X-plore 8000 series Powered Air-Purifying Respirator correctly. You will learn how to prepare the Dräger X-plore 8000 unit for use and how to replace a filter, attach the various face pieces and what you need to consider after use.

Half-face mask with filters protects airways

Half-face mask with filters protects airways

The Dräger X-plore 3500 half-face mask with a P100 filter protects the airway of a firefighter, paramedic, or other first responder from 99.97% of fire ground particulates.

Dräger X-plore 1700

Protect firefighters and EMS from particulates

The Dräger X-plore 1700 N95 disposable mask comes individually wrapped and folded flat. When worn properly, these masks filter 95% of particulates in the air.

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X-plore 8000
X-plore 8000

Workplace environments that compromise the quality of air you breathe demand reliable solutions. The Dräger X-plore® 8000 powered air-purifying respirator (PAPR) offers a new level of intuitive handling combined with intelligent electronics.

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X-plore 5500
X-plore 5500

No matter what industry you work in, the Drager X-plore® 5500 full face mask is the right solution for environments where not only increased respiratory protection is required, but a clear vision is mandatory.

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X-plore 1700
X-plore 1700

Breathe cool, stay safe: Dräger X-plore® 1750 and 1760 is Dräger's new-generation particle filtering face piece respirators, coming with distinct improvements in comfort and protection.

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