“It makes no sense to have highly trained firefighters lugging (air bottles) up and down the stairs instead of fighting the fire. The RescueAir system allows the assignment of more firefighters to rescue and fire suppression.
“I am convinced this system will help incident commanders make better use of their personnel at the scene of a fire, which means greater safety for occupants and firefighters.”
FARS in Mid- and High-Rise Buildings
FARS are applicable in mid- and high-rise buildings of five floors or more where the delivery of air to firefighters presents significant logistical challenges. The system makes ground air management achievable in these types of structures, eliminating the need for highly trained firefighters to provide air replenishment by manually transporting air bottles to fire crews.
Large horizontal structures, such as big box retail stores, warehouses, and manufacturing plants, present unique logistical and safety challenges when it comes to providing air replenishment to firefighters. Typically, these structures have few interior walls and doors. In non-compartmentalized structures, smoke spreads very quickly. And these buildings often have a minimum of entry/exit points, making it difficult for emergency crews to find their way to safety when they are low on air.
Tunnel systems are enclosed areas that become packed with people at predictable times during the day, like during rush hour. Air currents above ground, as well as those generated by the movement of cars or trains through the structure, accelerate the spread of smoke or gases through the tunnel and up to street level through the ventilation system, exposing many people to toxic fumes. This presents significant challenges in a fire emergency, but in any kind of incident in which air quality is compromised.
Large marine vessels, such as cruise ships, cargo ships, submarines, and large naval craft, are floating versions of mid-rise buildings and large horizontal structures. They present extreme logistical challenges for firefighting crews in need of air replenishment.