FARS are applicable in mid- and high-rise buildings above five floors where the delivery of air to firefighters presents 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 full bottles to fire crews.
A continuous source of air is supplied to the FARS through secure, monitored air connection panels located on the exterior of the building. The fire department’s mobile air unit connects to the system via these panels and provides a constant supply of air.
An onsite air storage system provides first-in crews with immediate and sustained on-demand air refill capacity ranging from 50 SCBA to 250 SCBA refills prior to mobile air arrival. The built-in air monitoring system provides real time 24/7 monitoring of the systems air quality.
We offer two types of filling methods in accordance with Appendix L of the 2015 International Fire Code and the preference of the authority having jurisdiction, based on its operational need, policies and procedures.
The emergency fill method features an interior fill panel that uses the RIC UAC fitting and allows firefighters to refill their air cylinders under full respiration even if they are in an IDLH environment. Firefighters simply attach a quick fill connection from the air panel to their SCBA. These interior air fill panels allow for at least two cylinders to be filled simultaneously.
The rupture containment method features the interior fill station and incorporates a rupture-proof containment station and an air control panel in addition to the quick fill connection for instant access. These rupture containment air fill stations are placed in protected areas throughout the structure.
With either method, firefighters can refill their air bottles at stations located throughout a building. They are never more than 1-2 floors away from air.
For a case study on FARS in a high-rise, click here:
- High-Rise Fires: Challenges and Solutions by Anthony Avillo
- Examining the Feasibility of Firefighter Air Systems for High-Rise Building Fire Fighting by Joseph D. Rush, III Atlantic City Fire Department