Firefighters need two things to effectively fight fire: water and air.  Complex structures like multi-story buildings, large big box-style structures, and tunnels create significant logistical challenges for the delivery of water and air.  Cities solved the problem of supplying water in these structures by requiring the installation of water standpipes. FARS, a standpipe for air, solves the problem of air supply.

How FARS work

A FARS is a standpipe for air permanently installed in a building.  It is the fastest, safest, most efficient way to deliver air replenishment to firefighters in complex structures.

FARS eliminates the need for an air bottle brigade, a group of firefighters assigned to manually transport air bottles up numerous flights of stairs or deep into structures and carry out empties for refilling. In the first stage of fire fighting, FARS supplies air provided from a cache of air bottles located in the building. When the fire department’s mobile air unit arrives, the air supply is provided through a secure exterior connection panel connected to the truck. Firefighters can refill their air bottles at fill stations located throughout the structure, and they can do it under full respiration in less than two minutes.  

FARS are the future of firefighter health and safety. 

19 states now have buildings equipped with FARS, and they are required in more than 100 jurisdictions across the country.  And every year, more cities add this requirement to their fire codes.

You can find codes covering FARS here: