The Future of Firefighting is About to Change with LUNAR
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Designed for use as a stand-alone device, or as part of an MSA SCBA system, LUNAR's proprietary technology keeps firefighters connected in a broad range of ways, including:
- Person-to-person ranging, which enables firefighters to find each other using distance and direction data, even when one may be incapacitated;
- GPS location, which provides safety officers or incident commanders a birds-eye view of all LUNAR devices on scene;
- Personal thermal imaging, which is visible through an immersive 3.5" high-resolution display; and
- A motion-detected, man-down alarm, which provides an added value for those responding to fire calls where an SCBA is not deployed.
"Accounting for all firefighters on a fire ground has been a consistent need expressed by the fire service profession, but it's also been a challenge for many manufacturers to solve," said
Other products comprising the Connected Firefighter platform include:
- The company's industry-leading G1 SCBA;
- The MSA Hub, a small, modular device that enables on scene data and asset management; and
- The MSA Cloud Platform, which gives incident commanders the ability to evaluate and manage multiple situations at one time from any location.
"When we introduced the G1 SCBA in 2014, we did so with the goal of making it adaptable to new technology as soon as it becomes available which, in turn, raises the level of firefighter safety on a continuous and rolling basis," commented Mr. Vartanian. "LUNAR and our Connected Firefighter platform are great examples of how we've continued to invest in R&D and technology to make this vision a reality."
In addition to LUNAR, MSA introduced two other new products that also represent a step forward in the evolution of firefighter safety equipment technology. These are:
- MSA's Globe Pant System, which offers four new "fits" of turnout pants – Slim, Regular, Relaxed, and Women's – that enhance firefighters' performance and comfort while ensuring their protection and safety; and
- MSA's Globe Guard™ System, which are optional components for turnout coats and pants that are designed to help reduce exposure to toxic substances on the job while still providing high breathability, moisture management, and flame resistance.
Also on display will be the company's game-changing G1 SCBA, breakthrough integrated Thermal Imaging Camera (iTIC), ATHLETIX™ turnout gear that deploys new material technology with unique stretch fabrics to provide a body-contoured fit that is lighter weight with less bulk and more flexibility, and SUPRAFLEX™ boots, a lighter weight firefighter boot that provides comfort and unprecedented flexibility by incorporating continuous segmented flex panels.
"As a leading manufacturer providing firefighters with head-to-toe protection, our focus on connectivity is a great example of how technology can enable the integration of other MSA products into this Connected Firefighter platform," continued Mr. Vartanian. "As we continue to deliver on our mission of protecting people at work, I feel we are uniquely positioned to exceed the expectations of those who put their trust in the MSA brand and do so in a way they've come to expect from MSA – with speed, agility and customer-driven innovation."
The company expects to begin production of LUNAR in Summer 2020. Interested parties not in attendance at
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