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MSA's Next-Generation Breathing Apparatus for Firefighters First to Receive Full NFPA Approval
Date:9/11/2007

Air Mask and Integrated PASS Device Provide New Levels of Protection

PITTSBURGH, Sept. 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- MSA (NYSE: MSA), the world's leading developer of sophisticated safety equipment, today announced that its FireHawk M7 self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) has been certified as meeting new rigorous performance requirements adopted by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). The FireHawk M7 Air Mask is the first device of its kind to receive NFPA approval on both its breathing apparatus and Personal Alert Safety System (PASS), which is an SCBA component that sounds a loud, piercing alarm whenever a firefighter becomes disabled or lies motionless for 30 seconds.

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To receive certification for NFPA 1981: 2007 edition, which applies to the breathing apparatus, and NFPA 1982: 2007 edition, which applies to PASS devices, units must undergo a battery of tests widely considered to be the most demanding in NFPA history. Most notable among these tests is a high- temperature functionality test, which requires PASS devices to emit a 95- decibel alarm at temperatures up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit.

The PASS Alarm on the FireHawk M7 Air Mask, which is the only PASS Alarm currently approved by the NFPA, was developed by MSA with input from third- party acoustic experts and utilizes patent-pending technology to meet NFPA requirements.

"We estimate that 95 percent of all Air Masks sold in the United States are equipped with an integrated PASS device," said Ron Herring, MSA Vice President of Global Product Leadership. "Given the fact that im
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