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

proved PASS performance and the resulting higher level of firefighter protection was the driving force behind the new NFPA standards, we are especially proud to be the first SCBA manufacturer to achieve this level of certification."

In addition to more stringent performance requirements for PASS devices, the new NFPA standards establish higher benchmarks for electronics durability, which is more important than ever given the level of advanced technology found in today's units.

Mr. Herring noted that the FireHawk M7 Air Mask was designed based on substantial customer feedback and field focus group studies. Overall, MSA gathered input and conducted interviews from hundreds of active firefighters, representing a strong "voice of the customer" influence into the MSA design. "Firefighters have been waiting for this day for some time," Mr. Herring said. "They have, in a manner of speaking, voiced their own approval of our new Air Mask design. Firefighters are excited about the new safety features available in the FireHawk M7 model, and we're certainly excited to be able to provide them."

With a finalized design that fully meets the NFPA standards, and with the NFPA certification process now complete, Mr. Herring said the company now has the green light to ramp-up related manufacturing processes and supply-chain logistics. He added the company will also begin assisting fire departments with field evaluations of the new apparatus. "Now that the designs and materials are locked-in, we can focus our operations team on achieving a smooth and rapid transition from testing and certification to serial production, while our sales team can concentrate on what they do best - demonstrating the remarkable advancements of this great new SCBA system," Mr. Herring said.

Established in 1914, MSA is a global leader in the development, manufacture and supply of sophisticated safety products that protect people's health and safety. Sophisticated safety products typica
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