Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA)

Agency: Columbus Regional Airport Authority
State: Ohio
Type of Government: State & Local
NAICS Category:
  • 339113 - Surgical Appliance and Supplies Manufacturing
Posted Date: Jan 9, 2020
Due Date: Jan 31, 2020
Solicitation No: PUB-2020-006
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Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA)


Due: 01-31-2020

Code: PUB-2020-006

Status: open


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The Columbus Regional Airport Authority, hereafter referred to as the “Authority” or “CRAA”, intends to
purchase sixteen self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA).
1.2 All submittals must be received by Thursday, January 31, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. local time.
Line # Qty
Sixteen (16) SCBA carriers and harnesses,
six (6) additional rechargeable batteries
and one (1) rechargeable battery charger.
Thirty-two 45-minute rated cylinders with
operating pressure of 5500 psig, twenty-
five face pieces. As described below in 2.0
Unit Price
Total Price
The John Glenn International Airport Fire Department is currently accepting bids for self-contained
breathing apparatus (SCBA). SCBA apparatus shall be approved by the National Institute for
Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), under 42 CFR, Part 84 for chemical, biological, radiological,
and nuclear protection (CBRN) with 45 minute-rated service life and be compliant with all the
requirements of the most current NFPA 1981 standard, the Standard on Open-Circuit Self Contained
Breathing Apparatus and the most current NFPA 1982 standard, Standard on Personal Alert Safety
Systems. Because the specification is listed below, the SCBA apparatus must also meet the minimum
requirements of FCC part 15 and part 90 on accountability systems.
Form Revised 1/19/2018
The bid should include twenty-five (25) facepieces. The facepiece shall have removable inhalation check
valve to prevent exhaled air from entering and contaminating regulator. The facepieces shall not contain
electronic components and shall have open port to provide miniscule breathing resistance when regulator
is not attached. The facepiece shall have a means to display to the user with visual indicators through a
heads-up display (HUD), the status of the apparatus air supply. The facepieces shall be made of Hycar
Rubber and come in small, medium, and large sizes with nose cones made of silicone rubber and also
come in small, medium, and large sizes. The successful bidder will properly size all members of the John
Glenn International Airport Fire Department prior to facepiece order. The masks shall have flame/heat
resistant Kevlar head harness with 4-point adjustments with flame/heat resistant neck strap. The
facepiece lens shall be non-shatter material hard-coated on outside and anti-fog on the inside. Facepiece
shall have removable speaking diaphragm with aluminum-coated membrane, suitably protected and
located centrally on facepiece for optimal voice projection. Facepiece shall be capable of water
submersion for cleaning and disinfection.
Heads-Up Display (HUD)
Heads-Up Display (UD) System shall be integrated within regulator, eliminating snag hazards and be
powered from central power system. HUD System shall be immune to radio frequency interference (RFI)
and must function properly near fire service hand-held radios. The HUD System shall separate pressure
indicators from status indicators. The status indicators on left shall display battery life warning, PASS
alarms, EVACUATE indicator, and secondary alarm indicator. The air pressure indicators on right shall
provide user with remaining cylinder air volume.
Mask-Mounted Regulator
Regulator shall house electronic module that functions as microphone and HUD system and be equipped
with variable flow bypass. Regulator shall have hard cover and shall not have exposed wiring to prevent
snags. Regulator shall have continuous hose from pressure reducer to regulator. Regulator must be
equipped with positive protection Tetraplex Shield membrane that covers diaphragm, preventing
permeation of CBRN agents.
Universal Air Connection (UAC)
System shall be capable of refill within IDLH atmospheres, transfilling between two SCBA wearers,
providing emergency breathing system (EBS) while maintaining NIOSH approvals, and quickly refilling
(approximately one-minute duration) SCBA cylinder from mobile compressor, cascade system or RIT
Pressure Reducer with Primary Low-Pressure Warning Device
Pressure reducer shall incorporate bell alarm mechanism. Bell alarm mechanism shall be an air-
actuated, continuously ringing audible warning alarm, automatically operating when supply cylinder air
pressure reaches approximately 35% of rated service life and shall cover multiple levels of frequencies
to cover all hearing levels. Pressure reducer shall be quick-connect. Quick-connect connection shall not
be removable from cylinder while under pressure. Pressure reducer shall be sealed system that does
not allow moisture to enter valve components.
Bid shall include thirty-two (32), 45-minute rated cylinders with operating pressure of 5500 psig.
Cylinders shall be constructed of deep-drawn, seamless aluminum liner that is fully wound over entire
surface (except for thick neck area) with high-strength carbon fiber filaments impregnated with epoxy
Cylinder shall contain cylinder valve that shall incorporate pressure gauge to indicate cylinder pressure
at all times. Threads shall be CGA with quick connect thread on adapter. Pressure gauge face shall be
luminescent. Hand wheel shall be placed at 90° angle from cylinder axis.
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Personal Alert Safety System
The PASS device shall be compliant to the NFPA 1982, 2018 Edition Standard on Personal Alert Safety
Systems. Operation of this distress alarm shall be initiated with the opening of the valve of an SCBA
charged cylinder. The system shall feature a “hands-free” re-set capability that may be activated by means
of a slight movement of the SCBA when the system is in a pre-alert mode. When the PASS device goes into
pre-alarm, the user shall be notified through a distinct light pattern in the HUD display.
The system shall be powered by one lithium-ion rechargeable battery. The battery life of the SCBA with
PASS only shall be no less than 200 hours. The system shall have a battery check function that provides an
LED indication of battery status while the SCBA is not pressurized. The PASS System shall be upgradeable
to include a 2.4 GHz integrated locator system. The PASS System shall be upgradeable to include a 2.4
GHz integrated SCBA air / PASS (telemetry) management system. The PASS device shall contain two
components: a Console and a Sensor Module.
The console shall be located on the user’s left shoulder strap. The console shall contain an integral edge lit
mechanical pressure gauge that is automatically energized by opening the cylinder valve. The console shall
display to the user the following: Pre-Alarm: alternating red flashing LED’s; Full Alarm: dual flashing red
LED’s and a flashing PASS icon; Low Battery: red flashing LED’s; Normal System Operation: flashing green
LED. The console shall contain a photo sensing diode to dim and brighten the HUD as the environment
changes. The console shall contain push buttons for user interface. The push buttons shall be designed to
minimize accidental activation. A yellow color-coded push button shall permit system reset. A red color-
coded push button shall permit manual activation of the full alarm mode.
Sensor Module
The system shall include a sensor module mounted to the SCBA backframe and located in an area between
the cylinder and backframe in a manner designed to protect the assembly from damage. The sensor
module shall contain a motion sensor that is sensitive to user hip movement to reduce false activations.
The sensor module shall contain redundant, dual sound emitters for the audible alarm and dual visual
“buddy” indicators. The sensor module sound emitters shall be oriented in multi-directions for optimal
sound projection. The visual indicators on the backframe mounted sensor module shall flash green during
normal operation. The visual indicators shall flash red 1) when the device is in pre-alert; 2) when the
device is in full-alert; and 3) when the SCBA has reached one-third bottle pressure.
The unit shall be covered by a warranty providing protection against defects in materials or workmanship.
This warranty shall be for a period of 15 years on the SCBA. Electronic components shall be warranted for
five years.
Carrier and Harness
Bid shall include sixteen (16) carriers and harnesses. Shoulder harness shall be standard design with
Kevlar webbing and retro-reflective markings for better visibility within low light conditions. Shoulder
harness shall have localized frictions pads on shoulders to prevent slippage. Carrier should also include
chest strap. Waist pad shall be adjustable swiveling which shall be one-handed operation and can be
performed while on the user’s back. Backplate shall have two side handles and one top handle that are
accessible with gloved hand. Backplate side handles shall be capable of 500 lbs. of force. Backplate top
handle shall be capable of 1000 lbs. of force. Backplate cylinder band shall be metal. Waist straps shall
be double-pull forward design. Harness design shall have regulator keeper for storage that can be
attached to waist strap or chest strap. Regulator keeper shall allow regulator to be connected at any
Power Source
All components of the SCBA must be powered from single rechargeable power source. Rechargeable
battery must recharge from full discharge in less than 7 hours. Each SCBA shall include one (1)
rechargeable battery. Rechargeable battery will have full charge capabilities for no less than 300 cycles.
Bid will include six (6) additional rechargeable batteries and one (1) rechargeable battery charger which
must be a smart charger which will rapid charge, analyze condition, and switch to trickle charge mode
Form Revised 1/19/2018
when charge is complete.
Emergency Breathing Support System “Buddy Breathing”
All SCBA’s shall include a Dual Emergency Breathing Support System (EBSS) and shall be approved to
NIOSH 42CFR, Part 84 and NFPA 1981, 2018 Edition. The Dual EBSS shall have one of each of the
following requirements; (1) a manifold with one of each of a female socket and male plug, both of which
have check valves, (2) 40” minimum low-pressure hose, (3) a pouch for storing the hose, and (4) a dust
cap for the female socket and male plug. The Dual EBSS system shall be on the wearer’s left side and shall
be capable of allowing for six feet of hose between like systems. The manifold shall be made of aluminum
and be anodized black. The female socket and male plug shall have spacing, no less than 15o off-center.
The female socket shall have a double action to disengage, noted as a “push-in/pull back”. The female
socket shall have an internal check valve. The male plug shall have an external check valve. The hose shall
be made of high temperature rubber capable of sustaining a maximum 250 psig of pressure. The
containment system shall include a pouch and shall be made of para-aramid materials and shall be capable
of storing 36” of hose. The pouch shall be capable of quickly detaching from the SCBA as a safety feature.
Electronic Voice Amplifier
The respirator shall have a voice amplification device to electronically project the user’s voice. The voice
amplification device shall be mounted to shoulder strap. The device shall enable the user to secure the
voice amplifier with a quarter-turn counter-clockwise when it shall lock into place. The device shall contain
a thumb latch to permit removal when it is pressed and the device is rotated a quarter-turn clockwise. The
thumb latch shall contain a captive screw that enables the user to prevent removal.
The device shall weigh no more than 7 ounces 225 (grams) and its size shall not exceed the following
dimensions: Length: 3.50 inches; (8.89 cm); width: 2.0 inches (5.08 cm); depth (extension from voice
emitter): 1.75 inches (4.44 cm). The device shall be able to be upgraded to a voice amplifier, radio
interface, and standalone radio communication system that all reside in a single housing with a single
power source.
The device shall contain a momentary on/off switch with a tactile indication and audible click when
depressed. The switch shall be covered with a sheath made of a silicone material. The device shall contain
an LED which illuminates green when the device is activated and flashes once per second when a low
battery condition (approximately 10% of battery life remaining) is present. The device shall provide audible
tones to indicate that the system has been energize, de-energized and to provide a low battery indication.
The device shall contain an automatic shutdown function that de-energizes the voice amplifier
approximately 20 minutes after the last time the user speaks. Designed to conserve battery life when a
user forgets to turn off the voice amplifier, the voice amplifier shall be reactivated after shut down by
pressing the on/off switch.
The microphone shall be located on the surface and voice projection shall be facilitated by means of a
circular gasket that seals the device to the communications mounting bracket. The amplifier shall contain a
custom speaker designed for pushing sound through background noises commonly found at emergency
events. The device shall not feedback for longer than 1 second when worn on a level A haz-mat suit.
The device shall be able to provide a minimum STI score of 0.65, even though NFPA minimum requirement
is 0.60. The voice amplifier, when attached to a facepiece, shall be able to withstand a 30-minute tumble
test. A single voice amplifier shall be able to withstand eight, 6-foot drops, once on each side and two
edges. The voice amplifier shall be able to withstand a 30-minute tumble test not attached to the
Training and Fit Testing
The successful bidder will submit a plan for training all department personnel how to use the SCBA. The
training program shall be in a Power Point or similar format.
The successful bidder shall provide initial fit testing for all members of the fire department. The fit testing
shall comply with quantitative fit testing protocol per OSHA 1910.134 Appendix A Part I.c.3 (CNC
Form Revised 1/19/2018
(PortaCount) protocol). Fit testing shall include proper fit for each user with all sizes of Facepiece and nose
cup being utilized to insure an adequate fit test is achieved. A computer-generated report shall be provided
to the department. The report shall include the information specified in OSHA 1910.134(m) records.
Thermal Imaging Camera (TIC)
Each SCBA unit shall be equipped with an integrated Thermal Imaging Camera (TIC). This TIC shall be
integrated directly into the control module of the SCBA. The TIC shall use the SCBAs integrated power
source. The imager shall be warranted by the manufacturer to be free of defects for a period of 15 years
from the date of deliver.
Form Revised 1/19/2018

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