Confined Space Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus

Focus Area:



Develop a low profile tactical self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) to allow for working in confined spaces, tunnels, and similar access denied environments while providing high quality breathing air. Certify against National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1986, Technical Committee on Tactical and Technical Operations Respiratory Protection Equipment (FAE-TTO).

Project Cost: $2.382M

Project Duration: 35 months

Operational Impact:

Current SCBAs are too large and heavy for tactical operations. The form factor of currently used SCBAs, minimum of 8 inches profile extending off the back, does not permit operations in confined spaces, tunnels, and similar access denied environments. New capability will provide a major reduction in size, weight and integration for combination Air-Purifying Respirator (APR)/ Powered Air-Purifying Respirator (PAPR) use.


Three (3) Confined Space SCBA Systems


Avon Protection System, Inc.

End Users:

USSOCOM, USMC, FBI, DHS, First Responders


Will be commercially available from Avon Protection System, Inc.