2022-07-26 | NYSE: MSA | Press release

MSA’s M1 SCBA supports London’s focus on improving firefighter safety

PITTSBURGH, July 26, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — MSA Safety Incorporated (NYSE: MSA) today announced that it has received a $9 million contract of the London Firefighters will provide firefighters with MSA’s new M1 Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) and telemetry technology. The contract was officially awarded in early July and equipment deliveries are expected to begin in the fourth quarter of this year. Today’s announcement also represents the start of a multi-phase SCBA training and deployment process involving more than 4,500 Brigade firefighters.

The upgrade decision London SCBA technology was designed after a thorough and comprehensive evaluation process.

“The SCBA M1 represents the most advanced, ergonomic and modular SCBA that MSA has ever introduced to European and international markets,” said Nich Vartanian, Chairman of the Board, President and CEO of MSA. “We are extremely proud to establish this new partnership with one of the oldest and most respected fire brigades in the world. Most importantly, we are honored that the London Firefighters have entrusted MSA with the responsibility of protecting the men and women who guard the residents of London safe every day.”

London Deputy Fire Commissioner Richard Mills said “Following a competitive bidding process, we are truly looking forward to expanding our exciting partnership with MSA. The new state-of-the-art breathing apparatus equipment will be lighter and easier to transport and will provide increased safety for our firefighters.The improved equipment shows how we are transforming as a fire department and investing in the latest technology to help protect London and Londoners.”

The Revolutionary MSA Design® The M1 SCBA was a key factor in London selection of the new SCBA platform. The breathing apparatus includes several patented and customizable features that help improve ergonomics and improve comfort and hygiene for firefighters. These include the industry’s lightest backplate with unique one-handed height adjustment; an advanced hip belt that evenly distributes the weight of the SCBA; and a fully water-repellent padded harness, making the entire SCBA system machine washable without disassembly.

Other features considered in the Brigade’s choice of the M1 SCBA include a high-pressure cylinder connection for quick cylinder exchanges; compatibility with MSA’s industry-leading G1 mask; and integration with FireGrid, which gives incident commanders the ability to assess and manage multiple situations in real time and from any location. MSA’s Entry Control Board (ECB), designed specifically to meet the unique needs of the UK fire service, also played a key role in the Brigade’s decision to choose the MSA brand. Serving as a cloud-connected fire zone management tool that provides incident commanders with the air status and alarms of all on-site telemetry-enabled breathing apparatus, MSA’s ECB is also capable of providing post-incident reports and automated documentation.

As part of the contract, MSA will also provide London with a new communications system that offers enhanced voice communications. Called the C1 helmet, the device easily attaches to the exterior of the SCBA mask.

Mr. Vartanian noted that the SCBA contract with London represents the start of a new and exciting partnership. “As a company whose sole mission is worker safety, we are extremely proud to be associated with a brigade that is considered a true industry leader and advocate for firefighter safety. London is one of the most progressive and respected fire brigades in the world and, as part of our Voice of the customer process, we will certainly seek their input on future product development initiatives,” he concluded.

About MSA Security

Founded in 1914, MSA Safety Incorporated is the worldwide leader in the development, manufacture and supply of safety products that protect people and facility infrastructure. Many MSA products incorporate a combination of advanced electronics, mechanical systems, and materials to protect users from hazardous or life-threatening situations. The company’s full line of products are used by workers around the world in a wide range of markets, including the oil, gas and petrochemical industry, firefighters, the construction industry, mining and construction. ‘army. MSA’s main products include self-contained breathing apparatus, fixed gas and flame detection systems, portable gas detection instruments, industrial head protection products, firefighters’ helmets and protective clothing and fall protection devices. With a 2021 turnover of $1.4 billion, MSA employs approximately 4,800 people worldwide. The company is headquartered north of Pittsburgh in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania.and has manufacturing operations in United States, Europe, Asia and Latin America. With more than 40 international sites, MSA generates approximately half of its turnover outside North America. For more information, visit the MSA website at www.MSAsafety.com.

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