Industrial Fire Journal - Fire & Rescue - Hemming Group Ltd
Prestigious award for Deltair self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) research and design team
Published:  10 July, 2014

Self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) designed by Avon Protection for the fire service industry, has been recognized with the Gold Industrial Designers Society of America, International Design Excellence Award (IDEA) for research relating to the Deltair product development.

The Deltair offers superior air management, single-power supply, clearer communications and optimal weight distribution for firefighters and other first responder teams.

The ergonomic design of this advanced SCBA evenly distributes the weight of the cylinder on the firefighter’s hips which alleviates pressure on the back and shoulders, minimises the risk of fatigue and increases a firefighter’s ability to manoeuvre in tight spaces and challenging environments. The low-profile mask design provides the greatest field of vision in the marketplace, which is critical when firefighters are navigating dark, smoky environments. 

As news broke of Avon’s success Avon’s Global Director of Product Management, James Wilcox said: “Avon’s design team worked directly with firefighters to establish requirements and deliver a world leading SCBA system approved to the new NFPA 2013 standard and our thanks go to those involved for providing their expertise. At Avon we work to keep firefighters safe in the harsh environments in which they must work.”

“Avon Protection does what it says it will do,” said Dean Holland, retired Saginaw, Michigan fire chief with more than 40 years’ experience and secretary/treasurer of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, Great Lakes Division. “The company provides excellent service, training programs and product maintenance. Avon Protection helps firefighters do their jobs effectively and with confidence.”   

Started in 1980, the prestigious design industry IDEA program recognizes excellence in industrial design.