Welcome to the Firefighter Air Coalition

Welcome to the Firefighter Air Coalition. Our mission is to protect every firefighter from the deadly impact of smoke. We do that by

  • Providing information, education, and training programs on air management best practices
  • Sharing information and promoting methods that prevent line-of-duty cancer related to exposure to fire smoke
  • Supporting jurisdictions across the country in the code adoption process to require firefighter air replenishment systems (FARS)
  • Supporting and distributing scientific fireground and safety research

We are committed to ensuring firefighters have the training and tools necessary to keep them from running out of air at a structure fire. We advocate that firefighters stay on air from the moment they enter the hazardous zone through all post-incident protocols. And we are committed to reducing the number of illnesses and deaths directly attributable to exposure to fire smoke.

Cases of US firefighter
exposure to hazardous
breathing environments
NFPA, 2016


Increased disease risk from
prolonged smoke exposure
U.S. Forest Service


Percentage of Line of Duty
Deaths caused by cancer
IAFF Database 2002-2017

Minutes before a firefighter
who’s run out of air goes into
respiratory failure
Maryland Fire and Rescue

Air Rescue training with Phoenix FD

Air Management

The reality of the fireground is very simple: Air gives firefighters the ability to access environments that would otherwise disorient them, poison them, asphyxiate them, and kill them….

Air Refill System using RescueAir Technology

Firefighter Air Replenishment Systems (FARS)

Firefighter Air Replenishment Systems (FARS) are a standpipe for air permanently installed in a high-rise, large horizontal structure, or tunnel.  FARS deliver a safe, instant, endless supply of air…

2 firefighters spraying high pressure water to fire with copy space

Fire Science & Research

Fire science uses principles of science and engineering to study the causes, effects, and prevention of fire, as well as fire management, fire behavior, fire investigation, and hazardous….

Firefighter in soft light

Fire Smoke & Cancer

Smoke is a killer. Whether in the depths of  a burning building or in a quiet hospital cancer ward, the realities of the deadly nature of smoke are real. Knowing the enemy and how it operates is crucial…


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