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 replenishment to firefighters inside a structure. Firefighters can refill their air bottles in 2 minutes or less under full respiration at fill stations located throughout a building. FARS are now required in cities in 21 states and Canada, and are installed in more than 500 buildings from coast to coast
We have successfully supported numerous fire departments who want to add a requirement for firefighter air replenishment systems to their local fire code. Specifically, we offer research and educational resources on FARS system configuration and operation, applicable structures, system cost, air quality, testing and certification, case studies, and more.
We also have personnel available to answer questions on FARS and provide peer resources. For more information, email us at [email protected].
Below is a selection of educational videos, articles and white papers on FARS. We also offer a code adoption workbook to help guide your process.
North Central Texas Council of Governments Recommends Regional Adoption of Code Requiring Life-Saving Breathing Air Replenishment System for Firefighters
Why Firefighter Air Replenishment Systems are Essential
Watch this short video to see why firefighter air replenishment systems (FARS) are essential for life safety in large structures like high-rise buildings.
Watch this short video to see the types of large structures where firefighter air replenishment systems are most needed for life safety.
FARS Research Reports
NFPA/NYU FARS Report
Read the Definitive Analysis of FARS vs Elevators
Firefighter Air Replenishment Systems Air Quality White Paper
Trace Analytics FARS Air Quality Report
Lost, Disoriented and Out of Air – The Impact of Smoke in Large Structure Fires
A webinar presented by Captain Mike Gagliano of Seattle Fire. Capt. Gagliano has written numerous fire service articles and is a co-author of the best-selling book “Air Management for the Fire Service.”
Additional Firefighter Safety Videos
FARS Transfill: Air in 2 Minutes or Less
Renowned Fire Service Innovator on FARS
Learn More About Firefighter Safety
NYU Fire Research Group FARS Video Series
New York University (NYU)’s Fire Research Group created this series of short videos on firefighter air replenishment systems (FARS), system components, and system operation.