From the Report Summary:
FARS is the Obvious Solution to Bottle-Brigading
"The two crucial elements necessary for firefighters to fight any fire are water and air. While water standpipes are readily accessible to firefighters in high-rises, allowing them to have a reliable immediate water source, the same is not true for air. Firefighter air replenishment systems (FARS) are essentially standpipes for air. Without FARS, in the event of the high-rise fire, firefighters would have to rely on the limited number of air bottles in the fire-equipment / cache room, if available, or manually haul the air-bottles to the staging area (also called 'bottle-brigading') which can consume a significant amount of time, manpower, and other resources."
Fire departments overwhelmingly see the value of FARS, especially in jurisdictions with high-rises.
- More than 77% of all respondents said they would like to use FARS in real fires, or may deploy FARS in the field.
- That number climbed to 80% in jurisdictions that include more than the average number of high-rise buildings.
- According to the report, "This highlights the need for urban fire departments with a higher concentration of high-rise structures for a solution that may avoid or facilitate the 'bottle-brigading' operation."
Fire departments see numerous benefits to FARS.
- 61% of respondents cited air supply in close proximity to the fire location as the primary benefit of FARS.
- 10.5% identified more efficient use of staff by avoiding fatigue and the time involved in bottle-brigading as the primary benefit.
- 10% pointed to lives saved by supplying air in an IDLH environment as the most compelling benefit.
- 18.5% cited other benefits.
Fire departments accept testing and maintenance protocols.
- 73% of respondents said they were comfortable with the testing and maintenance of FARS performed by a certified third party and coordinated by the building owner or may accept these procedures.