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THMG133a – Interview with Dräger’s Paul Tarter

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In this episode, Bob and Mike sit down with Paul Tarter from Dräger to discuss the company’s latest product developments for communication and gas detection in hazmat.

Complete Show Notes

00:35 Introduction to Paul Tarter

  • Been with Dräger just over 2 years – started as a regional sales rep in the south central United States
  • Moved into the product management side – covers breathing systems (SCBA, rebreathers, testing equipment, etc.)
  • Dräger has been around since 1907 in the United States
  • Known for their gas detection equipment, colorimetric tubes, SCBA, TICs, Class A & Class B training props, scuba equipment, and much more

2:40 Dräger FPS-COM® 7000 Team Talk

  • Launched in the United States last year
  • Communications system that mounts onto your SCBA
  • Comes with voice amplifiers on both sides of the mask and also offers radio and Bluetooth compatibility
    • Standalone radio system means you don’t need a preexisting radio system
    • Connecting via Bluetooth is a good alternative to the radio and allows for multiple communication lines
  • 300 foot range outside and 90 foot range inside – ideal for communicating in heavy Level A suits downrange
  • Very easy to use in comparison with the current technology and offers crystal clear sound, even when you’re masked up
  • Up to 10 different channels (or groups) available, and each group can accommodate 10 different people – helpful because each of your teams can be in their own group
  • Can be fully submerged during decon – no need to remove it from your mask
  • Hazmat teams that have tried the Team Talk system have responded very positively

14:15 Dräger X-am® 8000 Multi-Gas Detection Unit

  • X-am® is Dräger’s gas detection product line
  • 5-slot instrument that allows you to use 5 different sensors to detect 7 different gasses
  • Several combination sensors available, including hydrogen sulfide and carbon monoxide
  • You can put a PID on the unit – broad range or low concentration models available for ppm or ppb detection
  • All told, there are 150 different combinations you can create for your unit due to the extensive customization options
  • Mike loves the extendable probe because he doesn’t have to bend over to use it
  • Easy-to-read color display that lights up as soon as the meter picks something up – easy to read down range or in Level A
  • Bluetooth option coming later this year – will allow unit to pair to Dräger CSE Connect on a secure phone and transmit real-time readings back to a secure site
  • Much lighter than its predecessor – weight has been halved for ease of use and transport
  • Uses inductive charging, which means the battery is completely sealed within the unit – simply place it on top of the charging base
  • Feedback has been very positive – users love the unit’s “fit factor” (ease of use) and how easy it is to maintain

23:45 What to Expect from Dräger in the Future

  • The Dräger X-am® 3500 Multi-Gas Detection Unit is coming out in the next few months
    • Basic 4-gas detector with all of the same great features of the X-am® 8000 unit
    • Ideal for departments that don’t need all the bells and whistles offered by the 8000
  • New helmet line
    • Dräger talked to end users about what they want in a helmet – they like the European style, but don’t want anything covering their ears
    • Engineers have created a prototype that is about to go into the initial phases of production – should be available with the next few years
    • Helmets will be suppression (structural firefighting) and NSF-51 certified
  • Scuba line
    • Just released open circuit scuba products (masks and regulators) for dive rescue teams
    • Uses same connections of Dräger SCBA for convenience

28:05 Where to Learn More

  • Website
  • YouTube
  • Look for Dräger at regional trade shows and some smaller shows, too

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