3 fire departments claim defects in air packs, NIOSH investigating
Draeger maintains that their equipment is fine; issues range from loss of clean air to disintegrating mouthpieces
By April Hunt
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
ATLANTA — The same air packs that cut off some DeKalb County firefighters' air supply in burning buildings — problems the manufacturer blamed on the firefighters themselves — have caused similar problems in other fire departments.
Firefighters in Phoenix and Anchorage have reported their Draeger Safety air packs had the same issues, from a loss of clean air to disintegrating mouthpieces, while battling blazes, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has found.