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Emergency escape breathing device – or EEBD – and self-rescuer– or SCSR – are designed for emergency evacuations from unbreathable, poorly oxygenated or highly toxic environments. Contrary to air purifying respirators – which are inefficient with a low oxygen rate – they provide safe breathable air to evacuate an unbreathable area.

Emergency escape breathing device EEBD and Self-rescuer for emergency situations in toxic or low oxygen environment

Emergency escape breathing device – EEBD – and self-rescuer – SCSRs – are used in case of emergency evacuation from unbreathable, poorly oxygenated or extremely toxic areas. They can be used only in this specific situations (emergency evacuation) and not for on-site interventions or rescue operations.


    Emergency escape breathing devices are easy and fast to use. They provide breathable air for a determined time to quickly evacuate a infected or unbreathable – oxygen deficient – areas. Contrary to self-rescuer masks, an EEBD is not for single-use.

    An emergency escape breathing device is a “slim version” of a self-contained breathing apparatus compacted into a carrying bag. Opening the EEBD bag automatically releases air from a compressed air cylinder (pin system). The user just needs to wear the emergency mask or hood and breath normally while evacuating a danger zone. In order to get a new up and running EEBD, you just need to refill the compressed air cylinder!


    An SCSR – also known as self-contained self-rescue device - is a respiratory protective equipment especially designed for emergency evacuation from unbreathable, poorly oxygenated, highly smoky and extremely toxic environments. It is used when an air purifying respirator would be ineffective or even dangerous. There are mainly two major self-rescuer categories:

    Chemical oxygen self-rescuer :

    Chemical oxygen self-rescuers use a KO2 cartridge (potassium superoxide) that chemically reacts with expired air to produce oxygen. Humidity associated to carbon dioxide emitted while breathing produce a chemical reaction of the KO2 while the carbonic gas is fixed. This chemical reaction releases oxygen into the breathing bag.

    Compressed oxygen self-rescuer

    Compressed oxygen self-rescuers use a different process. Expired air is stored into a breathing bag. A compressed oxygen cylinder will re-oxygenate depleted air to make it breathable again. A lithium hydroxide bed will filter CO2 included in expired air to make it clean and breathable.


    The majority of accidents – oftentimes severe or lethal – that occur in confined spaces are linked to an oxygen deficient atmosphere, a presence of toxic gas or vapor, an explosion or a fire. Thus they are the first risks to monitor during the working process.

    Before any confined space entry, it is recommended to forecast risks and to have the required protection equipment. In addition to standard PPEs (helmet, gloves, safety footwear, boots…) it is recommended to use a 4 gas detector (combustible gases, oxygen deficiency, carbon monixide and hydrogen sulfide detector) and to have an emergency escape breathing device EEBD or a self-rescuer for emergency escape…

Video introducing an emergency escape breathing device – EEBD

Our range of emergency escape breathing device & self-rescuer equipment:

Especially designed for emergency situations, the Saver CF emergency escape breathing apparatus is the ideal solutions to evacuate environments that rapidly deteriorated. This device provides up to 15 minutes of breathing air for safe evacuation.

  • Saver CF emergency escape breathing apparatus, short interventions SCBA by Drager
  • Easy to don
  • Hood with large field of view
  • Provides from 10 to 15 minutes of breathing air depending on the model
  • Complies with current standards
  • Reduced maintenance
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Designed for use in harsh conditions, the PAS Micro short duration self-contained breathing apparatus combines ease of use, durability, flexibility and robustness. Particularly resistant, it is an ideal solution for short duration interventions.

  • self-contained breathing apparatus – Pas Micro by Drager
  • Ergonomic design
  • Robust and resistant system
  • Integrated manometer
  • Possibility to add and external air supply
  • Compatible with Panorama Nova and FPS7000 masks
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The M20.2 is the world’s smallest emergency escape breathing device (or EEBD). Compact, lightweight and ergonomic, it can be easily belt-mounted.

  • emergency escape breathing device M20.2
  • On use / stand-by duration : 15-20 minutes / 32 minutes
  • Donning time : less than 10 seconds.
  • Compact and lightweight: 18.3 x 16.5 x 7.9 cm – less than 1 kg.
  • Can be refurbished after use.
  • Compressed oxygen air supply.
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Known as one of the world major emergency evacuation breathing devices, the ELSA self-contained breathing apparatus has been designed for quick evacuations from industrial and marine hazardous environments.

  • Swift automatic activation – available in 10 or 15 minutes versions
  • High visibility or standard black bag
  • Hood unique design (three faces)
  • Nickel plated corrosion-resistant components
  • Complies with EN1146 standard and European standards on navy equipment
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CEN-PAQ is very convenient and ideal for short interventions (15, 20 or 30 minutes), highly polluted environment applications or for emergency rescue in confined space or stale environment.

  • High visibility fireproof jacket with VELCRO fastener
  • Warning whistle and pressure gauge
  • Vision3, Promask or Panaseal full face masks
  • Stainless steel or composite compressed air cylinder
  • Compliant with EN137, EN136; EN139 standards
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Well-suited for emergency evacuation from confined spaces, the OXY 3000/6000 is a SCSR self-contained self-rescue device that chemically produces breathable air. Different versions offer from 30 up to 60 minutes autonomy.

  • drager SCSR oxy 3000 6000 oxygen self rescuer for emergency escape
  • Up to 60 minutes autonomy.
  • Shock absorbent shell to protect the device.
  • Safety Eye for easy visual safety check.
  • Dimensions: 265 x 217 x 125 mm for less than 4 kg.
  • Approved in compliance with SA 89/686/CEE DIN EN 13794 standards and Australian coal mining.
  • Storage shelf life up to 10 years.
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The SSR 30/100 self-rescuer chemically produces oxygen for emergency evacuation in case of oxygen deficiency or presence of chemical substances.

  • Self-rescuer mask SSR30/100
  • Robust, compact and lightweight – stainless steel housing
  • User-friendly, can be belt mounted
  • Oxygen generation upon request
  • Long shelf life
  • Complies with EN 401 standard
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The EBA 6.5 uses compressed oxygen rather than chemically producing oxygen. It can be refurbed for a lower cost.

  • Self-rescuer mask EBA6.5
  • Operating autonomy / rest autonomy: 110 minutes / 8 hours
  • Less than 15 seconds to activate
  • Opening tap activation
  • Compact and lightweight: 21.6 x 30 x 11.4 cm – less than 5 kg
  • Up to 157 L of available oxygen
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