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Stand-Alone Firefighter Beacon

New in May 2009, the Stand-Alone Pathfinder™ Firefighter Beacon is an SCBA-independent device: any firefighter can wear it with any SCBA or without. Operating on the Firefighter (RED) frequency, this lower-cost device affords the same level of protection as an integrated Beacon. Additionally, it allows any SCBA to be "upgraded" and can be used in operations not requiring an SCBA (such as USAR or overhaul).

The device funtions similar to a PASS device, but is not NFPA certified and is not intended to replace a firefighter's PASS Device. Removing the activation clip automatically turns the beacon ON and puts it into Monitor Mode. While in Monitor Mode a motion sensor detects the firefighter's movement. If there is no movement after 20 seconds, a Pre-Alarm tone is sounded. If the firefighter does not move after another 10 seconds (30 seconds total), the beacon goes into Alarm Mode and transmits both ultrasound and a 95+ dBA audible sound. Lastly, there is a "panic" button that allows the firefighter to put the beacon directly into Alarm Mode.

The flexible design of the Firefighter Beacon allows the department to customize deployment methods. Three standard 8-32 machine screw inserts allow firefighters to "customize" their Beacons with different mounting methods. The Firefighter Beacon ships with an industry-standard D-ring/clasp pre-installed. Additional integrated strap loops in the grills allow the beacon to be "threaded" into an SCBA waist band or shoulder strap.

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What's Included
  • Stand-alone Firefighter Beacon.
  • Tethered activation clip.
  • Mounting clasp to allow firefighter to attach Beacon to gear.
  • Operator's manual
Standard Features
  • Automatic ON/OFF
    Firefighter does not have to remember to "turn on" the Beacon for proper operation.
  • Dual Ultrasound transmitters
    Used by Pathfinder™ Trackers™ for locating the distressed/disabled firefighter.
  • High intensity, audible alarm
    PASS-like alarm in excess of 95 dBA at 10 feet.
  • Ultra-bright LED "strobes"
    6 White, 6 Red, and 2 Green LEDs assist with locating a firefighter in low or high smoke conditions.
  • Hibernate Mode
    Allows a firefighter to place the beacon on the ground (for example during rehab) and temporarily turn it off without an activation clip. When the unit is picked up and/or moved, the motion sensor re-enables the beacon, placing it back into Monitor Mode.

Number of Transmitters2
Transmitter LocationEnds of Beacon
Ultrasound ChannelFirefighter (RED)
Frequency41.67 KHz
PASS Device Required?No, functions independently
Battery TypeFour AA-cell alkaline
Battery Life1 year @ 30 min/day
LED Strobes8 White LEDs: 144,000 mcd @ 30°
6 Red LEDs: 48,000 mcd @ 30°
2 Green LEDs: 25000 mcd @ 30°
Low Battery Indicator1 flashing amber LED
Optional Mounting Screws3 threaded inserts (8-32 screw)
Maximum Strap Size1.0 in. [2.5 cm] wide
0.18 in. [0.45 cm] thick
MaterialZytel® and Lexan® thermoplastics
Weight w/out Battery9.68 oz.
Weight w/ Battery11.28 oz.
Length5.0 in. [12.7 cm]
Width3.0 in. [7.6 cm]
Height1.6 in. [4.1 cm]


English product guide for the Pathfinder System on the Sperian Warrior SCBA.
../sperian/SP_Pathfinder_En.pdfSP_Pathfinder_En.pdf (pdf 407 KB)
../sperian/SP_Pathfinder_En.xpsSP_Pathfinder_En.xps (xps 415 KB)

Datasheet for the Pathfinder System on the ISI Viking series SCBAs and 2500/3500 series Thermal Imaging Cameras.
../isi/EchoTracer_datasheet_4-3-09.pdfEchoTracer_datasheet_4-3-09.pdf (pdf 1.29 MB)
../isi/EchoTracer_datasheet_4-3-09.xpsEchoTracer_datasheet_4-3-09.xps (xps 499 KB)

Sperianfire.com page for Pathfinder Equipment relating to Sperian and Survivair SCBAs (NOTE: This is an external webpage).
http://www.sperianfire.com/respProdB.aspx?id=892&coll_id=58&menu_id=34http://www.sperianfire.com/respProdB.aspx?id=892&coll_id=58&menu_id=34 (html)
Survivair.com page for Pathfinder Equipment relating to Sperian and Survivair SCBAs (NOTE: This is an external webpage).
http://www.survivair.com/products/product_overview.asp?id=55http://www.survivair.com/products/product_overview.asp?id=55 (html)
Avon-ISI.com page for Pathfinder-compliant EchoTracer™ and EchoSeeker™ Equipment relating to ISI's SCBAs and TICs (NOTE: This is an external webpage).
Coming soon. . . Check back later.Coming soon. . . Check back later.

Ordering Information

The Stand-Alone Firefighter Beacon is available from any authorized distributor of Sperian or Avon-ISI. For part numbers and/or order inquiries, please call (toll-free) Sperian Respiratory Protection at (800) 821-7236 or Avon-ISI at (888) 474-7233.

Additionally, you may view our comprehensive Sales Support page to find the distributor or sales representative nearest you. Thank you.

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