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Summit Safety has developed Pathfinder™ Firefighter Beacons for most of the SCBAs manufactured by Sperian. These devices are integrated into the PASS Devices for the 1998 and 2002 NFPA 1981 compliant versions of the Panther SCBA as well as the new, 2007 compliant Warrior SCBA.
These Firefighter Beacons are mutual-aid compatible with standard Pathfinder equipment. When the firefighter's PASS Device goes into alarm, the Beacon transmits a specific ultrasound signal. Any RIT Tracker or Legacy Tracker is capable of detecting and following this transmitted signal, leading the Rapid Intervention Team (RIT) along the PATH to the distressed firefighter. The Pathfinder System acts a high-tech, eletronic rope.
In structural firefighting applications, Exit Beacons are used to mark egress points on the perimeter of the structure. Auxiliary Beacons are used to mark internal points or rally points, including fire hose nozzles, emergency air tanks, search rope bags, or even the RIT team (when deployed). Any RIT Tracker or Legacy Tracker is capable of detecting and following these transmitted signals, leading the firefighter along the path to the exit or internal point. Additionally, individual firefighters can find Exit and Auxiliary Beacons, using the new, lower-cost Exit Trackers.