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An effort to craft a National Fire Protection Association standard to govern escape filters for self-contained breathing apparatus in out-of-air emergencies has been abandoned.

“The more we looked at it, the more the limitations of such a device kind of jumped out,” said David Bernzweig, a lieutenant/paramedic with the Columbus (Ohio) Division of Fire who is a member of the NFPA Technical Committee on Respiratory Protection Equipment. “It became very evident we were trying to find a suitable replacement for supplied air, and the reality is there really isn’t a suitable replacement other than more supplied air.”