3M launches SCBA designed for law enforcement, special ops

The X3-21 Pro SCBA is quiet and subtle to help responders keep a low profile


By Police1 Staff

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A new self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) solution designed specifically for law enforcement, special operations and HAZMAT is now available from 3M, a manufacturer of worker safety products. The 3M Scott X3-21 Pro SCBA is the first SCBA certified to the NFPA 1986 standard on respiratory protection equipment for tactical operations, according to a 3M press release last month.

The X3-21 Pro differs in some ways from its firefighting counterparts. Notably, the X3-21 Pro includes a harness with non-reflective, low visibility materials to help keep a low profile during tactical operations, according to the release. The X3-21 Pro also does not have “buddy” lights nor a “man-down” PASS alarm.

The Scott X3-21 Pro SCBA is the first SCBA certified to the NFPA 1986 standard on respiratory protection equipment for tactical operations.
The Scott X3-21 Pro SCBA is the first SCBA certified to the NFPA 1986 standard on respiratory protection equipment for tactical operations. (3M)

“The X3-21 Pro is a gamechanger for law enforcement,” said Tony Pickett, 3M global portfolio senior manager in a statement. “We took the proven capabilities of our fire SCBA and redesigned it to specifically meet the needs of law enforcement to help them perform at high levels in hazardous conditions when a reliable air source is needed.”

Key features of the 3M Scott X3-21 Pro include:

  • Certified to NFPA 1986 standard.
  • 5.5 cylinder technology to help minimize weight and reduce operator fatigue.
  • Snap-change cylinder connection to quickly replace cylinders.
  • Multi-operational harness materials offer greater resistance to chemical exposure.
  • Compatibility between fire and law enforcement customers to reduce cost burden.

For more information about the 3M Scott X3-21 Pro SCBA, click here.

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