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Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) Market Size, Share Global Analysis Report, 2022 – 2028

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Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) Market Size, Share, Growth Analysis Report By Application (Firefighting, Oil & Gas, Mining, Chemicals & Petrochemicals, Paints & Coatings, and Others), By Type (Closed Circuit, and Open Circuit), By Sales Channel (Online, Direct, Specialty Centers), and By Region - Global and Regional Industry Insights, Overview, Comprehensive Analysis, Trends, Statistical Research, Market Intelligence, Historical Data and Forecast 2022 – 2028

Industry Insights

[231+ Pages Report]  According to the report published by Facts & Factors, the global self contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) market size was worth around USD 1091 million in 2021 and is predicted to grow to around USD 1442 million by 2028 with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of roughly 4.8% between 2022 and 2028. The report analyzes the global self contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) market drivers, restraints/challenges, and the effect they have on the demands during the projection period. In addition, the report explores emerging opportunities in the self contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) market.

Global Self Contained Breathing Apparatus SCBA Market Size

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logoMarket Overview

Self contained breathing apparatuses (SCBA) are also known as breathing apparatus (BA) or compressed air breathing apparatus (CABA) and are used for constant oxygen supply when the user is present in an atmosphere where breathing natural air could lead to severe health complications or could be fatal. These devices are most widely used in the firefighting industry however have applications in other activities like mine-related rescue operations, scuba diving, oil & gas industrial units, and others. An SCBA comes with three main components, an inhalation connector (mouth mask, mouthpiece, or facemask), a high-pressure tank for instance 2216 to 5500 pounds per square inch (psi), and a pressure regulator. The self contained breathing systems do not rely on any external source for oxygen level, meaning that they are not connected in any way to a remote supply and are sufficient by themselves with the mode of working dependent on if the apparatus is an open-circuit system or a closed-circuit system, using positive pressure or negative pressure operating processed respectively.

logoKey Insights

  • As per the analysis shared by our research analyst, the global self contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) market is estimated to grow annually at a CAGR of around 4.8% over the forecast period (2022-2028).
  • In terms of revenue, the global self contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) market size was valued at around USD 1091 million in 2021 and is projected to reach USD 1442 million, by 2028. Due to a variety of driving factors, the market is predicted to rise at a significant rate.
  • Based on application segmentation, firefighting was predicted to show maximum market share in the year 2021
  • Based on sales channel segmentation, direct was the leading revenue-generating channel in 2021.
  • On the basis of region, North America was the leading revenue generator in 2021

logoCovid-19 Impact:

The global market faced multiple challenges during the peak of the pandemic. There were multiple reports of a shortage of self contained breathing devices since the demand for the products suddenly increased in massive numbers but the supply end remained at the same level creating a huge gap in demand and supply.

logo Growth Drivers

  • Rising effects of changes in climate to propel the market demand

The global self contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) is projected to grow owing to the increasing and drastic impact of global warming or sudden changes in the climate. In recent years, the world has witnessed a surge in the number of natural disasters involving volcano eruptions, and wildfires, to name a few. SCBAs became essential equipment during this period for rescue operations since they act as the only source of clean air supply under intense circumstances. Australia, an island country, is extremely prone to regular wildfires, and the 2019-2020 bushfire season in the country was one of the most devastating natural disasters that the country had to face. The fire burnt more than USD 14.3 hectares of land and was termed a mega-fire by experts. More than 3000 buildings were destroyed and 6 people suffered fatal injuries. The fire cost the country more than AUD 4.4 billion, which was the total cost of dealing with the 2009 fires. Such incidents with varied intensity and losses have been reported across the globe.

logo Restraints

  • Exhaustive training required to use the apparatus may restrict the market growth

The global market cap is anticipated to witness restricted growth since the equipment requires professionals to undergo intensive training to become accustomed to the use of the device while also maintaining agility under high-pressure situations and while carrying heavy apparatus. As per national standards, firefighters should be able to don the entire suit within a minute of the first alert

logo Opportunities

  • Growing investment in the firefighting industry to provide growth opportunities

The global market size is projected to benefit from the growing investments in the firefighting industry since they are extremely critical of civilian protection against natural disasters. During the 2021 presidential elections in the United States, the new government announced a minimum wage of USD 15 per hour for firefighters and the pay increase for the industry amounted to USD 24.3 million in the year

logo Challenges

  • High cost of purchase and maintenance to challenge the market expansion

SCBA devices are extremely expensive to purchase coupled with the high cost of maintenance. It requires heavy investments from the government as well as the private sector companies that require professionals to wear the apparatus frequently. There are concerns related to the quality of SCBA since any malfunction could lead to catastrophic situations.

logoSegmentation Analysis

The global self contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) market is segmented based on application, type, sales channel, and region.

Based on application, the global market is divided into firefighting, oil & gas, mining, chemicals & petrochemicals, paints & coating, and others with firefighting leading the segmental revenue. In Australia, there were around 144 thousand volunteer firefighters in 2021, while the government increased spending on the firefighting industry by over AUD 30 million to ensure the availability of resources for firefighters.

Based on type, the global market is segmented into closed circuit and open circuit. For longer shifts on oil rigs or rescue operations, open circuit devices are preferred since it is capable of recycling the air continuously. The closed circuit SCBA can last up to 30 minutes to 4 hours depending on the application.

Based on the sales channel, the global market is segmented as online, direct, and specialty centers. The highest revenue was witnessed in direct sales as these devices are generally ordered in bulk and from recognized centers only. In marine ships, as per protocol, at least 2 firefighter outfits should be present, with each outfit harnessed with an SCBA of a minimum of 1200 liters.

logoRecent Developments:

  • In February 2020, the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai, the governing civic body of Mumbai, India, allocated a budget of INR 1.04 billion to the Mumbai Fire Brigade, the firefighting segment of the city for the fiscal year 2020-2021. The budget was less than the previous year's budget citing reasons that the Mumbai Fire Brigade had under-utilized its previous sanctions
  • In September 2021, California lawmakers approved a budget of USD 1 billion for the wildfire prevention division to be invested in the current fiscal year. The ruling body has also stated that they would need nearly USD 200 million every year for the next 6 years.

logoReport Scope

Report Attribute


Market Size in 2021

USD 1091 Million

Projected Market Size in 2028

USD 1442 Million

CAGR Growth Rate

4.8% CAGR

Base Year


Forecast Years


Key Market Players

Cam Lock, Koken, Shigematsu, Ocenco Group, Honeywell, Avon Protection, and Others

Key Segment

By Application, Type, Sales Channel, and Region

Major Regions Covered

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle East &, Africa

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logo Regional Analysis

  • North America to generate the highest revenue during the projection period

The global self contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) is projected to witness the highest growth in North America during the forecast period. The United States is anticipated to cover more than 91% of the regional market share propelled by the high product penetration in the country as per stringent regulatory bodies and their policies. The US government spends hefty amounts for civilian protection and firefighters are an extremely crucial part of it. In oil refineries, there are strict protocols in place mandating minimum requirements for safety gear including SCBA along with detailed information about the time at which the device should be worn. In 2020, the state of Texas was the highest-paying region as per official records. Russia, a transcontinental country, is projected to grow significantly during this duration since it is now an emerging power in the oil sector propelling the demand

logo Competitive Analysis

  • Cam Lock
  • Koken
  • Shigematsu
  • Ocenco Group
  • Honeywell
  • Avon Protection

The global self contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) market is segmented as follows:

logoBy Application

  • Firefighting
  • Oil & Gas
  • Mining
  • Chemicals & Petrochemicals
  • Paints & Coatings
  • Others

logoBy Type

  • Closed Circuit
  • Open Circuit

logoBy Sales Channel

  • Online
  • Direct
  • Specialty Centers

logoBy Regional Segment Analysis

  • North America
    • The U.S.
    • Canada
    • Mexico
  • Europe
    • France
    • The UK
    • Spain
    • Germany
    • Italy
    • Nordic Countries
      • Denmark
      • Sweden
      • Norway
    • Benelux Union
      • Belgium
      • The Netherlands
      • Luxembourg
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • Australia
    • South Korea
    • Southeast Asia
      • Indonesia
      • Thailand
      • Malaysia
      • Singapore
      • Rest of Southeast Asia
    • Rest of Asia Pacific
  • The Middle East & Africa
    • Saudi Arabia
    • UAE
    • Egypt
    • South Africa
    • Rest of the Middle East & Africa
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Argentina
    • Rest of Latin America

Industry Major Market Players

  • Cam Lock
  • Koken
  • Shigematsu
  • Ocenco Group
  • Honeywell
  • Avon Protection