Self-contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) Market

Self-contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) Market Analysis By Type (Closed-Circuit & Open-Circuit SCBA) By Application Sector (SCBA in Chemical & Petrochemicals, Oil & Gas, Firefighting, Mining & Paints & Coatings Sector) By Sales Channel & By Region – Global Market Insights 2022 to 2032

Analysis of Self-contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) market covering 30 + countries including analysis of US, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Nordics, GCC countries, Japan, Korea and many more

Self-contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) Market Outlook 2022-2032)

The global self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) market size is US$ 1.1 billion in 2022 and is forecast to surpass a valuation of US$ 1.9 billion by the end of 2032, expanding a CAGR of 5.8%.

Demand for SCBA is likely to increase rapidly as they are used in safety equipment for rescue operations, at fire stations, during ironwork, and at nuclear facilities & chemical plants, to name a few.

Report Attributes


SCBA Market Size (2021A)

US$ 1 Billion

Estimated Market Value (2022E)

US$ 1.1 Billion

Forecasted Market Value (2032F)

US$ 1.9 Billion

Global Market Growth Rate (2022-2032)

5.8% CAGR

North America Market Share (2021)


North America Market Growth Rate (2022-2032)

~4.6% CAGR

United States Market Growth Rate (2022-2032)

~4.5% CAGR

Key Companies Profiled

  • 3M Corporation
  • Kimberly Clark Incorporation
  • Avon Protection Systems Incorporation
  • MSA Safety Incorporation
  • Alpha Pro Tech Corporation
  • Bullard Limited
  • Dragerwerk Limited

As such, the global market for self-contained breathing apparatus is likely to create an absolute opportunity amounting to US$ 800 million over the 2022-2032 forecast years. Self-contained breathing systems account for more than 40% share of the global breathing apparatus market.

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SCBA Demand Analysis (2017-2021) Vs. Market Outlook (2022-2032)

According to market research and competitive intelligence provider Fact.MR, the self-contained breathing apparatus market created US$ 46.6 million of absolute dollar opportunity between 2017 and 2021. Increasing use of self-contained breathing apparatus by firefighters across the world will generate higher value sales over the coming years.

A self-contained breathing device is worn to provide breathing air in oxygen-deficient, dangerous gas, smoke, and other environments where breathing is unsafe. It is frequently used by firefighters and rescue personnel when working in areas of imminent risk to life and health.

  • Short Term (2022 Q2 to 2025): The fast-growing oil & gas industry in many economies will lead to increased demand for self-contained breathing apparatus in the short term.
  • Medium Term (2025-2028): In the medium term, demand is expected to increase with the provision of technologically advanced self-contained breathing systems that can meet users’ needs across end-user sectors such as firefighters and the chemical and petrochemical industry.
  • Long Term (2028-2032): Market expected to grow moderately over the long term as the oil and gas industry progresses.

According to Fact.MR, the self-contained breathing apparatus market is predicted to expand at a CAGR of 5.8% between 2022 and 2032 as compared to the CAGR of -1.1% it experienced between 2017 and 2021

Self contained breathing apparatus scba market forecast by Fact.MR

“Rising Use of Compressed Air Supply Breathing Equipment for Firefighting Purposes”

Self-contained breathers are widely used by firefighters and emergency responders for breathing air in life-threatening situations.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is an agency of the U.S. Department of Labor, and directs organizations to provide respiratory equipment to personnel in dangerous working conditions. It is expected to stimulate demand for air respirators and complement the growth of the self-contained breathing system market as well.

Firefighting is a risky profession and one way to mitigate the risk of individual firefighters is to provide the proper fire safety equipment.

“Market Players Employing Advanced Technology to Comply With Revised Regulations”

As many government agencies require the use of personal safety devices such as SCBA in dangerous work environments, SCBA manufacturers are scrambling to meet the latest regulations and standards. Leading manufacturers of self-contained breathing devices use next-generation technology to manufacture state-of-the-art products to increase their sales potential.

  • Dragerwerk Limited announced that a patented technology will sound an alarm when it detects the presence of hydrogen cyanide (HCN) and carbon monoxide (CO) (also known as "toxic twins") in the atmosphere. In addition to this alarm technology, the company will also introduce SCBA integrated with a new hands-free team communication system.

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Country-wise Insights

What Makes the United States a Huge Market for SCBA?

The U.S. self-contained breathing equipment market holds the largest market share at 91.5% in North America and is poised to record 4.5% CAGR over the projected years.

High product penetration in the United States is due to the strict regulatory scenario and increased employee awareness of personal safety. An increase in large-scale infrastructure projects in the industrial sector is expected to drive the growth of the SCBA market in the country.

Optimal market conditions such as highly skilled labor and affordable modern infrastructure are expected to increase the number of manufacturing facilities in the country. As a result, the United States will see high product demand growth over the coming years.

How is the Russia SCBA Market Predicted to Evolve?

The Russia self-contained breathing apparatus market is expected to hold 41.7% market share in Europe by the end of 2032.

Russia has some of the largest multinational oil & gas companies in the world. SCBA is also used in the oil & gas sector on a large scale in the country. Volunteer firefighters are the backbone of the fire service sector in Russia, thereby increasing the demand for self-contained breathing systems.

Open circuit SCBA is in high demand in European nations such as Spain, France, and the United Kingdom.

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Category-wise Insights

Why is Open Circuit Self-contained Breathing Apparatus So Popular?

Open circuit SCBA offers better performance and the segment is expected to expand at a CAGR of 6.5% throughout 2022-2032. Manufacturers are also focusing on improving product development to increase the overall sales of open circuit self-contained breathing devices.

Open circuit respirators are widely used in the oil & gas industry because they are useful for longer rescue missions and shifts in oil rigs. This type of SCBA continuously recycles air, creating an infinite open circuit for the user to breathe properly. This type also helps firefighters protect themselves from life- and health-threatening smoke, toxic gas, and pollutants.

Will the Firefighting Industry Continue to Be the Leader for SCBA Demand?

The firefighting industry is expected to contribute 54.5% market share by the end of 2032.

Firefighting is a dangerous profession and one way to mitigate the risk of individual firefighters is to provide the right equipment to them. SCBA comprises highly specialized devices and the wearer requires a high degree of training to use them safely.

SCBA is equipped with a full-face mask that provides positive pressure on the mask. Growing infrastructure in the oil & gas industry also requires firefighters for different reasons, thereby driving market demand from this end-use segment.

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Competitive Landscape

The global self-contained breathing apparatus market is highly competitive and fragmented owing to the presence of several regional and international players. Marketing strategies such as new product launches, product upgradation, conducting thorough research & developments, mergers & acquisitions, and partnerships & collaborations are being adopted by key players.

New product launching is adopted as a strategic approach by companies to expand their presence in the market and garner a wider consumer base. Such strategies are leading to the growth of the self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) market.

For instance:

  • 3M Corporation in May 2022 launched a new self-contained breathing apparatus solution designed specifically for law enforcement and special operations. The 3M Scott X3-21 Pro SCBA is the first SCBA-certified with the NFPA 1986 standard on respiratory protection equipment for tactical operations.
  • MSA Safety in July 2021 announced a partnership with U.K.-based non-profit FIRE AID to help protect firefighters across developing countries.

Fact.MR has provided detailed information about price points of key manufacturers of self-contained breathing apparatus positioned across regions, sales growth, production capacity, and speculative technological expansion, in the recently published report.

Key Segments Covered in SCBA Industry Research

  • SCBA Market by Type :

    • Closed-Circuit
    • Open-Circuit
      • Positive Pressure Operation
      • Negative Pressure Operation
  • SCBA Market by Application Sector :

    • Chemical & Petrochemicals
    • Oil & Gas
    • Firefighting
    • Mining
    • Paints & Coatings
    • Other
  • SCBA Market by Sales Channel :

    • Direct Sales
    • Online Sales
    • Specialty Stores
    • Others
  • SCBA Market by Region :

    • North America
    • Latin America
    • Europe
    • East Asia
    • South Asia & Oceania
    • MEA

- FAQs -

How is the global self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) market shaping up?

The global self-contained breathing apparatus market is valued at US$ 1.1 billion and is expected to surpass US$ 1.9 billion by 2032.

How did the market fare over the past few years?

From 2017 to 2021, worldwide sales of self-contained breathing apparatus decreased at -1.1% CAGR.

Who are the SCBA manufacturers in the market?

Prominent suppliers of self-contained breathing devices are 3M Corporation, Alpha Pro Tech Corporation, Honeywell International Corporation, Kimberly Clark Incorporation, and MSA Safety Incorporation.

Which regional market accounts for high sales of SCBA?

The Europe self-contained breathing apparatus market accounts for 32.2% of the global market share in 2022.

Which type of self-contained breathing apparatus is most widely used?

Positive pressure operation, under open circuit, accounts for close to 75% market share.

Self-contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) Market

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