Published Sunday, 03 November 2013
German supplier Drager is investigating the breathing apparatus. (© Pacemaker)
It was revealed that two of the sets, which crews use to enter burning buildings, are now being examined by the manufacturers after problems were discovered.
Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue insisted there is no immediate risk to firefighters or members of the public, with another 600 pieces of the equipment available for usage.
However the SDLP's John Dallat MLA said he is seeking further reassurances.
He continued: "I am seeking reassurance that the Fire Authority has got the proper management of that particular resource in place and that there is no risk to firemen and that in the event of a major incident where breathing apparatus is required, that it is functional and available and that there is someone competent to say that it is safe."
The kits, which consist of an oxygen tank connected to a face mask, were supplied by a German-owned firm, which has contracts with other fire services in the UK.
Problems were discovered during routine testing.
Jim Barbour, of the Fire Brigades Union, said: "Breathing apparatus and its effective use is absolutely intrinsic to providing a rescue capacity and safe systems of work for firefighters.
"However we understand that the Brigade have initiated an investigation into this, they have contacted the suppliers and the Brigade has taken steps across NI to mitigate any potential risk. At this stage there is no immediate risk to local firefighters or the public."
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