Firefighter Essentials: Equipment Which Makes a Firefighters Job Easier
A firefighter needs to have certain skills in order to be effective during emergencies. It is not an easy job, but someone needs to do it. The good news is that there are things that can make one’s job easier. Below are just some of them.
Most firefighters will vote the SCBA (self-contained breathing apparatus) to be the most important equipment they use. The SCBA provides them with around 40 more minutes of air in hot environments. And through the years, it has added more features that include drag rescue loops, buddy indicator lights, back frames, and power management systems.
Communication is important in an emergency situation, and firefighters use portable radios to communicate with each other. Through the radio, they are able to relay their progress, location, and the things that need to be done.
Thermal Imaging Camera
Things can get dark and smoky. When the conditions become opaque and hard to see, firefighters use their thermal imaging camera. There are units that can be mounted on the helmet. Before the invention of thermal imaging camera, firefighters had to destroy walls to ensure that there are no remnants of fire inside crevices.
Rope is used for different emergencies that include large area search and rescue, residential search and rescue, and confined space rescue, just to name a few. And just like fire hoses, it is important for firefighters to know the available ropes on the fire apparatus.
Turnout Gear is composed of flame resistant materials. A brand new suit is black, but it turns to brown when exposed to flames over time. The suit not only makes the job much easier for firefighters, but it also makes it safer.
Structural Hand Tools
Firefighters use various tools to handle emergency situations. One of the most useful tools is the forcible entry tool. It allows the firefighter to force entry into any building.
These are the things that will make firefighters’ jobs easier. These items have to be readily available and inspected periodically to ensure everybody’s safety in emergency situations.
Originally published at www.firstduefire.com.