Conn. fire dept. to add hoods to PPE after LODD
It's one of the changes safety inspectors recommended after the department's first line-of-duty death in 40 years
HARTFORD, Conn. — By the summer, all Hartford firefighters will have heat-resistant, flame-retardant fire hoods to cover their faces and necks. It's one of the changes safety inspectors recommended after the department's first line-of-duty death in 40 years.
Without the fire hoods, Lt. Russell Cook said, "all of this is still exposed, around your face where your mask is meeting." Hartford is the last community in Connecticut where firefighters do not all have heat-resistant hoods — but not for long.
"We're going to have them fill out evaluations as to the comfort of the hood, how it helped them, what their dislikes were," explained Interim Assistant Chief Scott Brady.