Inspect the drag rescue device


By Mark van der Feyst

Every structural firefighting jacket purchased today will come with some form of a drag rescue device with access from the upper back. This device allows RIT firefighters or the partner of the downed firefighter to drag a firefighter in distress to safety.

When the DRD is pulled from the back access panel, two big loops to close up around the upper arms of the firefighter much like a girth hitch. The DRD is placed in between the outer shell and the inner liner. It can be inspected easily by lifting up the outer shell.

For the DRD to work properly, it needs to be set correctly by the manufacturer and or the third-party cleaning company. If it is not set properly, it won't work when it is most needed.

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