Personal Protective Equipment - PPE Tips

  • Making sure gear is rescue ready

    By Mark van der Feyst Rescue-ready gear is ready to go at any time. It is easily accessible and set for quick deployment. In the volunteer stations this may mean having the gear in a locker; have i...

  • 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 t...

  • Reflective clothing

    By Mark van der Feyst When working in the winter months, be extra vigilant to be more visible to motorists while working on the roadways. This can be accomplished by donning a reflective vest over ...

  • Have your gear good to go

    By Mark van der Feyst Every firefighter is responsible for making sure their protective is in good working condition. The gear will only work as well as it is maintained. If gear is kept in good co...

  • Wear PPE, SCBA on all car fires

    By Mark van der Feyst We mentioned last week about the possibility of dangerous products and materials being present in an intermodal container. The same possibility exists within a motor vehicle. ...

  • Inspect drag rescue device after every cleaning

    By Mark van der Feyst Almost all structural firefighting coats purchased today come with the drag rescue device, or DRD, that acts as a make shift rescue harness for a firefighter rescue. Whenever ...

  • Combat-ready gear

    By Mark van der FeystWhether you are a volunteer, part-time or full-time firefighter, you will need to have your gear combat ready. Combat-ready gear is ready to go at any time. It is easily access...

  • Proper PPE use protects firefighter health

    By the NVFCOne of the NVFC's Firefighter Health and Safety Priorities for departments is: Provide and require the proper use of full personal protective equipment (PPE). There are obvious safety re...

  • Scene safety basics

    Know the basics and have the instinct to remember and use the basics of firefighting! These can be applied to a few different topics. With PPE, there is a reason we are given turnout gear — to prot...

  • Recognize Risk Factors

    By Michael PetroffExposures occur in several forms and by several routes. Respiratory exposures occur because firefighters remove breathing apparatus without knowing airborne hazards exist. Many de...

  • Safety tips during overhaul

    By Vincent Dunn1. Do not throw objects from a window during overhaul unless the area is clear, and you have been signaled to do so by another freighter acting as a guide.2. When trimming broken gla...

  • Tackling vehicle fires

    By Michael LeeFireRescue1 columnistRemember to carry out strong PPE safety practices when operating at vehicle fires. Full protective clothing and SCBA should be utilized on all vehicle fires! Whil...

  • Electric shut-off procedures

    By Vincent DunnFire departments must establish preplanned emergency responses with local utility companies and train firefighters to do the electric shut-off procedures when it's needed at incident...

  • Cold weather basics

    During cold,wet winter weather, it's obviously important to stay as dry and warm as possible. Remember that the outer shell of protective clothing absorbs water and can freeze, while protective hoo...

  • Chainsaw safety

    Chainsaw safety is the job of every saw operator, and proper PPE should always be used when handling or working around chainsaws. These include: Eye protection- approved goggles or safety glasses (...

  • 'Gear Down, Cool Down'

    Often, when firefighters are in rehab, the one repeated mistake is that they are still wearing their turn-out gear. Whether it is your bunker pants or an open turn-out coat or your lid, it is all p...

  • Check your PPE between calls

    While personal protective equipment can never guarantee firefighter safety, a large number of injuries are still caused by firefighters not wearing required gear.With hand injuries being among the ...

  • Always check the mask

    One of the most important, if not most important, pieces of equipment used frequently by firefighters is the mask. There are some non-essential pieces of fire equipment; masks are not among them. Y...

  • Carry extra turnout gear in your privately owned vehicle

    I was driving with my family last week on a cross-country vacation when we witnessed an SUV's tire blow out, resulting in a three-car accident. I stopped the car, told my family to stay in it and a...

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