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How Do Firefighters Measure Heat?

2017-09-20T23:03:15-04:00

How Do Firefighters Measure Heat? Today’s thermal environment of higher heat release fuels demands a diagnostic tool that allows firefighters to prevent thermal insult, identify and locate the fire’s severity, and locate any victims or firefighters in danger more quickly than ever before. And those who advocate that firefighters should wait to feel the heat to indicate their level of safety should read and remember the following: The equipment we use to protect ourselves or work in these superheated environments are designed to operate at only a Thermal Class III for a maximum of five minutes which equates to 500 degrees [...]

How Do Firefighters Measure Heat?2017-09-20T23:03:15-04:00

Ever read the instructions on your turnout gear?

2017-09-20T22:40:12-04:00

Ever read the instructions on your turnout gear? The following quotes come directly from Fire & Emergency Manufacturers and Services Association (FEMSA) User Information Guide which comes with every brand-new set of Firefighter Protective Garments. The following information should be read and understood by all firefighters.  “If your protective ensemble is exposed to radiant, convective, or conductive heat, you may be burned underneath with no warning and no sign of damage to the protective ensemble. Be constantly alert to the possibility of exposure to radiant, convective, or conductive heat and other hazards” (FEMSA User Guide p. 2-4). “Burns are a [...]

Ever read the instructions on your turnout gear?2017-09-20T22:40:12-04:00