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Training Firefighters to “Hook Up the Hose!”

By Plymovent Staff

Some fire stations find it hard to get all firefighters to consistently use installed diesel exhaust removal systems. This is understandable, given the physical and mental exhaustion that firefighters often experience when returning from a fire. Getting out of the truck to attach the exhaust removal hose to the tailpipe may not be the first thing on a firefighter’s mind. But the long-term health risks make this a must-have activity. And, firefighters know they need to take advantage of any safety gear that prevents a fellow firefighter from long-term injury or health issues.

Richard Hasley, an engine driver for 17 years in Franklin, Tennessee, and owner of EDI, an authorized distributor of Plymovent, states it this way: “What the driver and officer of that apparatus need to understand is that each time the hose is hooked up it improves the quality of life for not just them but for each and every brother and sister firefighter in that building.”

To continue the training message in day-to-day activities, some stations have posted a “visual procedure” on a wall nearby to make hooking up the hose standard practice. The flier often contains an illustration showing the exhaust as a deadly hazard as it leaves the tailpipe, and focuses more on the “Why” than the “How” of using the hose. The training message reminds firefighters that they need to take advantage of ALL the safety equipment available to them, including SCBA, particulate hoods, wipes, etc. Here’s an example of a “Hook up the Hose” flier that a station using the Plymovent system:

Diesel Exhaust Is Carcinogenic – So Hook Up the Hose!

Reduce our carcinogenic exposure from diesel exhaust and the diesel particles that cause cancer.

Help Us Get to 0.05 mg/m

Diiesel particulate matter levels in a fire station range from 0.1 to 0.48, according to National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). The EPA’s recommended maximum long-term exposure to diesel particulates is just 0.05 mg/m. You are the key to helping all of us reduce our exposure.

Hook Up the Hose

Remember, the exhaust removal hose is a key piece of PPE equipment that keeps all of us healthy and safe. To hook up the hose, place the lower part of the nozzle onto the tailpipe and press down on the safety disconnect.

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