Fire Department

Protecto Wrap Company, a manufacturer of construction products, has introduced Protecto Extrication Wrap, described as a new high-performance self-adhering membrane that protects first responders as well as collision victims from sharp metal and glass edges.
Engine Company

Sperian Respiratory Protection, working with Fire Innovations LLC, has obtained certifications from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) on an escape belt and rappelling system integrated onto the Warrior SCBA.
Engine Company

Rapid Intervention Teams go by various names in different parts of the country – RIT, Rapid Intervention Crew (RIC), Firefighter Assist and Search Team (FAST) – but all have a critical mission: to rapidly locate a downed or trapped firefighter, establish an air supply, assess medical needs and extricate him or her from the situation, whether it be a floor or roof collapse or some other life-threatening incident.

Firefighters came out winners in terms of personal safety during 2009, as a number of innovative products were introduced that improved their ability and readiness to bail out when confronted with a life-threatening situation.