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.
Five of the six manufacturers of self-contained breathing apparatus that meet National Fire Protection Association standards offer electronic accountability systems as accessories to increase firefighter safety. One of them, Scott Health and Safety, started shipping its second-generation system in July.
The Last Chance Rescue Filter is an escape device that provides respiratory protection to firefighters in the event of an SCBA out-of-air emergency or malfunction.
A drawing to win SCBA holders at the Fire Department Instructors Conference generated new business for LifeGuard Technologies and improved safety measures at the Windcrest (Texas) Volunteer Fire Department.
Structural Composites Industries (SCI) said it has launched new SCBA cylinder technology: the only 30-year cylinder available for sale directly to fire departments in the United States.
Anything that is routine tends to get boring, including daily apparatus and emergency equipment checks.
Makers of thermal imaging cameras exhibited new products that were smaller, lighter and feature-rich at the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) in Indianapolis this year.
A New York City firefighter who was forced to bail out of a burning building is alive today because he was equipped with a Personal Escape Rope (PER) made by a Maine company - Sterling Rope.
Sperian Respiratory Protection is accusing Draeger Safety, Inc., of patent infringement with Draeger's PSS7000 self-contained breathing apparatus.