COVID-19

The Augusta Fire Department has begun using personal protective equipment when responding to medical emergency calls to protect patients and firefighters from exposure to the coronavirus, reports The Augusta Chronicle. When dispatch receives a call regarding a medical emergency, additional screening questions will be asked to the patient for possible COVID-19 symptoms or exposure. Emergency...
Features

The intent of an incident accountability system is to reliably track workers while in the danger zone and improve their safety. A sound accountability system also serves to increase operational effectiveness by allowing for the detailed management of the scene’s workforce.
News

Elkhart firefighters will receive 40 sets of new body armor due to a Firehouse Subs grant, reports ABC 57. The Elkhart Fire Department will receive around $25,000 from the grant, Fire Chief Steve Kamp said. Bulletproof vests will be utilized by every firefighter on any shift.
Keeping It Safe

This revision could be considered a cornerstone to much of what is happening in the world of reducing carcinogens and other harmful chemicals in the firefighting environment.
Equipment

The City of Valdosta has gotten $53,000 worth of new firefighter gear that could potentially help prevent cancer, reports WALB News 10. Chief Boutwell shared that the department’s eventual goal is to have two sets for firefighter gear for the entire department
Equipment

The Plympton Fire Department has new gear thanks to a $25,000 grant from the Gary Sinise Foundation, reports 95.9 FM WATD. The grant money was used to purchase TECGEN gear. Fire Chief Steven Silva says the gear will be used for every call except for structure fires. The gear that was purchased gives the department...
Boots

The days of the thigh-high rubber fire boots are long gone, evolving into today’s leather structural firefighting boots that are rugged, highly protective, form fitting, and comfortable. Personal protective equipment (PPE) manufacturers are offering a wide array of structural fire boots in various styles to meet the athletic demands the fire service puts on firefighters’ feet.