The author set off to make a tool that would allow for a safe and easy rescue of a down firefighter while maintaining the integrity of the face piece. The outcome of that effort is the JackStrap.
A tour of MSA's headquarters, R&D facility, and manufacturing facility revealed a company passionate about firefighter safety.
On October 15, 2019, MSA, with the assistance of the Boston (MA) Fire Department (BFD), conducted field tests on its newest product designed to assist in the ongoing goal of increasing firefighter safety and survival.
I believe that classroom education is extremely valuable, but firefighters experiencing real-life situations using a TI is training that could one day save a life. The best training combines both classroom and real-life learning.
It’s important to note that the TI doesn’t really care how warm or cold an object is, simply how much warmer or colder it is than the object next to it, which brings us back to the question: What is it you are looking at?
I recently had an opportunity to participate in a large, live-fire training weekend and engaged with many firefighters about thermal imaging (TI). To my surprise, they had a lack of knowledge about their own fire departments’ TI equipment.
When lives and property are at risk, we are the first to mount an attack. Having a TI with the crew during a fire attack is critical to meeting our goals.
When determining your department’s need for TIs, as well as placement of TIs, do not forget the TI for the RIT. A properly deployed TI can help the RIT move through the structure faster and safer and find the firefighter in need more rapidly.
A TI can enhance a firefighter’s capabilities unlike any other single tool. It is the gift of sight for a firefighter.
The more you use the TIC during training, the more proficient you will become.