Posted: Wednesday 7th March 2018
Our fire and rescue service has now rolled out new breathing apparatus (BA) to be used by firefighters across the county.
Following an 18-month period of trial and evaluation of different products by operational firefighters, Interspiro were awarded the contract for Hertfordshire in October 2017.
The new BA sets apply technological solutions to existing safety features and some new innovative solutions to assist firefighters when they need to wear breathing apparatus for tackling fires.
The Team Talk feature allows individual crew members to communicate directly with each other using the built-in communication system. Previously, radios were standalone equipment meaning the wearer had to fight through surrounding environmental noise to make sure their messages were clearly received.
Other features that have benefited from modern developments include:
- a built-in Automatic Distress Signal Unit, which sounds a warning alarm if the wearer has become immobile (potentially through injury or unconsciousness), or if the wearer needs to summon immediate assistance, and
- an on-board computer which monitors and checks the equipment as well as automatically calculating the available air and the estimated time that a firefighter can spend within the risk area.
This equipment will help to make sure our firefighters have everything they need to do their jobs safely and effectively.
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