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Posted by on Jun 4, 2018 in Firefighter’s Equipment |

Firefighter’s equipment

You have probably wondered about the equipment that is present in the firefighter arsenal. There aren’t any special things. The main thing they use is water, water pumps and hoses, axes and many other things that you can cut with, gas masks and helmets with visors that can save their lives and of course special suits that protect them from the fire. Once you combine these things, you have a man/woman that can literary walk on fire and against fire. We will explain and tell you something about this equipment.

Axe and other equipment for cutting and braking

Many people say that the fire axe is the most important tool in the firefighter’s arsenal. There are also many other tools in their arsenal. You have probably seen those terrible car accidents on the highway and the situation when they have to cut the car in half or cut the doors or roof to get the person out of there. So besides axes which are useful in a fight with fire, they also need to have tools for different situations.

Gas mask and a helmet

You have probably seen in movies, or God forbid in a live situation when they have their gas masks and tanks with air combined with a helmet or a hat of some kind which is, in fact, a good protection against hard objects that can fall from a distance and even kill you. The gas mask is a good thing against Carbon monoxide which is deadly in larger concentrations. The best thing to do when you are faced with fire, and your air runs out, or you don’t have a breathing mask is to get down. Gasses tend to go up when the air is hot. This is the best way to buy yourself a time to get out of the building.

Protective suit

This is the suit that is usually shiny, and we all wonder how they survive all those temperatures and fire. The trick is simple. It all comes down to materials. Firefighters use special suits that can protect them from fire and high temperatures. These suits are great because a firefighter can walk through fire without any fear of being burned.

Water and water hoses

When a team of firefighters gets in, the rest of them stay out and use water to put down the fire. The best thing they can do is to try to put down the fire from the outside, while the team that is inside trying to secure people and bring them out from that place.

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Posted by on May 15, 2018 in Firefighter |

Being a firefighter

Some people have always wondered about this job. People think that it is a normal job and that it isn’t tougher than being a policeman or a paramedic. The truth is, it is the same thing. Being a firefighter is a tough job. First of all, you need to go through specialist training to get the job. After that, you take many tests such as theoretical and practical, and after that, if you pass all of them, you will probably get the job. The truth is, people will usually ask them about their average working day. First of all, they are constantly on the lookout for fire. They have shifts, and they are constantly on standby in case of an emergency. Once there is a fire report, they immediately jump into their suits and start rolling. The most important thing is that they need to be fast. In a matter of minutes, they need to suit up, get their gear and get out.

Once they get out of the base, and into their trucks or vehicles, they need to rush to the place of emergency as soon as possible. Minutes, maybe seconds can make the difference between life and death. They are at big risk when driving to the center of danger or to that location under the rush. First of all, they drive under the rotation lights or under emergency lights. This means that people will usually start to turn away and make room on the road, which can lead to some problems and possible accidents. This is the amount of stress you don’t want to have when you are on the road. Once they reach their destination, the nightmare begins. Not only that you have to listen to the screaming and horror of locals near the site, but you also have to prevent everyone from entering there.

On the site

Once you have reached, you need to secure the area and prevent anyone who wants to go into safe their loved ones. This is the situation where ratio doesn’t work and all they want to do is to safe their loved ones. You need to secure them and tell them that you are going after them. Once you calm them down and listen to some more screaming and panic, you put your kit on, and you are ready to get in that place. First, you will be surrounded by smoke and fire. The suit will protect you from fire, and your gas mask will protect you from dangerous and poisonous fumes and gases like Carbon monoxide. Remember the middle ages? Remember how witches were burned on stakes? They were dead before the fire got to them. Carbon monoxide is the gas that is created when the fire burns wood and other materials, and the result is obvious.

Once you are on that site, you need to chop the wood and make sure you get everyone alive from that place. It is not easy, and it is not a great job, but you will feel much happier when you know that you have pulled someone out.

Ending

Being a firefighter is a great job, not the best paid and not the easiest but you will feel wonderful when you see that a child is reunited with its parents after the fire, or a pet has been saved from certain death. Those situations are wonderful to watch.

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Posted by on Apr 30, 2018 in Firefighter |

What makes a great firefighter?

We all had that moment in life when we were kids imagining what we want to be when we grow up. Usual imagination besides scientist, famous actor or sports player or even superhero was a firefighter. We may say these guys are also super heroes but in a real world. And it is not all dreamy and supersonic in a real world about this job. This is tough business and firefighters are people who need to poses many skills and talents. Various characteristics are demanded in this unique work to become a high-quality firefighter.

Integrity

A person who lacks integrity can never be truly trusted within firehouse if there is no trust there is nothing. Trust is the foundation of a firefighter team because it is a matter of safety and after all, life and death. A member of the team that can’t be trusted in the firehouse or on the field can be a key to disaster for all crew. The fire department needs people who will always represent their profession, department and themselves well. Integrity means having strong moral principles, and moral uprightness leads to honest and right things to do. Public opinion is one of the main keys because trust is also important in public safety. After all, it is their privacy, property and loved ones that are in the hands of firefighters in moments of great distress and accidents.

Physical condition

Above average strength and agility is one of the most required characteristics of this job. High fitness level must be performed as the essence of this duty, and it should be an essential part of firefighter’s lifestyle. Activities like equipment carrying, ladder raise, forcible entries and stair climbs are just basic of many other included in physical nature of this job.

Dedication

Firefighters are hard-working and hard training people who want and have to be best at what they do. So to be the best first of all you need lots of dedication. Striving for excellence is required in every moment of their career. Learning, making yourself better and not getting comfortable will get you all time to improve the required skills and knowledge. In a field that is constantly changing, if you want to contribute to the organization and your team you are not allowed to settle for mediocrity.

Self-sacrifice

As the primary purpose of firefighter organization is to serve and protect people in its community, it means a good firefighter has to be deeply concerned with the wellbeing of others. It is eligible to have a giving spirit and natural propensity to help other people. And of course there is a crucial moment that happens often, and that is when you have to put your life on the line for someone. Firefighters are very courageous people with the great will to make sacrifice and risk to help others and save their lives. This is very rare and unique characteristic, and that’s why only few people can do this great job.

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Posted by on Apr 11, 2018 in Firehouse Reconstruction |

Recover After a Home Fire

One of the unluckiest things that can happen to you is that you lose your home to a fire. In that case, you really cannot do much about it, other than hoping for insurance to pay you, that is if you have it. However, not every time a house catches on fire it burns down completely, most of the time the damage that was done by the fire can be easily fixed. One of the things people often forget about is the fact that your house is not only damaged by the fire, but also by water that was used to stop the fire from spreading. So, when people return to their home, they always get shocked by the damage because it is usually more than they ever expected.

Of course, the damage is just a small part, the most important thing is that nobody gets injured by the fire. So, if you had some fire experience in your home and you want to know how to recover your home, then you are in the right place. We have all the answers and tips for you that you will need to completely recover your home and start living inside once again. Until you successfully recovered and repaired your home, you shouldn’t be living inside because you never know if it is a safe place to live in.

Professional Help

The first tip that we have for you is to hire professional help like a fire damage restoration company. There are a lot of different companies who offer fire damage restoration services and you need to go and find one that you like. Of course, this is one of the more expensive options that you have, but it is the safest and the fastest one also. If you want to move into your home quickly and you want to have a safe and beautiful home, then you have to hire professionals to do it.

If you try to repair it on your own, it will take a lot of your time and effort. So, if money is not a big problem for you, we strongly suggest that you find a restoration company because they will do a much better job than you would. They can do so much more things that you, they have specialized equipment for repairing not only the outside but the structure of the home.

Preventing Future Fires

Once you have restored your home, you have to think about one more important task to your home and that is preventing future fires. Once you experience a home fire, you will never want it to happen again, you can trust us on that one. So, the first thing that you want to do is find some ways you can prevent future fires. One of the most effective ways is to install fire alarms all over your house. These fire alarms will be a huge help because it allows you to locate the fire while it still isn’t too bad, so you can put it out yourself.

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Posted by on Mar 22, 2018 in Fire Prevention |

What to do When Fire Comes

Most people think that they know everything about fires and how to deal with them, at least that is until they face a home fire. When some type of accident happens, and a fire starts to spread around your home, surprisingly very low number of people know what is the real procedure that you should follow. When we ask people, what would they do when the fire comes, they all say they will call 911 and let them deal with it. Well, we have to say that it is not simple as that. Unfortunately, when something catches on fire in your home, it is very likely to spread onto other things that can be found inside.

Well, the problems start with the fact that fire spreads very easily inside a house because there are a lot of things that are easily flammable. Most of your furniture is made out of wood and sponges, they are burning like crazy if you don’t do anything about them. So, once you call 911 you need to start putting out the fire yourself, that is if the fire is not big. If the fire has spread too much and the flames are too big, you should get out of your home immediately.

Don’t Try to Save Items

When asked the question what you would do if you woke up and your house was burning surprisingly some people valued objects and items around the house the most. That is something that you have to forget about when there is a serious fire in your home. You don’t want to be inside a burning house any longer than you need to. You never know the strength of the structure of your house, it all may collapse on you due to the fire and you don’t want to be stuck there just because you wanted to save your big TV. You have to start thinking about things that are far more important such as the lives of other people that are in the same building or home with you.

There is no guarantee that the others have heard smelled the smoke from the fire, they might be completely unaware of the fact that their home is burning down. Therefore, if you notice a fire, after calling help, you need to start searching for other people and save them. Of course, if it is too dangerous and you might risk your life, then it is not recommended to go in to save other people, that is the job of firefighters.

Put it Out

Some people don’t even think about the option to use a bucket and fill it with water to stop the fire. When there is a fire, a lot of people start to panic, and they are throwing all kinds of things on fire hoping it will put it out. Well, as you might know, you are not doing anything to stop the fire, you have to find water and pour it on the fire directly.

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