The ultimate goal of the SMARTER study (Science, Medicine, Research, Technology for Emergency Responders) going on now through most of 2018 is to reduce firefighter injuries and fatalities through the appropriate implementation of technology. Firefighters at the Hanover Park Fire Department in Illinois are wearing shirts designed by Globe that incorporate a physiologic status monitoring system developed by Zephyr.
A year ago, we previewed ATHLETIX™ – the future of turnout gear – at FDIC. We took this opportunity to interact with thousands of firefighters over the course of the conference to continue our “Voice of the Customer” development process. We were on a mission not only to innovate for firefighter safety but also to delight firefighters with that protection.
Most of us are aware that technology is becoming increasingly prevalent. Almost every firefighter has a smart phone with impressive computing powers and the ability to provide extensive amounts of data upon demand. But, how does advancing technology affect the fire service? More importantly, how could technology make the fire service safer?
One of the elements of a firefighter’s protective ensemble that often gets neglected is eye and face protection. Most often firefighters rely on their self-contained breathing apparatus facemask, but SCBA are not worn for every type of emergency response.
Tactics in the fire service have changed. It used to be that firefighters stopped the fire at the building. But now they’re going in deeper to stop the fire at the room of origin. Firefighters need training not only on the performance of their gear and proper donning and doffing but also on the limitations of their gear.
Globe, DuPont Protection Solutions (DuPont), and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) have teamed to support local responders with much needed gear through the Globe Gear Giveaway. Now in its sixth year, eligible departments can apply for four sets of new, state-of-the-art turnout gear to better protect their members. Thirteen department awards will be made, for a total of 52 sets of gear. The application period is now open. Applications are due by June 1, 2017.
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