Fall is here and the weather is getting cooler. For some reason folks seem to be more motivated this time of year. This is a good time to go through, inspect and check equipment. Maybe get rid of some of the stuff that you are no longer using. But don’t trash it; consider donating it to the firefighters in Guatemala. We just got back from our third mission trip performing fire and rescue training. We took rope donated by Sterling Rope, gloves donated by Tech Trade, and T-shirts donated by Image Builders Embroidery and Screen Printing. They were thrilled to get the stuff. We are also working on another load of equipment to ship down in a month or so. We already have some air packs, turnout gear and uniforms. It is a great cause and they are extremely appreciative to get any gear we send them.
This time of year also brings upcoming budgets if you run a December to January fiscal year, so planning on new equipment is a must. The N.C. Rescue Grant is also due in on October 1, so if your department qualifies have your grant in. This is another great opportunity to purchase rescue equipment. The Firehouse Sub’s grant is another good resource to look at for purchasing equipment.
While I was at FDIC this year another item I saw was a step crib from Turtle Cribbing. Turtle Cribbing is the leader in plastic cribbing and has continued to move forward with new innovations. They are a “green” company, as they prefer plastic over wood. The other good thing is all of their products are made from recycled plastics, which is great for the environment. This new step crib is called the “Step Cog.” It gives you the best of a step crib and a slide crib. With the crib in its normal position, it works as a regular step crib. I also like to flip step cribs over and use them as wedges, which works quite a lot of the time. The other neat thing about the Step Cog, in the flipped position you can place the cog crib on top and then slide it up and down the step crib. The cog will lock in place and it gives you a level surface to bring under the rocker channel or another part of the vehicle. The fact that this crib has multiple functions makes it a really good piece of equipment. Plastic cribbing is extremely durable, resists a multitude of chemicals, has a slightly better load capacity than standard Douglas fir, and will give you an indication that it is overly compressed. Turtle Cribbing makes a wide range of products from all sizes of cribbing to flooring tiles that work well in your fire and rescue trucks and trailers. You can see their online catalog at www.turtleplastics.com.
Another item I came across was the new extrication and rope gloves from Tech Trade. Most know I have reviewed the fire gloves and previous rescue gloves. The Titans and Fusion fire gloves are still an excellent choice for firefighting. Tech Trade has revised their extrication and rope gloves and made both much more durable and flexible. The glove has an outer cover which is flame resistant, and a rubberized Kevlar palm that also makes it water resistant. The glove has Kevlar in the inner liner mixed with cotton to give you comfort but to also give you additional protection. The extrication glove also has a breathable liner for bloodborne pathogen protection, which will help to keep your hands dry. The liner is bonded and sewn in. The exterior also has knuckle guards of rubberized Kevlar and Kevlar thread. The gloves come in two colors, yellow and black or red and black.
The new rope gloves have also been improved. I had a chance to test these while teaching helicopter rappel and short haul in Guatemala this past August. The Pro-Tech 8 B.O.S.S. Extreme held up to the challenge. During one 150 foot rappel on a 7/16” line, my hands never got hot. They held up all week to the rigor I put them through. They are reinforced with Kevlar and high heat silicone patches in the palm, in the pocket of the forefinger and thumb, and parts of the fingers. This was a great help for heat reduction. The palm is Kevlar silicone coated for better grip and protection. The B.O.S.S. also uses all Kevlar thread for better wear and durability. These gloves are a great improvement over the previous rope gloves, and they were a good pair of gloves to begin with. If looking for fire, extrication, rope, technical rescue, or just utility gloves, Tech Trade is the place to look. You can see more at www.Techtradellc.com.
Next issue we will look at new and upcoming equipment. Always keep your gear and equipment in good working order and inspect it regularly. This may be your first line of defense, rescue, or protection, and it needs to function properly. It may save your life someday. Until next time, stay safe, keep your family and God above all else.
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. Until next time, train hard, be safe, and know your equipment.
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