Firefighters generally assume that their gear or PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) will withstand any conditions on the job. Unfortunately, there is much evidence that this is not true.
Without fail, up-to-date PPE is constructed and put to the test to meet the industry standards and provide our first responders with vast protection. It is designed to meet the perils faced in fire and emergency instances of all kinds.
However, contrary to popular belief, PPE is not indestructible and neither are the firefighters who wear it.
Surpassing the design limits of even the best self-contained breathing apparatus and structural protective clothing can happen even in what seems to be a routine structure fire or emergency.
It is important to learn how to wear the PPE appropriately, properly clean it and continually maintain it. This will have a large impact on how well it will hold up even in the worst-case scenario.
Education, practice and safety measures are just as important out of an emergency as they are in an emergency.
Thank you for your constant protection.