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Personal Protective Equipment

Firefighter in PPEIn wildland fire situations, NCFS personnel wear specialized Personal Protective Equipment, commonly known as "PPE". Using this safety equipment and adhering to wildland fire safety guidelines is a critical factor in keeping personnel safe when working in what are often extremely hazardous environments. Wildland fire PPE includes:

  • Eight inch high leather lace-up boots with fire resistant lug soles
  • Leather gloves
  • Fire Shelter
  • Fire shirt and pants made of flame resistant material
  • Hard hat with shroud
  • Earplugs
  • Goggles or Safety Glasses
  • Portable communication device
  • Headlamp

The Fire Shelter
The fire shelter is one of the most important pieces of safety equipment available to forest fire-fighters. Designed to be used only when all escape options from a blaze have been exhausted, the shelter is a proven lifesaver. When deployed, the shelter assumes the shape of a single-person pup tent. It's special aluminum skin can deflect up to 95% of radiant heat. Over the past twenty years approximately 250 lives have been saved by these shelters.

This page updated: Wednesday, January 11, 2017 11:26

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