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Purchasing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

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Fire Engineering Training Digest – PPE Training GuideThis Training Guide should be mandatory reading for every firefighter. The information is of unparalleled importance. Purchasing Personal Protective Equipment - Article Highlight #3Self-direction and experience are vital attributes when undertaking the arduous task of selecting the PPE for a major fire department. One must also know what products are available, be familiar with OSHA andNFPA standards. The goal is to buy the best equipment while staying within budget. These guidelines, in principle, can be adapted for smaller departments.This article highlights “The Selection Process” from start to finish. About the Author:Andrew E. Pompe, CFPS,...

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"The Ham and Eggs Fire"

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When the phrase “natural disaster” is brought up, many think of the Great Chicago Fire. However, with over 3,000 casualties, the San Francisco Earthquake remains one of the United States’ worst natural disasters. On the morning of April 18th, 1906, an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.8 ripped through the city, destroying houses, buildings, and infrastructure alike. San Francisco resident Emma Burke is quoted in Popular Mechanics as saying that the earthquake “made such a roar that no one noise could be distinguished.” The disaster’s enormous force had damaged the city’s gas lines and caused dozens of fires to break...

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The History Of The Fire Helmet

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If you could point to one item of clothing that clearly distinguishes the firefighter, it would undoubtedly be the helmet. The firefighter helmet is one of the most iconic symbols of the emergency service profession. Believe it or not, the fire helmet was first introduced in 1739 as a leather hat.  Jacob Turk, a gunsmith who would later become the head of the New York Fire Department, was the man to champion the invention. What you see most firefighters wearing today, however, is a blend of progress and tradition started by a New York luggage maker.  Almost 100 years later, luggage...

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