The Firefighter wears clothing especially made for the work that they do. Each item either protects their body, or helps them perform their duties.
Click on any item the firefighter has on in the image to the right, to find out more about it, and why it is important to the firefighter.
This is made from a heat resistant strong plastic. It protects the firefighter from heat, water, and falling objects. The shield and the reflective magnets identify the apparatus the firefighter is from. Different colors of the helmet identify which rank the person is. White helmets are chiefs. Red or orange helmets are captains. Yellow helmets are firefighters or firefighter / paramedics.
Face Mask This is connected to the air bottle with a hose. It supplies the firefighter with regulated air pressure. With fresh air the firefighter can enter dangerous atmospheres to rescue people and to attack the fire.
Turn Out Jacket
This special jacket has 2 layers in them. The outside layer is made from a fire resistant material called Nomex. The inner layer is a waterproof material that keeps the firefighter dry. The yellow and silver stripe is a reflective stripe that allows the firefighter to be seen in the dark. With this jacket the firefighter can go into the dangerous fire area.
Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (Air tank)
This is an aluminum fiberglass wrapped bottle. It is pressurized with 4500 cubic feet of air. It supplies the firefighter with approximately 30 minutes of fresh air, to allow access into the smoke and heat. Without this air it would be hard to rescue people or to find the fire.
This is a "drop" bag which contains 75 feet of 3/8 inch nylon rope. The rope is used for taking tools and equipment aloft. It can be used as a search and rescue tag line, or as a emergency escape line.
Turn out pants
These special pants have 2 layers in them. The outside layer is made from a fire resistant material called Nomex. The inner layer is a waterproof material that keeps the firefighter dry. The yellow and silver stripe is a reflective strip that allows the firefighter to be seen in the dark.