Print

Be a Firefighter >> Browse Articles >> Education in Fire & Rescue

+17

Firefighter Gear: Then and Now

The first breathing devices for firefighters used air pumped from a bellows through a hose and into a “smoke mask.” They were rarely used because they were bulky and unreliable.

After World War I, the gas mask came into use, but it provided no protection from carbon monoxide. Nor did gas masks work in an oxygen-deficient environment.

Today’s masks are self-contained (versus filtering outside air, as the original masks did) and prevent toxic smoke and gases from being inhaled. They also provide a minimum service life of 30 minutes of clean air and 100 liters per minute of airflow.


Sources: FireLink Photo Upload, iStock


Then & Now: Gloves & Boots


Recent Activity

Img_0184_max30
prempokhrel18 received the quiz result of "Airport Firefighter", 3 days ago.
Img_0184_max30
prempokhrel18 gave a thumbs up to The Article "The Age Factor", 3 days ago.
1511798_464215850344958_1566670560_n_max30
265mvfd reviewed the product: "Firefighter Rescue And Survival", 4 days ago.
1511798_464215850344958_1566670560_n_max30
265mvfd joined the group "Patch Collecting", 4 days ago.
1511798_464215850344958_1566670560_n_max30
265mvfd joined the group "Firefighters that dip Copenhagen", 4 days ago.