Basic firefighter gear, consisting of a helmet, pants, a coat, gloves, boots and an air pack, weighs 45 pounds. Once this gear gets wet, it adds even more weight.
Many firefighters also carry a thermal imaging camera, a radio, a flashlight and heavy duty tools, which bring the weight up to about 77 pounds. Firefighters must wear each of the essential pieces to protect themselves from hazardous fire and smoke. The basic gear collection is often referred to as personal protection equipment, turnouts or bunker gear. The clothing pieces are constructed from fire-retardant Nomex or Kevlar. The helmet is made from leather or heavily reinforced plastic and includes a breathing system that provides clean air to the wearer.Learn More
A firefighter challenge coin is a special coin that expresses pride and fraternity among firefighters. The challenge coin tradition originated with soldiers in active combat where the coins served as identifying tokens signifying membership in an elite unit.Full Answer >
As of 2014, a fire hydrant weighs a minimum of 500 pounds. Older hydrants used by firemen in the city of New York between 1904 and the 1930s weighed up to 800 lbs. Digging up a fire hydrant may cost between $2,000 and $4,000.Full Answer >
Firefighters must have a high school diploma or equivalent and a valid driver's license to apply for positions with state and local fire departments. Firefighters must also pass written and physical exams, and multiple interviews in order to gain employment. Once hired, firefighters must also complete regional or state on-the-job training to advance in their career.Full Answer >
To recharge a fire extinguisher, you need to remove the head and remaining wetting agent, mix new wetting agent with water, pour the mixture into the extinguisher base, replace the extinguisher head, and charge the extinguisher. A bucket, wetting agent, water, a funnel and air compressor are required.Full Answer >