Fire Fighting Equipment

Definition - What does Fire Fighting Equipment mean?

Fire fighting equipment is equipment designed to extinguish fires or protect the user from fire. It may be used by trained fire fighters, untrained users at the scene of a fire, or built into a building's infrastructure (such as a sprinkler system).

Fire fighting equipment includes not only fire hoses and fire extinguishers but also fire-resistant protective clothing, fire-resistant gloves, respirators, and communication equipment.

Safeopedia explains Fire Fighting Equipment

Fire fighting equipment is generally comprised of hundreds of different pieces of equipment and technology.

A categorized list of such equipment might look like this:

  • Extinguishers – using water, dry chemical powder, foam, carbon dioxide, or other substances
  • Fire fighter’s gear – fire resistant outer suit, inner lining suit, inner and outer gloves, woolen socks, fire resistant shoes, helmet (with or without headlight), communication system, and breathing apparatus
  • Installed fire fighting system – main water supply network, hydrant, sprinkler (automatic or manual), emergency fuel and electric cut off system, portable generators, and portable pumps
  • Communication equipment – walkie-talkie, radio, broadcasts, landline telephone, sound powered telephone, cell or mobile phone, and voice pipe
  • Fire detection and alarm systems – smoke, frame, spark detectors, local, centralized automatic, semi-automatic, and manual fire alarm systems
  • Other accessories – water and sand bucket, shovel, hammer, fire axe, cutters, hooks, fire blanket, emergency lifesaving apparatus, and emergency lights
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