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  • Cooling Vests

    I am interested in information on firefighter cooling vests to be worn under turn outs. I have found many manufacturers but have not been able to find many Fire Depts that have used them.

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    Our bomb squad uses them, but we opted against them for the haz mat unit. The biggest problem is that on a really hot day, you may outlast the cooling effect. Then you end up with a bag of hot water on your back. Not good.
    PROUD, HONORED AND HUMBLED RECIPIENT OF THE PURPLE HYDRANT AWARD - 10/2007.

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      Re: Cooling Vests

      Originally posted by lvfircap85
      I am interested in information on firefighter cooling vests to be worn under turn outs. I have found many manufacturers but have not been able to find many Fire Depts that have used them.
      Bullard sells a rechargable cooling vest called the Isotherm. For more details, you can go to http://www.bullard.com/products/Resp...e/isotherm.cfm
      My comments are sometimes educated, sometimes informed and sometimes just blowing smoke...but they are always mine and mine alone and do not reflect upon anyone else (especially my employer).

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        NEIDNER also makes one that according to their specifications will last about 2 hours and can be recharged in 30-45 seconds with an umbilical...
        09-11 .. 343 "All Gave Some..Some Gave ALL" God Bless..R.I.P.
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        IACOJ Minister of Southern Comfort
        "Purple Hydrant" Recipient (3 Times)
        BMI Investigator
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        The comments, opinions, and positions expressed here are mine. They are expressed respectfully, in the spirit of safety and progress. They do not reflect the opinions or positions of my employer or my department.

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          I know our county haz mat team used them at one point. They may still, but I'm not sure.

          For interior fire ops though, has anyone ever heard of one of these things breaking? If there is some kind of liquid inside that is used to keep the wearer cool, does it vaporize quickly?

          I guess I would be worried that a ruptured vest could create a situation where the wearer would be Steam Burned in a high heat environment?

          Does anyone know if this is even a risk to worry about?
          If you can keep your head about you, while those around you are losing theirs, then you will be a man my son.

          Rudyard Kipling.

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            Originally posted by Capt1GVFD
            I know our county haz mat team used them at one point. They may still, but I'm not sure.

            For interior fire ops though, has anyone ever heard of one of these things breaking? If there is some kind of liquid inside that is used to keep the wearer cool, does it vaporize quickly?

            I guess I would be worried that a ruptured vest could create a situation where the wearer would be Steam Burned in a high heat environment?

            Does anyone know if this is even a risk to worry about?
            The Bullard Isotherm vest has a gel on the inside. I believe it is slightly caustic, making it a mild skin irritant, but it is not hazardous or flammable.

            The packs are pretty tough to break...I haven't worn one under gear, but I've played with them elsewhere and they take a beating. They are marketed for use during rehab, though, even if you get one a with Nomex shell.
            My comments are sometimes educated, sometimes informed and sometimes just blowing smoke...but they are always mine and mine alone and do not reflect upon anyone else (especially my employer).

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