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    Has anyone here had experience with extrication jumpsuits?? I have been looking at the one in the Galls catalog, anybody seen or tried this one.

    I am looking at going this route for extrication work. If anyone has any other links on similar products, please let me know.

    thanks

  • #2
    Try zmagrescue.com. Mike handles the american fireware jumpsuit. Been wearing it for more than a year and does real well. You can also check out americanfireware.com. They give you all the options and sizing and "stuff".
    Skip Rupert
    Shrewsbury, PA
    "Keeper of the Rescue Zone"
    [email protected]

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    • #3
      I've seen two of the suits (one red and one natural). They have lots of pockets and appear to be sturdy enough to do the job. I think GALL'S is a bit pricey with them. I have not seen the other ones Skip mentions. My problem with jump suits is that I seem to overheat in them pretty rapidly. I like being able to take a coat off to rehab and then put it back on and get back to work. With the jump suit you can unzip but then you need to tie the arms around your waist which is a bit awkward to me.
      Richard Nester
      Orrville (OH) Fire Dept.

      "People don't care what you know... until they know that you care." - Scott Bolleter

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      • #4
        A couple guys in my department have the red jumpsuits out of GALLS, They say they are pretty handy to have at night to slip right into. I don't know if they are totally bloodborne resistant though and I also think our SOP's say we have to have full PPE on at MVA's, so they might not be allowed.

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        • #5
          I love the idea of extrication jump-suit's, and i would like to see them as a part of my fd's attire. However what ability do they have against fire. I relize a hoseline should be pulled and manned durring extrication, never the less fire is still an issue(which is why most sop's these days still want us all to wear our structural gear), I think if the fire issue could be resolved more fd's would issue these suits to be worn. I do believe that normal fire gear at extrication scenes can be combersome and restrictive, I myself work every race that comes to Daytona and we wear jumpsuits, and I hope that the new legislation about motorsports safety will help us all in the fire departments as far as making some kind of a standard towards extrication gear to be used besides on racestracks.


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          • #6
            We use the same kind galls has, although we got them much cheaper. We have had them about 6 months now and everyone likes them, we have 11 of them and no problems yet as far as being durable, movement,etc.
            Firefighter/CCEMT-P
            May we ride into the darkness only to return as safe as we started!!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by hydrantkatcher:
              <STRONG>However what ability do they have against fire.

              </STRONG>
              I would be willing to bet that these suits have superior fire ratings. Unfortunately, the durability of the suit is probably sacrificed for better mobility. The suit I wear when working motorsports events is a driver's fire suit which has a 5 second rating for direct fire exposure before sustaining a 2nd degree burn.

              It is more comfortable than structural turn-out gear, but you wouldn't want to wear it while crawling through a burning building. The shortcomings are lack of water barriers and no reinforcements at wear points. The extrication suits attempt to address this, but they don't appear to me to be able to withstand the wear-and-tear of regular turn-outs.
              Richard Nester
              Orrville (OH) Fire Dept.

              "People don't care what you know... until they know that you care." - Scott Bolleter

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