Fire departments across the country visit local elementary schools to teach fire prevention to children and it sparks something inside of them that makes them curious and excited about firefighting. Unfortunately, research has shown the potential dangers of exposure to contaminated first responder personal protective equipment, and the interior of the fire truck. We want to make sure children receive the education and training they need but also protect them from any potential exposure to harmful contaminants.
Our Solution: Kid-Sized Turnout Gear
In addition to keeping our firefighters safe, we also want to keep our kids safe. As a part of our WE CARE initiative, we are now manufacturing kid-sized turnout gear for departments to use specifically during fire prevention training at elementary schools.
Our goal is to embrace the heroic nature of firefighting and allow children an opportunity to put on a firefighter’s jacket and pants to learn what it really feels like to be in their shoes!
How Departments are Using It
Our first set was made for Washington Township Fire Department in New Jersey, and it has been a big hit.
Firefighter Adam Seczech of Washington Township Fire Department explained the positive reactions the gear brought:
“It was a huge success with the kids in all of our schools. They got a kick out of wearing firefighter gear that actually fit them. It was also nice knowing they were not exposed to any harmful contaminants. Thanks Fire-Dex!”
In addition to fire prevention training, Washington Township Fire Department uses it during open houses and takes it to various community event days throughout the year, allowing them to better interact with the communities they are protecting.
When the gear is not being used, they store it in a box in the office to prevent contamination and UV damage, ensuring our children stay safe.
Interested in Getting a Set for Your Department?
Fill out the form below to get in contact with a distributor! Please note this gear is not NFPA certified.
ABOUT FIRE-DEX's WE CARE INITIATIVE
Our WE CARE initiative is an ongoing effort to build protection for you and your family in and outside the firehouse. Visit our web page for resources on mitigating occupational exposure to carcinogens and heat stress as well helpful tips for implementing your own decontamination procedure.
Together, we can be the culture change.