“The Evolution of PPE and other Innovations including Barrier Hood Technology”
Battalion Chief Bob Keys worked 31 years in the FDNY. His final assignment was Chief in Charge of The Research and Development Unit. With dramatic videos and pictures Chief Keys describes the changes in Personal Protective Equipment and how they saved the lives of two Brooklyn firefighters caught in a horrendous flashover. His presentation also includes development of The Personal Safety System (PSS or Bailout Bag) along with many other PPE innovations that help make firefighting a little bit safer.
Other inventions talked about include the Hi-Rise Nozzle that is used to safely combat wind driven fires in very tall buildings. The Drag Rescue Device that allows firefighters to rescue one another with a strap built into their coats is also explained.
Additionally, this presentation will include an in depth look into advancements in Particulate Barrier Hood technology that is integral in reducing exposure to carcinogens.