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Firefighter Safety: How to Create a Bail Out Kit & Use Fence Pieces for Training

Are you a firefighter? Do you know what to do or what tools to use when you need to escape out of a burning building or need to defeat the structure of a fence, during a fire emergency? If your answer is no, here below we have a list of things you should have in a Bail Out Kit.

Firefighters are trained to combat challenges in case a fire breaks out. They carry Bail Out Kits that come with a source of useful things to have during a fire crisis.

Here is what should be in your Bail Out Kit in your jacket:

-HEPA Mask

-Disposable Waterproof camera. Use the camera for training and scrapbooks. You can use it as proofs of fire damage.

-Two pair of EMS gloves.

Here is what they have in their pants:

–         Two carabineers.

–         50ft of NFPA rated line, which takes up one pocket.

–         Two wooden wedges.

–         EMS shears.

–         Wire Cutters

–         DC Hinge Hook

–         Multipurpose hinge hook.

  1. Use the wooden wedges on your helmet. Do not use rubber wedges because they are expensive and they will melt. You can make yourself a lifetime supply of wooden wedges out of a 4ft long 2×4 from Home Depot or Lowes. Cut the wood wedges to a shape that can fit inside a sprinkler orifice. This will help the sprinklers activate during a fire crisis.
  2. Carry a utility knife. It just may come in handy to break you away from an object in a crisis.
  3. Use your extrication gloves to hold your safety glasses and a pair of EMS gloves.
  4. Most of all make sure your tools are organized enough for you to know the exact location of your tools. You do not want to have to dig to get them. Being organized can be the difference between life and death.

For more tips and tools read this article from

Also, read the below testimony from the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services on why scrap fence pieces are great training materials for firefighters.

Hercules Fence

Mr. Evan Winston

8580 Mission Rd

Jessup, MD 20794

Mr. Evan Winston on September 8, 2011 the engine crew from fire station 6 showed up at your facility looking for some scrap fence pieces for training. We spoke with Mark and Ed they advised they could help us. Mark took us to your back lot and showed us many different options of materials and fences that we could have for training.

We sincerely appreciate your generous donation of fencing materials. These materials will be used for hands on training of how to defeat fences on emergency calls. This training will increase efficiency, hopefully prevent injury and decrease unnecessary damage.

Your great cooperation with the local fire department is greatly appreciated.

Thanks again

LT R. Smeltzer

Station 6 C shift

410 880 5803

If you have any questions or need fence materials, contact Hercules Fence by calling (800) TU FENCE or click here today!

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This entry was posted on Thursday, September 15th, 2011 at 7:43 pm. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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