Thousands of pounds in post-Grenfell funding has been secured to be spent on kitting every fire engine in the county with fire escape hoods to keep people safe during fire evacuations.
Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) has bought 120 fire escape hoods, which can be placed over the heads of members of the public to help stop them from breathing in toxic gases and will be used in incidents where firefighters need to wear breathing apparatus.
The single-use lightweight hoods provide up to 15 minutes protection, reducing the exposure and making it less dangerous for the public when firefighters must lead them to safety through smoke-filled buildings.
These fluorescent, respirator devices will not be used in every fire, but will be deployed where appropriate to support rescues and evacuations.
Chief Fire Officer Darren Dovey said: “One of the challenges for firefighters in evacuating buildings is ensuring the public are as safe as possible, even when passing down staircases, through hallways or other areas filled with toxic smoke.
“These hoods are a welcome addition to our appliances as they really will provide a life-line and help the public, preventing them absorbing the gases and improving our chances of saving lives.”
Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Stephen Mold said: “Many people don’t think about the huge risk that comes with smoke, but toxic fumes can have a devastating impact on a person’s ability to escape safely.
“I’m pleased to see these potentially life-saving hoods in service, giving firefighters another tool in their work to keep Northamptonshire safe.”