Thursday, April 26th, 2012 9:04 am
An East Tennessee firefighter has designed a new device to help his colleagues stay safe on the job. Now, his invention is grabbing the attention of fire departments across the country.
“We’re so hot, we just pretty much cook inside,” said Rural Metro reserve firefighter Michael Robinson Sr. about the heavy protective gear firefighters must wear. “When we come out of a fire environment, our number one priority is to cool off.”
While fighting a house fire and brush fire in Heiskell last fall, one of Robinson’s firefighter colleagues collapsed from heat exhaustion.
He recovered, and the incident inspired Robinson to begin researching rehab techniques.
“I never really knew how important rehab really was until I started researching, and how many firefighters had paid the ultimate price for this heat issue.”
With his research, he created a device called the “HeatSeeker,” a rehab mist cap that fits onto any water discharge pipe on a fire truck, hose, hydrant, or portable unit.
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