Final Project Firefighter - PPE SCBA Invention and...

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PPE & SCBA Invention and Advancement By: Alexis Smith
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Colonial Times They had no protective equipment and only attacked fires from the outside The reason why most houses just burned to the ground There were no interior operations because of everyday clothing having no proficiency in protecting the firefighter from heat and flames The first form of PPE ever invented was the fire helmet. Invented in the 1730s the helmet was leather with high crown and a wide brim In 1794 the first protective cape was worn
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1800s In 1836 Henry T. Gratacap designed a helmet similar to ones used today. They are called the “traditional” helmet Helmet was a reinforced dome-shaped leather helmet with a front shield and brim rolling to a long back tail Around the same time wool was found to be able to give some protection against hot and cold environments. Firefighters now had a look of pants and long trench coat with a stiff collar made of wool, with leather boots.
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