Structural PPE Safety and Training
Chapter 5: Donning and Doffing
What are you doing when you don’t wear all of your structural fire fighting PPE or don’t fasten all of the closures?
Saving time, so you can respond quicker
Keeping your core temperature down by not being so encapsulated
Giving routes for the fire and heat to enter the system and burn you
Doing your best Kurt Russell impersonation
What do you don first?
Your pants and boots
Your hood; leave in the up position
Your hood; pushed down around your neck
Whatever feels best to you
Coats and pants have at least two types of closures, it is only necessary to close one:
What needs to interface with your face mask?
The collar of your coat
All of the above
After arriving at the scene, what is the last thing you do to complete the donning process?
Don your gloves
Don your SCBA
Don your helmet
Pull down the bottom of the coat to eliminate any bunching that could reduce overlap
When doffing heated gear, it is best to:
Doff your helmet and hood, because they keep heat trapped inside the system
Doff PPE in opposite sequence to donning it
Leave your gloves on while you disengage hardware on your helmet and turnout gear
Doff your coat and open the closure of your pants for ventilation; you and the gear will cool
What are the signs of super-heated gear?
Dye burning off, which could look like steam or off-gassing
Discoloration of any PPE element
Both of the above
None of the above
What should you avoid when doffing super-heated gear?
Having another person assist you as they are likely to make the doffing process harder
Doffing too quickly as the extreme temperature change my adversely affect your body
Compression; which could cause conductive burns
Being too careful about how you doff it; the point is to get it off
After doffing at the station, what condition should your PPE be in before putting it away?
Clean and dry with no visible damage
There should be no more than minor damage
There should be no visible damage
Clean and dry with no more than minor damage
What is the "ready position" for pants?
Hung from a hook
Hung on the truck
Folded down over the boots, so you can step in and pull up quickly
Stored in a gear bag with all other elements of PPE
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