Firefighting equipment is everywhere you see inside a fire hall or truck. Each firefighter has their equipment along with the whole team. This page goes into a little more depth with some of the most important equipment a firefighter has to use in order to do his/her job correctly.
The air pack is used to keep each firefighter breathing safely. Fires give off large amounts of deadly smoke and gasses that can harm a human's lungs. Each air pack is filled with oxygen and covers the mouth and nose region of the firefighter. This is so that each firefighter does not come into contact with the deadly smoke while putting out the fire. An alarm will go off when the air pack starts to get low on oxygen letting the firefighter know when to get out and refill his pack.
The hoses are used on the trucks for two purposes. One purpose is to pump water from a water source to the different fire trucks. The second purpose is to pump water from the truck to the actual fire. The hoses pump up to 600 lbs. of pressure of water from the water source to the fire.
The fire truck is a very important piece of equipment to firefighters. There are a number of different kinds of fire trucks such as tankers trucks, pumper trucks, brush trucks, aerial ladder trucks, and rescue/equipment trucks. The tankers are the trucks that hold the water. Pumpers are the trucks that pump the water through to the fire. Brush Trucks have skinnier hoses for small brush like fires. Aerial Ladder trucks are usually in bigger cities and used for rescues in tall buildings. Rescue/equipment trucks are used for carrying extra equipment.