Firefighting

LIGHTING THE SCENE WITHOUT TYING UP THE TRUCK

Issue 7 and Volume 159.

BY DOUG DAHLGREN Fire and rescue units arriveat a nighttime emergency scene; police are already there to assist. After a time, the emergency is addressed-firefighters extinguish the fire, EMTs treat and transport the victims, and the immediate crisis is over. But even when the immediate crisis is over, potential danger is still present. These scenes still require cleanup and investigation. At night, maintaining safety is more difficult. For decades, quartz light fixtures mounted on emergency vehicles provided the lighting at nighttime incident response and investigation scenes. Although such fixtures are certainly an adequate lighting solution, their limitations are obvious in comparison with portable light towers. Using standalone light towers at remote sites is not new, but it is a relatively new trend in the emergency services. MOVE IT OR LOSE IT The lack of mobility and flexibility for truck-mounted light units is clear. It is not often feasible to maneuver…

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