Gas related risks encountered by fire departments and emergency response teams are a common part of the job. Immediate evaluation of the situation upon arrival and continuous monitoring during a rescue situation are essential for everyone’s safety. Whether you are responding to a suspected carbon monoxide call or performing an overhaul and investigation, a gas detector could be the device that saves your life or the lives of nearby civilians.
Gas monitoring equipment considerations include:
Pre-entry Air Sampling
In a confined space rescue situation, a gas detector with a pump allows the device to properly draw an air sample before entering. The Ventis Pro, Ventis MX4, and MX6 iBrid have pump options that allow users to take samples of a space before entering. Sampling accessories like probes and tubing kits make it easier for responders to draw accurate samples of a space.
Single-Gas or Multi-Gas Monitoring
Single-gas detectors for carbon monoxide (CO) are common for response to residential or commercial CO alarms. Fire departments also typically use multi-gas detectors equipped with lower explosive limit (LEL), oxygen (O2), CO, hydrogen sulfide (H2S), and hydrogen cyanide (HCN) sensors.
Ease of Operation
Time is often a critical element in emergency rescue situations. Gas detection instruments that convey audible alarms and clear messages such as ‘EVACUATE’ help clarify emergency situations and facilitate proper action.
Wireless gas detectors provide ongoing real-time data sharing among responders and safety professionals who can monitor the situation remotely. The LENS wireless feature of Ventis Pro Multi-Gas Monitors keeps responders informed of hazards affecting other team members. When used with the RGX Gateway, responders gain real-time visibility and accountability both on-site and from the command center.
Intrinsic Safety and rugged design
Any equipment used in a fire and gas related emergency must be intrinsically safe, to further avoid explosive hazards, and have the ability to withstand extreme conditions. The RGX Gateway and all Industrial Scientific gas detectors are intrinsically safe.
Proper Maintenance and Compliance
The DSX Docking Station provides automated calibration, bump testing, record keeping, and instrument diagnostics. Docking Stations ensure proper maintenance and performance of gas detectors.