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Notts Fire get life-saving smoke hoods thanks to £100,000 Grenfell grant

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Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service firefighters can now use smoke hoods, similar to gas masks, to help them rescue people trapped in fires, particularly in high-rise buildings.

 

The hoods, which allow trapped people to breathe for 15 minutes, can be worn over their heads while firefighters lead them to safety through a smoke-filled environment if all other routes are unavailable.

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Notts Fire get life-saving smoke hoods thanks to £100,000 Grenfell grant

They would be particularly useful in a high-rise building due to the potentially complex nature of these rescues.

 

The Government has given NFRS nearly £100,750 to buy smoke hoods and other equipment designed specifically for tackling fires in high-rise buildings, following the Grenfell Tower Inquiry Phase 1 report.

Other equipment to be brought into use over the next few months includes smoke curtains to stop the spread of smoke to an escape route.

Notts Fire get life-saving smoke hoods thanks to £100,000 Grenfell grant

 

Smoke hoods were successfully used in Bournemouth recently when two of the 11 people rescued from a three-storey block of flats were led to safety while wearing the hoods.  More details about this are available on Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service’s website at https://www.dwfire.org.uk/news/new-fire-escape-hoods-now-in-use/.

 

Group Manager Chris Emmott said: “The smoke hoods have already proved their worth in Bournemouth and could save many lives in Nottinghamshire in future.  The purchase of equipment for tackling fires in high-rise buildings is just one of many ways we are meeting the recommendations of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry Phase 1 report.”

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