The Equipment We Use

Fire, Rescue, & EMS Equipment

This is an sampling of the several types of equipment we use at Eureka Fire Protection District. These are the tools we use every day to do our job...saving lives and property.

Cardiac Monitor

The Zoll X Series is our multi-function cardiac tool. This monitor allows for both 3 lead and 12 lead EKG's, pulseoximetry, capnography, and electrical therapy.  It also allows for all inetrventions such as medications given to be time stamp for accurate treatment and documentation.

 

AED

This is a ZOLL AED. These are located on our pumpers and staff vehicles. AED's have proven to be effective in delivering early defibrillation to victims of cardiac arrest. AED's are showing up everywhere from police cars and fire trucks to airplanes and businesses. The Automatic External Defibrillator is designed to be used by the layman, not neccessarily someone with medical training.

 

Thermal Imaging Camera

This is the Bullard Eclipse LDX thermal imaging camera. We carry one of these units on all of the firetrucks and also have one with video recording capabilities for fire investigation purposes. These thermal imaging cameras allow us to find temperature differentials where the naked eye fails or cannot be used. In a hot, smoky environment, a fire victim will stand out against the hot background. This enables us to reach victims and remove them to safety much faster. These cameras can also be used to find hidden fires or hot spots behind walls. This helps to prevent additional property damage.

Gas Detector

This is a Drager X-am 5000, 5 Gas Detector. This device allows us to monitor air quality in an environment where the atmosphere may be harmful to life and health. It is capable of monitoring oxygen, carbon monoxide, hydrogen sulfide, hydrogen cyanide and the lower explosive limits for some flammable gasses. We utilize this piece of equipment on any calls involving a carbon monoxide detector alarm, any natural gas leak, confined space entry, post structure fire, or anywhere we need to assure the safety of the atmosphere in which we are working.

"Jaws of Life"

These are the rescue tools commonly referred to as the "Jaws of Life." This equipment is designed to extricate people out of mangled machinery and crushed vehicles. The tools on the bottom are the spreaders and the ones on the top are cutters. They are powered by a battery pack similiar to the ones used on a cordless drill, just on a much larger scale. The spreaders have a spreading force of 72,000 lbs., and the cutters can generate a force of up to 63,000 lbs. We also have hydraulic rams that extend up to 60 inches long. High pressure airbags are used to lift heavy objects a short distance while blocks of wood we call "cribbing" are used to support or shore up whatever we are working on. Its entirely possible for every one of these pieces of equipment to be used on a vehicle rescue.

Water Dumps

The photo here shows the dump system installed on pumper / tanker 2434. This square chute allows for the 2000 gallons of water carried on the truck to be dumped into a porta tank in 90 seconds. The porta tanks are used when hydrants are not available and the water supply must be brought in.  Controls for the chutes and valves are in the cab at the engineer's seat and at the rear of the truck. These remotely operated valves enable us to unload water faster during an incident that requires us to sustain a heavy flow of water.