To prepare firefighters as best as possible for calamities, they must train and practice realistically. Spinel Safety Center has a training ground for this where real-life scenarios are simulated. High body temperatures are unavoidable in firefighting workouts. Both the heat from physical exertion and the heat from the environment in which you work, are a danger.
It is difficult for firefighters in action to estimate whether their core body temperature is too high. This can cause overheating, which can lead to serious and long-lasting injuries. ARMOR Heat Monitor is used to guarantee the safety of firefighters. This way, they can continue to train safely at the highest possible physical level.
During training, firefighters wear a heart rate monitor on their upper arm and the ARMOR transmitter in their pocket. Every minute, the current core temperature of the firefighter is determined from the heart rate data and this data can be viewed in real-time on the trainer's tablet or mobile.
In addition to this estimated core temperature, the app also shows a Physiological Strain Index score, a measure of the heat strain of the firefighter. If this score gets too high, the trainer can intervene and initiate actions according to an action protocol. ARMOR also provides insight into when firefighters can return to action after having to take a temporary rest due to overheating.
Spinel Safety Center and South Holland South Safety Region have included ARMOR Heat Monitor in their program. In this way, firefighters can train safely, and heat-related injuries can be prevented.
Arnold Verweerd, Operational Manager Spinel Safety Center, concludes: “Physical damage due to heat stress is an underestimated risk when operating in our profession. By gaining insight into the core temperature with the Physiological Strain Index score of the participants, we can act at an early stage to prevent heat injury. Thanks to ARMOR Heat Monitor, we can manage this better and practice safer and responsibly.”
Would you like to know what ARMOR Heat Monitor can do for you? Please contact Dhruv Gulhar, our technical specialist. He will be happy to discuss the options with you and answer all your questions.