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Protection in the Cold Zone

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The Fire Ground: Even in the Cold Zone, Firefighters, Paramedics and EMTs Need Protection

The Cold Zone serves as an area close enough to access the IDLH and related resources, but outside potential contamination:

  • Fire Command officers can see the Incident, usually from the designated Command Post.  
  • Personnel within the Cold Zone are not required to wear PPE, and use of an SCBA is not required. 
  • The designated rehab area for working Firefighters. 
  • Medical monitoring for Firefighters and Paramedics with transport would likely be stationed in the Cold Zone or, in some cases, just outside the Cold Zone.

Cold Zone Products from Dräger

Pac 6000 Cold Zone

Dräger Pac 6000 CO

When First Responders approach what appears to be a benign situation — a sick person in a home — the Dräger Pac 6000 CO alerts. What was initially considered a Cold Zone, the CO alert makes it an IDLH, which requires First Responders to either evacuate or don SCBAs.

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X-plore 1700 Cold Zone

Dräger X-plore 1700

Even at a distance away from the IDLH and Warm Zone, smoke knows no boundary. Smoke is laden with the cancer-causing particulates that First Responders need to avoid. Consider the Dräger X-plore 1700 to filter out many of these harmful elements.

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Comfort Vest Cold Zone

Dräger Comfort Vest CVP 5220

When it gets hot, the Dräger Comfort Vest CVP 5220 is always ready to use as it delivers the cooling action itself. Perfect for Firefighters in rehab, there's no pre-freezing, no dipping into water, no risk due to dangerous circulating air, and no time loss.

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Cold Zone Dangers

Smoke and gases from a fire or other dangerous Incidents cannot be contained. Weather conditions, circumstances in an Incident, and more can move smoke and gas beyond the borders of the IDLH or Decontamination Line into the Cold Zone or even beyond the Perimeter. Constant toxic gas and visual monitoring is required.

Discussions with Firefighters along with news reports about Firefighters or support personnel being “overcome” by smoke indicate these dangerous circumstances. 

In addition to the gas and visual monitoring, access to some form of breathing protection may be warranted, including affordable disposable masks that can filter out 95 percent of smoke particulates. 

The border between the working Incident and the public is usually known as the Perimeter. Probably established by the First Responder to arrive on scene (Law Enforcement or Fire) and adjusted as the Incident progresses and the authority having jurisdiction (AHJ). Outside the Perimeter is determined where it’s safest for the non-essential support, public, media, etc., to be located.

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Cold Zone Product Videos from Dräger

Protection in the Cold Zone - Draeger X-plore 1700 - Protect firefighters and EMS from particulatesPlay video
Protect firefighters and EMS from particulates

The Dräger X-plore 1700 N95 disposable mask comes individually wrapped and folded flat. When worn properly, these masks filter 95% of particulates in the air.

Protection in the Cold Zone - Pac 6000 CO for EMS workers and firefightersPlay video
Pac 6000 CO for EMS workers and firefighters

When First Responders approach what appears to be a benign situation — a sick person in a home — the Dräger Pac 6000 CO serves as a handy notification that maybe the situation isn’t as benign. If the Dräger Pac 6000 CO alerts, the area may be an IDLH, which requires First Responders to either evacuate themselves and others or don SCBAs for safe rescue.

Dräger X-dock® 5300/6300/6600

Dräger X-dock® 5300/6300/6600

The Dräger X-dock® provides a modular solution for bump/functional testings, calibrations, and storage of documentation.

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