Don’t Let Weather Be a Factor in Saving Lives


Don’t Let Weather Be a Factor in Saving Lives

By Jason Busch Jul 06, 2012

EMS providers have enough to concern themselves with when they’re treating patients—weather shouldn’t be a factor that gets in the way of quality patient care. With the Eclipse SX 3-in-1 system jacket from Gerber Outwear it no longer has to be.

The Eclipse SX is waterproof, breathable and bloodborne pathogen impervious. It’s also ANSI 107 Class 3 compliant for high visibility and improved safety on roadways.

Spring Fire Department, located about 20 miles north of Houston, has only used the Eclipse SX for a matter of weeks, but Deputy Chief Scott Schoonover says they’ve already seen the advantages firsthand.

“We had a large thunderstorm come through in early June,” Schoonover says. “We had personnel on the roadways during the storm, dealing with things like power lines. The jacket helped keep their upper body dry and they were visible. It worked great.”

The lime-yellow outer shell has LumenX reflective accents on the shoulders and Scotchlite striping on the body and sleeves. Other features include waterproof zipper chest pockets, two-way patch pockets and a concealable hood. The Eclipse SX also includes a removable soft shell liner jacket.

Schoonover said a major motivation for Spring Fire Department to purchase the Eclipse SX was because it operates with approximately 200 combination volunteer and paid crews. “We didn’t want to have 20 different raincoats on scene from different fire departments. We wanted something our membership could wear that had Spring Fire Department on the back of it and was reflective so when they’re on the roadway we don’t have to utilize traffic vests with the coats.”

Another reason Spring Fire Department chose the Eclipse SX from Gerber Outerwear, Schoonover says, was the significant overall savings compared to jackets from other vendors, in addition to the full five-year warranty for the entire coat.


The study will assess Florida's Division of Emergency Management's response to Hurricane Irma and determine the lessons learned.
The state funding will provide 120,000 doses for first responders, including Pittsburgh park rangers.
The budget cut allowed the department to cross-staff, using firefighters to staff ambulances due to medical calls outnumbering fire calls.
One of the two Northern California wildfires have been fully contained due to cooler temperatures and light rain.
All EMS, fire, and law enforcement agencies in the county will participate in the drill along with 100 volunteers portraying victims of the shooting.
Only one of three in the country, the "rapid extrication team" assists in rescuing injured firefighters while local crews battle the forest fires.
Duracell's disaster relief program has provided batteries to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico, Texas, Florida, and Louisiana so people can operate their phones, flashlights, radios and other necessary devices.
In addition to sending representatives from a dozen agencies to tend to California, FEMA has sent meals, water, blankets and cots to shelters and provided emergency funds to fire departments and residents.
AMR has deployed disaster response teams from California and across the United States in support of the disastrous wildfires plaguing Northern California.
The drill involved a simulated chemical attack on Campanelli Stadium.
Houston Fire Chief Sam Pena told City Council the department doesn't have sufficient funding to provide adequate training or replace outdated rescue equipment and trucks.
New evidence reveals a full six minutes elapsed between the time Stephen Paddock shot a hotel security officer and when he started shooting at the concertgoers outside, leading authorities to question police response in that timeframe.
California is struggling to contain one of its deadliest wildfire outbreaks with eight counties now under states of emergency.
In the wake of recurring tragedies like the Las Vegas shooting, St. Lucie County Fire District aims to protect its EMS and fire personnel in the event of a life-threatening call.
Hospitals, residential areas and senior centers have been evacuated as multiple fires continue to ravage Northern California, requiring every fire service and strike team in the region to battle the flames.