Recently The Linden Fire Department received an emergency bail out equipment kit for each of our 111 members. This equipment was purchased from a generous donation from Phillips 66 Bayway Refinery. Each kit consisted of a harness to be worn on their turnout gear, specially designed hook, a descending device and a 50 foot length of rope. These kits are to be carried by all firefighters when entering a structure fire, they are to be used as a last resort if they find themselves trapped by fire. If a firefighter must use the kit, they hook into the window frame and bail out the window using the descender to slowly lower to the ground. In addition to the equipment each member also is receiving proper training in the use of the equipment, in this training they are all required to bail out of a window 9 times to be qualified to use the kits.
Linden Fire Chief Joseph Dooley Stated “Not having this equipment and training has been a significant gap in our preparedness. We have been trying for years to get grants for the equipment. Phillips 66 has closed this gap, now every member of the Linden Fire Department has a way out if they get trapped by fire.” The Linden Fire Department would like to thank Phillips 66 Bayway Refinery for their donation, Phillips 66 has always taken a great interest in training and safety of the Linden Fire Department so that we can continue to deliver the highest level of safety to the citizens and businesses of Linden.