Required according to SOLAS regulations Chapter II Reguation 17. “All ships shall carry at least two fireman’s outfits complying with the requirements.”
According to SOLAS requirements the minimum number of fireman’s outfit required on board are as follows: 1) For vessels between 500-2500 tons minimum two sets are required. 2) For vessels between 2500-4000 tons minimum three sets are required. 3) For vessels 4000 tons and above minimum four sets are required.
In addition, two fireman’s outfits shall be provided for tankers. One set contains Protective Clothing, Boots, Gloves, Helmets, Electric Safety Lamp and Axe. However, electric safety lamp and axe are not included in the unit.
One Complete set of fireman’s outfit include following items.
1, SCBA ( Self-contained Breathing Apparatus) Required by the Medical First Aid Guide(MFAG) for use in accidents involving dangerous gases where a portable oxygen apparatus is not available . A self-contained breathing apparatus is also required by 1983 SOLAS amendments Chapter III Regulation 17. Suitable for fire fighting, rescue work, inspection and maintenance of equipment and other related activities, especially on board a ship
2. Fireman Suit Required according to SOLAS regulations Chapter II Reguation 17. “All ships shall carry at least two fireman’s outfits complying with the requirements.” In addition, two fireman’s outfits shall be provided for tankers. One set contains Protective Clothing, Boots, Gloves, Helmets, Electric Safety Lamp and Axe. However, electric safety lamp and axe are not included in the unit.
3. Fireman Helmet Fireman helmet made from the helmet shell, mask(visor), shawl, buffer layer and other components, with characters of half-helmet design, fashionable, with anti-sharp objects impact, anti-corrosion, heat radiation, reflective, insulation.
5. Explosion Proof Light This portable explosion proof lamp shell material use ZDL-102 aluminum alloy and molding by die-casting,and coated with a good paint layer. Lamp case without hole, switch used reed switch and strong magnetic structure.
6. Fire Proof Lifeline Combination rope of wire and nylon or hemp rope,complete with safety snap hook. Available in 30, 40 and 50 meter lengths.
7. Fire Axe Required with fire fighting gear by SOLAS regulation Chapter III number 17. “The axe have a pick head with a wood or insulated handle.”
8. Fireman Safety Belt A belt for carrying auxiliary equipment of fireman outfit,like Fire Axe, Explosion-proof Lamp,Fire-proof Lifeline,
The SOLAS 2014 amendments and the Fire Safety Systems (FSS) Code adopted by IMO Resolutions MSC.338(91) and MSC.339(91) will enter into force on 1 July, 2014, introducing revised and new requirements for fireman’s outfit breathing apparatus and two-way portable radiotelephone apparatuses.
Changes to SOLAS regulation II-2/10.10.1 and the FSS Code mean that: “Compressed air breathing apparatus shall be fitted with an audible alarm and a visual or other device which will alert the user before the volume of the air in the cylinder has been reduced to no less than 200 litres.”
This applies to ship’s constructed (keel laid) on or after 1 July, 2014. Ships constructed (keel laid) before 1 July, 2014 must comply no later than 1 July, 2019.
New SOLAS regulation II-2/184.108.40.206, relating to ‘Onboard training and drills’ requires that: “An onboard means of recharging breathing apparatus cylinders used during drills shall be provided or a suitable number of spare cylinders shall be carried on board to replace those used.”
This applies to all ships on or after 1 July, 2014.
Two-way portable radiotelephone apparatuses
New SOLAS regulation II-2/10.10.4 requires that: “For ships constructed on or after 1 July 2014, a minimum of two two-way portable radiotelephone apparatus for each fire party for fire-fighter’s communication shall be carried on board.
Those two-way portable radiotelephone apparatus shall be of an explosion-proof type or intrinsically safe. Ships constructed before 1 July, 2014 shall comply with the requirements of this paragraph not later than the first safety equipment survey after 1 July, 2018.”