What is fire fighting equipment? Find out in our latest blog post. 

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What is fire fighting equipment? 

Fire fighting equipment is a range of tools and appliances that are designed to extinguish fires. When used correctly, this equipment will protect the operator from harm. There are many different types of fire fighting equipment, including portable extinguishers, professional fire fighting tools (FENZ), sprinkler systems, and alarms. 

Fire Fighting Methods 

What is fire fighting equipment used for? That depends on the type of fire. There is specific fire fighting equipment for different types of fire. Here are some of the most common fire fighting methods.

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Fire Extinguishers 

Portable fire fighting devices are essential in every building. These simple pieces of equipment are easy to operate and can be used by almost anyone. A fast reaction with a portable fire extinguisher could save you thousands of dollars in damage costs. 
There are a range of different types of fire extinguishers. Each type contains a different extinguishing agent that is suitable for use on different fires. What are the types of fire extinguisher? Find out in our other blog post. 

Fire Hose Reels 

Every decent fire fighting system should include a fire hose reel.  The hose reel is designed to deal with class A fires (involving paper, wood, rubber, and other non-conductive materials). The hose reel sprays water onto a flame, taking away the heat element. This means that you cannot use it on an electrical fire. 

Fire Blankets 

Fire blankets are perfect for use on fires involving cooking fats and oils. They can also be wrapped around a person who is on fire. You should have a fire blanket available in all kitchen areas. 

Sprinkler Systems 

As an additional line of defence, many commercial buildings have their own sprinkler systems. These systems can be activated by a number of things, depending on the type of sensor. Traditionally, sprinkler systems can detect smoke, temperature, or both. 

Smoke Alarms 

You need to have functioning smoke detectors and alarms in every building – domestic, commercial, or otherwise. Early detection is the key to evacuation and fast action against a fire in it’s early stages. 



Emergency Services 

Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ), have a range of professional tools they use to combat fire. There is some cross-over with civilian equipment, and some industry specific equipment. 

They use some of the following items: 

  • fire fighting trucks 
  • fire fighting clothing (suits, fire resistant shoes, breathing apparatus) 
  • high pressure hose reels 
  • ladders, axes, sand and water buckets 

For more information about professional fire fighter equipment, contact your local fire brigade. 

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What is fire fighting equipment and what are your maintenance requirements? Even if you have all of the equipment in the world, it’s no good if it doesn’t work properly. Regular inspections and maintenance will ensure your equipment lasts. 

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