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Fire blankets in police cars


Basic element for security forces and public order in some communities of the country. Equip police cars with basic safety elements and include among other articles a fire blanket, is adopting more than safety measures, a conscience and human lifes' protection mentality.

Policemen, as security forces and public order, need to be equipped and trained to confront violent, dangerous and emmergency situations, which mean to wear protective clothes tailored with technical inherent flame retardant fabric, as well as cars equipement that they use could provide also protection against fire, heat chemical and even electric attacks.

Some communities in Spain have already taken conscience of these situations and have added, under their police regulations, to the cars equipment a fire blanket, that could be used in fast performance cases, if the situation requires it. Following, we will mention sime communities that alsready include fire blankets in the basic equipment of their police cars:

In Seville,  Act 93/2003 disposes:

Junta de Andalucía Official Bulletin

Article 4. Basic equipment

1. Cars will be white and must have this basic equipment:

a) Displayers issuing lights and acoustic signals.

b) Fire blanket.

c) Extinguisher.

d) Flashlights.

e) Fist-aid kit.

f) Transmitter.

g) Vests or reflectant bibs.

h) Signalling cones and beaconing tapes.

In Valencia, for example, Local police regulation approved December 30th 1999, demands that all police cars and vans must be provided at least with a fire blanket among other elements.

Regulation of Valencia's Policía Local

Artícle 46 The attencion of the vehicle corresponds to the driver that has it assignated at every moment, who always has to veil for its good use and maintance. All police cars and vans will have, at least, the following provision: 1 extinguisher with tube, weight 20 kilograms. 1 fire blanket. 1 pair of working gloves. 1 box of latez gloves. 4 reflecting material triangles, foldable. 2 flashlights withits correspondant orange cones and holding ring. 1 duct tape (sling), 4 meters long. 1 tape roll to beacon or accotate areas. 1 measuring tape, 20 meters long. 1 set of starting clamps, 1 respiratio tip (RPC).

Vasque Gobern, Euskedo Jaurlaritza, also dotates its police equipments not only with a fire blanket, but also thermal blankets.

Technical foundations patrol cars

Dotation of police equipment:

Dotations and subjected systems of it placed in front part or driving cabin:

- 1 elastic net to hold fire blanket that will be placed in the fornt area available for the partner

Dotations and subjected systems of it placed in the back part or driving cabin:

It supplies with respective subjects of the following  “Ertzaintza” equipments detailed below:

- Fire blanket holder.

The steps for a higher protection and safety make providers and suministrator of police materials and for safety and defence police forces get interested and start including fire blanket as a protection and safety category in their sales catalogues, as a safety and defence accesory before an embarassing situation of fighting against fire and heat.