Firefighters save lives, help the injured and are always there when the need arises. It often gets hot and this quickly leads to heat stress, so firefighters are more than 100% at risk of having a heart attack. This is why we have supported Australian firefigjhters against the devastating bush fires with E.COOLINE cooling vests.
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The topic of climate change and heat development was the focus of the World Economic Summit in Davos. Even Donald Trump advocated more trees and reforestation. The sad proof of the climate catastrophe is provided by the bush fires in Australia, which have kept the fire department in North South Wales on tenterhooks for weeks. That’s why the Frankfurt/Main fire department, on the initiative of firefighter Oliver Schmidt and Director Stefan Kimpel, received over 200 E.COOLINE cooling vests and baseball caps from the Ulm-based company pervormance international during a charity concert in Frankfurt. The vests and baseball caps were immediately shipped from there to Australia.
The enormous heat – especially underneath the protective suits – is extremely exhausting for the emergency services on site, and the emergency services are now exhausted to the maximum due to the heat stress. So far, there has not been any relief in the form of cool clothing. With the climate-neutral E.COOLINE cooling vests and cooling headgear, the emergency services can now be protected from the negative consequences of heat stress with a cooling capacity of 660 watt/h: Circulation problems are reduced, the heart rate is lower, the emergency services have to sweat less and better concentration and performance increases safety and health during operations. The energy saved due to less sweat production can be used for more important things.
It is true that forest fires are common in Australia. However, the current bushfire season is breaking all “records” and the increasing heat and drought due to climate change is expected to further encourage fires. Oliver Schmidt, who himself used to work for the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) in Australia, made this clear during the presentation of the donation on the basis of the temperature development in Australia. This shows that heat protection for the emergency services will become even more important in the future.
Gabriele Renner, the Managing Director of pervormance international GmbH, emphasized: “We are sure that the cooling vests can make the important and difficult work of the emergency services in Australia easier in future. The fact that the cooling vests are now being used on site is a good example of how politics, companies and organizations can work together to help quickly and unbureaucratically with innovations from Ulm”.