Brentwood firefighters use unique equipment to battle wildfires

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BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (WKRN) – Some of Brentwood’s firefighters are in Chattanooga to help fight their wildfires, and one of the reasons is because of their unique equipment.

News 2’s Davis Nolan talked with Chief Brian Goss on Tuesday to hear about what they are using.

“So what we have here is a structural firefighting coat. This is what we use for 99 percent of our firefighting activities here in Brentwood,” Goss explained.

(Photo: WKRN)
(Photo: WKRN)

He told News 2 the coats are designed to protect firefighters from high heat conditions inside a compartmentalized space.

Chief Goss then showed up something he calls “a little bit unusual.”

“This is called a flapper. It is just what it looks like,” he said. “If you can picture yourself stomping out a fire with the sole of your boot, it’s like the giant sole of a boot.”

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“There’s a couple of different backpacks we can use,” Goss continued. “As you can imagine, when you fighting a wild land fire, your biggest challenge is water supply.”

So they use a backpack outfitted with a commercial sprayer with a nozzle adapted for fire suppression.

“The wearer can put that on their back. It’s a pressurized pump can,” the chief noted.

The firefighters also use a fire rake, especially designed to pull wood products, debris, and leaves off the ground without having the rake get entangled.

Click here to read the latest Tuesday on the wildfires affecting the state.