When dealing with a fire, firemen have to find their way, communicate and find their way out again in a complex, unpredictable and very dark environment. The radio contact which they rely on for guidance is sometimes barely audible due to the background noise (crackling, leaking bottles, etc). They also use "guide lines" to help find their way, but these are often bulky, heavy and impractical: firemen have to count the plastic beads known as "olives" positioned at equal intervals of 2.5 m in order to calculate the distance covered; they must also be careful not to get tangled up in the line, etc.
Firefighters’ equipment should help them not hinder them.
Fireline is a bag containing a guide line punctuated every 10 metres by an "olive" which makes it easy to visualise the distance covered. It is much simpler to spot in a dark environment thanks to its luminous design. It weighs 2 kg and is worn across the body making it easily accessible and simple to control how much line is unreeled.
The bag is also equipped with a system of communication by light signals transmitted on Hertzian waves, which allows professional firefighters to be in contact with the outside (in case of finding a victim, distress, etc.) A colour code is used to interpret the information transmitted: an effective solution to the noise.
The bag is made of Kermel, the rope is made of Preox, silicon, copper and aramid fibres, and the olives are made of translucent polycarbonate. The derivation keys are made of steel and the deflectors are made of the same materials as the rope.
The project was carried out in collaboration with the French company Courant.
Thomas Buisson won an international design award (Étoile de l’Observeur du design 2012) for his Fireline project.