New state-of-the-art electric fans will dispel toxic gases for West Jordan firefighters

  • Source: West Jordan Journal
  • Published: 10/08/2019 01:54 AM

Out with the gas, in with the electric. West Jordan firefighters responded to a carbon monoxide call in August. Typically, after the source of the problem is shut off, windows are opened, and the toxic gas is allowed to dispel on its own. The old gas-powered fans would have created a bigger problem. Kris Maxfield, West Jordan battalion chief is thrilled with the new fans. “It was neat because in the past we wouldn’t have been able to use fans at all because the fans themselves would produce carbon monoxide,” Maxfield said. “[They work] much, much quicker, so it was a pretty big deal. These new fans have been a game changer.” Tauni Barker, communications and events coordinator for West Jordan city, said, “There are several challenges with gas-powered fans, but among the most glaring is the additional carbon monoxide produced. CO levels must be constantly monitored to ensure that firefighters are not being exposed to levels that would prove dangerous.


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