Firefighter Suit Chock-Full of Tech

The I-Garment (Integration System for Management of Civil Protection Units) promises to make the dangerous job of firefighting markedly less so. Designed by a consortium of Portuguese firms and agencies and funded by the European Space Agency, the I-Garment makes use of numerous technologies, including satellite communications and WiFi. Satellite usage would be beneficial in more remote locations, as local communications infrastructure often becomes damaged during quickly-moving fires. Sensors inside the suit monitor the wearer s vital signs, a potentially life-saving feature sure to appear in future emergency response personnel s suits.

I-Garment [ESA Telecommunications]