When combating wildfires, firefighters routeinly face a number of dangers—extreme temperatures, smoke inhalation, and snake or insect bites, just to name a few. While wildfire firefighters undergo rigorous training to mentally and physically overcome these challenges and survive in the most primitive living conditions, they still need a bathroom solution that is convenient, sanitary, and—most importantly—portable.
But First, How Do Firefighters Normally Go to the Bathroom?
Firefighters are generally encouraged to go to the bathroom whenever they have the chance, so they can hold it when they’re on call. Many also find themselves monitoring their food and beverage intake throughout the day to minimize the possibility of needing to relieve themselves at inconvenient moments.
When nature calls en route to an emergency or when they’re already on the scene, a firefighter is left with few options other than waiting until an opportunity presents itself. This might mean slipping into a nearby business, ducking behind a tree—or even taking advantage of the facilities in an actual burning building (true story).
(And if you wonder whether wearing adult diapers is an option, forget about it. It’s impractical to wear them on a daily basis, and more than a few firefighters just choose to go in their turnout gear when all other options are exhausted.)
The men and women bravely fighting wildfires often face even greater challenges when it comes to finding bathroom facilities.
It’s not uncommon for wildland firefighters to work 16 hours straight with just an occasional five-minute reprieve to eat throughout the day. For these professions, potty breaks are very few and far between.
To say firefighting is a job that can deprive its workers of even the most basic bathroom access is an understatement.
Why Portable Bathrooms Are the Way to Go for Wildland Firefighters
Brief Relief offers a variety of sanitary portable bathroom solutions that should be a part of every firefighter’s supplies. Here’s why:
Brief Relief Bathroom Products Work for All Types of Waste
The Disposa-John Portable Restroom is Brief Relief’s waste bag solution for both liquid and solid wastes. It boasts a thick, 3-layer barrier “bag-in-bag” design that comes with multiple closures to seal in waste and odor. It contains the same patented materials as the Brief Relief Liquid Waste Bag, which breaks down wastes and converts them into a deodorized gel.
For extra sanitation, the Disposa-John Portable Restroom comes with an antimicrobial wipe and toilet paper. You simply throw any used toilet paper, wipes, and even feminine hygiene products straight into the bag. Seal it up, and store it away until you reach a trash receptacle.
Talk about handy.
They’re Lightweight and Portable
Depending on how far wildland firefighters need to walk or how much they have to accomplish that day, their fireline pack can weigh up to 40 pounds, if not more.
The beauty of Brief Relief’s Liquid Waste Bags and Disposa-John Portable Restrooms is that each bag weighs mere ounces. Plus, they fold flat for easy storage. This means firefighters can easily slip them into their pack, without worrying about extra weight. (Trust us when we say every extra pound matters!)
Brief Relief also has a line of portable, lightweight commode systems that can be set up in all terrains, perfect for storage in vehicles for use pre-departure and upon return:
- The Briefcase Commode can be set up in seconds and is the same height and size as a standard toilet. It supports up to 500 pounds.
- Porta-Quick Utility Pack is also the standard height of a toilet seat and comes with a set of waste bags. It supports up to 300 pounds.
They’re Female Firefighter-Friendly
Female firefighters have even fewer options to relieve themselves than their male counterparts. (We get it—discreetly emptying your bladder into a Gatorade bottle off somewhere in the woods isn’t quite as simple.)
Brief Relief portable bathroom products make the “going” experience much more inclusive.
We designed the Brief Relief Disposable Urinal Bags with all genders in mind. The splash-proof funnel opening directs liquid to the bottom of the pouch, where it’s instantly converted into a deodorizer gel. And thanks to its sturdy design, the bags are puncture-proof and odor-safe. (The last thing you need to worry about while fighting fires is cleaning up a smelly mess in your pack at the end of the day.)
What more could you ask for?
Check out Brief Relief’s sanitary portable bathroom products, and say yes to better.