Firefighting and Emergency Equipment

Suitable fire-fighting equipment is available according to the degree of hazard anticipated at a particular location, including fire retardant pads, hoses, hydrants and fire blankets.

  • Employees must be trained to learn the location and proper operation of the equipment.
  • The firefighting and emergency equipment must not be operated unnecessarily, or for purposes other than those for which they are intended.
  • Mobile equipment must not be moved from its designated place, and access to firefighting or emergency equipment of any kind should not be blocked by other articles, even if they are mobile.
  • The Security & Fire-fighting Unit must immediately be informed whenever firefighting or emergency equipment is used or if any problems are discovered in the equipment or water system (such as pipes, emergency showers).
  • Problems with the water system should be reported to the service center at 9106.   

Firefighting and Emergency Equipment

Emergency Masks

Emergency masks are located in the corridors in high-risk areas and in safety cabinets containing equipment to deal with emergencies.

BCF Fire Extinguishers

BCF fire extinguishers are recommended for fires in the following areas: computer and laser rooms, control panels, electrical appliances, and motors and generators (since they don’t cause damage). They are also suitable for flammable gas and liquid fires.

To operate, twist and remove the safety pin, direct the opening towards the fire, and squeeze the handle.

CO2 Fire Extinguishers

Manual or twist, these fire extinguishers are intended for use on small fires that break out in electrical motors, electric circuits, or computer or laser rooms. They are less effective than BCF extinguishers, but they are recommended for use on sensitive equipment, because they do not cause damage.

Powder Extinguishers

Manual or twist, these fire extinguishers are the most effective, but the powder can cause grave harm to electronic and other sensitive equipment (such as lenses in laser rooms). The powder is intended for fires of solids, liquids and flammable gases. The Institute has this type of extinguisher in common storage.

Only authorized individuals may operate these extinguishers! To operate, twist and remove the safety pin, direct the opening towards the fire, and squeeze the handle.

Fixed Fire-Fighting Equipment

With the exception of fire blankets, the following equipment should only be used by trained Institute or external firefighters:

Fire Blankets are used to envelop a burning individual to extinguish the flames. They are located inside the buildings at the entrance, and also in some floor corridors.

Hose: a rubber hose attached to the water system, 20 meters long and 3/4" - 11/4" diameter, is used for liquid and solid fires, provided the electric supply is turned off. Should be operated by authorized personnel only!

Fire Hydrants are attached to the water system. Fifteen-meter-long cloth pipes (hoses) are kept nearby for extinguishing fires caused by solids and liquids. These hoses supply larger quantities of water. Should be operated by authorized personnel only!


Automatic-Powder Extinguishers, containing multipurpose powder, are used to extinguish fires in the central heating ducts and steam boilers.

Halon Gas Automatic Extinguisher, used to extinguish fire in electricity boards and to protect computers and electronic systems.

Training Videos


Safety Cabinet Contents

Equipment Amount
SCBA System 1
Acid Suit 1
Stretcher 1
First Aid Kit 1
Fire Blanket 1
Water-Jel Blanket 2
Helmet 2
Wool Blanket 1
Loom 1
Axe 1
Chemical Resistant Gloves 5
Heat Resistant Gloves 2
Flashlight 1
Gel for Burns 1
Vermiculite 1
Roll of Sticky Paper 1
Broom and Dustpan 1


Location of Safety Cabinets at the Weizmann Institute

Location Additional Equipment
Safety Unit - De Picciotto Building General safety equipment, defibrillator, doctor kit, resuscitation kit, extra SCBA 
Electronic Microscope  
Wolfson Floor 1 Defibrillator, doctor kit, resuscitation kit
Wolfson Floor 1 Eastern Entrance


Ullman Back Entrance  
Ullman Main Entrance Doctor kit, resuscitation kit
Belfer Main Entrance  
Belfer Basement Entrance  
Meyer Ground Floor  
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Perlman Main Entrance  
Perlman Floor 1  
Kimmelman Entrance from Ziv Emergency Mask, doctor kit, resuscitation kit
Kimmelman South Entrance  
Feinberg Graduate School  
Solar Tower  
Chemical Warehouse  
Ziskind Main Entrance  
Ziskind Back Entrance  
Young Scientists – Entrance to Labs  
Davidson Institute– Entrance to Labs  
Submicron Center – Back Entrance  
Submicron Center – Floor 2  
Physics Accelerator Lab  
Physics – Dan Shahar Switzerland Wing  
Physics – Nehemia Cohen  
Physics – Mexico  
Recreation Center – Operations Room  
Security Department, patrol vehicle 2 SCBA and 6 extra rolls
Security Department, Towing and Emergency 2 SCBA