A relatively new addition to the design of turnout coats is the drag rescue device (DRD), designed to help firefighters rescue an injured or unconscious colleague. The DRD is meant to assist in pulling or dragging an incapacitated firefighter along a flat surface, especially a floor. It’s not designed to raise or lower a person vertically.
The DRD isn’t unique to the fire service; it may be adapted to other professions or types of clothing where needed. But in general, a drag rescue device for use with a structural firefighting turnout coat consists of a loop of ribbon-shaped material that includes left and right sides, with the portions joined to each other at a drag end of the loop, which is then configured to pass through an opening at the base of the neck of the coat, and held closed with Velcro. It’s this piece that’s accessed and grabbed by a rescuer, allowing him to pull the incapacitated firefighter to safety.