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INTERSCHUTZ 2005

- the pick of the best!

Published:  01 July, 2005

* ALBERT ZIEGLER GmbH & Co. KG:
Jörg Hitzler,  Sales Director - Export, tells IFJ: “A market leader in Germany for fire trucks from 7.5 tons upwards, ALBERT ZIEGLER GmbH & Co. KG from Giengen/Brenz, exhibited an impressive range of products. These included a display of 35 fire trucks of different sizes for virtually every application - small size vehicles for villages as well as communal fire trucks, fire appliances for professional fire departments and for industrial firefighters were on show.”

One of the five Type Z 8 airport firefighting vehicles currently under construction for Switzerland’s Zurich Airport was on display - 25 of these models are on order, reflecting the wide acceptance of this highly-sophisticated product.
Ziegler was able to demonstrate its status as an international manufacturer by also exhibiting the municipal, industrial and forest firefighting vehicles of its subsidiaries in the Netherlands (Ziegler Brandweertechniek), in Spain (Ziegler España) and Croatia (Ziegler d.o.o.) - and those of its close partners in Switzerland (Vogt AG) and Austria (Seiwald).
“The latest innovations - such as a new compressed air foam system (CAFS) - which allows the individual control of each outlet, even using class A foam and class B foam simultaneously on one truck aroused considerable interest as well as the CAN-Bus control of all functions on the trucks,” reports Jörg Hitzler.
“The well-proven and patented Ziegler Aluminium Panelling System (ALPAS) for vehicle superstructures has been further improved to make it applicable for smaller fire trucks as well. The ALPAS Compact series was one of the  real innovations shown at Interschutz,” he comments.
“An optimised roller shutter system prevents dirt and water getting into the inside of the superstructure and a lot of small innovations add to the safety of the firefighters and help them to concentrate on their job without taxing the operation of the equipment.”
Special attention was given to Ziegler components such as fire pumps, fixtures and monitors which are sold to partner bodybuilders worldwide. “One of the stand attractions was a ‘semi-built fire truck’ - this way  everyone could see the high standard of Ziegler components and construction, resulting in a top quality product, unmatched by any competitor,” explains Jörg Hitzler.
In the portable pump section Ziegler has introduced a new high-performance pump with a maximum performance of 1,800-litres at 8 bar (1,500-litres at 10 bar) at a total operational weight of only 108 kgs.
Innovative hose care systems, like the modular hose washing, testing and drying unit or a largely automated high-pressure hose-washing machine, were displayed and demonstrated alongside a wide range of equipment.
The highlight of this display was a special vest made from the new Cooline  material which maintains comfortable temperatures for firefighters facing extreme heat conditions; it has been designed to control body temperatures and maximise an individual’s concentration and performance.
A new rescue cushion - designed to safely break the fall of people jumping from as high as 40m - also impressed many visitors.
New to the Ziegler stand were ambulance vehicles belonging to Ziegler’s Dutch subsidiary, Visser Ambulance, who showed the first version of an ambulance based on a DaimlerChrysler’s E-class, with highrise superstructure and air suspension for careful transport.
The GRP superstructure and an ergonomic interior allow high comfort for the first responders but a quick cleaning and disinfection for a fast turnaround in operation.
“Although the domestic market in Germany has been decreasing during the past three years, Ziegler remains optimistic about maintaining and even slightly increasing its position as the market leader in Germany and also being successful in international projects,” comments Jörg Hitzler. More information? Visit: www.ziegler.de
PROFOAM: This company was established in February 2003 in Novara (between Milan and Turin), Italy. PROFOAM combines the extensive resources of the international chemical group ‘PROCHIMICA’ with the expertise of a highly qualified team of professionals experienced in the field of foam development.
“We have  a programme of continuing investment and a commitment to maintain the highest production standards. This demonstrates PROFOAM’s determination to become pre-eminent in the specialised and highly competitive field of international foam manufacturing,” comments Attilio Morand, Profoam’s General Manager.
“PROFOAM INTERNATIONAL has been established in Paris, where an experienced team in charge of worldwide sales assists and advises international end users in the correct choice of foam compounds and also ensures that their specific requirements conform to the relevant international standards and regulations,” he comments.
By placing its extensive knowledge base of products, technology and international standards (NFPA, ICAO, IMO, APSAD, etc.,) fully at the customer’s disposal, Profoam feels it can offer an unsurpassed level of technical assistance.
Sales Manager Franco Alberti says: “From in-house chemical analysis of current product samples, ensuring continued efficiency, through to reliable advice on the suitability of specific products for any particular installation parameter, Profoam can provide a totally professional service to both existing and new customers. In Paris, Profoam International continues to develop an efficient global network of professionals to provide the same high standard of assistance worldwide.
“Finally, if the worst happens and a customer has to cope with a major fire, our 24 hour worldwide emergency service, backed-up by our high level production capacity and massive storage facility, ensures that the right amount of product is in the right place at the right time,” he says.
Substantial investment in infrastructure has resulted in the establishment of an ultramodern and sophisticated manufacturing plant with a production capacity of up to 150,000 litres per day (over 45 million litres annually).
“One million litres of finished products can be stored in our modern warehousing facility and with rapid loading bays for trucks, 20’ and 40’ shipping containers, and rapid tanker filling equipment, the fast and efficient distribution of foam compounds is ensured,” reports Attilio Morand.
“Our fully equipped analysis laboratory, fire test field, research and development department and operator training rooms complete the production unit, giving the professional end user the quality assurance they need where matters of safety are paramount,” he says.
A full range of protein and synthetic based foam compounds has been developed by Profoam chemists to fight all types of hydrocarbon and polar solvent fires as efficiently as possible, says the company. These include: Protein and Fluoroprotein based foams; Hi-Ex synthetic based foams; Film forming foams, synthetic and protein-based; Pseudoplastic and Newtonian Alcohol-Resistant foams, protein and synthetic based; and Class A foams.
Profoam’s M0rgane Bertin tells IFJ: “The exhaustive research and development undertaken by Profoam’s technical department has resulted in an extensive and diverse range of high quality foam products suitable for use in all hazardous environments, such as those found in oil and gas production facilities, petrochemical and chemical plants, heavy industrial plants and in the specialised situations encountered by firefighting teams working within fire brigades, civil aviation and the armed forces.”
“Impact on the environment and the effects of pollution are nowadays considered an integral part of the development process of a product,” explains Franco Alberti.
“Profoam goes one step further by using biodegradable, non-toxic raw materials adapted to the requirements of a cleaner environment. Our R&D department pays particular attention to any possible environmental impact from the effect of new chemical substances likely to be used in the production of foam concentrates,” he says.
“Profoam promotes the use of protein-based foam concentrates. The natural antifreeze properties of proteins removes the need to use glycol, which is harmful to the environment, but necessary as an additive in synthetic based foams designed to be stored and used at low temperatures,” he concludes. More information? Visit: www.profoam.it
BAUER KOMPRESSOREN: At the Bauer Kompressoren stand IFJ met Martin Stein, one of Bauer’s mechanical engineers.
“Bauer offers two new products on show. The Kap Verticus- range is an extremely compact filling station with 4 filling devices and B-control to monitor and control all important compressor functions. It is equipped with super silent housing made of reinforced steel. The unit can be placed in the fire station itself instead of in the basement because it is so quiet. It offers bigger or additional filter housing; Securus filter monitoring, external filling panels and storage systems. “Remote control is another option and it is also possible to monitor one or several units in interconnected operation via B-messenger,” he told IFJ. The Kap Verticus has a capacity of 260-680 litres a minute. The Securus filter monitoring takes away the necessity to monitor the cartridge for replacement. The system makes it impossible to over-use the filter, which would damage the following system with oil and water. A sensor is installed in the filter cartridge, which indicates the time for replacement. It also warns about exhaustion of the cartridge’s capacity as well.
The Kap Verticus F-range delivers about 450 litres of oxygen a minute and basically functions the same as the standard Verticus range, but it does not have the reinforced steel housing. It can handle up to 4 cylinders at a time.
“It offers star-delta control and additionally the steel case that is used on the Verticus can be utilised on this compressor as well,” Mr Stein concludes. More information? Visit: www.bauer-kompressoren.de
BW TECHNOLOGIES: Rene Gardi tells IFJ: “BW Technologies Ltd designs, manufactures and markets a full line of gas-detection equipment. Poisonous gases are a daily risk for people who work in many industries, including mining, fire rescue work and the oil and gas industry. BW makes portable, handheld instruments, as well as detectors that can be stationed in buildings.”
BW Technologies is a Calgary-based company, but it also has sales and customer service offices reaching around the world, including those in Texas, the United Kingdom, Australia and the United Arab Emirates.
“BW has a diverse list of customers,” reports Rene Gardi. “You can find people using the company’s instruments around the world. BW makes instruments for British Petroleum, Shell, the Paris Fire Brigade, Weyerhauser, the U.S. CoastGuard, the cities of New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Montreal, Toronto and Sydney, Australia - just to name a few.
“With a full line of portable, fixed and stand-alone instruments, BW Technologies has brought safety to the forefront. We use the latest in sensor technology and field-proven principles to provide peerless detection of toxic gases, combustibles and oxygen hazards. Our feature-rich detectors are designed for ease of use, intuitive operation and extraordinary cost of ownership advantages.”
From zero-maintenance single-gas to feature-rich multi-gas, BW offers a full spectrum of field-proven, portable monitoring instruments.  Its portables are said to feature the same principles as cellphones and palm-pilots - small, powerful, low-cost devices - and are also built to last.  The newest of these is the GasAlertMicro5, the only PID which works on diffusion.
“With cutting-edge sensor technology and the latest in RFI protection, BW instruments deliver the lightest and most sophisticated protection from toxic gases, combustibles and oxygen hazards,” explains Rene Gardi.
“From single-point applications to integrated facility systems, our fixed monitoring equipment provides maximum protection from toxic gases, combustibles and oxygen hazards - with excellent cost of ownership advantages.  We use the most advanced technology available to meet the demand for low-maintenance versatility and user-friendliness. Our easy-to-install, low-maintenance systems provide continuous monitoring for toxic gases, combustibles and oxygen hazards - at an affordable price,” concludes Rene Gardi. More information? Visit:www.gasmonitors.com
CEOTRONICS: “We have been manufacturing communication systems for under difficult circumstances for over twenty years. Difficult circumstances meaning noisy areas or situations where people need both hands free. One of our latest products is the CT-DECT Duplex Radio system, which allows firefighters to communicate wireless and secure at a close range,” MD Andreas Rebmann explained.
The system operates between frequencies of 1880-1900 MHz and enables the users to listen and speak without compliance with radio discipline, which is essential for a quick response. The system can be used by twelve persons at a time of which three persons can communicate directly with out using the PDT.
“We are the only manufacturers who can boast this feature. The CT-DECT Headset/ASR has level-limited sound reception for safety and security. Furthermore, it has a flexible boom with a noise-cancelling Electret microphone. The power is supplied by a rechargeable NiCd battery, which will run for around 6 hours.”
Apart from the basic set, the company also produces a device for helicopters, which is slightly smaller and can be connected to the intercom. A digital noise processor is built in, so communication will not be disturbed by any other sounds. The noise-cancelling Electret microphone with a flexible boom speaker is compatible with all of Ceotronic’s communication systems. The company designs all speakers and microphones to be worn under the helmet as well as inside protective chemical suits and other protective clothing. 
More information? Visit: www.ceotronics.com
DRAGER SAFETY: Gerd Pearson told IFJ: “The very latest development in full-face masks is the Drager FPS 7000 which sets new standards in terms of safety and comfort. Thanks to its newly-designed ergonomics and various sizes, it offers a large, improved field of vision and a comfortable, utterly secure fit.”
The Drager FPS 700’s distortion-free visors offers the user an extra-large field of view. The mask body is available in silicone or EPDM and the visor is made of highly-resistant polycarbonate and can be supplied with different coatings. The newly-developed communication system - the Drager FPS-Com - is said to complement the design and ergonomics of the mask and can be optionally fitted with digital noise reduction.
“With its harness which fully adapts to different head shapes and its double sealing frame, the Drager FPS 7000 offers an outstanding fit, guaranteeing comfort and impermeability. It also allows wearers to don and doff the unit quickly and easily,” he reports.
Another newly-released product from the Drager stable is the Dräger Pac 5000 single-gas personal detector. This has been designed to reliably monitor the ambient air for the presence of harmful concentrations of carbon-monoxide, hydrogen-sulphide or oxygen. As well as offering straightforward operation and rapid warning functions, the instrument continuously displays the current gas concentration on its large display. More information? Visit: www.draeger-safety.com
DUPONT DE NEMOURS: George Farendon comments: “DuPont is committed to protecting people. From firefighters to industrial workers, DuPont provides a solution to meet their safety needs.” On show at INTERSCHUTZ DuPont Personal Protection offered a wide range of proven, science-based solutions: Tyvek  for dry particulate hazards; Tychem  for liquid and gas chemical hazards; NOMEX  for thermal hazards and KEVLAR  for cut and abrasion protection.
In fibre form, NOMEX  is the brand name for a family of high temperature-resistant, flame-resistant fibres invented and produced by DuPont. The high level of protection synonymous with NOMEX  fibres is engineered into their molecular structure. It does not come from chemical treatment.
This means that the heat and flame resistance of garments made of NOMEX  is inherent and permanent, and does not wear or wash out. “Firefighters can count on the protective performance of NOMEX  to last the life of a garment.  NOMEX  enables them to perform when the heat is on,” says George Farendon.  
“DuPont, widely recognised as the leader in safety, is the world’s largest producer of high-performance safety fibres and fabrics such as NOMEX , KEVLAR  and TYVEK . The company is also at the forefront in the development of thermal protection testing technologies and standards, such as THERMO-MAN  and ARC-MAN(tm). In addition, DuPont has already transferred its safety experience and expertise to more than 1,500 companies worldwide,” he comments.
NOMEX  protection is available in a complete range of workwear and accessories-from the turnout gear worn by firefighters to flame-resistant coveralls for electrical workers, as well as underwear and poloshirts-from leading Garment manufacturers. All possess the superior heat- and flame-resistance of NOMEX  fibres, whose properties last the life of a garment, despite rigorous wear and laundering or dry cleaning. More information? Visit: www.dpp-europe.com
ELDERID: Edelrid, a German manufacturer of ropes, harnesses and helmets for working at heights, enjoyed a very good show, reports Wolfgang Scholz, sales manager for industrial safety.
“We have had great interest in one of our prime products, the Flex harness. This harness is derived from the mountaineering industry and is very comfortable, because of our specially designed double-padded leg loops and strong waist padding,” he says.
“The straps of the harness are woven in a way that they do not cut the skin - this is a feature that is unique to Edelrid products,” Mr Schulz comments.
The user is able to put on the harness like a coat ensuring that he is properly geared up to protect against fall-arrest.
Another product that attracted visitors was a helmet range.
“The Ultra light-Work is resistant against liquid and dust due to the reduced size of the vent holes; they comply completely the with European standard for safety helmets, the EN 397, and are especially designed for the fire brigade and industrial appliances,” he comments.
Edelrid also offers an extensive collection of ropes, carabiners and other mountaineering and rescue equipment. More information? Visit: www.edelrid.de
GIMAEX-SCHMITZ: Ulrich Blendowske tells IFJ: “One of our promotions at the show has been in the area of environmental protection - visitors have been able to see a lady who daily demonstrated our deFcon P-foam in a decontamination unit.”
He comments: “Another key product range includes our aerial rescue trucks. Gimaex-Schmitz manufactures turntable ladder trucks as well as telescopic rescue platforms in various heights and formats. All Gimaex-Schmitz vehicles are made by specialists with extensive technical knowledge. The vehicles reflect the most advanced technology available.
“We offer the most compact dimensions when operating at narrowest space, the lowest total weight, the fastest set-up times, absolute safety for firefighters and maximum dependability for the vehicle.”
All of Gimaex-Schmitz’s aerial rescue trucks correspond to the standards  EN 1846-2, prEN 1777 version 1995-03, DIN 14701 or prEN 14043 and 14044, respectively. A vital element of Gimaex-Schmitz’s product range is the ONE SEVEN  system - a highly-efficient compressed air foam system designed for Class A and B fires.
“The ONE SEVEN  system has been developed by our technicians in close co-operation with our customers over the past 7 years. It is available in numerous mobile and stationary versions,” explains Ulrich Blendowske.
“It has been used in real-life fires more than 150 times and has proven its many advantages at numerous other operations. At nearly all fire department call-outs, either involving a vehicle, apartment, room, house or even forest fire, the ONE SEVEN  system has proved that it works faster and with considerably less water and without the usual water damage.”
Extensive tests have prove that the application rate at liquid fires could be reduced by 50% thanks to the ONE SEVEN  system, while risk of re-ignition has also been considerably reduced, says Gimaex-Schmitz.
Notable vehicles produced by Gimaex-Schmitz include the Mobile Command Unit (MCU1) based on a Sprinter with a long wheelbase. Other notable examples are the KTLF-Futura built on MB 815 DA and featuring a One Seven 1200 E compressed air foam unit with 500-l water tank.
The KTLF-Futura with OS 1200 E Rapid Intervention Truck and the TLF 60/80/20 - specially developed for fire operation in China - are also worthy of note. The vehicle’s construction consists of a light metal - box body with 8000-litres of water and a 2,000-litre foam concentrate tank. The latter vehicle features a ONE SEVEN  compressed air foam system “OS 3100 E” as well as an integrated decontamination unit, the “deFcon 200”.
More information? Visit: www.gimaex-schmitz.com
GROUPE LEADER: Christophe Cahoreau comments: “Our company is Europe’s No.1 for nozzles, ventilators and environment-friendly fire generators is marketing a range of environment-friendly fire generators for fire training. BIO-EX is the only manufacturer of BIO FOR - a non-toxic and bio-friendly multi-expansion agent which can generate Low, Medium and High Expansion foam.”
Probably best-known for its PPV fans, Groupe Leader also offers a range of effective nozzles. MACH 3 nozzles are designed with a pressure control system which maintains a relatively constant exit pressure. This gives an optimal flow rate, jet quality and range. The MACH 3 automatic multi-flow nozzle is the ideal tool for specific requirements such as urban fires, confined space fires, industrial fires and shipboard fires.
“Our range includes the Ultimatic BS Inst., Midmatic BS Inst., the Jetmatic PA BS Inst., the Midforce and the Duojet PP and Duojet PA. The MACH 3 Dual agent nozzle - comprising an Ultimatic-type automatic nozzle and a dry chemical nozzle - make it very easy to use, either separately or in unison.” confirms Christophe Cahoreau.
Groupe Leader’s conventional multi-flow nozzles are equipped with a handle to turn the nozzle on and off and an adjustment ring which allows the operator to select from two to five flow rates or flush. Turning the nozzle tip produces various kinds of jet (straight stream, attack spray, flashover position, protective spray). These nozzles include the: Twin Action; the Twinfog; the Quadrafog 500 and 1000. The TWINFOG dual-flow nozzle has been specially designed for forest fires.
Groupe Leader’s portable monitors such as the Partner and the Vector S are compact, modular and totally safe and are able to meet and exceed the needs of firefighting professionals. Fixed monitors (such as the Petrojet, Tornado, Hurricane and hydraulic control monitor Project H) are designed for installation on industrial sites, on ships or on vehicles.
“The ADEX automatic proportioning system is Groupe Leader’s ‘user friendly’ automated electronic dosing system; this offers precision dosing over a wide flow range and is precise even at lower flow rates and low concentration levels. The easily adapted system allows mounting on all types of vehicles. The entirely automated system features an interactive control panel and multi-way solenoid valves,” reports Christophe Cahoreau.
FLOWMIX is a stand-alone automatic mechanical proportioner which can be used to inject all types of additive or foam compound used for firefighting missions. HYDROFLO is a mechanical and automatic proportioning system capable of injecting all types of additive or foam compound within a range from .1% to 1% and 3%.  More information? Visit: www.groupe-leader.com
HALE PRODUCTS EUROPE: Speaking for the company, David Burton tells IFJ: “For fire & rescue services worldwide, Godiva and Hale pumps and Class 1 Electronic Instrumentation are the products of choice when the heat is on. These products are now marketed throughout Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia under the Hale Products Europe banner. For our valued customers, this means a simple, ‘one-stop’ access to the right product for the job, superior customer service and the superb quality design and engineering you have come to expect from Godiva and Hale.”
The new World Series pump range is said by the manufacturer to be ‘the most significant breakthrough in pump design for decades.
“Designed by professionals for the most arduous of conditions, Godiva fire pumps have become the preferred choice for those seeking optimum design, build and efficiency levels,” David Burton remarks.
“Now lighter and more powerful than ever, this comprehensive range of Vehicle Mounted Pumps responds effectively to the challenges of an increasingly demanding environment, leading firefighting technology to new levels of excellence,” he comments.
The Godiva Fire Pump range from Hale Europe is also recognised throughout the world for its pioneering design standards in this specialist field. The Godiva range of vehicle-mounted fire pumps is to be found in action in the most extreme climatic conditions and where duty levels are at their most demanding.
With the application of the ‘Pump-in-Box’ principle, Hale Europe has made installation a much easier process for vehicle manufacturers. Pumps are supplied in a framed package requiring the bare minimum of extra installation work, reducing lead times and cost.
Hale Products Europe Ltd is a leading supplier of foam and compressed air foam products for the fire fighting industry. A range of products are available to suit different requirement levels - from the simple ‘round-the- pump’ inductor system to the accurate control of the Foam Master proportioning system and the various configurations of the Compressed Air Foam System (CAFS). More information? Visit: www.haleeurope.com
KUIKEN HYTRANS: Kuiken specialises in the typical Dutch occupation of ‘managing water’. The company developed the HFS mobile water supply system for large fires. The system delivers water in up to 15 minutes and is ideally-suited for oil refineries where fixed systems do not always allow a quick response and there is a need for a large amount of water.
Sales manager Richard Verhoef explained that standard suction pumps usually do not have enough capacity to tap into open water sources.”It can be movement of the water, or just too much distance. To overcome this problem we developed the Hytrans Fire System, which consists of three major components,” he says.
“First of all, the portable submersible floating pump allows access to water sources from a distance of up to 60 meters, but the distance to the fire can be thousands of meters. The pump is powered by the Diesel hydraulic power pack, which we call the Hydrosub,” comments Mr. Verhoef.
The second component is the HFS-DCH large diameter flexible hose which provides the ability to create a network of thousands of metres.
The third component features the HFS-HRU hose recovery unit in combination with a high-speed large diameter hose and several hose layers. The biggest unit Hytrans makes, the HydroSub 900, has the capacity to pump up to 22,000 litres per minute at a pressure of 12 bar, whilst the smallest unit, the HydroSub 60 has the capacity to pump 1,500 litres a minute at 10 bar.
The unit has the ability to recover 1,000 metres of large diameter hose in only 30 minutes, with minimal labour input. Depending on the size and model, the units are are mountable on almost any sort of vehicle, ranging from trailers to 4-wheel drives.
“The pump is capable to handle every sort of fluid: salt water, chemical polluted water, mud dirt. Actually salt-water works better when extinguishing fires. Several refineries we know prefer to work with seawater,” concludes Mr Verhoef. More information? Visit: www.kuikenhytrans.com
LENZING FIBERS: Speaking for the company, Alexander Gstettner told IFJ: “We are very pleased to unveil the world’s only flame-resistant functional underwear for firefighters. You see how soft it feels? That’s the aramid and Lenzing fibres for you.”
Lenzing FR is used extensively in fire protective apparel as well as flame-resistant furnishings. Typically, Lenzing FR can be blended with aramids of various kinds in order to optimise the characteristics of durability and comfort. Both knit and woven fabrics for the fire resistant apparel market are well developed throughout the world.
“Lenzing FR has been used in protective apparel for many years. In North America, its first success was in protecting the most vital part of the human body - the head,” explains Alexander Gstettner. “Protective hoods have traditionally been constructed with fabrics containing up to 80% Lenzing FR. Because of its permanent flame-resistance and comfort, it is being increasingly used in a variety of fire protective garments.”
The Lenzing Group is a world leader in marketing and manufacturing man-made cellulose fibres. TENCEL , Lenzing Modal  and Lenzing Viscose  fibres are primarily used in the textile industry; special fibres made by Lenzing are used for hygiene as well as technical applications. Furthermore, Lenzing manufactures and sells cellulose, the raw material for all cellulose products.
“Lenzing FR  fibre is the first choice for flame-resistant protective clothing. It is used in the production of fabrics for the most demanding standards and applications,” says Gstettner. “These include protective apparel for fire service, military, electrical utilities, petrochemical industry, molten metal, as well as for upholstery fabrics used in the public transportation and contract market. We currently have a new blend - designed to resist metal splashes - called MARLAN.”
He reports: “Investigation and research by our Innovation Department confirms that Lenzing FR  is absolutely the best fibre when it comes to protecting people against heat derived from flames, molten metals, electric arcs, flash fires, etc.”
Garments made with Lenzing FR  fibre provide an equal or higher level of protection than heavier, less comfortable alternatives, comments Gstettner.
“Lenzing fibres performed really well in tests with a three-layer Spunlace fabric (80g/m2 each) used in firefighting jackets. This is the ‘TPP’ test according to the EN ISO 9151 “Protective Clothing against heat and flame- Determination of heat transmission on exposure to flame”. This convective Heat Test really shows the enhanced “Break OPEN” properties of the Lenzing FR  blend.
He concludes: “Finally, I want to say that heat stress and heat stroke are reduced drastically thanks to the exceptional moisture and heat management properties of Lenzing FR . Further more Lenzing FR  is the best fibre to wear directly next to the skin, due to its unmatched softness and wearability.” More information? Visit: www.lenzing.com
MATRE MASKIN: “Our foam proportioning equipment enjoys wide recognition both nationally and internationally. We have wide experience in producing equipment for use in both on and offshore installations world wide,” company spokesman Torleiv Fylkesnes told IFJ.
The company manufactures several types of proportioners ranging from 1.5 -inches to 14-inches, which can process up to 40 litres a minute. The equipment is especially manufactured to extinguish oil fires.
“We have our latest proportioner on show. The new sprinkler proportioner ranges up to 9,000 lpm, It was tested across a whole spectrum of proportioning ratios of 1% and 3%,” Mr Fylkesnes comments.
According to the German VDS requirements for accuracy, the tests gave optimal results. In addition, the proportioners were exposed to severe testing, such as the pressure test, water-hammer test and overstrain test at a flow 150% above the maximum nominal capacity.
The factory set exact foam proportioning (1 or 3%) level which eliminate the need for fine adjustment on site, resulting in labour cost-reduction and foam concentrate savings.
Apart from foam proportioners, the company also manufactures the Matre foam inductor, the Matre Flexi Nozzle, the Matre Pop-Up Rotating Nozzle and the Matre Pop-Up Nozzle. More information? Visit: www.matre.no

MICA ELEKTRO: “People are very impressed with our latest product and  want to buy the ML800 Atex at the stand. This light has only been on the market for 6 months, but it has already raised considerable interest,” sales manager Ake Smolander told IFJ.
The ML800 is a small light that can be attached to the harness of your breathing apparatus. The battery can last up to 7 hours long and it charges in 2.5 hours.
“It is the first hand torch that uses Luxeon LED technology for explosive environments.
The lamp has a service life from up to 100.000 hours, this means you can say goodbye to bulb changes,” Mr Smolander commented.
When Mr. Smolander demonstrated the light at his stand it was amazing to see how bright it was for such a small ATEX torch. Another noteworthy feature was the fact that the focussed light had no rings or spots defined in the beam.
“English fire brigades have been extensively evaluating this light and it did very well in their tests. The LED light penetrates thick smoke so much better than halogen. The firefighters were all very happy with it and they kept the lights.
In Germany there are eight major fire brigades which have bought the ML800 Atex. Furthermore, you can find our lights in 30 countries all over the world. The light also boasts a clear capacity indicator which shows the user how much time is left. When there is only 30 minutes of battery time left, the light will start flashing. After a time span of 5 minutes it will start flashing more rapidly,” he concluded.  More information? Visit: www.mica.fi
PASTOR GROUP: This is the only Eastern European fire protection and security organisation that integrates engineering, production, distribution and service. Through its managers, in charge of six divisions - Fire Extinguishers & Accessories, Fixed Installations, Automatic Equipment, Firefighting, Health Protection & Safety and Environmental protection - it supplies products and services across Europe.
PASTOR is a joint-stock company founded in January 2003, 73 years after Srecko (Felix) Pastor laid the foundations for the business by establishing the first fire extinguishers factory in Croatia.
Domagoj Milosevic, President and CEO, told IFJ:  “We offer a full range of fire protection and firefighting products and services, as well as the equipment and solutions for life, property and environmental protection and rescue. Our business is based on a multinational organisation, as well as on an international transfer of know-how and products.
He reports: “We supply not only individuals but also the largest companies in Central and Eastern Europe. By concentrating knowledge and experience we are building a strong organisation that ensures profit for both our business partners and us, as well as security for our customers.
The PASTOR GROUP, a joint-stock company with its headquarters in Zagreb, has a majority share, directly or through its subsidiaries, in nine companies located in six countries. It has a centralised system of managing research and development, procurement, finance, IT and human resources.
The GROUP employs 212 people: 100 in production and the rest in engineering, distribution and service. 143 of them work in Croatia, 48 in Slovenia, 16 in Serbia and Montenegro, 2 in Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2 in Macedonia                and 1 in Kosovo.
Comments Mr Milosevic: “The total annual turnover of all companies in the GROUP exceeds Euro 14 million, with a significant annual growth trend. The Slovenian market accounts for 35% of the annual income, the Croatian market for 25%, the German and Belgian markets for 10% each, the market of Serbia and Montenegro for 6%, the markets of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Macedonia for 4%, while the remaining 10% of the annual income is realised in other markets within and outside Europe.
“INTERSCHUTZ provides the perfect venue for us to find new customers, distributors and suppliers - we have a good brand name and have an umbrella for all the different products and services for the fire & safety sector.
PASTOR TVA fire extinguisher factory is the only East European producer of fire extinguishers that has European certificates for its products under the current European directives (the Marine Equipment Directive and the Pressure Equipment Directive) and it exports over 100,000 units to the EU market. More information? Visit: www.pastor-group.com
PLASTISOL B.V: Company MD Rob Walraven told IFJ: “Over the years Plastisol has developed into a market leader in the tailor-made design, construction and production of GRP cabins, crew cab extensions, superstructures and tanks developed especially for the firefighting and rescue industry. We recently sent 144 GRP bodies to Thailand and 115 to London. Another recent deal we were involved in was providing E-One 6x6 crash tenders to Schiphol Airport.”
Around 85% of Plastisol’s products are currently being exported. These are bought by industrial and municipal fire brigades, police forces, air forces and airports all over the world. Buyers and specifiers at INTERSCHUTZ 2005 were able to see for themselves Plastisol’s completely new GRP superstructure design, the TZine. Made with a radically new assembly-technology, this creates a material which provides an improved shock absorption which beats the traditional GRP assembly-methods.
Company MD Rob Walraven told IFJ: “Developed by Plastisol, this new approach has been safety-approved and thoroughly tested. Fully-integrated C-profiles and cable channels in the interior of the TZine design offer much easier mounting in the vehicle’s lockers as a consequence. We expect it to be very popular with those seeking a strong, durable design for their vehicles.”
Comments Margot Nijkamp-Diesfeldt, Plastisol’s Communications Manager: “We offer an in-house design capability which saves time in the drawing  and engineering process. In this process the customer plays a central role. Every customer order within Plastisol is co-ordinated by a dedicated project engineer. The delivery of a quality product is at the very top of Plastisol’s priority list.
“Plastisol places extremely high quality demands on the production department. We employ production personnel who are trained internally to become highly-qualified production professionals. We use state-of-the-art materials and method and work according to the latest Health & Safety regulations. Our high production standards guarantee that our customers receive a quality product for which we provide excellent warranty and service,” she concludes. More information? Visit: www.plastisol.com
SEMBCORP UTILITIES UK: Charles D. Robertson told IFJ: “We don’t sell protection, audit, consultancy and training - we bring value.”  He is the General Manager of  SembCorp Utilities (UK) Limited, major supplier of essential utilities and a wide range of services at the massive Wilton International manufacturing site on Teesside, UK. The business, which employs around 600 people, also has industrial customers at the neighbouring Billingham and North Tees sites.
SembCorp Utilities (UK) Limited -  a wholly owned subsidiary of SembUtilities - owns substantial parts of the UK’s Wilton International site and is the leading provider of utilities and services to the major industrial companies on the site.
“We also supply many of the support services that add value to our customers operations, allowing them to focus on their core business,” reports Charles Roberston. Part of this support involves supplying clients with emergency response, emergency preparedness, BA & Safety Equipment hire, HazMat response, training and exercising and audit consultancy through the onsite Asset Protection Firefighting And Spill Protection team.
AP&L’s firefighting team has a proven track record in rapidly responding to incidents at one of the largest concentrations of chemical manufacturing assets in Europe.
The highly trained unit deploys the latest hydrochem technology to tackle fires and chemical releases on plants and other facilities at the Wilton International, Billingham and North Tees sites.
Charles Roberston comments: “Included in the AP&L ‘armoury’ are some of the world’s most up to date firefighting machines - in particular two US built E-One fire tenders, the ‘Six Gun’ and the ‘Liquidator.’ Both far outstrip conventional fire appliances in terms of firepower, the largest of the two, the  ‘Liquidator,’ being capable of delivering 6,000 gallons of firefighting foam or water per minute on to a target from a distance of up to 100 metres.”
AP&L’s appliances range from a minimum of 1,000 gallons per minute to a maximum of 5,000 gallons per minute pumping capacity and hold up to 800 gallons of foam compound and up to 750kg of dry powder depending on the appliance. At any given time the business has access to around 225,000 litres of foam concentrate, the largest industrial foam stocks in the UK. That gives it the firepower to tackle even the largest of storage tank fires or flammable liquid releases. More information? www.sembutilities.co.uk
SIDES is one exhibitor which mounted a particularly impressive display at INTERSCHUTZ. SIDES-produced vehicles for industry include the VMR series which is designed to cope with the highly flammable products in large quantities by the oil, gas and chemical industries.
Speaking for the company, Christine Corgnet commented: “Thanks to high output pumps, mixing systems and monitors, the VMR series vehicles have a very impressive and powerful firefighting capability. Several different agents can be used either separately or simultaneously on a vehicle: water, foam, dry powder. The monitors of the VMR 40 BE vehicle can easily reach the of highrise tanks to extinguish any fire and cool overheated steelwork.”
SIDES’s Rafi Kirkorian told IFJ: “The S 3000 series vehicles are high-performance vehicles built on 4x4 and 6x6 chassis. They are designed and purpose-built by SIDES for large airports category 8 to 10. They offer excellent performance for acceleration, speed, braking, road holding and high capabilities at crossing difficult grounds. The quick access special cab offers large space and optimal visibility.” 
In France, SIDES is responsible for KIDDE FIRE TRAINERS (the technology formerly sold by IFTE, ICS, SYMTRON).  It currently markets aircraft fire simulators  and fixed and mobile training simulators designed for civil airports. SIDES also provides cabin crew and staff fire trainers, industrial and petrochemical fire and disaster training simulators, both structural and modular fire training facilities and fire extinguisher training units.
Christine Corgnet comments: “SIDES has half a century of experience , a production capacity of over 600 vehicles a year on 42,440 square meters facilities (17,150 sq. m. covered). To date we have delivered 10,000 vehicles to over 80 countries. SIDES has proved itself to be the leading French leading company for firefighting and rescue vehicles.”
More information? Visit: www.sides.fr
SFFECO: Mohamed Iqbal, Marketing Manager for the Saudi Factory for Fire Equipment Company told IFJ: “We are pleased to announce that we have just received UL-certification  for our fire doors. This will allow us to export our products to the US. It represents a significant enhancement for the company.”
For the past 10 years SFFECO has been one of the leading Saudi Arabia-based corporations working in the fire protection field as well as providing related support on a turnkey basis. “SFFECO has designed and executed many types of fire protection system projects from concept to commissioning,” says Mohamed Iqbal.
“These have involved locations as diverse as government facilities, petrochemical and power plants, and both private and public developments throughout the Kingdom - these are classic examples for our professional competency. 
SFFECO specialises in designing, supplying, installation, testing and commissioning of a variety of fire protection and alarm systems viz, such as  FIKE FM-200, CO2, Halon, Sprinklers, Deluge, Foam Systems, Dry Chemical Systems, and Addressable and Conventional Fire Alarm Systems.
The company’s manufacturing plant is located in a new industrial city in Riyadh - the biggest such facility in the kingdom involved in the manufacture of fire protection equipment & components.
Mohamed Iqbal comments: “We are the first and only firefighting equipment manufacturer in the Kingdom which has been certified ISO 9001 by TUV Germany and by the L.P.C.B in the UK.  We are the only UL-listed  filling station for FM200 Clean Agent and have been authorised by 3M USA to manufacture various types of foam.” More information? Visit: www.sffeco.com
TEN CATE: The Dutch company Ten Cate Protect launched its new product Millennia light at Interschutz. Ester Brummelhuis, marketing manager for the company, told IFJ.
“When we developed Millennia Light we looked at several features that a protective garment for firefighters should always provide: protection, comfort and durability. We wanted to combine these features and comply with the European standard, the EN 469 for protective clothing for firefighters.”
As she demonstrated the differences between a conventional firefighting jacket and a coat made with Millennia Light, it appeared that the jacket made with Ten Cates’ fabric was considerably lighter and more flexible than the other coat.
“It works as follows; the outer shell of the coat is made from Millennia Light weighing approximately 180 gr/m2, followed by the moisture barrier weighing about 210 gr/m2. The inner lining is made out of aramid and viscose and weighs about 105 gr/m2. When we performed Thermal Protective Performance tests the fabric remained untearable after 25 seconds of heat exposure, whilst conventional fabrics ripped.”
Ms Brummelhuis sums up the advantages of Millennia: “The outer shell is the lightest presently in use. The fabric improves comfort and lowers heat stress. It is made of the lightest and most breathable components and offers excellent thermal protection. It is extremely durable in dangerous and demanding work environments.” 
More information? Visit: www.tencate.com
TRELLEBORG PROTECTIVE PRODUCTS AB: Trelleborg is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of highly advanced protective equipment for use both on land and in water. Among its highly-respected products are chemical protective suits, dry diving suits and inflatable shelters. The products are manufactured, marketed and sold under trademarks such as Trellchem and TrellTent.
Speaking for the company, Ann-Sofie Thungren told IFJ: “Trelleborg Protective Products AB launched the Trellchem Bayonet glove ring system at INTERSCHUTZ 2005. This innovative system not only improves the functionality of chemical protective suits, it makes life easier for emergency teams/hazmat teams and others dealing with chemicals and chemical accidents.”
The Trellchem Bayonet glove ring system provides a fast, easy and secure way of exchanging gloves on chemical protective suits.
The system makes it quick and easy to attach a variety of glove combinations.
“Until now there has not been a glove attachment system on the market that provides a secure attachment for gastight (type 1) suits, where the gloves are quick and easy to change so that they can be replaced even under field conditions. This is now possible and a lot of users have been asking for it,” Ulf Nystrom, Product Manager PPE, tells IFJ.   The system is now available in Europe. An American NFPA 1991 certification is pending.
Other products on show included: gastight suits such as the Trellchem HPS VP1; the VPS VP1, the VPS-T with attached mask and the  Trellchem VPS-T Black (low visibility version of the Trellchem  VPS suit) and the Trellchem  Splash protection suit - providing protection against the liquid splash of hazardous chemicals. More information?
Visit: www.trelleborg.com/protective
TYCO BUILDING SERVICES: Jan R. Van Ooijen,  Managing Director  for Tyco Building Services Products, told IFJ: “At Tyco Building Services Products, our business is the marketing and distribution of a very wide range of quality products for fire protection products. We form part of an international organisation whose history goes back to America in 1850. For a long time now, we have been setting the pace as the world’s leading manufacturer and provider of all these products.
“Tyco has a long tradition of strength in fire protection and over the years we have developed an extremely comprehensive range. We supply a varied selection of sprinklers, alarm valves, operating valves and accessories as well as CPVC pipe & fittings, alarm bells, pressure meters and regulators, valves, hydrants, couplings, etc.  We already have 50% of the sprinkler market in Europe.”
Tyco’s products have given ample proof of their reliability, even under the most extreme conditions, says the manufacturer. Products can be used for a wide range of fire protection system applications and they meet or exceed all different national regulations and industrial standards.
All products can either be supplied directly from stock or else at very short notice. If required, they can be engraved, assembled or otherwise modified according to a client’s own specifications. In Tyco’s Assembly Shop in Enschede, Holland, engineers can pre-trim any type of alarm valve to  a customer’s specific requirement. Each valve assembly is tested before it leaves the facility.
“Quite clearly, such positive progress over so many years is only possible if something very special is on offer,” says Mr. van Ooijen. “What Tyco Building Services Products offers is an outstanding combination, a wide choice of quality products, ready for supply at very short notice, backed up by the attitude of the people who work in our company. An attitude aimed at total customer satisfaction. It is thanks to them that we have become a flexible and dedicated partner instead of just another supplier. Thanks to them too, we have always been able to adapt to the changing needs of the times, and we will continue to strive for that.
“The scope of products handled by us offers you a solution for practically every situation in building services applications. Due to our professional logistics we are able to provide the customer with the products they need in no time at all, whether you are in Europe, the Middle East or Africa. Through one of our Sales & Distribution offices or through carefully-selected distributors.”
More information? Visit: www.tycobuilding.com
REFLEXITE: “We certainly regard it as a good decision to come to Interschutz. The reason we are here is to present our tape FTP1200 + to the German market. Just before the show we received the unofficial approval that we now comply with HUPF, the German regulation for protective firefighting clothing, which is even more stringent than its European counterpart, the EN469,”  Bernd Kreitz told IFJ.
Reflexite’s retro-reflective tape is different from all others. Instead of using reflective glass beads, the company developed microprismatic technology. Prism technology works by refracting light from its inner surfaces. Light strikes each of the three surfaces of the Reflexite microprism in turn, before returning to its source. The retro-reflective efficiency is enhanced by the precise arrangement of the microprisms, as seen in a microscopic view.
According to Mr. Kreitz, the tape features the highest reflection quality while complying with the EN471 class 2 for high visibility clothing. “Our tape complies with all the European regulations and it is completely heat and flame-resistant. We performed several heat tests and the tape performed excellently. But the feature that is most remarkable, is that the tape performs very well under wet conditions,” he continues.
This was very well demonstrated at the stand, where a high visibility fire jacket had been placed in a box which simulated rainy conditions. A bright light was aimed at the garment - on one side of the jacket conventional glass bead retro-reflective tape had been applied - while the other half showed microprismatic tape. The difference in performance was significant, with the microprismatic tape appearing to outshine the conventional tape completely; in fact the glass bead tape did not reflect much light at all.
Bernd Kreitz comments:”Our tape is a 100% abrasion-resistant while its actual material is so slippery that staining is impossible!” FTP 1200 + is available in lime and white and is easily washable up to temperatures of 60° Celsius. More information? Visit: www.reflexite-europe.com

* TOP TROCK: This company produces patented drying systems for chemical suits, boots, gloves, masks and all other kinds of protective and work clothing. MD Helmut Jannach explained that Top Trock’s latest system, the SWT 3.0 - a system for the interior cleaning, disinfecting and drying of protective suits - is the first of its kind to be fully-automatic, making it totally unique.
The whole cycle of washing, disinfecting and drying can be done in only 3 to 4 hours during which time all waste water is completely pumped out of the suits,” Mr. Jannach commented.
The suits slide easily onto the rounded stainless-steel multifunctional racks and are inflated to their full size which allow the protection suits to be cleaned, disinfected and dried even in the hardest-to-access places, such as fingertips and the tips of boots.
The concept follows three steps: first of all, the suits are cleaned, then they are disinfected and, at last, dried. “Our systems make sure that the chemical suits are handled gently, this minimises damage and it makes sure that every client can profit from a longer life span of the materials,” says Jannach.
The system is available as a mobile version or for wall-mounting. The client can also choose a cabin fitted system for the exterior cleaning of the suits, as IFJ witnessed at Interschutz.
Mr. Jannach’s inventiveness did not go unnoticed. The UK’s Fire Service College in Moreton-in-Marsh has just installed eight SWT 2.8 systems with the possibility to clean, disinfect and dry 40 suits. Apart from this, the College has also acquired a drying facility for 100 sets of PPE, which includes helmets, jackets, trousers, boots and gloves. This system is made from stainless-steel combined with a warm air blower, which ensures short drying time by a high throughput of warm air.
“The installation and training was carried out by our specialists. They always make sure that our projects proceed smoothly throughout all phases during handover,” Mr Jannach concluded. More information? Visit: www.toptrock.com

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