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New portable high pressure breathing compressor from Seacomair

The SCA100DY/6 was developed for firefighter trucks in South Africa, and it comes with a 4,5kW 6HP Yanmar Diesel Motor.

High strength cutting tool range from Weber Hydraulic

“Our new range of High Strength cutting tools, really do represent the future of cutting,” says Reiner Antritter from Weber Hydraulic in Austria. “A bold statement, but after taking a closer look into the design and development of this revolutionary concept you can clearly see that we have something truly worthwhile to offer.”

New confined space entry gas detector at Offshore Europe show

Crowcon will be showing its new Gas-Pro confined space entry gas detector at the Offshore Europe show in Aberdeen between 6-8 September. 

‘Dry’ water mist system unveiled by Jewel Fire Systems

A new total ‘flooding’ fire suppression system has been developed to provide fire protection for a wide range of high risk industrial environments, using a water-based technology which ensures little or no collateral damage.

Ansul to reveal ‘groundbreaking’ vehicle extinguishing system

The Automatic Fire Extinguishing System (AFES) will be unveiled at a major defence exhibition.

LED emergency floodlight for hazardous and marine environments

A new floodlight combining maintenance free LED technology and a self contained backup battery has been introduced by hazardous area lighting specialist Chalmit.

Rosenbauer Panther tests Sthamer Moussol -FF36

This Rosenbauer Panther, with a R600 pump and a RM 15 bumper turret with a capacity of 1500 lpm, is testing Dr Sthamer-Hamburg's MOUSSOL–FFAlcohol-resistant Fluorine-free Foam under freezing temperatures of -5 Celsius. The aircrash tender is now operational at Gatwick Airport. Watch the video!

Revolutionary new patient movement system developed by LA Fire Captain

Los Angeles-based EMSLED Tactical Inc. has announced the arrival of the Chameleon, a Mission Adaptable Rescue System (MARS). Winner of the 2010 EMS World “Innovation of the Year” it is designed as a modular, configurable, patient movement system.

Responding to car accidents -battery-powered rescue tools launched by Lukas

The eDRAULIC battery-powered rescue tool series from LUKAS is the first complete mobile rescue set on the market, including cutter, spreader, combination tool and rescue ram. The choice between unlimited operation with power supply cable and battery operation allows high flexibility at the accident.

Smoke, heat and exhaust ventilation system for commercial premises

Naturvent wins ‘highly commended’ at the Product Excellence Awards for the Homebuilding and Renovation Show in the UK.

Aviation fuel standard now specifies bioderived components

Up to 50% derived synthetic blending can now be added to jet fuel.

 

Holmatro launches the Rescue Support Bag

Rescue assist tools such as seatbelt cutters and hook and fork tools are often overlooked or  misplaced at the rescue scene. To solve this problem Holmatro has designed a Rescue Support Bag containing the most frequently used assist tools during vehicle extrication.

Nairobi Fire Department receives new Metz Aerial Ladder vehicle

Following an order from the Ministry of Nairobi Metropolitan Development, Metz Aerials has delivered an L56 aerial ladder to the Nairobi City Council Fire Department in Kenya. Together with several Rosenbauer pumper trucks, this customized piece of equipment forms an integral part of the “Nairobi Growth and Development Strategy” that has been drawn up for the booming Kenyan capital. The aerial has an integrated elevator for three persons, which facilitates an extremely short rescue cycle during emergency operations.

A deep breath

Carrying out a rescue in the most dangerous confined space entry in the world presents one set of problems – but two sets of safety rules makes it even more complicated, writes Neil T Lipski of the National Tunnel Institute.

New wildland-urban interface vehicle launched by Pierce

Pierce Manufacturing has launched new Type 1 wildland-urban interface firefighting vehicle that incorporates the patented Pierce Ultimate Configuration (PUC) technology.  The new apparatus offers enhanced emergency response performance for wildland and urban interface firefighting in regions of the country such as the West Coast, for example, where areas of housing are adjacent to undeveloped wildland vegetation.

Airwave launches ‘the future of mobilisation and control room solutions’

In response to the cancellation of the FiReControl service in December 2010, Airwave, the leading provider of critical voice and data communications to public service organisations in the UK, has launched ControLink – a suite of voice and data propositions.

New system to provide portable private network during failure of critical infrastructure

UK-research company Roke Manor Research has launched ‘Tactical Connect, a portable wireless broadband base station that creates a private network for the emergency services if the national telecommunications infrastructure fails during a major incident.

Firecom announces new programme to extend wireless capability for headset users

Firecom, a Canadian manufacturer of rugged and reliable team communication systems, has announced an upgrade program that extends wireless capability and benefits to thousands of its existing wired-headset users. Hands-free wireless communication headsets  improve safety, efficiency and productivity for users working in challenging environments, including emergency response, fire and public safety.

It’s a gas

There are many benefits to installing a gaseous extinguishing system on a floating roof storage tank, yet it still feels like the industry's best-kept secret. Jose Sanchez de Muniain reports from StocExpo in Rotterdam.

 

3M expands capacity for 3M Novec products

Facility in Cordova (Illinois) to be expanded to meet market demand for the sustainable technology.

Situation management solution for public safety

NICE Situator can help public safety operations enhance emergency preparedness, improve situational awareness and streamline incident response.

New sounder range continues Banshee heritage

The Banshee Excel makes its debut in Vimpex's 21-year-old family of sounders, strobes, sounder strobes and accessories.

Fire Fighting Enterprises wins at the Fire Excellence Awards 2011

The Hitchin-based (UK) optical beam smoke detection company wins the International Achievement category of the Fire Excellence Awards 2011. 

Berlin Fire to receive CeoTronics communications systems worth € 1 million

The order is the optional part of a tender won by CeoTronics in September 2009 to supply digital radio systems to Berlin. 

Meet the Dustfighter

Dehaco, the Dutch demolition rental specialists, were recently presented with a challenging enquiry from a contractor working at an industrial complex recently devastated by a fire.

A tent that turns into concrete - the next-generation tool for relief efforts

Source: The BBC

Packexe SMASH, not just for extrication

The glass management product for patient and rescuer protection in extrication, Packexe SMASH is now also being used for entry into a high-rise glass building by a fire brigade within the UK.

Fire in the deep

Inertisation techniques used to extinguish fires in deep mines are blowing into road/rail tunnels, writes Ann-Marie Knegt. Researchers estimate that deep-mine coal fires contribute a staggering 2-3% to global CO2 emissions, and this includes 40 tonnes of Mercury released into the atmosphere per year(1).

Eco-encapsulation

There are some products in the market that claim to be both environmentally friendly and effective against class A and B fires. But how many products are there in the market that can do this, and also clean up after hydrocarbon spills, or even stimulate their natural biodegradation process in soil and groundwater? Jose Sanchez de Muniain talks to Ioannis Athanasiou, Technical Director of the Viennese company Bioversal International.

Specifying portable power generators

Mark Taylor, Divisional Manager, Atlas Copco Generators explains that when it comes to specifying portable power generators, the choice of models will undoubtedly favour those providing more power from smaller units, offering quieter operation and creating lower exhaust emissions. But these aspirations are not just customer-led; they are legislative requirements of the market regulations both in the EU and the US.  So, two of the first questions which potential end users should ask relate to the noise and the emissions of the unit relative to the application.

Going digital

The USA is in the midst of implementing a new suite of standards for digital radio communications used by public safety agencies with the aim of enabling twoway radio interoperability between agencies. However, managing the analogue legacy environment and managing the transition to digital technologies represents a challenge to all US fire departments. Jose Sanchez de Muniain talks to comms specialist Mark Thomas of Team Simoco about a potential route for the many small fire departments that currently use one UHF radio frequency to cover challenging locations, such as Sedona Fire District in Arizona, but wish to take advantage of digital technology.

Fabrics and fibres - the core of performance

The fibres and fabrics that make up firefighters’ clothing are the key to the garment’s crucial protective characteristics. Jose Sanchez de Muniain talks to two weavers and one fibre manufacturer and finds out why choosing the right fabrics and fibres is not as straightforward as it may seem – and it’s likely to remain a challenging process in the future.

Classic 1961 fire pumper for sale in Ontario, Canada

The Biscotasing Community Citizens' (Northern  Ontario) are selling a 1961 Pumper Fire Truck - which is in working condition;low mileage; new tires; and accessories included (hose, coat and hats...)  

FIVE Focus

RoadwayRescue LLC & Education Chair David Dalrymple (TERC-US) writes on firefighting science (ie firematic) concerns regarding hybrid and electric vehicles.

Aerosol knockdown spreads

Most of the first responders within fire services in North America carry DSPA-5 units (dry sprinkler powder aerosol units) and in Europe services in Holland, Switzerland, Austria and now Germany have realised the benefits and savings that the DSPA-5 offers: it is now making an impact in the UK.

Detecting and suppressing vehicle fires

Passenger-carrying vehicle fires can put lives at risk, cost the vehicle owner a great deal of money, and jeopardise the company’s ability to continue to provide the service to which it may be contractually committed.  Nick Grant of Firetrace International – a Gold Sponsor of the FIVE conference, held in Gothenburg, Sweden from the 29th until the 30th of September – examines the contribution that targeted, risk-specific fire detection and suppression can play in improving vehicle fire safety.

Slick solution for oil spills

With at least 250,000 gallons of “anti-freeze-like” synthetic dispersants having been pumped into the Gulf of Mexico to mitigate the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe, and serious concerns raised about the effect of this type of technology on the marine food chain, has the time come to look at alternatives? Jose Maria Sanchez de Muniain speaks with a company that has a multi-purpose, eco-friendly “bio-agent” with bioremediative capacities that turns the slick into marine food.

A world's first in PPE

In today’s climate, it is entirely possible that a firefighter can come into contact with CBRN materials at any time – and if so, there is a valid argument that a firefighter’s turn-out gear should include a level of CBRN protection. In the event of an incident, this type of combined garment would allow him to vacate the area safely, rescuing injured personnel while escaping. Jose Maria Sanchez de Muniain talks with Karen Lehtonen, Director (Products), Lion Apparel, about a new piece of kit that is said to be the world’s first fully certified structural firefighter CBRN ensemble.

LED to safety

What does the world’s largest cruise ship, Oasis of the Seas, have in common with Madrid Metro and Amsterdam Metro? The answer is a low-level lighting system that is currently taking the evacuation world by storm. Welcome the dynamic guidance MILS system from Finnish company MariMils, which is making its way into both indoor/outdoor environments in offshore platforms, refineries, and road tunnels amongst others: Jose Sanchez de Muniain finds out more.

Recyle it!

The Gulf spill has put the spotlight on pollution control like never before – or at least since the Exxon Valdez spilt nearly 11 million litres of crude. One of the side effects of the massive effort to neutralise the disaster has been the adoption of innovative clean-up methods and products, writes Jose Maria Sanchez de Muniain.

Greater Round Lake Fire Protection District (GRLFPD) accelerates emergency response times accelerated with PC tune-up technology

iolo technologies has announced a critical implementation of System Mechanic Business in Greater Round Lake Fire Protection District (GRLFPD), which provides emergency response across six municipalities and parts of Lake County, Illinois.

Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics will launch the ONESuit Pro line of gas-tight chemical suits in Europe at Interschutz in Leipzig, Germany

The ONESuit Pro line includes chemical protective hazmat equipment for fire, chemical, military and industrial organizations.

London boosts foam capability to tackle capital’s major emergencies

Three bulk foam unit appliances go on the run in London this week - backed by new training and staffing capabilities - dramatically improve London’s ability to fight major fires or spillages involving flammable liquids.

Greater Round Lake Fire Protection District tunes up its PCs: case study

Greater Round Lake Fire Protection District relies on an award-winning PC tune-up suite designed to fix, speed up and maintain PCs so they run like new forever.

Electric arc protection in focus

Electric arc protection is a minefield according to many in the industry. And they’re right. Just like the risk itself, it is an explosive subject that inspires high intensity debate where a lot of people are making a lot of noise as they argue their points of view. 

Draeger launches VFR Pro helmet

The ergonomic Draeger VFR Pro Helmet is designed for use in firefighting, industrial, marine, offshore and military applications. Available in two versions to suit the needs of high heat environments such as those found in structural firefighting, flash-over training and wildland firefighting, it is also equally suited to rescue and technical assistance operations.

PPE FOCUS

Firefighter fatalities are going down – that is the good news. The bad news is that every year firefighters across the world are still losing their lives in ways that could be avoided. It will come as no surprise within this professional community that very few lives are lost to burns – a testament indeed not just to the high level of training that is given but also to the effectiveness of the PPE that is worn by firefighters. What is perhaps less well understood is that a large proportion of fatalities, nearly 50% in the most recent figures to come out of the US, are caused by heart attacks brought on by over exertion and, significantly, by heat stress. It is a sobering figure that should remind everyone that PPE is not simply about protecting firefighters from the immediate threat of fire. Modern designs of garments and fabrics offer protection for people who have to work in what has to be the most unfriendly environment. Keeping body temperatures at a safe level for as long as possible is the aim and each step forward in improving the performance of PPE helps to ensure that fatalities continue on their downward path. It is also worth pointing out that these positive steps forward are to some extent counterbalanced by the modern trends in building construction. While the goal of reducing global warming is something in which we all share, the increased use of insulating techniques and materials is undoubtedly resulting in more hazardous and dangerous firefighting conditions. Two things are clear. Today’s basic firefighting training has to focus more than ever on a practical, commonsense approach that alerts firefighters to potential problems during an incident. Secondly, the correct level of protection is more important than ever as firefighters face both old and new hazards. Readers that take advantage of the fire protective expertise of the organisations feature in this supplement will go a long way in ensuring their firefighters suffer no needless injuries or worse.   

FDNY upgrades to Trellchem VPS-Flash as standard level A suit

The Fire Department City of New York (FDNY), which is the largest fire department in the United States with over 14,000 emergency responders, has chosen to upgrade to Trellchem VPS-FLASH as their standard Level A, fully encapsulated personal protective ensemble.

How air crash tender design drives firefighting technology

Airport Crash Tenders have always been on the forefront of firefighting technology, Many advanced technologies gain acceptance in ARFF applications long before they are used in other emergency service disciplines. As an example Infra-red or thermal imaging was used in Crash Trucks long before it became commonplace in other fire fighting applications. It is occasionally said that we want to be on the leading edge, not the bleeding edge.  This implies that some technologies are not quite ready for implementation into fire suppression activities.  However, even if a technology is not ready to be placed in an RFQ, we should be aware of these developing technologies., writes Michael A. Laskaris Director of Research and Development, Fire Suppression Division Hale Products Inc.

Shedding a new light on US standards