Council Tool's firefighting tool line includes a new Halligan forcible entry tool.
The danger of carbon monoxide poisoning from fires is well-known. But there is another danger to firefighters and victims in structural fires that is less recognized - acute cyanide poisoning.
The pioneering Vulcore low-profile pack - a new way of storing compressed air for self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) - is attracting serious interest from conventional SCBA manufacturers.
Protecto Wrap Company, a manufacturer of construction products, has introduced Protecto Extrication Wrap, described as a new high-performance self-adhering membrane that protects first responders as well as collision victims from sharp metal and glass edges.
Sperian Respiratory Protection, working with Fire Innovations LLC, has obtained certifications from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) on an escape belt and rappelling system integrated onto the Warrior SCBA.
A space-saving dump valve, booster reels, nozzles and controllers were among a range of innovative firefighting and search and rescue equipment introduced by manufacturers at the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) in Indianapolis, Ind.
The St. Louis (Mo.) Fire Department replaced its entire fleet of apparatus 11 years ago - 36 trucks, of which 34 have both pumping and aerial capabilities.
Drilling on fundamentals can be boring. The response to the company officer's announcement of another SCBA drill can be, "We already know how to do that," or "How many ways can you sling a mask?"
Rapid Intervention Teams go by various names in different parts of the country – RIT, Rapid Intervention Crew (RIC), Firefighter Assist and Search Team (FAST) – but all have a critical mission: to rapidly locate a downed or trapped firefighter, establish an air supply, assess medical needs and extricate him or her from the situation, whether it be a floor or roof collapse or some other life-threatening incident.
Firefighters came out winners in terms of personal safety during 2009, as a number of innovative products were introduced that improved their ability and readiness to bail out when confronted with a life-threatening situation.