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How To Maintain Fire Safety Equipment Properly By Following Simple Steps
How To Maintain Fire Safety Equipment Properly By Following Simple Steps

Did you know an estimated 30% of smoke alarms in the UK are inoperable due to missing, flat or disconnected batteries? For a property to comply with The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, it is vitally important that all fire safety equipment is kept in perfect working order at all times. This involves checking that the fire safety equipment is accessible, well maintained and hasn’t been tampered with. There are many ways you can take care of your fire safety equipment, to ensure your property is prepared, should there ever be a fire. Equipment Assessment Checks There are two types of equipment assessment checks that should be carried out, including monthly and annually If you’re the ‘responsible person’ for commercial property, you need to ensure your building meets fire safety standards. Here are 5 tips on how to properly maintain your fire safety equipment. Both passive and active fire safety equipment must be check regularly for any signs of wear or damage. There are two types of equipment assessment checks that should be carried out, including monthly and annually. There is a range of equipment checks you must carry out, including fire doors, fire alarm test, emergency lighting and fire extinguishers. Emergency lighting should be checked monthly, with all issues kept in a logbook. Fire doors should also be checked to ensure their seals and frames are in good condition.   Fire Alarm Tests All fire protection has to be checked annually including alarms, detectors, lighting, sprinklers, extinguishers and fire doors. They should be carefully inspected. Fire alarms are a legal requirement for commercial premises. To check that your Fire alarms still function correctly, it is important to get them serviced. All fire alarms should be tested, maintained and inspected by a competent person who is able to carry out any remedial work. Fire alarms are a legal requirement for commercial premises Fire extinguishers must be ready to work straight away in the event of a fire, so it is vital they are regularly checked and serviced. You should ensure they are maintained and kept in a functional condition. Every month, the pressure gauge should be tested on all fire extinguishers. Fire Risk Assessments Every year, it is required that a qualified technician carries out a thorough check on all your extinguishers for them to be fully serviced and certified. In addition to regular maintenance checks on your fire safety equipment, it is vital your commercial property has a fire risk assessment carried out every 4 years, with a renewal every 2 years. Fully trained and qualified assessors should undertake this to make sure it is done professionally Fully trained and qualified assessors should undertake this to make sure it is done professionally. By having a fire risk assessment review, it determines whether any changes could impact the ability for your equipment to properly protect your building. Fire Safety Logbook During a risk assessment, all fire doors must be checked to ensure they are in good condition and close efficiently with secure hinges. The fire seals must be fixed in position, with signs on the door present and legible. To keep an overview of all findings and actions, there should be a fire safety logbook and maintenance record that remains at your premises at all times. The logbook is used to record and review any significant findings when carrying out the fire risk assessment. This helps to keep all fire safety equipment functioning effectively and available to respond to emergency fires.

Software Systems Improve Firefighter Emergency Preparedness
Software Systems Improve Firefighter Emergency Preparedness

In communities of all sizes, fire crews are always in need of finding ways to improve preparedness and reduce risk. When fire departments use software systems that meet these needs, they stay safer and more informed on the scene. They also ensure that citizens stay safer during fire emergencies. Since the first organized response to a fire emergency began, firefighters have always made it a point to prevent injuries and minimize fire-related damage. However, since that time, technology has improved virtually everything about fire response, from the way crews get to the scene, to the information they have in transit about the emergency, to what they need to do upon arrival. This knowledge means fire crews no longer need to use three-ring binders full of documents to search for information. Instead, they use mobile data terminals (MDTs) and mobile fire software apps on smartphones, laptops, or tablets in their ladder trucks, fire engines, and other vehicles, which provide them with instant access to the data they need when it’s needed. Fire crews no longer need to use three-ring binders full of documents to search for information Mission Critical Data For Emergencies MDTs work directly with a computer aided dispatch (CAD) system to show first responders information about an emergency. With this technology, mission-critical data with real-time information about an emergency is available for fire crews. Having this data on hand helps keep crews safe, protect citizens, and reduce the risk of catastrophic damage to the structure involved. For example, if fire crews respond to a structure fire and dispatchers receive information while on the call that the roof collapsed before crews arrival, fire crews are made aware of this information in real time. Any information dispatchers receive about the emergency is immediately available for fire crews using an MDT. Information included in an MDT includes location of hazardous chemicals on site, knowledge of any hazardous materials on site, owner contact information, building entrance points and floorplans, and hydrant location. Any information dispatchers receive about the emergency is immediately available for fire crews Advance Planning For Fire Rescue MDTs are vital components to fire rescue. These ruggedized laptops are often mounted in a firetruck and crews communicate with one another regarding the data dispatchers share. When fire crews do not have access to an MDT, they rely upon radio transmissions, cell phones, and pagers to share information. Without a way to share this information in transit, fire crews create attack plans on the scene. This results in more time being spent planning rather than tackling the fire emergency, which could result in more damage and injuries or loss of life. For instance, fires double in size every 30 seconds. When technology can be leveraged so fire crews can create an attack plan while in transit, they reduce risk on the scene. Advanced planning helps each member of the crew know what he or she is doing on the scene based on their roles. Mobile Communication Apps Another way fire crews improve preparedness and reduce risk in a fire response is through the use of a mobile fire software application that can be used on smartphones, laptops, and tablets, and works seamlessly with MDTs.Mobile apps help bridge the gap between the communication received from dispatch to all  members of a fire crew Mobile apps help bridge the gap between the communication received from dispatch to all members of a fire crew. Plus, with a mobile app that knows who’s using the device, it can automatically populate the information the user needs based on the location of the user and the user’s role.  That means personalized information is delivered as it is needed, which helps crew members to begin their attack plans before arriving on the scene. Crews that use mobile apps arrive on the scene better prepared to attack the fire immediately, thereby saving time and reducing risk. Another benefit of using mobile fire apps is that they are less costly than other software solutions, which helps fire departments purchase more for crews. Many fire departments use MDTs and mobile fire apps so that crews are well-equipped with informational tools. With this opportunity to arrive more prepared on the scene, fire crews can reduce risk to themselves and those involved in the emergency. Vital information is placed into the hands of crew members no matter where they are in the rig, ladder truck, or fire engine Accessible Information For Fire Crews Both mobile fire apps and MDTs work together to harness the power of CAD and bring it directly to fire crews. Vital information is placed into the hands of crew members no matter where they are in the rig, ladder truck, or fire engine. Plus, mobile fire apps can be used by volunteer firefighters, which helps ensure they are as connected to details about the emergency as possible.Another benefit of technology in the world of firefighting is that mobile fire apps and MDTs can work together Fire crews using both have vital routing information, data regarding the structure involved, pre-plans, history, access to their own maps, and anything else that enhances contextual awareness for crews.Another benefit of technology in the world of firefighting is that mobile fire apps and MDTs can work together. While both harness the power of CAD and bring it directly to fire crews, an app is more accessible for crews in the back of the rig or ladder truck. Considerations When Purchasing Mobile Data Terminals The most important thing for fire departments to consider before purchasing an MDT or mobile app is this: Ensure that the software allows for users to take their own CAD information, so they can extend its functionality. These fire software systems should also be intuitive so that they know who is using it and what information they need. They should also be hands-free and understand spoken commands and have the capacity to take those commands and escalate to the next level. By making use of the software systems available to fire departments, crews experience a better use of their time, access relevant information for all roles, and stay safer on the scene through better preparedness and risk reduction.

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Husky Helps Local Garden Donating Water Storage Tank
Husky Helps Local Garden Donating Water Storage Tank

One of Husky's tanks helped save a garden from draught Husky's portable Folding Frame Tanks are most commonly used to store water for fire-fighting purposes. This last summer, however, one of their tanks helped save a garden from drought. Bartlesville First United Methodist Church had tough time keeping their "Garden of Eatin'" Community Garden alive last summer. There wasn't enough rain to keep the plants alive, and they had no way to transport and store water. Husky joined with several local business to help.      

DASH CF Custom Apparatus Unveiled By Pierce At FDIC 2011
DASH CF Custom Apparatus Unveiled By Pierce At FDIC 2011

Pierce Manufacturing unveiled the revolutionary cab forward Dash CF custom apparatus at FDIC 2011 There are two Dash CF pumpers on display. Both vehicles feature a 450 hp engine, 70-inch cab with raised roof and an overall height of 9-feet 9-inches. Pierce Manufacturing, an Oshkosh Corporation company, unveiled the all-new Dash CF custom Apparatus at the opening of the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) in Indianapolis, Ind. The Dash CF features an innovative tilting cab-forward design that repositions the engine rearward and down low between the frame rails, resulting in a wide-open interior configuration. Two Dash CF apparatus were flanked by seven additional Pierce vehicles inside Lucas Oil Stadium in booth #8805/9902. "The Dash CF is designed to meet the situation readiness needs of firefighters: it is, in effect, built around the firefighters and not around the power train and fire pump," said Jim Johnson, Oshkosh Corporation executive vice president and president, Fire & Emergency. "Every component of its cab forward design is engineered to help firefighters prepare for any emergency and respond with confidence. We are proud to showcase its many advantages to FDIC visitors, along with a full range of Pierce aerials, pumpers and rescue vehicles." There are two Dash CF pumpers on display. Both vehicles feature a 450 hp engine, 70-inch cab with raised roof and an overall height of 9-feet 9-inches. Each apparatus also features a 177-inch aluminum body, PUC 1500 gpm pump, 500-gallon water tank, Command Zone advanced electronics and single point service access. The Dash CF is is designed in a way so that firefighters can respond to incidents with greater efficiency Other vehicles on display include a first-of-its-kind aluminum rear mount PUC aerial platform, shown courtesy of the Sister Bay Fire Department in Wisc., that features the innovative Pierce Ultimate Configuration, 1500-gpm single stage pump, pump and roll with two-step shift technology, and a short-jack spread of 12-ft 3-inches. The unit also features a Velocity 70-inch cab with 10-inch raised roof, TAK-4 independent front suspension and side roll protection. In addition, a Quantum pumper, shown courtesy of the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District, Calif., features an overall height of 9-feet 10-inches, a 152-inch aluminum body and an overall length less that 32-feet. The vehicle is built with a 700-gallon "New York style" water tank, 1500-gpm single stage pump, Husky 3 foam system, and stainless steel plumbing. An Arrow XT Heavy Duty Ladder, shown courtesy of the Stoughton Fire Department of Mass., features a 105-ft aerial device, 10-inch raised roof cab, front and side roll protection systems, blue LED rope lighting on all ladder sections, an aerial collision avoidance system and a 500-lb dry tip load capacity. The Saber pumper on display features an extended cab with 12-inch raised roof, 6-person seating capacity and an overall height of 9-ft 6-inches. The vehicle features a 1,000-gallon water tank, 1250-gpm single stage pump, foam system with 30-gallon foam cell, aluminum body with roll-up doors and standard NFPA ground ladder storage. A Responder pumper, built on a Freightliner chassis and with an overall height of 10-feet, is also on display. This vehicle features an extended cab with side storage compartments, 3-person seating capacity (with a Pierce exclusive center third seat), 1,000-gallon water tank, stainless steel plumbing, and a Command Zone advanced electronics system. Also on display is a 75-foot heavy-duty aluminum ladder built on the Impel chassis. This apparatus features a 70-inch cab length, seating for six firefighters, and a frontal air bag and side roll protection system to enhance safety. The vehicle is equipped with TAK-4 independent front suspension, Command Zone advanced electronics and 101-feet of ground ladder storage. A non-walk-in heavy-duty rescue vehicle, shown courtesy of the Hillcrest Fire Department in NC, is on display as well. This rescue is built on a Velocity chassis with a 220-inch wheelbase, seating for six firefighters and both front impact and side roll protection systems. The 20.5-foot aluminum rescue body features four roof storage compartments, a roof light tower, electric awning, 40 kW 3-phase PTO-driven generator, complete breathing air system and a wide assortment of shelves, utility trays, and tool boards. Other Pierce vehicles on display at FDIC include a Peterbilt pumper in booth #9902 and a Freightliner pumper in booth 4120. Finally, the Oshkosh Foundation is sponsoring a "signature wall" within the Pierce booth. For every signature collected at FDIC, the Oshkosh Foundation will donate $1 to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) up to a total $10,000.   

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