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It is the legal duty of the responsible person in any building to make the evacuation of disabled people equal to that for able-bodied people, as Anthony Smith, Managing Director of Vox Ignis, explains. When the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) was first introduced in 1995, it gave disabled people long overdue access to goods and services, education, employment, transport and accommodation. This was, subsequently, incorporated into the Equality Act in 2010. Evacuation of mobility impaired pe...
Wildland fires are an increasing threat in the United Kingdom. They’re high risk, difficult to manage, and create a set of very particular circumstances for firefighters, who are battling the blaze. And with wildland call-outs measured in days, rather than hours, fire services need a kit that’s as tough as the terrain that they’re working on. Defender wildland firefighting suit FlamePro, a British manufacturing specialist of life-saving garments for firefighters, has unveiled...
Volunteer firefighters who are also National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) members have one final chance to enter and win a personalized MSA Safety Incorporated’s MSA Cairns XF1 Fire Helmet. This is the last of three helmets that will be given out in 2021. MSA Cairns XF1 Fire Helmet The jet-style design of the Cairns XF1 Fire Helmet reduces snag hazards, provides a personalized fit, and houses its own integrated light module. Plus, the soft goods are removable, washable, and replaceable,...
Electric bikes and scooters are a newly popular way to travel through urban environments. However, the nifty devices come with a fire risk that could be deadly. In London, firefighters have responded to more than 25 fires, involving e-bikes or e-scooters in recent months, some of them significant incidents with serious injuries. Lithium-ion batteries pose fire risks The fire hazards of e-bikes and e-scooters stem from their use of rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that can erupt into flames....
Armstrong Fluid Technology has unveiled its industry-renowned Design Envelope Fire Pump unit, along with Fire Pump Manager, a new and connected service for tracking pump performance. In addition to providing important new safety benefits, Armstrong’s new Design Envelope Fire Pump holds the distinction of being the first self-regulating, variable-speed fire pump, to meet NFPA-20 (2019 Edition), Section 4.8 standards. variable-speed fire pump This innovation allows simplification of the p...
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) in collaboration with the Saudi Arabian High Commission for Industrial Security (HCIS) will host a one-hour HCIS Licensing Requirements Informational Session webinar on Wednesday, September 8, 2021, at 7:00 a.m. (EDT). All fire protection contractors and consultants falling under the jurisdiction of HCIS license renewal requirements are encouraged to attend. Register for the HCIS Licensing Requirements Informational Session webinar today. Ab...
For the second year, DripDrop Hydration (DripDrop ORS), a renowned rehydration therapy company, and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC), the global association representing the volunteer fire, EMS (Emergency Medical Services), and rescue services, have teamed up to provide dehydration relief to volunteer firefighters. Oral rehydration solution (ORS) DripDrop is providing 200,000 sticks of their oral rehydration solution (ORS) to volunteer fire departments across the U.S. The donation comes as fire departments continue to battle severe wildfires, summer heat, and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Through the donation, volunteer firefighters can request one 80-count multi-flavor package of DripDrop ORS, to use in their department, during wildfire response, long incidents, intense training, or other strenuous work. Dehydration affects up to 75 percent of the U.S. population at any given time, and firefighters are at great risk of dehydration, due to the extreme work conditions that they face. DripDrop ORS DripDrop ORS improves on the World Health Organization standard for an ORS with medical-grade electrolytes DripDrop ORS improves on the World Health Organization standard for an ORS with medical-grade electrolytes, making it both the ideal rehydration therapy for the general population and a mission-critical tool for firefighters and other public safety and emergency workers. “No one is immune to dehydration and the effects it can have on our bodies, particularly those who work in extreme conditions like firefighters,” said Eduardo Dolhun, Managing Director and Founder of DripDrop Hydration, adding “We are proud to partner with the NVFC and provide these brave heroes with DripDrop’s ORS, to help them stay healthy and maintain proper hydration levels.” Dehydration, serious health concern for firefighters “Dehydration is a very serious health concern for firefighters,” said NVFC’s Chair, Steve Hirsch, adding “Dehydration can lead to negative consequences, such as decreased performance, weakness and muscle fatigue, dizziness, confusion, and even heat stroke or heart attack.” Steve Hirsch adds, “These impacts are especially risky for firefighters, as lives are on the line. We are grateful to DripDrop for this donation, to provide a much-needed safety measure, to keep our firefighters performing safely and effectively.”
The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) is pleased to announce the winners of its 2021 Annual Fire Service Achievement Awards. NVFC’s awards recipients Theodore Schroll Jr. will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by ADT, Robert James will receive the Chief James P. Seavey Sr. Health and Wellness Leadership Award, co-sponsored by VFIS and Ward Diesel Filter Systems, Paige Davis will receive the Junior Firefighter of the Year Award, sponsored by California Casualty, and the Colonia Volunteer Fire Department Explorer Program will receive the Junior Firefighter Program of the Year Award, sponsored by California Casualty. It is with great pleasure that we recognize the incredible work of our 2021 award winners" “The past year has tested our nation in many ways, but one thing we can always rely on is the dedication, resilience, and exceptional service provided by our nation’s volunteer firefighters and EMS providers,” said NVFC’s Chair Steve Hirsch. Steve adds, “It is with great pleasure that we recognize the incredible work of our 2021 award winners and highlight the amazing achievements of those who give so much to help their communities.” 2021 Annual Fire Service Achievement Awards A celebration luncheon to honor the recipients of the Lifetime Achievement, Chief James P. Seavey Sr. Health and Wellness Leadership, and Junior Firefighter of the Year awards will take place during the NVFC’s fall meeting scheduled on October 15, 2021, in Jackson, Wyoming. The recipient of the Junior Firefighter Program of the Year will be presented with their award at their department this fall, so that all their junior firefighters may attend. The recipients of the NVFC’s 2021 Annual Fire Service Achievement Awards are as follows: Asst. Chief Theodore ‘Ted’ Schroll Jr. - NVFC Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by ADT Ret. Asst. Chief Ted Schroll has never ‘just belonged’ to anything that he has been involved with. He is a dedicated fire service volunteer and works hard on any assignment, to make things better. Ted joined Wethersfield Fire Department in 1960, in Connecticut, working his way up from Firefighter to Acting Chief, and his energy and dedication are just as strong in 2021. Active member of the fire services Although, Ted Schroll retired as Acting Chief in 1999, he remains an active member of the fire department. He has shared his knowledge within his local department, the Connecticut State Firefighters Association (CSFA), and at the Connecticut State Capitol. Ted Schroll has served in all the executive positions for the state association, as well as served as CSFA’s legislative representative for over 25 years. Due to his thorough understanding of the legislative process, he was able to represent CSFA without missing a beat, during the COVID-19 pandemic and switch to online meetings. CSFA and the fire service representative Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ted Schroll spent countless hours at the state capitol, representing CSFA and the fire service Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ted Schroll spent countless hours at the state capitol, representing CSFA and the fire service. He has been aggressive to secure not only legislation, but also funding for construction and rehabilitation of Connecticut’s regional fire schools. He was instrumental, along with Chief John McAuliffe, in securing state legislation that prohibits career departments from forbidding their employees from volunteering in the communities that they live in. Due to his legislative expertise, he has been a resource to many other state fire associations, as well as the NVFC for legislative questions or concerns. CSFA’s Assistant Secretary Ted Schroll also currently serves as CSFA’s Assistant Secretary and Credentials Committee Chair. He is pivotal in organizing the yearly convention and makes it a family affair with his wife, children, and even grandson assisting the credentials committee at the convention. He was inducted into the Connecticut State Firefighters Hall of Fame in 2010. In addition to his work in the fire service, Ted served active duty in the United States Air Force until 1960 and is a past President of the New England Section of the International Municipal Signalman's Association (IMSA). Schroll has exemplified commitment and dedication to the fire service on the local, state, and national levels for over 61 years and will continue to do so for many more. Captain Robert ‘RJ’ James - NVFC Chief James P. Seavey Sr. Health and Wellness Leadership Award, co-sponsored by VFIS and Ward Diesel Filter Systems Captain Robert James is a 20-year veteran of the fire service. He started as a volunteer firefighter with the Cromwell Fire Department, before relocating to Maryland, where he joined the Rockville Volunteer Fire Department (RVFD), one of the busiest fire stations in Montgomery County. Mentor to young firefighters and EMTs In addition to volunteering, Robert James is a full time employee of the Frederick County Fire Rescue (FCFR) Division, Rescue Squad 3, where he leads the Advanced Technical Rescue Team. In July 2021 he was promoted to lieutenant. As a volunteer, Robert James has received numerous citations and awards from the RVFD and the State of Maryland. He hit the ground running, receiving his first award on his first week on the job, after making a life-saving rescue. His service and dedication have not slowed since. He is a mentor to young firefighters and EMTs, making safety his top priority. Rescue and hazardous materials operations expert Robert James is an expert in many areas, including firefighter survival and rescue and hazardous materials operations Robert James is an expert in many areas, including firefighter survival and rescue and hazardous materials operations, but he is especially proficient in technical rescue and trench operations. He uses his extensive knowledge and skill to mentor new recruits and seasoned professionals. He takes the utmost care in teaching them the necessary skills, while at the same time making their personal safety the primary factor in every aspect of his training programs. Robert travels across the country to teach, train and mentor. In his spare time, he has a podcast, where he discusses best practices for firefighter safety. Commitment to craft and training Because of Robert James’ commitment to his craft and the training that he provides, his fellow firefighters are safer and smarter, which allows them to better deal with the incidents that they face. It also makes them safer and better able to protect themselves now, so as to prevent physical or heath issues later in life. Robert James is a natural leader, which is why he is such a successful firefighter, EMT, trainer, and mentor. He is an inspiration to all who know him and always has his fellow firefighters’ safety and wellness at the forefront of everything he does. Paige Davis - NVFC Junior Firefighter of the Year, sponsored by California Casualty ‘Servant Leadership’ was the title of one of Paige Davis’ recent speeches to her cadets, and that leadership philosophy is befitting for her. She is the first to step up, help, pitch-in, and teach, even if there is no recognition. Davis always cheers for her competition, does the right thing, and acts with honesty and integrity. Bartlett Hackberry Township Fire Department’s junior program When Paige Davis joined the junior program at Bartlett Hackberry Township Fire Department (Bartlett, KS), on her 12th birthday, it was amid a major transition of juniors graduating into regular firefighter positions. This gap created the need for someone to step up and learn to lead, and she answered that call. Throughout this period, the community suffered from a prolific arsonist and experienced several of the worst fires in its history. Keeping safety at the forefront, Paige Davis and other juniors were called upon to assist the department in many ways, during this intense time, until the arsonist was caught. She then helped the junior program transition back from ‘busy’ to ‘normal’, by keeping members active and involved. Cadet & Junior Apprentice Firefighter Program lead She has led the fire department’s Cadet & Junior Apprentice Firefighter Program since 2019 When the COVID-19 pandemic hit and everything changed once again, Paige Davis was a vital force in helping the fire department respond to the new challenges. She has led the fire department’s Cadet & Junior Apprentice Firefighter Program since 2019. Paige is also actively involved in many department activities, including training, mentoring, and recruiting cadets, installing smoke detectors, assisting with fire prevention education, maintaining the department’s PPE inventory tracking system, and managing department technology, including Active911, group chats, and video meetings. Active member of Advisory Board She is also a member of an advisory board that is developing a 25-year plan for the department’s future. Even off-duty, Paige Davis always does what she can to help others. On May 10, 2020, her quick actions saved the life of a toddler who was wondering in the middle of a roadway, when she and her father were driving by. She is actively involved in organizations that work to strengthen and reinforce a sense of community, responsibility, and service, including 4H, FFA, and Civil Air Patrol. As an incoming high school senior, accomplished athlete, and barrel racer with world standings, she encourages others to be involved with their communities during her travels. Colonia Fire Department Explorer Program - NVFC Junior Firefighter Program of the Year, sponsored by California Casualty Colonia Fire Department’s Explorer Post The Colonia Fire Department’s Explorer Post is a vibrant, long-running program that has provided numerous benefits to the fire department and the community. The program is also the primary source of new members for the department, with many of the current members being former explorers. The explorers learn firefighting methods, equipment, and apparatus through training and drills. By participating in community service activities, these young people have become ambassadors of their community and the department, as they prepare for college and life after high school. Ohio Youth Fire & EMS Training Academy (OYFETA) For the past 11 years, the Colonia explorers have participated in the Ohio Youth Fire & EMS Training Academy (OYFETA) For the past 11 years, the Colonia explorers have participated in the Ohio Youth Fire & EMS Training Academy (OYFETA), a week-long event that takes place at Hocking College in Nelsonville, Ohio. Taking a group of teenagers, raised in New Jersey, to a rural college campus several hundred miles away and embedding them with a similar group of teenagers from Ohio and other states, has helped them develop communication skills and behaviors expected of older young adults. Department leaders, academy staff, and parents have consistently said that attendees have returned as responsible teenagers, with improved outlooks on life and education, along with enhanced social and behavioral skills, and a recognition that effort results in success and reward. They quickly learn to behave like a firefighter, work collectively as a team, support those that fall behind, and learn from those who know more. Colonia Fire Department’s Junior Fire Academy program In addition, the Colonia Fire Department’s Junior Fire Academy program is a recruitment/community activity that highlights the OYFETA attendees. Designed to spur interest in the Explorer program, 7th and 8th grade students are invited to experience the physical skills and activities of a firefighter over two days. OYFETA graduates are paired with firefighters to serve as instructors. The success of the Colonia Explorer program has led to other fire departments seeking out their assistance, in creating or improving their own junior/Explorer programs. However, the greatest measure of the program’s success can be seen in the substantial number of former Explorers who are now in full-time fire and emergency services positions, in communities in New Jersey and across the country.
Bosch Security Systems has announced the release of new Aviotec firmware version 7.81 that comprises AI algorithms, which can now detect fire and smoke in changing weather and light conditions. Aviotec firmware version 7.81 The AI algorithms have been developed further in the Aviotec firmware version 7.81, in order to ensure reliability for sheltered outdoor areas. The fire risk in these areas and nearby buildings can now be reduced with intelligent, fast and reliable detection. In the past, only indoor areas could be effectively covered by fire and smoke detection devices. Customers with premises extending from buildings to outdoor sheltered constructions, however, have long been concerned with the potential for fires igniting outdoors. Enhanced outdoor fire detection capabilities The new outdoor fire detection capabilities of Aviotec are particularly valuable to the industry with outdoor storage areas Strong sunlight on high fire loads, such as stacked cardboard, for instance, can generate smoldering and kindle a fire. Risks are higher in dry conditions and with flammable chemicals on site, and hazardous substances can combust or emit toxic fumes, posing further threats to personnel, assets and the environment. Therefore, the new outdoor fire detection capabilities of Aviotec are particularly valuable to the industry with outdoor storage areas. “Finally, we can offer a solution to overcome the challenges and pain points that customers have been raising for years,” explains Theresa Grunewald, Aviotec Global Business Developer at Bosch Security Systems, adding “Aviotec video cameras can now offer dependable, 24/7 protection of entire premises, both indoors and sheltered outdoors.” High reliability in changing weather conditions Changing outdoor conditions are influenced by weather patterns and pose specific challenges to common fire and smoke detectors. For example, wind can prevent smoke from rising to a detector installed on a ceiling. Aviotec detects directly at the fire source, therefore, avoiding the need for smoke or heat to migrate to the sensor. Installed in housing that complies with IP 66 IK10, and NEMA 4X (National Emergency Management Association) standards, Aviotec is protected against rainfall or dust. Built-in Intelligent Video Analytics Aviotec’s sensitivity addresses dim light and night-time conditions together with additional infrared lighting. These qualities go beyond the limits of traditional smoke and fire detectors, especially across sheltered outdoor areas. Open, outdoor constructions, such as industrial storage areas, are more vulnerable to vandalism and theft than indoor areas. In addition to flame and smoke detection, Aviotec provides built-in Intelligent Video Analytics for security surveillance. It recognizes intruders and helps to keep entire premises safe from risks and hazards from the outside in. Operators who are already using an Aviotec solution can upgrade to the new version with a free firmware update.
FireEye, Inc., the intelligence-led security solutions company, has introduced FireEye XDR, a unified platform, designed to help security operations teams to strengthen threat detection, accelerate response capabilities and simplify investigations. FireEye XDR platform The FireEye XDR platform provides native security protections for endpoint, network, email, and the Cloud, with a focus on improving organizations’ capabilities, for controlling incidents from detection to response. FireEye Helix unifies the security operations platform, by providing next-generation security incident and event management (SIEM), security orchestration, automation and response (SOAR), and correlation capabilities, along with threat intelligence powered by Mandiant. threat intelligence and advanced detection Integration Our XDR platform translates insight to action across more than 600 security technologies" “Our superior knowledge of threats and the adversary is unmatched. Hands down, I believe we manage the best XDR platform in business, by integrating threat intelligence into an advanced detection engine, which is delivered centrally and extensibly via the Cloud,” said Bryan Palma, the Executive Vice President (EVP) of FireEye Products. Bryan adds, “Our XDR platform translates insight to action across more than 600 security technologies. FireEye XDR furthers our mission to relentlessly protect our customers.” FireEye’s Helix native cloud design FireEye’s Helix native cloud design provides an improved analyst experience, allowing for the seamless integration of disparate security tools, regardless of vendor or data source. FireEye’s XDR platform is best suited for enterprise and mid-market security operations teams, which are increasingly at risk from cyber-attacks, due to an array of factors, including the sophistication of threats, sub-optimal security tool management, and personnel shortages. Enhanced endpoint cloud capabilities Over the next few quarters, the FireEye products business plans to introduce new features to the FireEye XDR platform, including enhanced endpoint cloud capabilities, FireEye Helix upgraded dashboards and threat graphing capabilities, additional support for leading third-party security tools, and continued integration with the Mandiant Advantage platform, which includes Automated Defense. “Forward-thinking security and risk leaders are looking to defend their enterprises in ways that can reduce complexity and upfront investment, while at the same time speeding the time it takes to detect and respond to pervasive threats,” said Jon Oltsik, Senior Principal Analyst and ESG Fellow, adding “Leveraging an approach to XDR built on threat intelligence can help security leaders improve efficacy and avoid becoming the next headline.”
WEROCK Technologies GmbH, innovative manufacturer of rugged tablets, notebooks and handhelds, presents the Rocktab U210, a powerful, ultra-compact, yet fully rugged tablet, which is designed specifically for the requirements of fire and rescue services. The new Ultra Series model comes with market-renowned features and is available to order now. Whether it's up-to-date information on the situation and location of an operation, map material, hydrant plans or retrieving rescue maps, the right combination of software and hardware is the key to speeding up operations and saving lives. So it's hardly surprising that the topic of digitization is also becoming increasingly important for fire departments. Rocktab U210 tablet Tailored to meet the needs of emergency services, the new Rocktab U210 tablet from WEROCK scores with an extremely robust design, high performance, and featuring the elegance and user-friendliness of consumer tablets. With a weight of only 996 grams, as well as a thickness of 15 mm, the Rocktab U210 is amazingly light and thin. The Rocktab U210 is available with a choice of Windows 10 IoT Enterprise, Windows 10 Professional or Ubuntu 20.04 Linux software. Equipped for the future, the Rocktab U210 is compatible with the upcoming Windows 11 operating system. Rugged design for tough outdoor conditions The new Rocktab U210 is built from the ground up to be rugged, ready for the toughest outdoor conditions Like all WEROCK devices, the new Rocktab U210 is built from the ground up to be rugged, ready for the toughest outdoor conditions. The tablet even exceeds the usual military standard. Instead of the usual 1.2 meter drop height, the Rocktab U210 even withstands 1.5 meter drops, under difficult conditions. In addition, it was subjected to a so-called drum test, so as to check the drop resistance in everyday use. In this test, the tablet has to survive 40 consecutive drops from a height of 1 meter. The Rocktab U210 tablet is also certified, according to class IP65 standard and guarantees full protection against dust and water penetration. In ambient temperatures, ranging from -10°C to +50°C, the tablet remains 100% operational. High resolution display for enhanced readability The new Rocktab U210 tablet features a high resolution 10.1 inch display, with up to 800 nits of brightness, ensuring optimal readability during use. The capacitive touchscreen is gesture enabled, highly accurate and suitable for capturing signatures. A matching digitizer input pen is optionally available. It can also be operated in the rain and with gloves. Inside, the tablet works a powerful quad-core processor from Intel (Celeron N4120 or Pentium N5030), which is supported by 8 GB RAM working memory. Thus, the Rocktab U210 is almost three times as fast as Atom processors, which are usually used for tablets. There is 128 GB of internal storage available, which can be expanded via a micro SD card. Multiple connectivity options available In terms of connectivity, the new Rocktab U210 tablet is extensively equipped. On the side, the device has a USB 3.1 Type A, as well as a USB C port, micro SD card slot, micro HDMI, but also a Gigabit Ethernet port. The built-in 2×2 MU-MIMO WLAN adapter supports the new 802.11ax standard, is WiFi 6 certified and enables data rates of up to 2.4 Gbps. The integrated Bluetooth 5.2 opens up numerous other application scenarios. Built-in GPS module The Rocktab U210 tablet also relies on outstanding connectivity, during a deployment The Rocktab U210 tablet also relies on outstanding connectivity, during a deployment. The optional high end industry-grade 4G LTE connection offers download speeds of up to 300 Mbps. The Rocktab U210's built-in GPS is the high-end module from renowned Swiss manufacturer, u-blox (uBlox). It offers fast positioning with high accuracy and reliability. Despite the compact dimensions, there is no requirement for a long battery life. The Rocktab U210 tablet is designed with a replaceable battery and a total battery capacity of 38 Wh. These each allow a runtime of up to 10 hours, with just one battery charge. Thanks to hot-swap functionality, the battery can also be changed on the fly, allowing for unlimited tablet run time. A powerful 65 watt power supply ensures that the tablet is quickly recharged. Seamless integration into emergency vehicles Seamless integration into emergency vehicles is possible with the optionally available active vehicle mount. It not only charges the tablet, but also provides audio input and output, Gigabit Ethernet port, 2 x USB 3.0 Type A ports and two serial RS232 ports. Features of the Rocktab U210 tablet include: Rugged 10.1" industrial tablet for professional use Powerful Intel processors: Celeron N4120 or Pentium N5030 Sunlight readable display with 800 cd/m2 brightness and WUXGA resolution Scratch-resistant multi-touch screen, including display protection foil Can also be operated with gloves and in the rain Most accurate operation possible via digitizer Ultra-compact case, only 15 mm deep and weighing 996 grams Exceeds shock, vibration and drop resistance, according to MIL-STD-810G Ideal for harsh environments, as it is IP65 certified for water and dust resistant Withstands 1.5 meter drops Hot-swappable 38 Wh battery for uninterrupted operation Compatible with Windows 11 OS Available with Windows 10 Pro, IoT Enterprise or Ubuntu Linux OS 8 GB LPDDR4 RAM, 128 GB eMMC SSD Full size USB 3.1 Type A and USB C port 2×2 MU-MIMO 802.11ax dual-band WLAN (WiFi 6 certified) Seamless roaming of different wireless cells, thanks to 802.11r Ready for the latest applications, thanks to Bluetooth 5.2 Micro SDXC card slot - memory expandable up to 1 TB High-resolution cameras for razor-sharp images High-end uBlox NEO-M8N GPS for position determination Optionally including high-end 2D barcode scanner & 4G LTE high-speed Internet connection with up to 300 Mbps Docking stations and other accessories available Carbon neutral product: All greenhouse gas emissions from production and transportation offset Rocktab Ultra tablet series It is the lightest and most compact device in our Rocktab Ultra flagship tablet series and is packed with modern features" “The Rocktab U210 is the perfect combination of ruggedness, compactness and performance. It is the lightest and most compact device in our Rocktab Ultra flagship tablet series and is packed with modern features,” said Markus Nicoleit, Managing Director and CEO of WEROCK Technologies GmbH. Like all of the company's products, the tablet's carbon footprint, which inevitably results from production and transport, is fully offset via WWF Gold Standard climate projects. Rocktab U212 and Rocktab U214 models Available The new Rocktab U210 tablet from the Rocktab Ultra series is available to order now. Also available are the Rocktab U212 (11.6 inches) and Rocktab U214 (13.3 inches) models. The new Rocktab Ultra Series tablets are versatile in use and offer flexible integration into all environments, with the help of the extensive accessory catalog, including secure vehicle and office docks, carrying handle, 2-point shoulder strap, battery charger and much more.
The first signs of fire can be spotted 24/7, even in challenging outdoor conditions, on a manufacturing complex, thanks to algorithm-driven video camera, AVIOTEC from Bosch Security Systems. AVIOTEC firmware version 7.81 AVIOTEC takes the next step, as it goes outdoors. The performance has been extended for equal reliability in sheltered outdoor areas. AVIOTEC's new firmware version 7.81 comprises AI-supported algorithms, which can now detect flames and smoke in changing weather and light conditions. The AI-supported algorithms have been developed further to ensure reliability for sheltered outdoor areas. The fire risk in these areas and nearby buildings can now be monitored with intelligent, fast and reliable detection. AVIOTEC IP starlight 8000 The video-based fire detection camera, AVIOTEC IP starlight 8000 is now delivered with the new firmware version 7.81 The video-based fire detection camera, AVIOTEC IP starlight 8000 is now delivered with the new firmware version 7.81. Existing installations can be upgraded to the new technology by a free firmware update. The fundamental purpose of manufacturers is the efficient output of parts and products for delivery to partners or consumers. These vast work environments, however, pose huge challenges to safety managers. They accommodate a large workforce, whose occupational safety must be protected from identified hazards. Securing valuable cargo in outdoor depots The sites typically store valuable materials and facilities for business operations, in outdoor depots on site, some of which are highly flammable. A severe lack of effective solutions, which include outdoor fire detection, basically means innovative, reliable fire detection cameras with state-of-the-art technology are a welcome development for safety managers, who are responsible for reducing risks to personnel and business continuity. Manufacturing storage space may house large stocks of flammable or combustible substances, like solvents, or materials which kindle rapidly, such as wooden pallets or wood chips. In addition, combined waste from diverse production activities may be stored nearby in large quantities, creating a high fire load. Materials and equipment stored Materials and equipment typically stored, and for how long, depends on the specific industry and operations. They can include: Pulp and paper - Timber, wood chips, paper, solvents Agriculture – Fertilizers, pesticides, hay, animal feed Automotive – Tires, benz, welding materials Recycling – Card, paper, plastics, residues of substances in discarded materials Facility and premise security Many storage areas for manufacturers are sheltered, but open, outdoor perimeter areas, rather than locked warehouses with fire-proof exteriors. This makes them vulnerable to vandalism, theft or arson by intruders, so additional security measures are essential for protection of premises. Another danger is that strong sunlight, wind speeds or the storage of a hazardous mix of materials and substances means fires or explosions could occur spontaneously. Industrial buildings pose high fire risk Business costs of fire damage to manufacturing complexes and their vicinity can run into hundreds of millions An industrial building is usually open plan. Flames could be fanned by breezes through open windows or movement, and fabrics, paper, chemicals and dust could accelerate the spread of fire to a wider area, including adjacent structures and outdoor storage. Similarly, a fire that started outside could rapidly blaze through to adjoining buildings. The safety of employees still on site, during a fire incident, are also immediately at risk from explosions, burns or collapsing structures. Inhalation of smoke or toxic vapors from burning substances could have a detrimental short- or long-term impact on health. Business costs of fire damage to manufacturing complexes and their local vicinity can run into hundreds of millions. Production can be halted abruptly or site shutdowns may be necessary for repairs, reconstruction or relocation to alternative sites. A large-scale industrial fire could have a dramatic negative impact on the environment as well. smoke detectors not effective in outdoor settings While standard fire detection systems function well to protect people and property indoors, these typical smoke detectors are not effective in outdoor settings. The high ceilings and open structure of outdoor storage shelters often do not offer a practical set-up for positioning devices for a suitable fire detection range, so that they can function reliably. The open area and fresh air environment will dilute the concentration of the smoke, or the wind can redirect smoke away from the position of the detector, so it goes unnoticed, giving the impression of no imminent threat of fire. Importance of fire detection in outdoor areas Cigarette or chimney smoke may drift upwards, so it is picked up by a smoke detector which signals frequent false alarms interrupting production. There is a serious deficit of solutions which address challenging outdoor conditions, thus increasing hazards on the properties storing materials with a high fire load in open-air constructions. Safety managers may feel a false sense of security by installing fire detectors indoors and consider their entire premises as well-equipped for fire safety, but if something ignites outside, near flammable storage facilities, indoor fire alarms may be triggered too late. AVIOTEC’s video-based fire detection system For comprehensive fire safety on a large manufacturing complex, the fire detection and monitoring system must have the following features: Rapid in detection and triggering prompt alerts Robust against false alarms and poor weather conditions Reliable, even in low lighting and overnight AVIOTEC flame and smoke detection camera AVIOTEC IP Starlight 8000 camera provides rapid fire and smoke detection through video surveillance A flame or smoke detection camera, which monitors an area and recognizes the first signs of smoldering, offers an ideal solution. AVIOTEC IP Starlight 8000 camera provides rapid fire and smoke detection through video surveillance, which functions effectively both indoors and on sheltered outdoor premises. The video smoke detection can be installed where CCTV cameras are already positioned, so safety and security of the entire premises can be covered from the same fixture points, making installation and maintenance easy. Integrated with Bosch intelligent video analytics Bosch intelligent video analytics are integrated into the AVIOTEC camera in addition to its flame and smoke detection algorithms. This means this smart video can provide surveillance for premises security as well as monitoring for any signs of fire. A combination of AI algorithm and technologies create a winning formula for fire safety with AVIOTEC IP Starlight 8000. This fire detection camera offers the following features: Uses a unique approach of cutting-edge AI alarm decision in combination with hand crafted algorithms. Works reliably in low-lighting conditions, as infrared illuminators provide a light source for the camera, enabling it to capture a clear image of an area and identify smoke and flames, even at night Is extremely reliable, as while traditional smoke alarms depend on smoke rising in close range to the device to activate it, AVIOTEC detects signs of fire through video analytics and activates alerts much sooner. As the camera is more sensitive in identifying a fire than smoke detectors, it is also robust against false alarms, so production downtime is reduced. AVIOTEC is, therefore, the all-round solution for fire safety and efficient business operations.
Fire conditions and extrication events that firefighters arrive at today are very different from the conditions faced years ago. According to research at Underwriter Laboratories (UL), modern homes contain larger quantities of petroleum-based products and plastics that burn faster and hotter versus traditional and more natural materials. Rapid fire spread The result is more rapid and hotter fire growth with exponential increases in heat generation, smoke production and toxicity. Faster flashover and fire propagation, coupled with shorter times to collapse and shorter resident escape times, have changed what firefighters encounter in the average fire and its increased risk to their crews. On the other side, extrication calls are also on the rise, with multiple risks and an ever-present chance for fire, like with newer electric vehicles. New risks call for new and improved stationwear When the call comes in, firefighters rely on their turnout gear (TOG) for protection When the call comes in, firefighters rely on their turnout gear (TOG) for protection, but serious burn injury can occur right through the TOG. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) conducted a study that concluded stationwear contributes to overall thermal protection. However, depending upon the stationwear’s fiber content and material fabrication, it may also contribute to possible burn injuries. “Our goal at DuPont is to increase firefighters’ safety and we have dedicated years of study to ensuring what they are wearing under their turnout gear doesn’t contribute to more severe injury, as is the case with polyester and to a lesser degree, cotton,” said Jeff Fackler, North American Business Development Director for DuPont. Facing multiple thermal hazards As firefighters face multiple thermal hazards, they rely on the protective properties of their uniform to keep them safe. NFPA notes that the second leading cause of firefighter injuries in the United States is exposure to heat and smoke. Unfortunately, there has been a lack of reporting data that would help explain the severity, type and specific contributing factors, such as the clothing worn underneath the structural firefighting ensemble. Many authorities leave the choice up to the firefighters to determine what stationwear ensemble is to be worn underneath the structural turnout suit. According to the NFPA, the problem with this approach is the lack of knowledge about the risks of wearing non-certified garments, such as synthetics, and the lack of information focusing on factors that contribute to burn injuries. “We are working with DuPont to educate ourselves on how certified performance garments can help reduce risk of further injury during a fire or extrication,” said Spotsylvania, Virginia Fire Deputy Chief of Support Services, Jason Irby, adding “Stationwear is the last line of defense and the evidence is hard to ignore.” New Research in Preventing Injuries DuPont has worked to add to the level of research and discussion around how turnout gear and stationwear can help protect firefighters. DuPont scientists created Thermo-Man, a life-size manikin with 122 thermal sensors used to predict level, extent and location of potential burns of whole garments in simulated flame exposures. The goal is to test material selection and garment designs, and balance protection, mobility and heat stress. “What we found was that fire will exploit any gaps in turnout gear that may be created as the firefighter bends, climbs and crawls during the firefight,” said Jeff Fackler, adding “As a result, serious burn injury can occur right through the turnout gear, and the role of flame-resistant stationwear is to reduce the severity of that injury. In short, what you wear underneath your gear really does matter.” Stationwear made from Thermo-Man and Nomex Findings showed that garments made with Nomex will not melt, drip or support combustion, compared to 100% cotton DuPont tested stationwear garments using Thermo-Man to analyze and predict the levels of thermal protection that it provides. Stationwear made with Nomex brand fiber is compliant with NFPA 1975. Findings showed that garments made with Nomex will not melt, drip or support combustion, compared to 100% cotton, and Nomex helps reduce the predicted burn injury by 50%, when exposed to a three-second flame. Firefighters carry, pull, lug and climb with hundreds of pounds of hoses, ladders and other heavy gear. They have to crawl, squat, roll and duck in split-second decisions about their safety. More and more, they face challenges in extrication situations, where the chance of fire is high. Occupational Athletes Just like professional athletes, their gear has to be both comfortable and performance-based to allow freedom of movement, breathability and injury prevention. Associate Professor at the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences & Technology at UW-Milwaukee Dr. Kyle Ebersole has been studying the unique physical demands of firefighters for over a decade. “Firefighters and first responders are occupational athletes,” explains Kyle Ebersole, adding “Their job has some extraordinary physical and psychological demands.” Performance-enhancing sportswear Performance-enhancing sportswear like you see in the NFL or the Olympics is relatively new to the sports world. However, DuPont has been working on performance fibers for decades that help first responders perform at their best and help reduce the risk of injury. Stationwear made with Nomex fiber cools more effectively due to lower moisture pickup and evaporative resistance. The air permeability helps enable more heat and moisture vapor transmission and increases both cooling and breathability. Enhanced comfort and protection for firefighters This means more comfort and protection to firefighters in wildfire situations, structural rescue and vehicle rescue This means more comfort and protection to firefighters in wildfire situations, structural rescue and vehicle rescue situations. They can fight the fight longer with better performance and less risk of exhaustion. In the sports world, it’s well known that what you wear has a major influence on how your body and muscles move during various levels of activity. For athletes and firefighters alike, “The reality is if you become injured, you can’t work,” said Chief Jason Irby, adding “If I can help my team by providing stationwear that reduces thermal heat, allows them more time to fight a fire or work on getting someone out of a vehicle and it helps prevent burns closest to the skin, it makes total sense.” Technical advances and smart fabrics Technical advances and smart fabrics are making stationwear more comfortable and affordable, while allowing for better body heat regulation and adding protection against injury – helping give extra peace of mind to first responders. “They shouldn’t have to worry if their stationwear and gear is going to protect them,” said Jeff Fackler, adding “And with stationwear made with Nomex, they don’t have to.”
As the demand for UK housing continues to rise, developers and planning authorities are under increasing pressure to deliver the intended UK Government target of 300,000 new homes per year, by the mid-2020s. The need to build as quickly and as cost effectively as possible, unfortunately often leaves little time to invest in developing a thorough understanding of notoriously Byzantine fire safety standards, increasing the risk of serious, potentially fatal, mistakes. firm understanding of fire regulations Fire safety has pride of place on the construction agenda, having been taken more seriously, following the Grenfell Tower fire. However, a collective acknowledgment of the issue alone is not sufficient. It has to be backed with clear knowledge, and a firm understanding of fire regulations should be non-negotiable for all industry professionals. Approved Document B is commonly used by many industry professionals as guidance Broadly speaking, the industry’s understanding of British Standards is good. However, Euroclass standards are fast becoming more widely used. You only have to look to the most recent versions of Approved Document B, Volumes 1 and 2, where Euroclass standards are referred to throughout the main text, while the British standards can only be found in the Appendix. Approved Document B is commonly used by many industry professionals as guidance. I should stress, it’s not a fire testing document, rather it’s meant as an advisory document. As such, additional research and reading around the products specified for each project is essential. Deciphering the differences To help shed some light on the complex world of fire safety standards, our team of fire safety experts has compiled the table below, which concisely defines the Euroclass and UK standards, and explains how they differ. It’s worth noting, before we get started that UK classifications don’t equate with European reaction-to-fire classifications, and vice versa. The two sets of tests are conducted differently, each using its own methodologies and measurements. Moreover, it is important not to assume a product has met a certain standard unless it can be proven that it has been specifically tested to that standard and carries the associated certification. UK classifications don’t equate with European reaction-to-fire classifications, and vice versa The two sets of tests are conducted differently, each using its own methodologies We hope this outline of the key considerations around fire safety standards has started to put your mind at ease, giving you more headspace to navigate the winding path to a robust, fire-safe project. Read part two of this series here.
After years of Brexit negotiations and an ongoing climate of prevailing uncertainty, businesses across the UK are still adjusting to the realities of life outside the European Union. Following the end of the UK’s transition period with the European Union, at the end of last year, the United Kingdom is no longer subject to European laws. However, for many companies, the last-minute nature of the Brexit negotiations mean that they remain unclear on what has actually changed in practical terms, particularly with regard to the day-to-day rules and regulations that govern how they do business. Post-Brexit workplace safety rules Workplace safety rules are likely to be a major source of questions in many cases Workplace safety rules are likely to be a major source of questions in many cases. Have any rules changed as a result of Brexit? Do any of the fire safety standards that were previously in place need to be amended now that EU standards no longer apply in the UK? And is it likely that the UK’s fire safety laws might change in the near future, to reflect the country’s newfound legislative independence? Here, we will explore the answers to these questions, in order to provide you and your business with an insight into what aspects of fire safety might change due to Brexit - and what elements are almost certain to remain the same. What has already changed? In truth, the reality is that so far, very little has changed in terms of how workplace safety regulations are implemented and enforced in the United Kingdom. Although many of the current rules around occupational safety and fire prevention were previously derived from EU directives, the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 has since transposed all of those regulations into UK law, in order to provide as much legal continuity for businesses and communities as possible. Amendments to the supply of new work equipment By enshrining these former EU rules as UK law, the British government is now able to enforce them directly, as well as gaining the ability to adapt or remove them unilaterally in the future. Thus far, the most notable change affecting fire safety standards are the amendments to the manufacture and supply of new work equipment, which have altered the processes that are involved in certifying the safety and quality of equipment, which are used in the workplace. UK-specific UKCA standard Post-Brexit, newly-manufactured equipment will be tested and marked as per new UK-specific UKCA standard Previously, any gear purchased for workplace use needed to bear European CE marking to affirm its conformity to international standards. However, post-Brexit, newly-manufactured equipment will be tested and marked according to the new UK-specific UKCA standard instead. In practice, the impact of this change will not be significant for the time being. Products that conform to relevant European product supply legislation and correctly bear the CE marking will be treated as satisfying the requirements of the relevant UK legislation, until December 31st 2021, and will therefore not require UK marking. This is only likely to change after this date, if future regulatory evolution causes the UKCA and CE standards to diverge. What might change in future? At present, the vast majority of UK legislation on fire prevention and general workplace health and safety, remains in close alignment with EU standards, partly in order to maintain an international consensus on best practice, and to facilitate economic cooperation. However, the stated purpose of Brexit was to provide the UK government with scope to amend and create its own standards and regulations, and as time goes by, it becomes more likely that we will see increasingly significant changes to how fire safety is regulated. For example, in recent months the government has pledged to make a number of updates to the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, following a series of inquiries and consultations prompted by the Grenfell Tower fire of 2017. The proposed move could usher in the following changes for all regulated buildings in England, both residential and commercial: When carrying out a fire risk assessment, there will be a new requirement for any person engaged by the responsible person (RP) to undertake any part of the assessment to demonstrate competence. RPs will be required to record their completed fire risk assessments, and the identification of RPs will also be recorded. Penalties for failure to comply with fire safety regulations will increase. Steps will be taken to improve the effectiveness of consultation between building control bodies and fire and rescue authorities on planning for building work, as well as for arranging the handover of fire safety information. As such, businesses should be keeping a close eye on any moves by the government to update its approach to fire safety regulations, and make sure they are ready to make these changes as and when they are needed. What will remain the same? The UK has always been committed to maintaining high standards when it comes to fire safety Although a certain amount of regulatory change is to be expected in a post-Brexit UK, it is also important for businesses to be realistic about what is always likely to stay the same. The UK has always been committed to maintaining high standards when it comes to fire safety, and there is no reason for any organization to allow these standards to slip in the wake of Brexit. No matter what happens in future, you will always be expected to fulfill the following responsibilities: Carry out regular fire safety risk assessments to identify potential fire hazards within your workplace, and then create a plan to eliminate, minimize or manage these risks. Make sure your workplace is properly equipped with fire detection systems and equipment, and maintain them regularly to keep them in proper working order. Keep your fire exits and escape routes clearly marked, well-lit and unobstructed at all times. Invest in fire extinguishers, fire blankets and other equipment to ensure you are able to contain any fires that break out. Provide appropriate training for all of your staff on procedures they should follow in case of fire, including fire drills, as well as getting their buy-in to create a company culture where fire risks are managed and dealt with proactively. Political circumstances may change, but the core principles of workplace fire safety will always remain the same. As such, the best way to ensure your business is properly equipped for the future is to hold fast to these timeless principles, using them as a foundation for future changes and advances as the reality of post-Brexit trading slowly takes shape.
Given the large global consumption of hydrocarbon fuels across all sectors, the associated risks are constantly expanding. The Allianz Global Corporate Specialty study cites fire and explosion as the largest causes for loss claims filed globally from 2013 - 2018. Fire and explosion Furthermore, fire and explosion are among the top 10 global business risks in 2021. More than 100 major fuel explosions have been reported, since 2019 around the world, most of which were avoidable. The risks are driving an expanding market for fuel explosion prevention systems, although the warning and mitigation solutions previously available in the market offer limited respite. An innovation is the ATOM Explosion Prevention System, by ATOM Alloys, headquartered in Dubai, UAE. ATOM Explosion Prevention System The technology is compliant to NFPA 69 standards and is tested and certified by international agencies The system works with a passive protection module inside fuel containers that does not allow any deflagration to escalate into an explosion. By containing the fire, the system actively prevents loss, reduces disaster risk and gives mitigation systems more time to work better. The technology is compliant to NFPA 69 standards and is tested and certified by international agencies. A range of products has been developed to suit contemporary industry requirements, helping to upgrade to higher standards of explosion safety and to enable efficient transfer and storage of fuels. “At the heart of most fuel explosions sits an unprotected fuel container,” said Ajit Tharoor, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of ATOM Alloys, adding “The first fuel tank explosion triggers additional explosions in fuel tanks within the vicinity, thereby multiplying the effect. Our disruptive technological innovation addresses the safety of that unprotected fuel container.” Passive protection module for fuel containers By equipping every fuel container with a passive protection module that is explosion resistant, the technology makes liquid fuel storage and transport tanks explosion resistant. By resisting explosion, ATOM shifts the safety steps from mitigation to hazard prevention. It has multiple product applications, from a jerry can to fuel tankers to bulk storage, which create an ecosystem of safety. Technological innovation to protect workplace and residences “The technological innovation can protect every workplace and residence that uses fuel, from hospitals and malls to schools and industrial complexes, and convert them into zones safe from fuel tank explosion,” said Ajit Tharoor. He adds, “Any explosion wreaks damage and destruction on the business, the community and the environment, but fuel tank explosions can be prevented. For us, it is our purpose, to bring top level explosion safety to everyone who uses fuel.” For firefighters, an explosion prevention system complements their mission and adds another layer of safety, by providing specific advantages, such as: Explosions have a ‘domino effect’ and such incidents generate immense pressure on the firefighting force, in terms of response time, resources and manpower. Resisting explosions without any human intervention can reduce such pressures on the forces and contain the level of damage. At a practical level, in the event of a fire, a protected fuel tank can be accessed easily by firefighters for extinguishing the fire and even decanting fuel from the tank. The explosion prevention system enables industries and communities to equip and take more responsibility themselves, in the prevention of disaster incidents, thus helping firefighting forces to optimize their efforts and work better. Once an explosion is prevented, the safety risks faced by a firefighter are far less, when compared to when they have to handle an explosion, and there is more time to handle fire mitigation interventions. An explosion-resistant retrofit can protect fuel tanks of vehicles that move in explosion hazard spaces. This could be particularly useful for fire vehicles. Innovation in materials science and fire dynamics The technology draws on innovation in materials science, design engineering and fire dynamics. A passive protection module works on the three principles of thermal conductance, flame quenching and structured packing. Made from the intervolving of a reticulated alloy mesh, the patented module works by its passive physical presence in the Deflagration to Detonation Transition (DDT) stage. The ATOM Explosion Prevention System works towards preventing an explosion from happening Fire protection and mitigation systems Unlike the mitigation systems that work after an incident, the ATOM Explosion Prevention System works towards preventing an explosion from happening. It is also different from warning systems, as it works without the requirement of any triggering sensors, chemical reaction or human intervention. While fire protection and mitigation systems have been developed in recent years that address explosions mostly in controlled environments, the tested, proven and certified solution provides a range system of explosion prevention solutions for liquid fuel storage, at industrial scale with cost effectiveness. Additional features of durability, slosh resistance and industrial customization have been incorporated. Specialized sector-based solutions ATOM can be applied at a ready-made product level or as customized process-based integration to existing systems Specialized sector-based solutions have been developed. Essential service providers – data centers, schools, hospitals, hotels, civil defense organizations, etc. are today required to maintain a high level of energy resilience (fuel storage) to avoid service disruption and business interruptions. Such fuel storages are high risk with great volumes of fuel. ATOM can be applied at a ready-made product level or as customized process-based integration to existing systems. Some examples are fuel tankers for the oil and gas industry, mobile fullers for the fuel delivery business, marine fuel tanks for the maritime industry and storage tanks for industrial and civil uses. The defense industry is one of the highest consumers of fuel, and it is required to maintain energy resilience banks as well as store and deliver fuel to militarized/border territories. This places huge demands on supplementary storage and transportation of flammable fuels. Explosion risks faced by defense sector The explosion risks faced by the defense sector are also the highest due to their operations in conflict zones, the presence of highly explosive ammunition in their spaces, and the threats of war, sabotage, and vandalism. Dedicated products for the defense sector include jerry cans, skids, mobile containers, barrels, smart fuel stations, marine fuel tanks and underground built tanks, among others. The explosion prevention system has been granted the Explosion Resistant verification mark by the Underwriters Laboratory. Following successful trials for military application, ATOM has been awarded four patents from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and is registered in PCT countries (most major industrial countries). Explosion prevention system The system has been tested by the Southwest Research Institute, USA and certified by the VCA Dangerous Goods Office, UK The system has been tested by the Southwest Research Institute, USA and certified by the VCA Dangerous Goods Office, UK, Underwriters Laboratories, USA, Bureau Veritas, France, and Emirates Industrial Lab, UAE. It is compliant with NFPA 69, Chapter 14, 2014; ASTM F3429/ F3429 M20; United Nations Rec. on Transfer of Dangerous Goods, Ch. 6.1; IMDG Code and ICAO Technical Instructions. The system has also been registered with WIPO and is in the PCT Registration, Foreign National phase, and the company is a member of the National Propane Gas Association. Asset protection “Every explosion generates damaging effects on the environment in addition to business interruption and losses. The adoption of an explosion prevention system helps organizations and governments fulfill their commitments towards environmental protection, climate change and safety,” said Ajit Tharoor. He adds, “The presence of the system reduces fuel evaporation loss, thereby reducing emission/air pollution. Further, ATOM helps businesses protect their assets, workplace, staff from risks and losses and reduces disaster risk for communities and the environment.”
Back in Indianapolis for the first time since 2019, FDIC International 2021 offered a full slate of conference sessions, hands-on training and equipment exhibitions. Attendance was down, but everyone appeared happy to be back at the show, after cancellations and delay caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Masking compliance was low, despite continuing concerns about COVID-19 and the Delta variant. There was little social distancing. In many respects, the show seemed back to normal. A highlight of the event was the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation’s (NFFF) 9/11 Stair Climb. It’s a way for attendees to honor and remember those in the fire service community, who gave their lives in the 9/11 tragedy. Hundreds of FDIC participants paid tribute by climbing or walking the equivalent of the 110 stories of the World Trade Center. MSA’s LUNAR hand-held device on display As always, safety was a huge theme at the FDIC exhibition, including development in hand-held tools As always, safety was a huge theme at the FDIC exhibition, including development in hand-held tools. MSA Safety displayed the new LUNAR hand-held device that helps keep firefighting teams connected, combining direction and distance information with thermal imaging to help find separated teammates and decrease response time. LUNAR uses cloud technology to increase fire-scene management capabilities for incident commanders. LUNAR can be used as a stand-alone device or as part of an MSA SCBA (self-contained breathing apparatus) system. Thermal imaging with edge detection identifies hot spots and ventilation points, so as to simplify navigation through low-visibility environments. Tethered drone and Reveal FirePRO X thermal camera FotoKite (Perspective Robotics AG), which has a joint development agreement with MSA Safety, featured a tethered drone that hovers over the site of an emergency, in order to provide networking capabilities through the tether for better connectivity. Seek Thermal offers the ‘smallest and lightest’ thermal imaging camera, available for US$ 799 and seeks to bring the benefits of thermal technology to every position on the fire team. The Reveal FirePRO X can now be charged using a four-station charging dock priced at US$ 399. The compact size makes the FirePRO X easy to carry and manage, while its high resolution and fast frame rate ensure superior images. Teledyne gas detection systems exhibited Teledyne displayed a range of gas detection systems, starting with the simple Protégé ZM carbon monoxide meter that can clip onto pockets, helmets, and EMS bags. A new product is the Gas Laser, a hand-held device that can quickly scan common venting points from a safe distance, in order to identify the presence of dangerous explosive gas. Teledyne recently acquired FLIR and the combined companies will provide a spectrum of imaging technologies and products spanning X-ray through infrared and from components to complete imaging systems. FDIC International’s Innovation Hub focused on new technologies coming to the fire service Innovation Hub FDIC International’s Innovation Hub focused on new technologies coming to the fire service, featured in a presentation theater on the show floor. Leading the initiative was SafeTech, a College Station, Texas-based non-profit organization, whose mission is to bring new technologies to first responders and armed forces. One featured company was Tracks North America, which provides unmanned vehicles with fork-lift capabilities. Another was Infysort, which makes superabsorbent pellets – ‘hyper-blown polypropylene sorbent nanomaterial’ that can absorb 50 to 60 times its weight in oil. Hale Products SAM control system HURST Jaws of Life demonstrated eDRAULIC 3.0, a new underwater power extrication tool The SAM control system, by Hale Products, is gaining in popularity, offering computerized/integrated water flow controls that manage a fire truck’s pump, tank, intakes and discharges using touch-screen display for simplified interface. The new SAM Smart Nozzle allows firemen to control flow from the end of the fire hose. HURST Jaws of Life demonstrated eDRAULIC 3.0, a new underwater power extrication tool that can withstand salt water. The Lifeline Firehose provides a source of continuous breathable air coming from the nozzle of a fire hose. The patented coupler design enables the continuous air supply, which can also be used to power air tools. Seeking to help small and medium fire departments replace paper documentation, incident management systems offer low-cost digitization. Environmental awareness From Rosenbauer A topic among fire apparatus companies is idle reduction systems designed to shut off the main engine in a fire apparatus when not needed, eliminating loud diesel engine noise and exhaust, while maintaining power for lighting and air conditioning, for example. It is a reflection of growing environmental concerns among fire manufacturers. For example, Rosenbauer’s Green Star system makes idle reduction easy, using electronic controls to shut down the chassis engine on-scene (if the fire pump is not engaged or no aerial operations under way), and starting a diesel-driven Auxiliary Power Unit (APU). Pierce Volterra zero-emissions pumpers The first Pierce Volterra zero-emissions pumper has been placed in service in Madison Pierce launched their Volterra platform of electric vehicles. The first Pierce Volterra zero-emissions pumper has been placed in service in Madison, Wisconsin. At FDIC International 2021, the Pierce booth included an electric vehicle technology kiosk and took attendees through the electric fire truck’s attributes. CMC Rescue Rope and Harness Systems CMC Rescue Inc. demonstrated rope and harness systems for rescue operations, including special duffle bags and access packs for easy transport of harnesses. The CMC Clutch is now available in 13 mm and 11 mm models, for hauling, lowering, ascending, descending, belaying and deploying twin-tension rope systems. The CMC Triskelion 10-foot tripod features rapid deployment, for example, over a hole where a rescue is taking place and is certified to NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) standards.
We are currently seeing fewer fires in the United States than in past decades. However, statistically, if a fire is reported in your home, you are more likely to die today than 40 years ago. Today’s homes with their synthetic furnishings and open floor plans burn faster than homes did in the past. Occupants might have fewer than three minutes to escape after a fire starts. Every 24 seconds, a U.S. fire department responds to a fire somewhere in the country. Nationwide, a civilian dies in a fire every 3 hours and 10 minutes, and a home fire injury occurs every 43 minutes. NFPA report - ‘Fire Safety in the United States Since 1980’ These are among the insights put forward in the latest National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) report ‘Fire Safety in the United States Since 1980’. The project was sponsored and executed by NFPA, with administrative oversight provided by the Fire Protection Research Foundation. The report notes that a lot of progress has been made in decreasing fires and fire deaths, in the years since the landmark ‘America Burning’ report was published in 1973. The new report focuses on the changing trends since 1980. Deploying sprinklers and smoke alarms The widespread use of smoke alarms in homes has been one of the biggest success stories in fire safety in the past 50 years The combination of an engineered solution enforced by codes and standards, and supported by public education has been effective in bringing down the number of reported fires and fire deaths. Adding sprinklers as an additional safety layer further reduces the fire death rate. The widespread use of smoke alarms in homes has been one of the biggest success stories in fire safety in the past 50 years, although 20.5% of single-family homes have no working smoke alarms, and 7.6% have no smoke alarms at all. Fire sprinklers control 97% of the fires in which they operate, although only 5% of year-round housing units have sprinklers. For homes, there has been a decline in the number of deaths per 1,000 reported fires in apartment buildings, while there has been an increase in the deaths in less regulated one- and two-family homes. Cooking, the leading cause of home fires More work is necessary. Cooking remains the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries, and it is among the leading causes of home fire deaths. Cooking is the only major cause of fire that has resulted in more fires and fire deaths in 2014-2018 than in 1980-1984, which emphasizes the need for fire safety solutions in this area. The UL fire safety standards for new electric coil ranges are a step in the right direction, but more work is needed to ensure that something as simple as food preparation does not lead to death and destruction. Smoking, a major cause of home fire deaths Smoking has been the leading cause of home fire deaths for most of the last four decades and has remained the leading cause for 2014–2018 as a whole. Between 1980 and 2018, the annual number of home structure fires decreased from 734,000 to 363,000, while the number of deaths decreased from 5,200 to 2,720. Adjusted to 2018 dollars, the annual level of property loss remained relatively constant, decreasing slightly from US$ 8.7 billion in 1980 to US$ 8.0 billion in 2018. Injuries decreased during the time period from 19,700 to 11,200. When considering population, fire rates per thousand population has decreased from 3.2 to 1.1 during 1980-2018, deaths decreased from 22.9 to 8.3 per million population, and per-capita dollar loss decreased from US$ 38.4 to US$ 24.5. Fires in hospitals and nursing homes The NFPA study also analyzes fires involving hospitals and nursing homes The NFPA study also analyzes fires involving hospitals and nursing homes, as well as catastrophic multiple-death fires and fires in the wildland/urban interface (WUI), as they have the potential to cause significant human loss. Buildings such as hospitals, nursing homes, schools, and hotels have seen stricter requirements for fire safety in the last four decades and, as a result, catastrophic fires in these types of buildings are now rare. Great progress in preventing hospital fires Great progress has been made in preventing hospital fires. In 1980–1984, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 7,100 hospital fires annually, resulting in an average of five deaths per year. In 2014–2018, there was an estimated average of only 1,100 hospital and hospice fires that caused one death per year. None of the deaths in this period were patients. The wildland/urban interface (WUI) has grown, as has the intensity of the fire problem in these areas. WUI fires burn homes, cars, and a variety of other properties. Fatal injuries can occur in homes, outside, or in vehicles while trying to evacuate. Wildland fire season lasts longer due to human-caused ignition rather than lightning causes. Human-caused WUI fires made up 97 percent of WUI fires.
Previously, the St. Georgen Volunteer Fire Department dried their hoses using an inclined hose drying system, in which the fire hoses are suspended between the ceiling and the floor at an angle of 30°. Not only was this laborious, the drying result was also not ideal with the hoses sagged in the middle or hung together at the edges and therefore, still remaining wet. Wintersteiger Drytech drying locker The Wintersteiger Drytech drying locker for fire hoses is a special solution that was implemented especially for the St. Georgen Volunteer Fire Department. Chief Fire Inspector and Fire Chief Markus Auer at the St. Georgen Volunteer Fire Department said, “The most important advantage is obviously the cost. A drying tower would have been a significant investment. We were looking for another solution when we stumbled upon the Wintersteiger drying lockers for clothing online. Wintersteiger were very helpful and converted the locker to suit our needs.” Fast drying time Another advantage of the drying locker is the fast drying time, as the hoses are dry in just a few hours Another advantage of the drying locker is the fast drying time, as the hoses are dry in just a few hours. Until now, the hoses had to be hung up for a week, until they were dry. A timer clock is used to set the drying time. In the summer time, when severe weather conditions mean that the hoses need to be used more often, the shorter drying time is a big bonus. “The hoses are rolled up tightly and placed in the drying locker. Once they are dry, the hoses just need to be tensioned and put away,” explains the St. Georgen Volunteer Fire Department’s Fire Chief, Markus Auer. Energy efficient condensation drying The energy consumption is very low as the drying locker uses condensation drying. With this method, the moisture is extracted from the material, cooled on copper tubes, and discharged from the locker into a separate container as condensation. Ventilation systems are therefore not necessary. The drying locker uses approximately 60 % less energy than conventional drying solutions.
In Paris, visitors will find not only the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame, but also the largest fire brigade in Europe. With its 8,500 firefighters, the Paris Fire Brigade is, in fact, the third-largest urban fire brigade in the world, only topped by Tokyo and New York City. Paris Fire Brigade The Paris Fire Brigade is a part of the French army, and each firefighter joins the fire brigade for a period of 5 years. The safety of the firefighters is high on the agenda. It is of utmost importance that the fire brigade is equipped with the best possible fire gear, combining the utmost comfort with the highest degree of safety for the firefighter. A prismatic reflective tape, ORALITE FTP 2100, was selected for offering the highest degree of visibility It is, therefore, no surprise that when the Paris Fire brigade, back in 2017, were looking to upgrade their fire garments, they selected ORAFOL (Orafol Europe GmbH) as their supplier of the reflective trim. A prismatic reflective tape, ORALITE FTP 2100, was selected for offering the highest degree of visibility. Sioen is the manufacturer of fire safety garments. ORALITE FTP 2100 reflective tape Jean-Philippe Roy, Business Development Manager for ORAFOL, explains “Paris Fire Brigade was very determined to offer their firefighters the most visible tape available in the market place today. They carry out dangerous tasks in difficult working conditions, and they must be able to fully trust that they are as visible as possible in all conditions. ORALITE FTP 2100 met their high standards.” He adds, “Being a metalized prismatic tape, it provides the longest distance visibility available. In addition, the fact that the tape is also fluorescent means that it is also exceedingly visible in daytime or smoky conditions.” High-quality safety garment for firefighters Paris Fire Brigade sets forth a very good example for other fire brigades globally in that they have made the deliberate choice of a high-quality solution for their firefighters. No compromises have been made. Jean-Philippe Roy further said, “The thing is that many reflective tapes do meet the law regulated requirements. But meeting the regulation is simply not enough, it is not a guarantee of 24/7 visibility of the firefighters. And when a fire brigade specifies a tape, the risk is that they will just specify regulation compliance, and choose the tape offered at the lowest cost,” Roy explains. EN ISO 20471 standard specification The specification for reflective components on PPE, EN ISO 20471, sets forth the minimum reflectivity for the tapes The specification for reflective components on PPE, EN ISO 20471, sets forth the minimum reflectivity for the tapes. Yet, at the same time, the same specification allows for a drop in reflective performance of 70% in wet conditions. This is exactly why being specification compliant is not enough. It is necessary to carefully evaluate the working conditions that the users will be subjected to and select the best possible reflective tape based on this. Prismatic reflective tapes Jean-Philippe Roy concludes, “Prismatic reflective tapes remain highly reflective also in wet conditions, whereas glass bead tapes see a significant drop. This is simply due to the technologies working in different ways. Fire fighters work in wet conditions a great deal of time, so here a prismatic tape is really the only kind that truly makes sense.” The prismatic tapes from ORAFOL are the preferred choice for many major fire brigades around the world, including also the New York City Fire Brigade.
Inmarsat partner and emergency telecommunications NGO, Télécoms Sans Frontières (TSF) has deployed to western Germany, following torrential rain that has caused the country’s worst flooding in half a century. Rescue operations With thousands of people forced to leave their homes, roads completely destroyed and entire towns devastated, rescue operations began immediately, but were hindered by phone and internet connections going down in some affected areas. To ensure that communities could be contacted and rescue needs ascertained, and coordinated, TSF sent a specially designed vehicle to the most affected areas, offering telecom support to people on the ground, including relief organizations. The areas most in need were identified as the Ahrweiler’s district and the town of Euskirchen. Inmarsat satellite lines and IsatPhone 2 phones Deploying Inmarsat satellite lines and six IsatPhone 2 hand-held satellite phones in Ahrweiler meant that local firefighters and emergency responders involved in the rescue missions, including the Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW), were able to regain communications.
Hampden Township, located in idyllic southeastern Pennsylvania near Mechanicsburg, is home to more than 25,000 residents. The township is a desirable location for many because of good schools and strong community services. To maintain the township’s strong value, municipal leaders pay particular attention to structural maintenance issues while keeping a watchful eye on fiscal responsibility. The township’s wastewater treatment facility is a modern plant fed by suburban transfer stations throughout the area. Pump station No. 8 is a wet well/dry well lift station outfitted with three dry pit submersible pumps. Dry pit submersible pumps The site is also one of the busiest stations, pumping upwards of 2,500 gallons of sewage per minute. By February 2005, the constant wear and tear on the station’s continually working pumps necessitated replacement. The site is also one of the busiest stations, pumping upwards of 2,500 gallons of sewage per minute “Due to the frequency and high cost of constantly repairing the dry pit submersible pumps, we decided to replace them with more dependable and efficient Gorman-Rupp T Series pumps,” said Tom Fealtman, Township Collection System Foreman. He had good reason; the old pumps were costing the township $15,000 every four to five years for repairs and were using excessive amounts of electricity to complete tasks. Wastewater pumping station Many municipalities only consider the initial purchase price and installation cost of wastewater pumping equipment. There are many other factors to be considered when deciding on the type of equipment to serve a wastewater pumping station. When considering the options, the township and partners took into consideration the total cost of owning wastewater pumps, which include: Initial cost Installed cost Operating and maintenance costs Reliability and the opportunity to standardize Ability to obtain spare parts quickly Capability to unclog the pump easily Temporary bypass solution Having a solution that continues township services during the renovation was critical Gannett Fleming consulting engineers, an international consulting firm, was selected to present solutions to the township’s challenges. The engineering teams developed a blueprint of how to bring more efficiency to the station, specifying Gorman-Rupp pumps to meet the challenge. General contractor, Pumping Solutions, chose Keystone Power & Pump, Dillsburg, PA, to provide rental pumps for a temporary bypass solution. Envirep, Inc., based near Harrisburg, PA, was chosen to implement the final solution for the station. The principal problem with taking down pumps (in this scenario) is that the community’s wastewater doesn’t stop for the maintenance process. Having a solution that continues township services during the renovation was critical. Priming-Assisted models To maintain services while repairs took place, the team installed three Gorman-Rupp above-ground pumps – two 6” and one 4” priming-assisted models to handle the sewage flow as the eight-inch pumps were being replaced. These pumps bypassed the pump station and forwarded, at peak, more than 5.2 million gallons of waste per day to a treatment facility three miles away. To maintain services while repairs took place, the team installed three Gorman-Rupp above-ground pumps “One pump will do the job,” says Scott Webb, President of Keystone. “If needed, the second and third pumps can be used to handle excessive wastewater during a storm or a time of high usage.” All three electric pumps operate on a float system, meaning that if the primary pump’s float reaches a certain level due to heavy rain or in the event of a mechanical failure, an alternate pump kicks on. Reliable pumping system Although each pump is capable of pumping 2,500 gallons per minute (GPM), the main pipeline out of the station is a 16-inch line that transfers 2,500 GPM. Therefore, at peak times, when two pumps are operating, each is driving 1,250 GPM. Another bottom-line benefit for township taxpayers is realized by utilizing electric pumps, which require less manpower to maintain than diesel devices. Electric pumps are also quieter, an important factor due to the pumps being situated above ground and not far from residential areas. An efficient and reliable pumping system is dependent on the precise matching of the pumps, motors, and controls. The design, engineering, and manufacturing of the system must work together to ensure that the system meets requirements and performs reliably year after year. “The competitor’s pumps were expensive to maintain,” said Fealtman. Better quality pump The pumps they had been using needed to overhaul every four to five years at a large investment" “Last year we needed a new impelleron one pump and the price was $5,000, and we had to wait for that part. In the past, we have continually had to assume the overhead ourselves by keeping a spare on hand. But with the Gorman-Rupp pumps, the impeller is only $1,000 and if we need it, G-R can get it to us within hours – not days.” “In today’s economy, customers need to focus on what they do best,” said Dwight Swan, Envirep’s, Water and Wastewater Equipment Sales Manager. “Having to invest resources in inventory and storing it for future needs is not a good use of Hampden Township taxpayer’s money. A more efficient, permanent solution for the township was to use a better quality pump. The pumps they had been using needed to overhaul every four to five years at a large investment. Too many times during the year, the seals would fall out, and the impellers were getting beat up.” Frequent impeller problems The frequent impeller problems can be traced to dry pit submersible pumps being close coupled to the motor. If, for some reason, the pump impeller was abruptly stopped by a solid in the wastewater, damage to the impeller, shaft and/or motor was common. Water transmission and sewage handling require dependable systems to serve the public By utilizing v-belt driven T Series pumps, the v-belt drive is forgiving and damage to the impeller, shaft and motor became rare when a wastewater solid would abruptly stop the pump impeller. Water transmission and sewage handling require dependable systems to serve the public. As municipalities are becoming more cognizant of that fact, a great reliance on products and partnerships must be delivered on multiple levels. A company’s commitment to advanced technology, availability and quality is going to continue to be valuable and sought after resources for communities. Water pressure booster The Gorman-Rupp Company is a manufacturer of pumps and pumping systems for the municipal, water, wastewater, sewage, industrial, construction, petroleum and OEM markets. The company’s engineered systems operation also manufactures a full line of water pressure booster stations including pumps, motors, valves and controls – all housed in weather-proof fiberglass enclosures – meeting about any municipal water supply need. Ultimately, Gorman-Rupp prides itself on manufacturing and delivering the right pump for the job.
What started out as a signature dish in a restaurant, more than 65 years ago, has now become a major company, with over 400 varieties of salad dressings and sauces offered. Ken’s Foods When Ken’s Steakhouse began in 1941, the owners were in search of a special salad and dressing to go with their steaks. The salad dressing soon rivaled the steaks in popularity and a new company was born. Today, Ken’s Foods has grown to include plant operations in Marlborough, Massachusetts, McDonough, Georgia, and Las Vegas, Nevada. The company manufactures not only their own line of salad dressings but also produces products for notable brands such as Paul Newman’s line of dressings. Wastewater treatment system Ken’s Foods has always been dedicated to providing customers with high quality and safe products Ken’s Foods has always been dedicated to providing customers with high-quality and safe products. The company knows that food safety begins at the manufacturing plant. So, when it was time to design its wastewater treatment system, in the company’s new Las Vegas plant, they looked for the best solutions. In 2002, faced with an expansion plan that led the company to build a 185,000 square foot Las Vegas plant, the salad dressing major wanted to ensure that they had the best wastewater treatment system available, to help meet the company’s strategic priorities. Additionally, it was important to the engineering team that they incorporated a system that would maximize efficiencies while maintaining as small a footprint as possible, as space ‘saved’ in operations, is space that later can be allocated for growth and expansion. Keeping it clean and safe One of the critical issues to be addressed in any food manufacturing plant is sanitation. “In a typical day, we’ll get solids, entire chunks of cheese, relish, similar produces, and more into our wastewater system,” said Dave Muskopf, Vice President of Engineering for Ken’s Foods. The company needed a system that could handle large solids dependably. Dave Muskopf adds, “These solids can create real problems when they get through the traps on the floor drains.” To address the challenge, Muskopf and his team turned to World Water Works, Inc. for guidance. World Water Works, Inc. World Water Works, Inc. is a globally renowned provider of complete turnkey installations, including design, build, installation, startup, and operation of water or wastewater systems. Tailored to require as little or as much customer input as desired, World Water Works’ engineering staff is expert at developing solutions that provide long-term reliability and consistent performance. High-performance materials and control technology The products are constructed with state-of-the-art materials and control technology, with an emphasis on durability The products are constructed with state-of-the-art materials and control technology, with an emphasis on durability. In the end, the company strives to design solutions for customers such as Ken’s by using a total systems approach. Bringing their expertise in treat-ability analysis, filtration, and clarification, and combined with a complete line of water treatment products and services, the World Water Works team was prepared to deliver top-notch solutions to Ken’s Foods. Total solutions approach “We installed three solutions tanks at the new Ken’s plant, utilizing a batch treatment solution to wastewater,” shares Kyle Booth, Executive Vice President (EVP) at World Water Works, Inc., adding “They fill one up, start filling the other one, and then treat the one that’s full. Then, a pump will pull the wastewater from the tank and run it through the purification system to a pH adjustment tank, and down the drain.” This efficient operation keeps Ken’s operation/management happy, as well as the local and state authorities, and customers satisfied, by maintaining strict food manufacturing safety practices. Super T Series and 10 Series technology Another challenge that needed to be addressed was the sheer volume of the wash down. “Because of the amount of productivity, this company handles on a day-to-day basis, the volume was an issue that needed to be factored long term,” said Kyle Booth. World Water Works relied on The Gorman-Rupp Company’s Super T Series and 10 Series technology, to address the durability challenge. The Gorman-Rupp pumps are integrated into the total solution. “There are five self-priming, centrifugal pumps down there,” explains Kyle Booth. Gorman-Rupp pumps installed In the process, the first pump takes the outfall from the plant, which is pulled up from the 24-foot tank. This operation requires a lot of suction, due to the tank’s configuration. From there, the system screens the water, making it necessary that the pumping technology can handle any trash, which passes through the drain. Next, the system pumps it into a tank, where the wastewater is separated, from as much of the free oil as possible. The operation forces the wastewater into equalization tanks, so as to regain clarity and purity in the water. Equalization tanks In an application like this, where we’ve got a big section working, we ask a lot of the pumps" “When you batch treat water, you’ve basically got three equalization tanks. The first is filled up, the operator checks the water and the chemistry to see how easy or difficult it’s going to be to treat, and then adjusts the chemistry accordingly to treat the entire tank while the second and third thanks continue to fill up,” states Kyle Booth. He adds, “In an application like this, where we’ve got a big section working, we ask a lot of the pumps. That’s one of the big reasons, why we’ve chose Gorman-Rupp.” Ability to handle solids in demanding situations For Kyle Booth, the equipment choice was both critical and obvious. In the end, the company relied on The Gorman-Rupp Super T Series technology for several reasons, but mainly for its ability to handle solids in demanding situations. Because the nature of the water contaminants at Ken’s Foods’ facility include, chunks of cheese and other food products, the pumping technology had to be up to the challenge of handling very large solids reliably. Two-vane, semi-open impeller The two-vane, semi-open impeller allowed the technology to do so. Furthermore, with the pumps’ removable cover plates, maintenance was simple and painless, ensuring that if and when the pumps get clogged, down time would be reduced and costly delays minimized. “There are always unexpected, unanticipated situations in any treatment plant, but with this solution and these pumps, we’ve encountered absolutely nothing that caused our operation to shut down the system, for any period of time,” stated Dave Muskopf. World Water Works’ treatment solution World Water Works handled the initial startup and training, but our employees run it and maintain it" He adds, “In fact, I and the rest of the engineering team are particularly pleased with their improved ability, to monitor the system electronically via a single operator, during the treatment process. World Water Works’ solution also incorporated oversight of the operation’s setup and training. This treatment plant was a turnkey project. World Water Works handled the initial startup and training, but our employees run it and maintain it.” It was a little bit challenging on start up just to make sure everything was set up correctly and people were communicating well, working together in the manner that was required,” confesses Kyle Booth, adding “But with a strong team and a strategic design, everything works a little more smoothly. The operator at the Ken’s plant has also done a great job.” Dependability and safety are key parameters To many engineers, the cost associated with treating wastewater inside a food manufacturing plant is a necessary evil, simply the cost of doing business. Still, an investment in a dependable and well-engineered treatment system can save significant money in the long run. “If it is not treated properly you face problems, and possible fines from the EPA, and municipal water and sewer authorities,” counsels Kyle Booth, adding “It’s been our experience that trying to save money in the short term with less expensive solutions can lead to increased costs, lost time and bad publicity in the long run. And that’s never been an option for us or our customers.”
AEI Cables has been awarded a multi-million dollar contract to supply low voltage power and fire performance cables to the prestigious Sky City project at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA). The supply of the cables for power, control and fire performance for the commercial and retail sector of the site starts in September and will continue, until early next year. AEI Cables will work in partnership with its long-term Hong Kong distributor, Fordex Electric Company Limited for the project located at Chek Lap Kok No.3. Supply the cables Sky City forms a core part of the strategy to expand and transform HKIA into a major aviation hub Stuart Dover, General Manager of AEI Cables, said “The need for cables which offer the highest levels of fire performance for an international airport of this kind cannot be underestimated with large numbers of people moving about. We are proud to be chosen to supply the cables for such an iconic world-class project.” A major integrated commercial development, Sky City forms a core part of the strategy to expand and transform HKIA into a major aviation hub. The complex will feature retail units, entertainment facilities, dining space, hotels, and office towers across approximately 25 hectares of land at the north of the airport island. Firetec Total Fire Solutions Using the very latest in technology and science, AEI Cables’ Firetec Total Fire Solutions range offers enhanced fire performance cabling, accessories, and technical support from its distribution facility at Washington, Tyne, and Wear. Applications for Firetec include residential and commercial buildings, shopping malls, airports, and protected buildings ensuring that fire alarms, sprinkler systems, building monitoring, and security systems can continue to operate in a fire. All AEI Cables’ products are supplied with approvals from independent bodies including BASEC and LPCB covering design, manufacture, and supply. It also holds approvals from organizations including Lloyds, the MoD, Network Rail, and LUL and works to international standards around the world.
Round table discussion
New tools and technologies are emerging that augment the efforts of the fire market to prevent and fight fires. Modern firefighting is benefiting from an ongoing sea change in technological capabilities, spanning equipment, electronic components, greater connectivity and firefighter monitoring, to name just a few. We asked our Expert Panel Roundtable: What technologies will have the greatest impact on the fire industry in 2021?