Aim Safety USA, Inc.: Compliance model gas detectors. Fit in hand or clip to pocket or belt. Five inches tall. 17 ounces. 600 Series features one-button "Easy-Cal" multisensor calibration and Peaks Recall. 650 Series features integral charging system, data storage (incident, interval, and survey), and confined-space permit printing.
South Australian Country Fire Service: Combination computer game and on-line multimedia database. Addresses real-life issues involving home fire safety and bushfire safety. Challenges players to locate home fire hazards and prevent house fires, burns, scalds, and bushfires. For ages five to 17. Available on MS-DOS® (Windows® and non-Windows) for Apple Mac®- and IBM®- compatible machines.
Hazmat Americatm Inc.: Two MS-DOS® safety software packages. The first (ERG93) is a computerized version of the U.S. Department of Transportation`s 1993 Emergency Response Guidebook. The second (PC CHRIS) is a computerized version of the U.S. Coastguard`s CHRIS Hazardous Chemical Data Manual--a 2,700-page guidebook containing data on 1,218 hazardous materials and substances.
How do you prepare someone to make decisions that could mean life or death for others? What type of training is the most effective in preparing incident commanders (ICs) for the split-second decisions they will have to face on the fireground? Unless we understand how decisions actually are made, we cannot answers these questions with any degree of certainty. Consider the following account of a house fire.
Junkin Safety Appliance Company: Plastic. Yellow, high-density polyethylene shell. Stainless steel outer rail and semitubular rivets. Molded runners. Fully exposed outer rail. nonabsorbent foam pad. Breaks into two halves for backpacking (with standard backpack). Easily assembled. Positive-locking quick-release pins secure halves. Four straps, standard. 8412 ¥ 24 ¥ 712 inches. 32 pounds. 1,200-pound load capacity.
In the process of training our hazardous-materials emergency responders, we may be overemphasizing classroom knowledge at the expense of common sense and field-acquired skills. We already spend an inordinate amount of time making students memorize chemical formulas and concepts that have very little real-world application. But an incident involving an overturned propane cargo tank on Interstate 10 indicates we may be guilty of teaching procedures without ensuring students really know how they w
As fire chiefs should understand, better things can be accomplished when people are trained to perform tasks effectively and efficiently. An increased awareness of this truth, combined with the increasing value of time as a commodity, creates a rich climate for growth in training. People all over are asking to be trained for specific tasks to avoid wasting valuable time on trial and error.
Recently, four Bell Township (PA) Fire Department firefighters were "killed" in a structure. Actually, all four were "rescued" by fellow firefighters. These events occurred at the only opportune time for such misfortunes--during our annual recertification in SCBA training exercise at our own SCBA Confidence Course. All personnel expected to use SCBA (and junior members who want the training) are required to recertify annually.
If you were asked to make an analogy between the main supporting construction features of your home and the fire service profession, you could probably answer easily. Many homes wouldn`t stand very long if there wasn`t a good foundation. This principle can certainly apply to the fire service. But what is the foundation of the fire service? Is it the apparatus or equipment? Is it management with its new buzzword "reengineering" of departments? Is it staffing levels...or contractual agreements? T
General Fire Extinguisher Corporation: Heavy-duty brass valve body design. Brass valve stem for safety during recharge. Nickel-plated body and burst disc for corrosion resistance. Stainless steel carry handle, top lever, rivets, and pull pin. Wire-braided, reinforced hose. Shock-resistant discharge horn and rubber-insulated horn handle.