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>> The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) presented the Seal of Excellence Award to the RALEIGH (NC) FIRE DEPARTMENT and CHIEF JOHN McGRATH. The Award is presented annually to an individual, group, or entire fire/rescue/EMS department demonstrating commitment to the 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives, commitment to firefighter health and safety, and for contributing to reducing the number of firefighter line-of-duty deaths and injuries. Following the 2009 crash of a ladder truck, the department developed an extensive apparatus training program for all drivers. It also produced a video about safe driving which included personal accounts from those who had been involved in the crash.

>> DRÄGER SAFETY, INC. announced that a second round of product investigation by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) confirms the integrity of the company’s self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), refuting suggestions of manufacturing or design flaws. The recent investigation found damaged components and improper care and maintenance present with the SCBA. The investigation was prompted by a June 2012 incident in which a DeKalb County, Georgia, firefighter reportedly was forced to jump from the second floor of a burning building because his SCBA malfunctioned. NIOSH’s investigation was conducted on the actual SCBA involved in the reported incident, with all inspection and testing performed on the SCBA in the “as received” condition. Read the report

>> The NATIONAL FIRE PROTECTION ASSOCIATION’s (NFPA’s) Firewise® Communities Program launched a new Firewise toolkit, available at no cost online. Firewise is a national program that emphasizes community involvement and provides important information for residents to reduce the risk of wildland fire igniting homes. The toolkit’s materials can be found in one easily accessible place on the Firewise Web site and are designed to meet the needs of several audiences, including homeowners, fire service professionals, community leaders, and others interested in learning how to reduce wildfire risk. The toolkit consists of facts about NFPA’s Firewise Communities Program, a guide to Firewise principles, and a Firewise Tips Checklist for Homeowners.

>> EMERGENCY FILM GROUP has released Global Harmonization & the Hazard Communication Standard, a DVD-based training program for workers and emergency responders who may have to deal with hazardous materials. The program describes substantial changes to the Occupational Safety and Health Association’s Hazcom (or “Right to Know” Standard) to accommodate the United Nation’s Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals. This international initiative promotes the safety of workers and emergency personnel by standardizing the way the hazards of chemicals are communicated on product labels and Safety Data Sheets (formerly Material Safety Data Sheets). (800) 842-0999.

>> The CALIFORNIA EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES AUTHORITY (EMSA) announced the recipients of its California Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Awards for 2012. The annual awards recognize exceptional acts and service by individuals working or volunteering in California’s EMS system as EMS certified or licensed personnel, administrators, trainers, or volunteers. Winners included Bruce Barton (Riverside, California) for Administrator of the Year, Dr. Eric Rudnick (Red Bluff, California) for EMS Medical Director of the Year, and Shawn Ellis (San Jose, California) for the Medal of Valor Award. For a complete list of award winners and more information about the awards, visit

>> NAVISTAR has initiated Operation Assist, a disaster relief program created to help in Superstorm Sandy recovery efforts to get International Truck customers back in business as soon as possible. Through Operation Assist, Navistar is coordinating with its International Truck North American dealer network and International Used Truck Centers to help East Coast customers find new or used trucks to replace lost or damaged vehicles. In addition, Navistar will match employee and dealer contributions up to $50,000 to the American Red Cross. Navistar has organized lists of available new and used International® trucks and trailer inventory from its North American dealer network to assist in the recovery.

>> VANDERBILT PROPERTIES INSURANCE BROKERAGE, LLC, and FIREMAN’S FUND INSURANCE COMPANY have partnered to donate a $25,000 grant to the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) for fire prevention safety efforts in New York City. The grant funds smoke alarms and batteries for families without working smoke detectors, multilingual fire safety literature for the city’s diverse population, and educational materials for children including coloring books and online learning activities. The FDNY’s community outreach efforts are conducted by an FDNY Fire Safety Education Unit which makes presentations at schools, senior citizen centers, and neighborhood associations to teach fire and life safety lessons.

>> FIRE-DEX is donating 1,000 pairs of its new G1 firefighting glove-a retail value worth more than $100,000-to firefighters and first responders in New York and New Jersey, the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy. The Fire-Dex G1 glove is a specialty glove designed specifically for firefighters and meets the strict standards set forth by the National Fire Protection Association. These gloves are manufactured to protect against extreme heat and include a moisture barrier which protects the hands from the harmful effects of fuel, acids, and other pathogens and potentially harmful contaminants.

>> IDAHO TECHNOLOGY, INC. has changed its corporate name to BioFire Diagnostics, Inc. to more accurately reflect its business strategy and momentum in the marketplace. The company has also relaunched its Web site to reveal its new branding. BioFire Diagnostics will continue to focus on leveraging its novel FilmArray® pathogen detection system to develop multiplex diagnostic tests for various clinical applications. The FilmArray Respiratory Panel is FDA-cleared for 20 viral and bacterial respiratory pathogens. BioFire now provides the only FDA cleared clinical diagnostic test for eight of the 20 organisms in its panel.

>> NEW WORLD SYSTEMS‘ Aegis™ Decision Support and Dashboards was named a “2012 Hot Product” by the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials International and Public Safety Communications magazine. The award recognizes the best and most innovative new public safety products that improve safety and efficiency for both telecommunicators and first responders. The product was chosen for its ability to quickly provide actionable intelligence to public safety agencies. Decision Support and Dashboards is part of a fully integrated suite of Aegis Public Safety solutions developed by New World and used by more than 1,000 agencies nationwide to improve safety, communication, and access to information.

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