Cryopac, an instant cold compress for traumatic injuries has been introduced by Cryomed Devices, Inc.
In kit form, Cryopac consists of six 15ounce cans of Cryogen refrigerant, a valve and hose assembly, and three nylon elements—a boot, glove and wrap—that individually envelop practically any part of the body.
It has been designed to help control internal bleeding by slowing the flow of blood and other body fluids to an injury. With the refrigerant injected into the Cryopac element, a controlled temperature of 36 degrees ±1 degree F is achieved within seconds, and consistently regulated with a pressure of 0.6 psi. Both cold and pressure are simultaneously induced to surround the injured area for any desired length of time.
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A direct closed-circuit, two-way telephone system for use between fire fighters and the fire command center in high-rises and sprawling structures has been developed by the Autocall Division of Federal Sign & Signal Corporation.
Called CommFone, the personal telephone hookup provides communications from floor stations in corridors, elevator lobbies, elevator cabs, mechanical control centers, stairways or any predesignated location.
The basic system is a common-talk systern activated by removing the handset from the cradle, which automatically sounds an audible signal at fire command center. If additional CommFones are removed from their cradles, the users join the conversation by depressing the push-totalk button.
At least 100 floor stations can be included on any signal circuit, 20 percent of which can be active at one time. During standby (non-alarm) operation, the CommFone system is deactivated to prevent its misuse, but remains in an electrically supervised mode to guarantee the circuit.
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A line-throwing gun for rescue situations, is available from Smith & Wesson.
The International line thrower comes in a compact carrying case and is easily handled by one person. Rocket-propelled, it contains a solid fuel—no black powder. Each line-throwing kit comes with a Smith & Wesson launching gun and cleaning kit, four line rockets with 400 yards of 1/4-inch polyolefin line attached to each, five ignition cartridges and two instruction cards. Range of the line thrower with 1/4-inch line is up to 1200 feet.
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A warning device which indicates audibly if a fire extinguisher is underweight or has been removed from place either for legitimate use or vandalism, is available from Pexon Mfg. Inc.
This unit, about the size of a small transitor radio, contains measured weight springs, two batteries and a horn. Called the XP, it is adaptable in design for industrial, commercial, institutional, marine and residential use.
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Rescue Slide Set
A set of slides demonstrating the BuildA-Board vehicle extrication procedure is being offered by Ferno-Washington distributors. The set includes 40 35mm, fullcolor slides, complete with a supporting script.
The actual photography was staged at a simulated auto crash scene on location at a fire training academy. The models used in the rescue sequence are emergency medical technicians.
The Build-A-Board is a combination spine board and scoop stretcher.
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Stretcher Storage Cover
Junkin Safety Appliance Company is now offering a vinyl storage cover for all Junkin splint stretchers.
The cover comes with an attached hanging bracket, enabling it to be stored in any convenient location. It is prominently identified in large letters reading “Keep clear—st retcher,” and a large green cross.
A splint stretcher kit is also announced, consist ing of any Junkin splint stretcher as specified, together with two safety blankets and a four-point stretcher bridle or sling for use in raising or lowering horizontally or vertically. This complete equipment is housed in the new hanging vinyl storage cover.
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Industrial Fog Nozzle
An industrial fog nozzle is available from CV Sales, Inc., in 1, 1 ½, and 2 1/2-inch sizes in brass or chrome finish. It is hydraulically balanced for easy operation. With a few turns of the wrist, the stream can he changed from shut to solid stream, to fog. It is Underwriters’ Laboratories and Factory Mutual approved.
Also available from the manufacturer is a 1 1/2-inch plastic adjustable fog nozzle. It is Factory Mutual approved.
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Two lubricants that prevent corrosion on the nozzle cap and on the upper and lower rods that open and close fire hydrant valves are available from LPS Research Laboratories.
LPS No. 2 is used to treat the rods each time after the water has been turned on, also at least once a year. It is an oily coating that lubricates, penetrates and displaces water.
LPS No. 3 is used on nozzle caps to assure speedy removal. It is a heavy-duty lubricant that protects under severe outdoor moisture conditions.
To prevent unauthorized persons from turning on hydrants, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, New York and other cities have installed locking devices to which the company’s newest product, LPS ESA-100, is applied. It is a severe conditions lubricant rust inhibitor.
LPS Nos. 2 and 3 are available in 7 and 16-ounce aerosols, and in 1, 5 and 55-gallon drums. LPS ESA-100 is available in 4ounce and 1-quart sizes and in 5 and 55gallon drums.
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Western Fire Equipment Co. announces the Firecraft fire helmet, which has been designed to eliminate almost all flat surfaces so that the maximum deflection potential is obtained. The company reports that the helmet meets OSHA requirements.
Injuection-molded of Lexan, it has a plastic eyeshield and can be worn with any make of breathing apparatus. Options include various liners, ear and neck protection, and colors.
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Robertshaw Controls Company has developed an oxygen resuscitation valve designed for use on emergency carts, such as those manufactured by Waterloo Industries, Inc.
The Waterloo unit comes with cylinder brackets for D or E cylinders. The Robertshaw device is attached to one of the cylinders while the other is held in reserve. It consists of a manually triggered oxygen demand valve, a mask and a pressure reducer as referred to in the “Standards for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiac Care.”
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Globe Safety Products, Inc., announces its lighter-weight Guardsman self-contained, 30-minute, demand air breathing apparatus.
Built to National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health specifications, the Guardsman has a new frame design which shifts the weight load to the wearer’s hips for more comfort and better control under working conditions. An improved filter eliminates service problems that might be caused by small particle contaminants in the high-pressure system and a new air-nut allows easier changing of cylinders.
Whistle and bell alarms—both approved—are available. The unit can also be used with the Globe Resculator resuscitator for on-the-spot emergency rescue.
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Designs in Time, Inc., has developed a method of applying any type of photo, logo type or message directly to the face of a wrist watch in color. Such application may be used to identify volunteer fire fighters with their departments.
The one-jewel and the 17-jewel watches carry a one-year guarantee; the 25-jewel automatic is guaranteed for two years. All models are shock and water-resistant. A wide choice of bands is offered and both silver and gold tone cases are available.
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Pace Communications, Division of Pathcom, Inc., announces the Scanmate 150, a pocket-size scanning monitor.
The scanner is 1 inch thick, 6 inches high and 2½ inches wide and scans any four channels in a 10-MHz band spread on VHF/FM frequencies between 144 and 174 MHz. Scanning rate is 10 to 12 channels per second. Any individual channels or combinations can be locked out, providing flexibility on program selection for frequencies to be scanned.
Operating power supply can be either 110 VAC or completely portable 9VDC from internally stored batteries or battery pack. A mobile power source is available with an optional cigarette lighter adapter.
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A new concept for mounting vehicular communications equipment has been announced by Acme Specialty Mfg. Co.
Called the Acme Communications Organizer, it places all the required communications equipment at the fingertips of the operator. It mounts on the floor of the driver’s compartment. Equipment brackets may be added or taken away to accommodate one to four units: two-way radio receiver, radio speaker/amplifier, siren, and radar receiver. The brackets adjust in both length and width to receive most makes and models of equipment.
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Collins & Aikman has expanded its NoBurn product line to include nine styles of fabrics, ranging from a 40-ounce plain weave for light industrial shirts to a 12ounce waffle weave fabric for use as an insulating layer in firemen’s turnout coats.
These fabrics are manufactured from a blend of 50 percent Kynol and 50 percent Nomex flame-resistant fibers. When exposed to flame at 2000 degrees F, the fabrics become carbonized, releasing nontoxic, noncombustible gases while maintaining integrity of fabric construction. The fabrics are also resistant to abrasion and their flame-retardant characteristics will neither wash out nor deteriorate.
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An audio-visual program on recovery diving is available from Academic Films, Inc. The unit consists of 60 color slides and an instructional cassette that gives the new diver a vicarious experience of body recovery in water under adverse conditions.
The programmed instruction takes the diver through equipment, theory, proper use of equipment and techniques. He is introduced to four basic physics laws and drilled in two basic search patterns.
A strong feature is the necessary different concept of recovery diving, which includes working on the bottom in black water, as opposed to sport diving.
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New warning lights from Unity Manufacturing Company feature a par-36, 5-inch Hi-dome lamp which provides a full 180degree viewing angle with increased brightness to provide greater safety and effectiveness on emergency vehicles. The total illuminated surface and the viewing angle of the new lights are said to be practically double those of standard warning lights.
The lights are available in all red, blue or amber, or with red, blue or amber sides and a clear face. The clear face units provide 43,000 candlepower of illumination.
Also in the Hi-dome line of lamps are driving and fog lights which are safety approved for use in all 50 states.
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Jaffrey to Distribute Task Force Tip Nozzles
Fire Task Force Innovations, Inc., announces the appointment of Jaffrey Fire Protection Company, Inc., Jaffrey, N.H., as master distributor for the New England states for all Task Force Tip hand line nozzles and distributors. Jaffrey dealers nationwide will also carry the TFT line.
As part of its program to promote the development of better protective equipment for fire fighters, the National Bureau of Standards will investigate the performance of fire fighter helmets and prepare a voluntary standard.
Bernard M. Levin, chief of the Fire Services Technology Program, has asked that anyone with experiences where helmets failed to give expected protection, or with suggestions, comments or complaints relating to firemen’s helmets, write to Nicholas Calvano, National Bureau of Standards, A255 Polymer Building, Washington, D.C. 20234,
Cutting Uniform Costs
In order to help users of uniforms keep their expenses down, the National Association of Uniform Manufacturers has issued the following tips on cost-saving techniques:
- Order in quantity for summer and winter uniforms. Quantity prices are lower and therefore there can be savings on the price per uniform.
- Make sure that the specifications that are set for the uniforms are very exact and that you are in control of what you are ordering.
- Discuss the price. Once your specifications are determined, then you are in a position to buy from the supplier who can provide you with the exact uniform you want at the best price.
- Know your supplier. Make sure that you do business with a firm that has the capability to meet your specifications.
The NAUM has established an information service to provide the answers to questions about the latest developments and sources of supply for all types of uniforms and accessories. Correspondence should be addressed to the association at 1156 Avenue of the Americas, New York, N.Y. 10036.