Written by Grant Cameron
HURST Jaws of Life has expanded its battery-powered rescue tool line with the addition of the R 422E2 Ram, whose 59.1-inch length gives first responders the longest extension in the industry.

The tool has claws at both ends that provide gripping power and rotate 360 degrees for use in even the most complicated rescues. It also offers easy maneuverability with an ergonomically designed star-grip.

Bruce Johnston, director of marketing and product management for HURST, said in a press release that the reach and hydraulic power of the tool brings portability and performance to first responders at a scene.

“We continually look for solutions that will help first responders get to the patient quickly in every situation,” he said, noting that the R 422E2 delivers combined reach and power like no other tool on the market.

The tool is NFPA 1936 2015 compliant and has an IP rating of IP54. It comes with two rechargeable batteries and one charger.

Click here for more information about HURST and the new tool.

Written by Grant Cameron
HURST Jaws of Life has launched the industry’s first line of watertight, battery-powered extrication tools for underwater rescue scenarios.

Three tools feature water-resistant casing and a new brushless motor for greater efficiency and longer run time.

“The launch of the HURST Jaws of Life eDRAULIC EWXT battery-powered watertight tool line provides the industry with another first from HURST, as we continue to bring first responders rescue tools that make what was once seemingly impossible now possible,” Ellie Mulcahy, general manager of HURST, said in a press release.

Mulcahy said the new line fills a gap in the rescue tool category for first responders who need extrication tools with power, speed and performance in submerged rescue operations where an external power source simply isn’t accessible and hose lines add complications.

Using a potting process, tool engineers designed a protective compound for the internals of the HURST Jaws of Life EWXT watertight tool. When submerged, water enters the battery case, but the potting creates a seal that prevents moisture from getting to components, such as the battery and circuit board. As a result, the HURST Jaws of Life EWXT can be completely submerged and remain operational while underwater without risk of damage to the battery or any loss of performance.

The EWXT technology comes in three tools: S 788EWXT Cutter, SP 555EWXT Spreader and R 521EWXT Ram.

The use of a brushless DC (BLDC) electrical motor in the tools offers higher performance. Because brushless motors have significantly higher efficiency and draw less current, first responders gain longer battery runtime.

The cutter and spreader in the EWXT line also have cases that are three inches shorter than HURST Jaws of Life eDRAULIC E2 rescue tools, providing easier mobility during extrication. Additionally, the new tools have improved LED lights to provide first responders with more visibility in confined spaces and during night rescues.

Click here for  more information about HURST and the new tools.

Written by Chris Dennis
The need for decontamination of all equipment used in either training or emergency situations can not be taken lightly.
Written by Grant Cameron
Steel River Group Inc. of Calgary, Alta., is now the Canada-wide distributor of a mass water deployment system to fight fires and flooding in remote and hard-to-access areas. The company signed a partnership recently with Fire & Flood Emergency Services to be the dealer and distributor in Canada.

The water delivery technology offers customers quick deployment and demobilization of equipment over any terrain and provides a new tool for dealing with devastating fires and flooding in areas that are not easily reached.

Steel River Group is a privately held and Indigenous-owned and operated company.

“As an Indigenous-owned company, Steel River Group feels a strong sense of responsibility to protect the land and people, which is why this is such a positive new service offering for our company and addition to our Indigenous ecosystem,” company president and CEO Trend Fequet said in a press release. “This impressive technology is ideal for major industrial, infrastructure and pipeline projects, as well as for fighting forest fires, other wildfires and floods.”

The system can provide access to water over vast distances in excess of 75 kilometres to build a water-curtain barrier as a buffer to slow firestorm activity.

The system can also tap into a mobile hydrant system through a manifold technology for further fire suppression activities, reducing water-shuttle intervals, as well as reducing manpower and personnel exhaustion.

The system consists of a series of pumps, hoses and manifolds that are deployed using specialized all-terrain trucks.

Fequet said with the system, construction companies, project owners and emergency response teams have an effective new tool to include in their emergency response plans and site-specific safety plans.

Click here for more information about Steel River Group.

Written by Chris Dennis
Hello all. I want to inform you a little bit about the Emergency Vehicle Technician, or EVT program. An EVT technician is someone who performs specialized automotive work repairs on emergency vehicles.
Written by Jayson Koblun
Kochek Company, LLC, a manufacturer of specialty fire equipment and water movement solutions, announced that its new chrome aluminum coating is available for all its products. 
Written by Grant Cameron
Alerting firefighters quickly and effectively is a crucial element in successfully dealing with any emergency situation. However, alerting volunteer firefighters can be a challenge on its own.

First, the recent switch from wideband to narrowband radio technology has led to a loss of paging coverage. Therefore, some dispatch calls are simply not received anymore. Furthermore, incumbent pagers often don't live up to today's expectations in terms of efficiency, quality and cost efficiency — a bar raised by cellular applications.

The s.QUAD Voice pager by Swissphone is an extremely rugged analog pager with radio sensitivity that allows fire services to extend the coverage of their existing paging networks significantly. The quality of the pager also helps reduce replacement and repair costs dramatically.

“With the s.QUAD Voice pager, my replacement costs and repair costs have dropped 97 per cent, compared to the old Minitors," said Fire Chief John Kramer of Monitor Township Fire Department in Bay City, Mich.

At the same time, the s.QUAD's Bluetooth interface allows it to be connected to your smartphone. With the smartphone serving as a gateway, this innovation allows you to receive alphanumeric messages on your pager long before the crystal-clear voice dispatch comes through.

A multi-colored flashing LED visually supports the alarm, further indicating the urgency of the alert.

In spite of its compact size, the s.QUAD Voice pager is water- and dust-proof and is one of the most rugged pagers in the world (6.5 feet drop test).

The pager is comfortable to wear and the screen is always protected. The s.QUAD Voice, with its alert volume of >95 dB(A) @ one ft, can be a rather boisterous companion.

If the pager needs to be used for a longer period of time and there is no power source available the s.QUAD Voice can also run on a single AA battery.

The s.QUAD achieves a sensitivity of < 2.0 µV/m. This high sensitivity means your pager will alert when others don’t have enough signal. No other pager on the market has been able to duplicate this result.

With a simple firmware update the s.QUAD Voice pager can be upgraded into a digital POCSAG pager. At the same time, the s.QUAD app also runs on a FirstNet ready Smartphone, allowing you to extend your alerting network coverage through FirstNet hybrid paging. s.QUAD Voice, therefore, provides great investment protection for many years.

Swissphone has been developing and producing high-quality alerting devices for more than 45 years. The family-owned business has more than 250 employees in the U.S. and Europe.

Click here for more information about the s.QUAD Voice pager and Swissphone.

Written by Grant Cameron
International Safety in Newmarket is introducing the Spartan Fire Hydrant manufactured by Sigelock. The company says it revolutionizes municipal firefighting with the first major overhaul to hydrant design in a century, and will reduce municipal budgets and increase operational readiness at the same time.

The company says the hydrant opens quicker and easier than standard fire hydrants, dramatically reduces the chance of freezing in winter due to a new patented lower valve and drain system, and has caps and nozzles that will not rust, seize or corrode – even in the harshest environments.

The hydrant is built from rugged ductile iron and coated with super-durable Thermoset powder coating paint which means there will be no cost of labour for painting.

Internal parts are made from marine-grade 304 stainless steel which means there will be no money spent on replacements.

The company also says there will be no more water loss from leaks or theft, as built-in security allows authorized access only.

The hydrant is made in the U.S. and comes with a 25-year limited warranty on material and workmanship. It is certified for use in Canada.

The hydrant has Dry Barrel Design and meets applicable parts of ANSI/AWWA C502 standard.

Click here more information about the hydrant.
Written by Grant Cameron
Dräger has released a new series of single-gas monitors. The Pac 6000, 6500, 8000 and 8500 monitors detect not only standard gases such as carbon monoxide, hydrogen sulfide, sulfur dioxide and oxygen (Pac 6000 and 6500), but also special gases such as ozone, phosgene and nitrogen dioxide (Pac 8000).

In addition, the Pac 8500 is available with dual sensors for hydrogen sulfide/carbon monoxide or oxygen/carbon monoxide, and a hydrogen-compensated carbon monoxide sensor. This significantly reduces the influence of hydrogen on the indication of carbon monoxide.

As quick and reliable gas measurement is extremely important in an industrial environment, the Pac series detectors provide precise results, and are very easy to use.

Users can choose between 18 long-life sensors for the detection of up to 33 gases. The industrial battery used in the monitors enables a service life of two years without a battery change. Existing accessories can also be used with the new monitors.

An integrated "D-Light" shows the user whether the monitor is functional and ready for operation. In addition to the current gas concentration, a large display also provides other important information, such as remaining battery capacity, target gas or remaining service life.

The Pac series withstands harsh operating conditions. The sensors can be used in a temperature range from -40 to 131 degrees Fahrenheit. An easily replaceable membrane filter protects the sensor against foreign substances such as dust or liquids.

The impact and chemical-resistant housing meets the requirements of IP68. Each sensor type is identified by a colour code. This means that mix-ups are practically impossible.

Pac series monitors display the respective highest concentration measured. Alarms are issued acoustically, visually and with a clearly noticeable vibration, and users can access acknowledged alarms at a later time. 

Click here for more information about Dräger’s product line of single-gas detection devices.

Written by Mark van der Feyst
Ventilation saws are a great tool to use when cutting open a roof or the side of a gable end for vertical ventilation. They speed up the process, allowing for quicker evacuation of hot gases, smoke and unburned particles of combustion.
Written by Chris Dennis
Hope everyone had a great, safe and healthy summer. The long, cold winter is now just around the corner. With that in mind, I’d like to take the opportunity to write about preparing for the cold weather.
Written by Jayson Koblun
Technologies in the fire service are always evolving and manufacturers are constantly researching and developing fire service innovations, often based on the input of firefighters who are on the front line.
Written by Grant Cameron
Lind Equipment of Markham, Ont., recently received honours in the 2018 Pro Tool Innovation Awards for two of its products, the Beacon LED Tower and the Beacon120 LED Highbay.

A panel of judges made up of tool and media professionals from across the United States and Canada weighed in on entries from top global manufacturers.

The Beacon LED Tower won the commercial site lighting category and the Beacon120 LED Highbay was a finalist in the temporary site lighting category.

Sean Van Doorselaer, CEO and chief designer officer at Lind Equipment, said the company is incredibly proud to earn accolades for the two products.

“Product design and innovation are key to what we do here at Lind Equipment,” he said. “Frankly, design matters, and building world-beating products is how we help our customers work confidently.”

The judges had some great praise for the Beacon LED Tower, saying, “What happens when you need a lot of light for exterior locations? Lind Equipment has broken the barrier and their Beacon LED Tower light puts out 120,000 lumens from four 200-watt LED lights.

“The system has a fuel tank that gives you up to 45 hours of runtime from a standard 2000-watt generator that you’ll need to supply. It’s designed to be transported and set up by a single person if necessary. When powerful lighting is what you need, you now have a legitimate LED option.”

Hundreds of power tools, hand tools, fasteners and accessories were judged, and winners were decided based on industry innovation.

Winners demonstrated achievement in any combination of the following: innovative features, advanced power delivery, groundbreaking ergonomics, technological advancements, and value.

The Pro Tool Innovation Awards recognize best-in-class products that are truly ahead of their time.

This year, more than 60 different tool manufacturers submitted nearly 300 tool entries in dozens of categories for a shot to win a 2018 Pro Tool Innovation Award.

Clint DeBoer, executive director of the Pro Tool Innovation Awards, said manufacturers are consistently improving their tools, but each year some exceed the norms and develop products which truly deserve recognition.

“Business owners, builders, contractors, and tradespeople really need to understand which products can help them work smarter and more efficiently,” he said. “Often, they can also save a lot of money in either material costs or time-savings. That innovation goes straight into their pocketbook."

The Pro Tool Innovation Awards are an annual awards program judged by a panel of professional tradesmen and trade media representatives in the electrical, plumbing, MRO, and concrete fields as well as general contractors and builders.

Lind Equipment is a leading manufacturer of portable LED lighting, hazardous location and industrial work lighting, portable power, static grounding, and GFCI products.

Click here for more information about the company and its products.

Written by Grant Cameron
Dräger Canada, an international leader in the fields of medical safety technology, has announced the release of a new multi-gas detector that can detect up to seven gases.

The X-am 8000 is now available in the Canadian and U.S. markets.

The detector can detect flammable and toxic gases, vapours and oxygen all at once and is applicable to a number of industries, including fire services, chemical, oil and gas, mining, shipping, pharmaceutical and water treatment.

Innovative signaling design and handy assistant functions ensure complete safety throughout the process.

“An accurately performed clearance measurement is one of the most important safety measures that helps to safeguard against accidents associated with toxic gases, vapours and hazardous substances,” said Larry Medina, product portfolio marketing manager, gas detection at Dräger. “Developed in close collaboration with more than 250 of our customers, the X-am 8000 has been carefully designed and optimized for practical use in the field. We’re proud to add the X-am 8000 to Dräger’s portfolio of best-in-class safety products.”

Benefits of the X-am 8000 include:
  • Smaller, lighter device with easy-to-read colour screen which displays up to seven different gases.
  • Compact product design can conveniently be used with just one hand.
  • Mobile device can easily be converted to a fully functional area-monitoring device.
  • Practical functionality that allows switching between pump and diffusion mode by user, saving energy and increasing the operating time of the device without requiring factory modification.
  • Inductive charging which makes the system more durable and less vulnerable to water, dust and dirt, which may reduce maintenance needs and increase the lifespan of the device.
  • Intuitive smart assistants for clearance measurement, leak detection and benzene-specific testing.
Click here to learn more about the product.
Written by Grant Cameron
Safer Alarms of Stamford, Conn. has announced its global launch of the first Arrow-Certified, fire detection product of its kind since 1965 when battery-operated smoke detectors first hit the market.

The product detects the heat of a potential fire before there’s smoke. This buys people precious time to get out before it’s too late. 

The founder of Safer Alarms was inspired by the loss of three children in his neighbourhood to a house fire on Christmas Eve in 2011.

There are two Safer Alarm options – a remote you can place anywhere, especially near the source of most fires such as a stove and laundry room, and one that you can hang from your Christmas tree.

Safer Alarms are not smoke detectors. They are compact, heat sensor and companion remote alarm systems that eliminate an increase in false alarms such as smoke from the stove.

The heat sensor is placed at high-risk locations near the source of most fires, like in the kitchen, laundry room, overloaded outlets, nursery, or Christmas tree. As the temperature hits the critical danger zone of 150 degrees Fahrenheit, the sensor sends a wireless signal to the alarm before the smoke travels to traditional detectors.

The alarm meets all building codes and will continue to sound even if the heat sensor has melted – giving the consumer more time to escape and mitigate property damage.

Safer Alarms has also created the Safer Christmas Tree Alarm which hangs like a traditional ornament in the tree and will send a wireless signal to the remote alarm unit the instant a fire event is detected.

The Safer Home Alarm System and the Safer Christmas Tree Alarm will be in retail stores this fall and sell for about $60, but are offered on IndieGoGo starting at$20each. Click here to go to the IndieGoGo page.

Written by Grant Cameron
Prestolite Electric has announced a new starter for engines in fire, rescue and other trucks. It’s called the PowerPro Extreme 5, a 12-volt, 4.5-kilowatt starter from Leece-Neville Heavy Duty Systems.

The latest addition to the PowerPro Extreme range offers high-torque, high-efficiency starting power for six- to 10-litre engines used in construction, fire and rescue, pickup and delivery, refuse and school bus applications.

Featuring a planetary gear reduction design, the PowerPro Extreme 5 is available in both 10- and 12-tooth versions and provides a premium replacement alternative for a variety of popular engines, including Cummins ISB, ISC and ISL; International DT466E and DT570E; and MaxxForce DT, 9 and 10 models.

“Our new PowerPro Extreme 5 starter is designed to provide medium-duty vehicle operators with reliable, high-output power in a lightweight, value-driven package,” said Jonathan Smith, assistant director of aftermarket sales and marketing, Prestolite Electric. “Extensive testing with many of the industry’s premiere truck and engine manufacturers has shown the PowerPro Extreme 5 to crank faster than competitive models while also requiring lower electrical current.”

For more information about the starter, send an email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

For more information about the company, visit Prestolite.

Written by Fire Fighting in Canada
Blackline Safety Corp. of Calgary, Alta., has launched its second-generation Blackline Analytics platform, a tool that makes it easy for businesses to manage gas detection programs.

The new data analytics software enables businesses to leverage the data streamed from their connected G7 gas detectors, empowering decision-making with user-friendly data visualization tools.
“Blackline is the only vendor to combine turnkey, 3G-enabled connected gas detection with location-based data analytics software,” said Cody Slater, CEO and chairman of Blackline Safety.
“Since launching the first generation of Blackline Analytics at the beginning of the year, we’ve been overwhelmed with positive customer feedback. Not only has our analytics software empowered customers with data-driven decision-making, this leading capability has helped us win new customer business as a key competitive differentiator.”
“Businesses are increasingly driven by data and connectivity,” said Sean Stinson, VP sales and product management. “With Blackline Analytics, we are moving the gas detection industry into the future.

“Our G7 connected gas detectors generate much more data than convention instruments that just beep and flash. Equipment usage, gas readings, location data, sensor tests and calibrations are continuously streamed to the Blackline Safety Network for analysis, driving unique insights for businesses.”
Blackline Analytics is accessible from any internet-connected device and launched with five interactive reports that will soon be joined by more reports, driven by customer feedback. Current Blackline Analytics online reports include:

  • Event report: Provides a high-level overview of customer data, allowing users to quickly drill down into specifics using several filters. Charts enable quick comparison across individuals and teams. Users can explore how frequently one data type was reported and see when data events occur over time.
  • Event Map report: Users can explore the locations where data events occurred by choosing a date range and using an interactive map. Multiple occurrences of the same type of data can indicate a recurring issue that may require investigation.
  • Incident report: Presents data for an individual employee or team that makes it easy to investigate an incident relating to gas exposure, an injury or health incident.
  • Usage and Compliance report: Presents regulatory gas detection and usage compliance data through a series of interactive charts. Businesses can monitor how teams are using equipment and if they are performing required gas sensor testing and calibrations.
  • Bump Test and Calibration report: Customers can further drill into gas detection compliance data, examining each test and calibration performed, to identify and manage the cause of any failures that may have been encountered.
Blackline Analytics leverages assisted-GPS location technology embedded into every G7 gas detector to accurately record the location of gas readings. It also supports Blackline’s proprietary location beacons, used when working around and inside facilities where GPS satellite signals may be less accurate or not available.

To learn about the product and company visit Blackline Safety.

Written by Fire Fighting in Canada
A new Simplex life safety network released by Johnson Controls will greatly increase the speed and ease at which fire detection and life safety systems communicate and operate.

The Simplex ES Net Life Safety Network harnesses the power of IP technology with data rates up to 100 MB per second and a range of network connection choices including ethernet, DSL and fiber.

The network will give building owners reassurance knowing that as the IP standard evolves, so will ES Net, making the life safety system resilient and future-proof.

Simplex ES Net also provides greater flexibility during network expansion.

By allowing up to 25 kilometres between units, ES Net gives users more options to meet performance and budget requirements.

The network’s increased memory capacity and broad bandwidth helps improve uptime, ensure more consistent performance and support future expansion and enhancements.  

“Johnson Controls has brought leading-edge innovation to fire detection and life safety systems,” said Anil Konjalwar, senior product manager, fire detection, at Johnson Controls. “The new Simplex ES Net offers a powerful solution for customers seeking a fast, reliable and efficient life safety network.”  

With the system’s TrueSite Workstation Mobile Client, network monitoring and management can easily be completed on a mobile device or single console. Advanced diagnostic tools ensure fast installations, easy commissioning and quick, efficient pinpointing of network performance and connection issues.

Johnson Controls is a global diversified technology and multi-industrial leader serving a wide range of customers in more than 150 countries. For more information about the company’s fire and life safety systems, click here.

For more information about the company, visit Johnson Controls.
Written by Fire Fighting in Canada
For the third consecutive year, Ram Air Gear Dryers is giving away a new gear dryer to a lucky fire department.

The Hometown Heroes Gear Dryer Giveaway was established by the company as a salute to the firefighters that serve in the U.S. and Canada.

No purchase is necessary to enter or win.

The contest is open to employees, volunteers or retirees of any fire department within the U.S. or Canada.

One lucky fire department will be awarded a Ram Air Gear Dryer.

“As a firefighter-owned company, we have a sincere appreciation of preserving the safety of firefighters and those they serve,” said Lance Dornn, president of Ram Air. “Our gear dryers help reduce the risks associated with dirty, wet gear and, as such, we are proud to salute our hometown heroes with this giveaway.”

To enter the sweepstakes, click here.

Ram Air provides a full range of dryers made exclusively for drying personal protective equipment, including bunker gear, immersion/hazmat suits, helmets, gloves, boots, facemasks and SCBAs. The company’s patented dryers use heated or ambient air with powerful fans that push air through gear from the inside out. The large volume of air effectively dries gear in a fraction of the time—getting firefighters back to action fast.

For more information about the company and its products, visit Ram Air.

Written by Fire Fighting in Canada
Fire trucks are tasked with powering complex electrical systems at engine idle and require an alternator that is capable of meeting demanding voltage requirements under extreme conditions.

The new premium IdlePro Extreme 12-volt, 420-amp, heavy-duty alternator from Leece-Neville Heavy Duty Systems is optimized for fire truck applications and engineered to deliver industry-best output at low engine speeds to keep vehicles running longer.

“Emergency response vehicle operators need to be confident that their vehicle will perform reliably at any moment, under virtually any condition, and often running at idle,” said Jonathan Smith, assistant director of aftermarket sales and marketing at Prestolite Electric. “Our new 420-amp model is achieving particularly high levels of performance in pumper truck applications, where unusually high electrical draws are the norm.”

The new alternator features an array of advanced technologies designed to improve battery life, increase reliability and minimize downtime in vehicles that power a high number of electrical draws at low-engine speeds.

A built-in feature reduces battery charge time and returns the battery to a full charge between vehicle stops while new technology reduces stray voltage and electrical noise, helping to protect the engine.

In addition to being optimized to withstand the most challenging operating environments, the alternator is engineered for ultra-efficient operation. IdlePro Extreme alternators operate at 76 per cent efficiency and offer a minimum of 90 per cent of their rated maximum output at engine idle speed.

The alternator also features:

  • Premium high-performance brushless design that helps to reduce weight and size.
  • A cooling design that allows for cooler running temperatures.
  • Dual cable terminals that provide extended coverage and convenience.
  • A heavy duty coating that helps protect against corrosion.
The alternator is covered by a three-year, 350,000-mile warranty.

For more information about the product, visit Prestolite Electric.

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