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Bally Ribbon Mills has announced a line of safety webbing and tapes, ideal for fire, law enforcement, industrial, military, and commercial fall protection personal protective equipment (PPE).

The Pennsylvania-based company designs, develops and manufactures highly specialized engineered woven fabrics.

The company’s safety webbing and tapes meet the demands of applications requiring high temperature, fully engineered safety solutions. They can be used for shoulder straps, harness webbing, and chin straps, as well as helmet suspension, binding tapes, lap belts, and shock absorbing webbing.

Made from nylon, Kevlar and other specialty fibres, the safety webbing and tapes are ideal for applications requiring high tenacity, abrasion resistance and flame and heat resistance. They are also a good choice for controlled elongation applications as well as those requiring chemical resistance in specific environments.

The safety webbing and tapes offer conductivity, dimensional stability and strength, and can help to reduce weight and size.

The materials meet United States (NFPA) requirements for firefighters’ protective clothing and equipment.

For more information about the company and its products, visit Bally Ribbon Mills.
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Holík International's SensPro gloves won a 2018 Red Dot award in the Product Design category. The gloves were chosen from out of 6,300 registered products and manufacturers from 59 different countries.

SensPro gloves are protective gloves for firefighters with implemented electronics and sensors that measure ambient temperature of close surrounding of the firefighter and temperature of remote objects.

The glove has special 3D anatomical cut, which significantly improves on dexterity and comfort of the user. The whole system, including battery, is the first textile product certified to explosive atmospheres. With the gloves comes an app, which shows measured temperatures and allows its users to set their bar graph to their needs.

The award will be received by representatives of the company at the Red Dot Gala award ceremony on July 9, 2018, in Essen, Germany.

For more information about SensPro visit,
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June 1, 2018, Calgary, Alta. - Blackline Safety Corp. announced record first-quarter revenue results for the quarter ended January 31, 2018. The report lists the company’s financial highlights, key financial information and revenue increase percentages.


– Total revenue of $3.8 million, a 51 per cent increase over the prior year’s Q1.
– Product revenue of $1.5 million, an 83 per cent increase over the prior year’s Q1
– Service revenue of $2.3 million, a 36 per cent increase over the prior year’s Q1.
– European revenue of $701 thousand, a 245 per cent increase over the prior year’s Q1.
– Contracted future service revenue grew to $4.5 million, a 34 per cent increase over the prior year’s Q1.
– Blackline launched new gas sensors and G7 device firmware with multi-language support.
– Blackline Safety named Manufacturer of the Year at the Oil & Gas Awards.

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First quarter revenue was $3,803 compared to $2,515 in the comparable quarter of the prior fiscal year, resulting in an increase of 51 per cent or $1,288.

Product revenue during the first quarter was $1,465, an increase of 83 per cent compared to $802 in the comparable quarter of the prior fiscal year. This increase was driven by shipments of Blackline’s G7c and G7x products in the period, particularly in Europe with an increase of 245 per cent in total revenues in this region.

Service revenue was $2,338, an increase of 36 per cent compared to $1,714 in the same period last year, attributed to new service activations by end customers from the continued solid growth in product sales and adoption of the Blackline Complete leasing program.

Contracted future service revenue, representing the value of future Blackline Complete lease commitments, was $4,510 as at January 31, 2018, an increase of 34 per cent from Q1 FY2017.

Gross margin for the first quarter was $1,693 compared to $1,251 in the comparable quarter of the prior year, an increase of 35 per cent over the comparable period from the prior year.

Adjusted EBITDA was $(136) for the first quarter compared to $(191) in the comparable quarter of the prior year. The improvement in the Adjusted EBITDA in the quarter is attributable to an increase in revenues and gross margin quarter-over-quarter.

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HAIX North America, Inc. has introduced a new boot for wildland firefighters, the Missoula 2.0. HAIX provided a sneak peek of the Missoula 2.0 on April 26 at FDIC 2018, the largest trade show for the fire/EMS industry.

The NFPA 1977-compliant boot is the company's second-generation hiking boot for wildland firefighting. This boot is a major overhaul of HAIX's popular Missoula. Incorporating feedback from firefighters on the frontlines, the company's engineers upgraded the boot to better meet the needs of wearers.

The new boot is lighter weight to alleviate leg fatigue, especially on longer hikes. The boot also incorporates HAIX's renowned Arch Support System for improved comfort. A new lightweight composite toe provides additional toe room and non-heat transferring safety protection as well as built-in puncture protection.

Missoula 2.0's newly-designed rubber sole is highly heat-resistant and anti-slip to provide greater footholds for a variety of rugged terrains. The built-in PU cushioning in the sole provides exceptional shock absorption.

For added convenience, the boot features a boot jack at the rear to make them easier to remove, and roller ball eyelets to make lacing smoother and faster.

For more information about the company and its products, visit HAIX North America.
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Exhaust removal manufacturer Plymovent has a new High Temperature (HT) hose and other products that address and meet NFPA standards on engine exhaust gas temperature.

Since 2007, the temperatures of the typical diesel truck emissions, including fire trucks, have risen. The addition of hazard-reducing exhaust treatment systems such as diesel particulate filters (DPF) and exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) have increased the heat generated by the engine, and thereby the exhaust, raising concerns about fire, injury and product damage.

NFPA specified in its 1901 Standard for Automotive Fire Apparatus ( that engine exhaust gas temperature shall not exceed 455 C (851 F) when measured at the exit of the exhaust pipe during normal DPF regeneration.

Plymovent provides a HT hose assembly for its upper, mid and lower hoses. The HT hose is rated at 482 C (900 F) continuous and 566 C (1,050 F) intermittently.

In 2015 the Plymovent hoses were sent to a third-party testing company and withstood temperatures up to 1,221 F during a 40-minute test. Included in the test was the more rigid lower hose component, and because that is the hose that takes on the highest temperatures, this was a significant achievement.

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Houston technology company Dräger has packaged its SCBA components into three of its most requested configurations to make choosing the right self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) easier for fire departments. Each is composed of Dräger-manufactured components that are designed to work together.

– Dräger Premier SCBA: This package includes a full face mask with heads-up display (HUD); PSS 7000 carrying system; Sentinel 7000 monitoring system with wireless HUD, PASS device, and two low air alarms; two 45-minute cylinders; a quick connect adaptor, and a buddy breather.

– Dräger Advanced SCBA: Designed for price/performance, this mid-range package includes a full face mask with HUD, PSS 7000 carrying system, Sentinel 1500 monitoring system with wireless HUD and PASS device, two 45-minute cylinders, and a quick connect adaptor.

– Dräger Standard SCBA: Designed for budget-conscious fire departments, this package provides essential SCBA components including a full face mask with HUD, PSS 5000 carrying system, Sentinel 1500 monitoring system with wireless HUD and PASS device, two 45-minute cylinders, and a quick connect adaptor.

In addition to SCBA packages, Dräger can also configure SCBAs from the ground up if the fire department prefers.

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Grace Industries/Grace Fire Fighter announced the appointment of Heritage Safety as its Canadian In-Command Firefighter Accountability Systems Dealer. Grace Industries is known for their work in American designed and manufactured stand-alone firefighter NFPA audio PASS alarms, firefighter accountability, and lone worker safety systems. Heritage Safety Products has been a Grace Lone Worker System dealer and now adds Grace's Firefighter In-Command Emergency Signaling and Automated Intelligent Accountability product line to its latest product offering.

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Mobile connectivity companies Kymeta and Nomad Global Communication Systems (GCS) have brought COTM to Mobile Command Centers and Communication Vehicles. The partnership delivers end-to-end, seamless, mobile connectivity for defense, public safety, first response, utility, and private sector customers.

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Pittsburgh company MSA introduced its new jet-style fire helmet called the Cairns XF1. The Cairns XF1 represents a significant style departure from the "brim-style" helmet traditionally preferred by firefighters. The new style delivers new technology integration and maintains the quality, durability, and safety performance firefighters are used to. The helmet has LED lights, an integrated communication system and can easily be disassembled to clean.

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Professional lighting company Nightstick released their new product called the FORTEM—an Intrinsically Safe helmet flashlight and floodlight combo. The Nightstick FORTEM XPP-5466 series Helmet-Mounted Flashlight has Dual-Light Technology. The product keeps the flashlight in front of the user and places a floodlight at their feet to dramatically reduce the risk of trips, slips or falls. It has a 250 lumen flashlight and 115 lumen independent 45-degree angle downward floodlight. The flashlight has low, medium, high and strobe functionality, while the floodlight features a survival function that gives the user a boosted runtime of up to 16 hours. The emphasis on safety and survival also extends to a rear-facing green LED light. The light simplifies identifying others in a smoke or dust-filled environments.

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Pennsylvania technology company Ziamatic Corp. (ZICO) added to their line of premix container brackets by introducing the QUIC-MOUNT Rectangular Quart and Half-Gallon Premix Holder, Model QM-PMH-RQHG.
The holder secures 3-11/16" x 5-1/4" rectangular quart and half gallon cans from popular brands like STIHL, which lets users safely store premix fuel beside saws in the compartment where it is needed most.
It is made with heavy-duty steel and aluminum and is powder-coated yellow for maximum durability and can protection. The bracket lowers risk of tipping, denting, leaking, and puncturing inside the compartment and keeps supplies easy to locate. It mounts to nearly any flat surface.

For more information call 1-800-711-FIRE or visit
Written by Chris Dennis
There is a part of every vehicle we depend on the most, but it’s one that we take for granted. We start a vehicle — be it our everyday driver or a multimillion dollar fire truck — put it in gear and just expect that when we push the brake pedal with our foot that the vehicle is going to come to a full stop. Let’s put this in perspective in the fire station.
Written by Lauren Scott
Quebec fire fighting equipment company WATERAX released an update to their HPO-2X collapsible backpack. The newest feature is the brass hand pump design, which has both a forward grooved grip and rear pistol grip. The backpack is made of nylon-fibrecoated with neoprene, which is UV resistant, fireproof, and oil and gasoline resistant. It can hold up to 19 litres of water (5 gallons) and has a collapsible design.

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Written by Lauren Scott
Spanish company DRONE HOPPER released a prototype for its fire fighting drone to American rescue services in July. The drone is designed specifically for use during wildfires and can hold up to 300 litres of water. Features include thermographic cameras, heat sensors and a navigation system. The product is expected to officially launch in Fall 2018.

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Written by Lauren Scott
FLIR has released some of its most portable TICs, which are compatible with smartphones. Some features include nine different colour palettes, a small 6.5 centimetres wide design and an Andriod and iOS compatible mobile app. The FLIR One camera can show temperatures from -20 to 60 degrees Celsius, while the FLIR One Pro shows a range of -20 to 400 degrees Celsius. The Flir One and Flir One Pro were first announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January 2017 and were released to the public in June 2017.

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Written by Lauren Scott
Alabama company Key Hose launched a new lightweight fire fighting hose that is designed to reduce kinks, nozzle whip and friction loss. The new TRU-ID attack hose is billed as a “true internal diameter” hose for the front lines, available in either 45 millimetres (1.75 inches) or 63.5 millimetres (2.5 inches). The hose has a double jacket construction and is designed fore use with low pressure/ high volume nozzles.

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Written by Lauren Scott
First announced at the FDIC conference in Indianapolis last April, Pierce Manufacturing has launched its Ascendant class of aerial apparatus. The configurations showcased include a 32.5 metre (107 foot) tandem rear axle aerial ladder, a 32.5 metre tractor drawn aerial, and a 33.5 metre (110 foot) single rear axle quint aerial platform. All Ascendant class aerials include a weight-optimized structure design with a jack-knife angle of up to 60 degrees and a single set of H-style stabilizers.

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Written by Lauren Scott
Xeros Cleaning Technologies has created an eco-friendly polymer cleaning solution that is intended to extend the wear of turnout gear. The solution is NFPA 1851 compliant and is designed to work in low water levels and low temperatures. It uses polymer beads as the primary cleaning agent instead of water, which absorbs contaminants from the gear.

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Written by Lauren Scott
Pierce Manufacturing first displayed its new High Flow Industrial Apparatus at the Fire Rescue International conference in Charlotte, N.C., in July. The truck is capable of flowing up to 10, 000 gallons per minute when connected to a hydrant. It has a Darley 2ZSM pump and a Husky 450 foam system. The vehicle is available on a Velocity or Arrow XT chassis. Each chassis model comes with a 600-hp engine.

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Written by Lauren Scott
Dragon Fire Gloves has released its Safety Equipment Institute certified Alpha-X glove. The glove was designed for structural firefighters and is compliant with NFPA 1971 standards. It has a leather outer shell that allows for easy gripping in wet and dry conditions. The gloves are abrasion resistant and has a thermal urethane barrier specifically designed for firefighters.

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