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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.

To learn more: http://www.waterax.com/products/hpo-2x/

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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.

For more information: https://www.drone-hopper.com/home

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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.

For more information, please visit: http://www.flir.ca/flirone/

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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.

To learn more: http://www.piercemfg.com/products/products-overview/ascendant/ascendant-107-heavy-duty-ladder

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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.

For more information: http://www.xeroscleaning.com/xeros-polymer-beads

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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.

To learn more: http://www.piercemfg.com/pierce/press-release/pierce-introduces-high-flow-industrial-fire-apparatus-at-fire-rescue-international

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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.

For more information, please visit: http://www.dragonfiregloves.com/products/alpha-x-structural
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Simon & Schuster Canada has announced the publication of Inside the Inferno: A Firefighter’s Story of the Brotherhood that Saved Fort McMurray, a memoir by Fort McMurray firefighter, Damian Asher. The book is available on May 2, 2017, the first anniversary of the wildfire.

For more information or to pre-order: https://www.firehallbookstore.com/product/inside-inferno-firefighters-story-brotherhood-saved-fort-mcmurray/
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After last year’s preview, Globe will officially launch its ATHLETIX turnout gear at FDIC in Indianapolis in April. The gear uses stretch fabrics that allow a wider range of motion with less bulk.

Click here  for more information.
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Rosenbauer has added a multi-functional Compact Line vehicle to its emergency response line up. The unit was created to provide a multi-functional interior to keep up with individual fire service demands. The unit has an aluminum profile and sandwich design, which offers a customizable layout. Width, height and length can all be varied without any dividing walls, opening up any amount of space for the payload.

For more information see http://www.rosenbauer.com/en/ca/rosenbauer-group
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Scott Safety has launched a mobile application that allows firefighters edit, save and share configurations for the in-mask display. Users can customize the brightness, icon layouts, temperature display and display colours. With the app, firefighters can personalize their in-mask displays. The app is available for Apple and Android.

For more information visit https://www.scottsafety.com and click on products/thermal imaging.
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Avenza is a new mobile application that enables users to access PDF maps on smartphones or tablets. Without using data or wi-fi, Avenza utilizes devices’ built-in GPS receivers to mark positions, routes and points of interest. Avenza has a vast catalogue of maps and users can import their own PDF maps. Avenza allows crews to mark hazards, plot waypoints and routes, and track positions.

For more information go to https://www.avenzamaps.com/maps/how-it-works.html
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The Scott Safety EPIC 3 Radio Direct Interface (RDI) voice amplifier enhances SCBA facepiece voice intelligibility and delivers clear, two-way radio communication when operated with compatible handheld field radios and remote speaker microphones. The amp is compatible with all Scott AV, Vision and Promask series facepieces and breathing apparatus systems. The amp operates directly with all compatible Bluetooth-enabled handheld field radios and matching remote speaker microphones.

Details can be found at http://www.scottsafety.com under products/communication.
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Aero Tec Laboratories (ATL) has launched a line of potable water bladder tanks. The ATL Aqui-fer is designed to save space, while the Aqua-Flex has a more conventional pillow-like shape. The bladder tanks are constructed of a lightweight, durable nylon-reinforced rubber. ATL’s water bladders are fully collapsible for compact storage and simple transport.

For details visit http://www.atlinc.com/potable-drinking-water-bladder-tanks.html
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Coltraco Ultrasonics recently introduced its Portasonic Portable Ultrasonic Flow Meter. The handheld, clamp-on flow meter provides accurate flow measurement from the outside of a pipe – especially for fire protection water sprinkler and fire hydrant systems. The meter can take measurements anywhere on full pipes from 12 millimetres to 4.5 metres in width with its non-invasive external clamp. Regardless of pipe material, the Portasonic gives accurate readings.

For details go to http://www.coltraco.com/portasonic-page/ 
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Scott Safety has released the RIT-Pak Fast Attack, which offers a lightweight and com- pact solution for rapid entry and air replen- ishment for injured firefighters. The RIT- Pak Fast Attack enables rapid intervention teams to focus on locating and assessing the downed firefighter. The product comes in two bag sizes – small and medium – and can be configured in both 4500 psi and 5500 psi.

Visit www.scottsafety.com and click on products/respiratory protection.
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Swissphone’s new generation of fire pagers – the s.QUAD series – is available in both tone/voice and digital formats, and can be converted from one format to the other. S.QUAD pagers feature 16 minutes of stored voice memory, multi-colored alarm LED, and a large LCD display.

For more information visit http://www.swissphone.ca/products/s-quad-voice-pager/
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Hurst Jaws of Life has introduced four new spreaders to the market that are lighter and stronger than their predecessors. Two of the spreaders have launched as part of the eDRAULIC line and two within the 10,000-psi high-pressure offering. All four include Shark Tooth removable tips and four rows of teeth for grip, and squeezing plates integrated into the arms. The SP 55E2, one of the four new spreaders, is one of the strongest portable spreaders on the market – 16 per cent lighter and 4 per cent stronger than its predecessor. Find more information at www.jawsoflife.com
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Safety Components, a manufacturer of firefighting fabric technology, has created a new line of thermal liners that are engineered with DuPont heat and flame-resistant fiber to help firefighters handle hotter fires. Called Glide Ice, the liners are designed to feel cool with a weave that combines 60 per cent DuPont Nomex filament yarns with 40 per cent DuPont Nomex/Lenzing FR spun yarns. The liners allow for breathability, freedom of movement, comfort, heat-blocking capability, moisture management and fast dry times. Glide Ice thermal liners are fully UL approved, and will be available beginning in late 2016. Learn more at www.safetycomponents.com
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Minnesota-based EarthClean Corporation – a maker of non-toxic products for fire management – has introduced a new formal for its TetraKO firefighting water enhancer. The new TetraKO XL-P is a biodegradable corn starch-based granulate that, when mixed with water, can be poured into a range of fire fighting equipment such as air-pressurized extinguishers, backpack sprayers, skid units and utility vehicles. The mixed solution provides Class A firefighting and fire management performance. Learn more at www.earthclean.com
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