P.J Give me you email address again and I'll send you what I have on Ice Rescue. Send it to email@example.com. One thing you need to do with those suits is to store them different than the diresctions say to do. Instead of folding the arms in first you fold them over the rolled up suit last. Plus you want to roll the suit up with the zippered side down on the ground still rolling them up from the foot end. By doing these two things it puts less stress on the zipper and doesn't put a sharp crease in the shoulders/arms.
hey P.J. thanks for the info that will help me a lot. my project also requires that I have an outside expert and after e-mailing about 50 people your the only one that has sent anything back to me. all that i need for this is your e-mail adress so that I can send you interview questions for my project and and paper for your information (name and other things) so that i can prove that you are a real person and my outside expert.
thanks again for the information it will indeed help me with my project,
thanks for the dispatcher training info
I passed it on to our commuications director
If the $$$ are there, maybe he will contact you
His name is Andrew Scott, Director of North Hudson Regional Communications Center
Last week I had the privilege of traveling to Singapore. I spent a week at their Civil Defense Academy (SCDA) teaching for a private company I work for. SCDA is their fire and EMS training site. We can learn allot from the Singaporeans in firefighting and Haz Mat.
Washington, DC -- The Department of Homeland Security has awarded the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) a $2 million contract to develop a new pressure vessel that will make the self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) worn by first responders substantially thinner and lighter.
Smaller, lighter SCBA will improve fire fighter safety.
"The IAFF is proud of its record as the leader in the development of projects that provide direct benefits to fire fighter health and safety. With all the recent technological developments and new materials we can work with, it's time to fast-track the introduction of new, lighter, less stressful, but highly protective equipment," IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger said.
The cylinders that contain the pressure vessels in existing SCBA account for much of the weight and size of the units. The weight and profile of those cylinders has been associated with increased rates of injury and fatalities for emergency responders.
The IAFF is working with Vulcore Industrial in Fort Wayne, Indiana, to use technology, engineering and new materials to modify the pressure vessel in a way that will reduce the weight and make it smaller and more flexible.
In initial prototype designs, the new pressure vessel offers an approximate 60 percent weight reduction over conventional SCBA cylinders. Prototypes also have a substantially smaller profile, measuring two inches in depth. Pressure vessels on conventional SCBA cylinders measure seven inches in depth.
The design braids new, thin, tubular pressure vessels in the harness assembly, instead of the large cylinders used today sitting on top of the harness assembly, allowing for greater mobility in confined spaces. Unlike conventional cylinders which contain air pressures up to 5000 psi, the new vessels won't fragment if they're ruptured. A punctured pressure vessel would simply vent contained air.
Members of Fort Wayne, IN, Local 124 have tested the prototypes in simulated confined space entry.
The IAFF's contract with DHS spans a 15-month period. The research and development is expected to result in a new, commercially available SCBA.
"The IAFF is confident that a new generation of lighter, low-profile SCBA will be available to the fire service when this important research concludes, and our members will be safer for it," Schaitberger said.
A Technical Advisory Committee of IAFF members will provide input for the integration, testing and introduction of the new pressure vessel technology. At the first meeting of the Technical Advisory Committee, several factors were identified that will help ensure a smooth transition of a new SCBA to the fire service
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