As you’ll have seen hosted on the UK Fire website, Dräger has conducted a survey into the health concerns of serving Firefighters. This is a follow up to Dräger’s 2020 ‘Health for the Firefighter’ survey and seeks to find out if perceptions have changed; specifically with regard to their potential exposure to carcinogens, contaminants and viruses such as Covid-19. It also investigates which technologies are seen to be the most important in supporting firefighter health.
Ultimately, the purpose of the research is to inform on how industry can further support Fire Services and their personnel; and help drive the cultural changes that are required to protect firefighter health.
This research follows a report released by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a World Health Organisation (WHO) body, in which firefighting was declared as a ‘carcinogenic occupation’.
This podcast is to discuss the survey results from varied industry perspectives and make recommendations for what actions will support firefighter health.
The survey also asked which technologies our respondents thought would be most important in protecting firefighter long-term health. A significant four out of ten (40.6%) opted for ‘contamination detection equipment’ as key to their long-term health, with the next most important being biometric monitoring, with nearly one in three (30%) prioritising this technology.
Returning to the Adelaide Convention Centre for the first time since 2015, AFAC22 powered by INTERSCHUTZ Conference and Exhibition will be held from the 23 – 26 August and will the explore theme ‘Connecting communities. Creating resilience.’ The program will feature examples of solutions to emerging risks, impacts and recovery from practitioners and leaders across the fire and emergency sector. AFAC22 will explore how an inclusive approach across emergency management agencies is integral to reducing risk and fostering resilience now and into the future.
AFAC22 is the first time the event will be hosted in person since 2019 and presents an exciting opportunity for the fire and emergency management sector to reconnect and explore research, equipment, technology and ideas that are shaping the future of the industry.
AFAC CEO Rob Webb and AFAC22 host agency SAFECOM Chief Executive Julia Waddington-Powell discuss what to expect over four days of the immersive conference program and extensive exhibition space.
For more information, go to www.afacconference.com.au
Waking Watches were introduced by the National Fire Chiefs Council as a temporary measure to keep residents who lived in buildings with dangerous cladding, safe. A Waking Watch scheme involves trained fire wardens being present on site 24/7 to monitor the building’s interior and exterior, raise an alarm in the event of a fire and assist in the safe evacuation of residents during any incident. But five years after the Grenfell Tower fire in 2017, hundreds of buildings across the UK still have 24-hour safety patrols in place, costing building owners tens of thousands of pounds every month. In most instances, these costs are being passed on to the leaseholders.
Updated guidance from the Council published in 2021 advised that building owners should install fire alarm systems as quickly as possible to reduce or remove the need for the 24-hour warden patrols. In this podcast we discuss why technology is far more reliable than people, and the benefits of switching to a system which uses wireless devices.
Nomex® and Kevlar® have been a leading choice in global fire service for over 50 years, and we are committed to making the next 50 even better with solutions like Nomex® Nano Flex for hoods, and Nomex(R) Nano for thermal liners. Both Nomex® Nano Flex and Nomex® Nano provide lightweight comfort while enhancing the garment’s overall agility, moisture management and particulate protection – which help to address some of the leading challenges firefighters face today, like heat stress.
Nomex® Nano and Nomex® Nano flex solutions are key ingredients of the DuPont™ Nomex® Xtreme Performance product category. Nomex® Xtreme Performance solutions combine the tested and proven heat and flame protection of DuPont™ Nomex® with the lightweight strength of DuPont™ Kevlar® and the thermal damage tolerance and durability of high-performance materials such as PBO, DuPont™ Nomex® Nano and DuPont™ Nomex® Nano Flex.
DuPont remains committed to meeting the needs of fire departments through our existing partners and channels. Together, we are actively collaborating to bring future innovations to emergency responders around the world.
For more information, go to nomex.com/xtremeperformance.
DuPont is more focused than ever on providing safety solutions that emergency responders need to do their job safely and effectively.
As we have engaged with departments around the world, a consistent theme emerged – there was a true need for an organized portfolio of innovative PPE solutions that offer emergency responders an ideal balance of long-lasting flame-resistant protection, comfort and durability they need when answering any call.
Nomex® Xtreme Performance meets the needs of our fire fighters by speaking to the performance, comfort, and durability of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) solutions made with the important building blocks of DuPont™ Nomex® & Kevlar®, and when combined with some or other innovations like PBO, Nomex® Nano, and Nomex® Nano Flex, deliver the highest, most innovative levels of protection and performance throughout protective gear available in the industry.
Additional benefits of Nomex® Xtreme Performance solutions include a simplified expectation of performance attributes that enables garment specifiers to easily identify the PPE option that is appropriate for the hazards at hand. Solutions in the Nomex® Xtreme Performance category offer ease of selection for both structural and nonstructural firefighting gear, with a consistency in availability of the solutions offered worldwide.
When coupled with the innovations of our partner gear manufacturers, Nomex(R) Xtreme Performance Solutions benefits are amplified into the latest, state of the art technologies to provide the highest levels of protection and heat stress management to the ever-changing needs of the firefighter.
For more information, go to https://www.dupont.com/brands/nomex.html
Our latest conversation is with Jason Busalacchi and Andrew Biehl from TLX Technologies, an engineering and manufacturing company that produces custom actuators, solenoids, and valves for the fire suppression market.
Jason and Andrew discuss one of TLX’s latest products: the Explosion Proof Actuator with Supervision. While standard supervised latching solenoid actuators meet the needs of most gaseous fire suppression systems, they cannot be used in hazardous locations.
Many hazardous location systems rely on a combination of electric and pneumatic actuators and require separate enclosures to prevent flame propagation. The Explosion Proof Actuator with Supervision is a simpler, more reliable solution.
In our conversation with Jason and Andrew, we find out why the Explosion Proof Actuator with Supervision is different from other hazardous location solutions and delve into its special design features that allowed it to achieve UL HazLoc, ATEX, and IECEx certifications.
Michael Norman, Director of International Sales and Marketing at Gradall Industries, joins the podcast to discuss the Gradall FA System. The Gradall FA System with the patented 5th Man fire head, telescoping boom and rapid deployment outriggers, effectively combines with existing truck chassis to provide fire departments with an innovative fire suppression tool. The result is a new breed of emergency response vehicle capable of state-of-the-art fire suppression excelling on sites involving new building materials and designs.
With the Gradall FA apparatus, firefighters can launch a technical assault on hostile fires with optimum efficiency and improved safety. The FA System is uniquely effective, addressing tasks such as venting roofs and sidewalls or reaching into the heart of hazardous fires, all while avoiding unnecessary personnel risks.
For more information, please visit www.gradallfa.com
Are you responsible for wildfire risk & mitigation efforts at a utility organization? Are you
making operational decisions using accurate, real-time weather data? Are you using the latest in automated camera technology to have greater visibility of your assets and infrastructure throughout your areas of interest in the landscape? A critical component of wildfire mitigation is the ability to assess and forecast the wildfire risk based on weather conditions in the context of overall risk to electric grid operations.
Listen to Paul Hutton interview Shawn Bethel, Director of Business Development and
Wildfire Mitigation Specialist for FTS – Forest Technology Systems, the global leader in fire weather networks & wildfire situational awareness monitoring. Learn about the importance of having a dedicated fire weather network with accurate, reliable weather data to analyze wildfire risk potential and how electric utilities are taking advantage of both legacy and emerging situational awareness technologies to comply with electric utility authority regulations and support best practices while keeping people in their communities safe from the negative impacts from wildfire.
For more information, go to https://ftsinc.com/applications/utilities/
Our latest conversation is with Patrick Schwobe, Principal Engineer of Advanced Product Development for TLX Technologies, an engineering and manufacturing company that makes custom actuators, solenoids, and valves for the fire suppression market.
Patrick discusses one of their newest products, a liquid level sensor to measure the levels of extinguishing agent in system tanks. These levels need to be routinely measured to ensure the system will have the necessary agent to operate properly.
Current solutions for measuring these levels include using an integrated measuring tape, measuring with an ultrasonic level indicator from outside each tank, or weighing each tank individually. TLX’s liquid level sensor works differently than current alternatives in the market, offering a faster, more reliable reading. It’s the safest and most accurate solution on the market.
In our conversation with Patrick, we find out why TLX’s liquid level measurement device is different from other existing solutions, how it captures, stores, and communicates data, and how and when it can be installed on fire suppression systems.
For more information please visit: www.tlxtech.com
How can the evolution of new firefighting technology create better monitoring, communication and accountability for firefighters?
Join us for a conversation with some of the UK’s leading experts on the application of new technologies for increased firefighter safety and efficiency. We will be discussing the vital role of telemetry and connectivity on the increasingly complex firefighter ground, and why innovation is a priority within all fields of the industry.
Our host Paul Hutton is joined by Kevin Tomkins, First Responder Specialist at MSA Safety, as well as Ted O’Brien, Director of Product and Quality at the Fire Service College, and Duncan White, Group Editor at MDM Publishing.
With decades of joint experience in every aspect of firefighting, from wearing breathing apparatuses on the job to designing customer-focused solutions, our guest speakers will be discussing the dangers of inefficiencies including lost connections on the fire scene, and the benefits of strong communication and data measurements.
We will also take a look at the solutions available on the market today to tackle some of these important challenges.
To take a closer look at the MSA M1 SCBA set go to www.msane.ws/M1SCBA
Are you making operational decisions with accurate real-time weather data?
Listen to Paul Hutton interview Chris Lindsay, National Account Manager for FTS, the global leader in Fire Weather networks.
In under 30-minutes, Chris explains what a Fire Weather network is, how it differs from a Meteorological network, how it can benefit wildfire/bushfire operations and what other applications there are for the data it provides.
Fire suppression, as an essential global industry, is faced with some unique opportunities to meet the emerging requirements and future challenges of this rapidly changing world. TLX Technologies continue to move forward with new product development to meet the needs of the current and future fire suppression industry.
In this Firecast Jason Busalacchi, TLX Business Development Manager talks with Duncan White, Group Editor at MDM Publishing about marketing and innovation during these current uncertain times.
For more information please visit www.tlxtech.com
Advanced's Managing Director Pete Browitt discusses the latest product innovation and technology within the company's portfolio and takes a wider look at the industry as a whole.
Vladimir Zrnic from Advanced explores gas suppression systems and the importance of this technology at critical sites.
Firefighters’ two way radios are their lifeline. The dynamic environment of a fireground incident requires an intense amount of fast paced communication including visibility challenges. Firefighting teams need equipment that they are familiar with and can support the user’s vast array of BA and PPE.
Leveraging on their expertise in risk & compliance within this industry has meant for the past forty-seven years the Radiocoms team have led projects from consultation, design to deployment of next-generation, mission-critical radio communication digital solutions for the UK Fire Services.
Partnering with Fire Services, Radiocoms ensure that the NFCC guidance is supported when deploying a new radio system. Their build of protocols and measurable parameters address communication needs for the fire service, based on their operational practices, disaster scenarios and inherent risks associated with fire operation to support the services preparedness.
Motorola Solutions’ heritage in the critical communications marketplace is unique – throughout their history they have been at the forefront of driving new technology developments to provide reliable communications systems. Supporting the complete ecosystem of requirements for UKFRS they partner with Radiocoms to deliver critical communication solutions, ensuring interoperability between varying radio technologies, teams and command units from the fireground to the control room.
For further information please visit www.radiocoms.co.uk