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Posted: Apr 23, 2018

Bullard's newest thermal imaging cameras X factor image clarity and 8 hours of battery run time

Bullard’s newest line of thermal imaging cameras (TICs)—the XT Series—features the NXT (with NFPA 1801-2013 Certification) and the QXT. Both TICs are equipped with Bullard’s X Factor image clarity technology and provide the fire service with the industry’s longest battery run time of more than eight hours of continuous use. The NXT and QXT models come standard with Bullard’s five-year, industry-leading warranty on the TIC and the battery.

Both models are equipped with an ultra-high-performance LCD display, which greatly increases brightness and contrast, letting firefighters see more clearly in smoke and direct sunlight. The NXT and QXT TICs are ergonomically designed like the popular form factor of the Bullard LDX. This distinguishable lightweight design allows the TIC to fit comfortably in the palm of a firefighter’s gloved hand. The NXT and QXT are available with a 240×180 or 320×240 resolution infrared engine.

To learn more about the new XT Series, stop by Bullard’s FDIC International 2018 Booth #1213 or visit

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Posted: Apr 23, 2018

Fire-Dex at FDIC International 2018


This year at FDIC International 2018 Booth #1823, Fire-Dex will feature its Interceptor Package™, H41 Interceptor™ particulate blocking hoods, and its TECGEN71 exclusive outer shell. These products were designed to address immediate and long-term occupational dangers such as fireground carcinogens and overexertion.

Following our mission “To Serve Those Who Serve,” Fire-Dex will be donating personal protective equipment to five departments at our in-booth daily giveaways. On Thursday and Saturday, we will give two departments 10 H41 Interceptor™ particulate blocking hoods. On Friday, we will award 10 complete sets of the Fire-Dex Interceptor Package™ to one department.

The Interceptor Package™ Package includes FXR Turnouts built with Active Posture Design™ to help reduce overexertion; H41 Interceptor™ particulate blocking hood, designed as a barrier against potentially carcinogenic particles; and TECGEN51 Fatigues, dual-certified to be the go-to for 90 percent of your calls and minimize contamination.

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Posted: Apr 23, 2018

Bullard ReTrak Fire Helmet offers emergency responders a fire helmet with an integrated visor

The Bullard ReTrak® Fire Helmet Series offers emergency responders a fire helmet with an integrated visor engineered directly from feedback Bullard received from firefighters. The ReTrak Series is available in traditional and modern fire helmet models.

ReTrak offers firefighters the following features:

• Simple one-handed operation.

• Easily accommodates eyewear.

• Increased area of protection.

• Comfort nose piece.

• Quick removal for cleaning.

Stop by Bullard’s FDIC International 2018 Booth #1213 for a chance to win a ReTrak Fire Helmet. Learn more at

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Posted: Apr 23, 2018

USFA: Georgia On-Duty Death

The U.S. Fire Administration has announced the official on-duty death of Firefighter Adam Taylor, 30, of Decatur County Fire Rescue on March 30, 2018.

Late in the evening of his scheduled shift and after conducting search and rescue drills in full protective gear including SCBA, Firefighter Adam Taylor began to complain of chest pains he related to a muscle pull. Shortly after leaving work to go home because of the pain, he went into cardiac arrest and was pronounced deceased upon arrival at a local hospital. 

Tribute is being paid to Firefighter Taylor at

To date, 29 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2018.  Year-to-date and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online at

Fatality status is provisional and may change as USFA contacts State Fire Marshals to verify fatality incident information.

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Posted: Apr 23, 2018

TenCate at FDIC International 2018

Concern over higher rates of occupation cancer among firefighters prompts additional efforts in decontamination and cleaning of turnout gear to reduce particulate accumulation. But will turnout gear stand up to more washing and drying along with the hard work firefighters do? TenCate Protective Fabrics wanted to find out, and now firefighters at FDIC International 2018 will be able to see for themselves. The Georgia Fire Academy in Forsyth, Georgia, took three sets of turnouts featuring outer shells and thermal liners from TenCate Protective Fabrics. Each went through grueling fire evolutions and multiple extraction cleaning.

TenCate sent sets of its three outer shell offerings, paired with a variety of thermal liners and moisture barriers, for a wear test at the academy. The three that will be on display at booth #2213 in Hall D at the Indianapolis Convention Center, including these sets:

  • Kombat™ Flex, an outer shell featuring PBI® fiber, which saw 500 fire evolutions and 51 wash/dry cycles.
  • Agility®, an outer shell featuring DuPont™ Kevlar®, which experienced 379 fire evolutions and 50 wash/dry cycles.
  • Pioneer™, an outer shell featuring a DuPont™ Nomex® blend, which went through 140 fire entries and 35 wash/dry cycles.

Be sure to stop by the TenCate Fire Station booth #2213 at FDIC International 2018 to see for yourself how TenCate outer shells and thermal liners hold up. Find out why it's all about the fighter...not the fire.


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