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Posted: Feb 13, 2019

Ellis County (KS) Receive New Fire Apparatus

Ellis County firefighters said just in the last three years, there have been a significant amount of wildfires. They know just how important it is to be prepared, and Ellis County is about to upgrade an important piece of equipment to battle the flames. The economic-friendly truck will hold 500 gallons of water, include phone capability, generator, air pack systems and more.

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Posted: Feb 13, 2019

Wahpeton (ND) City Council Considering Fire Apparatus Replacement

The truck under consideration is currently garaged in Lakeside, California. Owned and operated by the Barona Band of Mission Indians, it would replace a 1991 fire truck with ladder used by the Wahpeton Fire Department.

“The estimated useful life is 25 years,” according to paperwork viewed by the committee.

An ordinance which would allow skipping taking bids for the fire truck replacement is expected to be viewed by council. The ordinance is under consideration, McCann explained, because it would permit quicker action. Should council approve and following a full examination of the truck, the purchase would be completed in March.

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Posted: Feb 13, 2019

Mansfield (MA) Fire Apparatus Catches Fire Inside Fire Station

There were four firefighters in the building, and two were taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation. One was treated for an electrical burn. They were treated and released Wednesday morning.

The fire was contained to the first floor, and damage to equipment and the building is being assessed. Town officials said Engine 2 is a complete loss, but it is fully insured. The fire chief said trucks cost from $600,000 to $800,000. Officials said 30 sets of gear must be decontaminated. Medical supplies for two rescue trucks and backup supplies were lost.

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Posted: Feb 13, 2019

Gallery: Pump Panel Designs for Fire Apparatus

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Posted: Feb 13, 2019

DHS Science and Technology at FDIC 2019

If you are a Fire & Rescue professional attending the Fire Department Instructors Conference in Indianapolis, mark your calendars to join the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate's (S&T) John Merrill  as he discusses how to “Make Firefighting Safer with Artificial Intelligence.” This discussion will be held in rooms 138-139 on Thursday, April 11, 2019, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the Indiana Convention Center & Lucas Oil stadium.

When firefighters arrive on an emergency scene, they face overwhelming amounts of information. Combined with new technologies and alerting to existing systems, they may not have time to synthesize life-saving information quickly to do their jobs. Imagine an intelligent personal assistant customized to the individual responder needs that can recognize radio transmissions and responder jargon to extract actionable information and also fuse data from hazard sensors and situational awareness apps to provide decision-making tools to help you answer the call. 

The DHS S&T Next Generation First Responder (NGFR) Apex Program has partnered with the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory to develop the Assistant for Understanding Data through Reasoning, Extraction and Synthesis (AUDREY), the state-of-the-art human-like artificial intelligence reasoning system to assist first responders at the scene of an emergency. Learn how AUDREY can be integrated with 911 call centers and paramedic response to improve object recognition to help in emergency scenarios.

This is a casual classroom environment that will call upon participants to identify capability gaps first responders (specifically firefighters) may encounter while in the field. DHS S&T’s NGFR director John Merrill will also call upon colleagues who are a part of the AUDREY pilot to explain to participants how AUDREY was used in their public agencies and AUDREY's benefits, including Dr. Edward Chow from NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) who will explain further developments with AUDREY and how DHS S&T and NASA JPL are partnering with other agencies across the nation.

FDIC International offers 34,000+ Fire & Rescue professionals from 65+ countries around the world, quality world-class instructors, classrooms, workshops, H.O.T. evolutions and the most innovative products and services available to the industry displayed by over 800 exhibiting companies.

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