WFC News

Posted: Sep 16, 2013

Certification Test Bank Review

The Professional Development & Response Section is currently reviewing new Certification Test Banks for Firefighter 1 and 2.  A requirement of our International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) accreditation is to have our test banks reviewed by a group of third-party subject matter experts. 

We are currently seeking interested fire service members to serve on Technical Advisory Groups (TAGs) for these levels.  While selecting members for these TAGs, our goal is to involve a statewide cross-section of Washington’s fire service; including both individuals who have participated before and those new to the process.

We anticipate that these TAGs will meet one full day; Firefighter I on September 26th and Firefighter II on October 1st...

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Posted: Sep 16, 2013

Get the Most from Your Extrication Equipment

Extrication equipment is an important tool that must function as intended and advertised should the need for use arise. When incredible forces are needed to manipulate a vehicle are your tools ready to take on the job? Routine inspection of tools, general maintenance, cleaning, and a program that follows the manufacturer’s guidelines will not only maintain the tool’s function but your trust in its state of readiness. This month we will look at a few ways to prolong the life your extrication equipment and spot potential safety hazards.

As in every other aspect of the job, let’s start with safety. Identifying the potential causes for injury first will aid in your inspection of unsafe conditions. The instruction manual should be reviewed and available to spot specific hazards common to your brand of equipment. Rescue tools commonly operate with pressures in excess of 10,000 pounds per square inch, poorly maintained hoses that are allowed to be driven on, cut, or kinked have the ability to cause injections or laceration. Inspection of hose should include uncoiling or unrolling the entire assembly and checking for abnormal abrasions, blisters, bulges, kinks, or cuts...
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Posted: Sep 6, 2013

In The News

FIREMAN'S FUND INSURANCE COMPANY awarded a $61,000 grant to the Fire Department of New York (FDNY), helping the Fireman's Fund reach $30 million in grants nationwide. The Fireman's Fund grant program has donated more than $655,000 to the FDNY since the program began in 2004. The FDNY will use the grant to purchase lifesaving equipment and training and education materials. A Queens (NY) station that was hit hard by Superstorm Sandy will receive $25,000 from the grant, which it will use to purchase a forcible entry simulator, training props, and fitness equipment. The FDNY High School will receive $15,500 from the grant, while FDNY Station 50 and FDNY Fire Zone will receive the remaining $20,500 to purchase emergency medical services equipment.

MIAMI DEPARTMENT OF FIRE RESCUE purchased the Guardian Safety and Survival Training System Simulator to train personnel in its 14 fire stations. The system replicates scenarios involving confined spaces, sewer lines, railcar leakages, window repelling or rescues, and leaking gas cylinders. The system is mobile, so it can be transported among stations and also to technical rescue stations, hazmat teams, search and rescue operations, and other special units. It is easily customizable and allows for continuous monitoring of training sessions through the system's video cameras and command center.

HALL-MARK FIRE APPARATUS, INC. delivered an E-ONE Typhoon Pumper to Alachua County (FL) Fire Rescue (ACFR). ACFR covers more than 600 square miles, including the city of Alachua; the towns of Waldo, Archer, and Hawthorne; and all other areas in Alachua County. The Typhoon Pumper features an E-ONE Typhoon four-door cab, seating for six, a four-door cab, Navistar 350-hp engine, Whelen LED emergency lighting, ROM roll-up doors, Allison 3000 EVS transmission, Waterous 1,250-gpm two-stage pump, officer's side ladder tunnel, and UPF 780-gallon Poly water tank.

NAVISTAR launched its heavy-duty International WorkStar vocational truck, equipped with a 13-liter engine with selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology. The International WorkStar truck is designed for heavy loads and includes two variations: the 7600 set-back axle and the 7600 set-forward axle. Both models have a 113-inch bumper to back-of-cab, huck-bolted frame, crossmember system, panoramic windshield, and Diamond Logic® electrical system. Available features include a high-visibility hood, various axle configurations, and engine options.

PL CUSTOM EMERGENCY VEHICLES of Manasquan, New Jersey, and DPC Emergency Equipment of Marydel, Delaware, announced a multiyear contract to supply ambulances to the Baltimore County (MD) Fire Department EMS. PL Custom will provide medium duty Titan ambulances on Freightliner extended cab M2 chassis. Each vehicle includes PL Custom's "Medic in Mind" layout that allows attendants to remain safely seated during patient care while they access equipment, supplies, and function switches. The vehicles' customized features include PL Custom's centrally-ducted climate control system, a V-MUX multiplex electrical system, a left-side squad bench, and a Stryker PowerLIFT cot system.

PIERCE MANUFACTURING opened its doors to the Appleton, Wisconsin, community on July 13, 2013, for its first ever open house in the company's 100-year history. According to Jim Johnson, president of Pierce Manufacturing, the company was embracing the community that has embraced Pierce for 100 years.

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Posted: Sep 6, 2013

Special Delivery: Hackney Rescue Replaces Refurbed Unit in Washington, North Carolina

Alan M. Petrillo

The city of Washington, North Carolina, had a 1982 beverage-style truck that had been refurbished into a medium rescue a number of years ago, but the vehicle was showing its age and needed replacement. Fortunately, the city was able to secure a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant to replace the unit and set about performing a needs assessment to determine the amount and kinds of equipment it should carry and developing specifications for the rig.

Robbie Rose, chief of Washington (NC) Fire-Rescue-EMS, says he and his truck committee of five, led by Captain R.M. Flowers, along with the city's purchasing agent had a number of rescue truck manufacturers make presentations to them about their vehicles and what might be done for the department. But in the end, Rose says the contract for the medium rescue it wanted to purchase went to VT Hackney, the company that not only refurbished the former beverage truck but also has its production facilities a mile down the road from the department's main station. "Hackney was the low bidder on the rescue truck and they started building it in August of last year," he says. "We took delivery on December 13, 2012."

Washington (NC) Fire-Rescue-EMS

(1) The medium rescue that Hackney built for Washington (NC) Fire-Rescue-
EMS is on a Kenworth T370 chassis with two-person cab and an all-
aluminum body with compartments protected by roll-up doors. (Photos
courtesy of Hackney.)


Copious Amounts of Space

Jonathan Hardin, a lieutenant who served on the truck committee, says the most compelling element of the Hackney rescue truck is the amount of space it offers. "Hackney uses a drop-pinch frame that allows for a lot more space in the body area," he says. "And, they also added more features on their rescue when compared to the other bidders."

Rose points out that the rescue's serviceability was another main concern for the department. "We made it a part of our bid package that we wanted a service center within a one-hour drive of our area," Rose says. "Hackney certainly fulfilled that requirement, and the truck is very user-friendly with easy accessibility to all the equipment. That drop-pinch frame design drops the truck low enough so we can reach everything in the compartments."

Eddie L. Smith, director of Hackney's emergency vehicles group, says, "Our claim to fame is our drop-pinch frame that increases storage capacity on a vehicle. In this case, we were able to get 25 percent more storage space on the truck than if we had used a standard frame."

The Hackney-built medium rescue

(2) The Hackney-built medium rescue has a cribbing compartment at the left rear
of the truck, protected by restraint doors inside of a roll-up door to prevent
damage caused by cribbing shifting during a tight turn.


Smith says that the compartment space on the Washington Fire rescue is 42 inches deep, compared with the average 24- or 25-inch-deep compartments on a typical rescue using a standard frame. "Also, with our frame, we were able to make this a much longer vehicle and still keep it on a single axle," he adds.

The Washington Fire rescue has a wheelbase of 239¼ inches, an overall length of 34 feet 3¾ inches, and an overall height of 10 feet, six inches.

Multiresponse Unit

Smith notes that Washin

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Posted: Sep 6, 2013

Apparatus/Equipment News

Firecom Slotted-Dome Headset provides 24 decibels of noise reduction on both its wired and wireless headsets. The product has built-in speakers in both domes that are designed for use in noisy and extreme environments. The slotted-dome design features one dome with full noise reduction and communication capabilities, while the other has no speaker. The dome without a speaker has slots cut into it so first responders can hear what's occurring around them. The product provides firefighters with hearing protection and situational awareness. It is part of Firecom's 50-Series headsets that offer hands-free, full-duplex communication for crews with up to 40 members., 800-527-0555

Harrison Hydraulic Solutions 2013 Harrison Performance Vehicle is designed to showcase Harrison's exclusive Integrated Hydraulic Technology (IHT) ability to power various components on an emergency service apparatus using the chassis's power take off (PTO) and a hydraulic power system. The truck is based on the Ford F series 4x4 platform using the Ford 6.7-liter Powerstroke™ Diesel and the Ford 6R140 automatic transmission with Live Drive™ PTO. The PTO supplies an 80-cc hydraulic pump that provides power to a manifold delivery system. Powered by the system are a Harrison MDS 10-kW generator and a Command Light™ 120k lumen LED light tower, a TNT PTO Twin rescue tool with two 100-foot reels equipped with a spreader and cutter, and a Darley model 1.5 AG water pump that can deliver 100 gpm at 150 psi for pump-and-roll or stationary operation., 800-723-3334

Larson Electronics EP LCD-48-2L fluorescent paint spray booth cart light is a fully functioning mobile light source. It features a new cart design for improved mobility, and its double side-rail construction and lamp cover grill protect the light fixture. It produces 10,000 lumens of light and has copper-free aluminum construction, four wheels, and a fold-down handle. This fixture is approved for most locations where gases and vapors are present and is built to resist the effects of corrosive marine conditions and wet environments. It is designed to run on universal voltages ranging from 120 to 277 VAC., 800-369-6671

Grace Industries TPASS® Telemetry Safety Kit features MAN-DOWN, ACCOUNTABILITY, EVACUATION, and EMERGENCY DISTRESS RF signaling. This new offering provides simple and affordable firefighter safety and accountability for smaller fire departments. For less than $20,000, the Kit contains 15 TPASS® Motion Sensing RF PASS Alarms (alkaline or rechargeable), two SuperCELL® Incident Command Monitors, and the new Portable Incident Alarm. The TPASS® Telemetry Safety Kit is expandable and supports an unlimited number of additional devices., 724-962-9231

Chinook Medical Gear LEMK-MCCI mass casualty critical intervention kit provides medical supplies needed to save lives in mass casu

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