Product Post: Feniex Fusion Dual Color Arrow Board

The Feniex Fusion Arrow Board features the innovative multi-color technology and are engineered on the Fusion platform. Combining the Fusion 800 and four Fusion 200 Light Sticks, the arrow board has 57 flash patterns for dual color. 

Your choice of 40° optics for long range penetration or 180° optics for a wide light spread. The Fusion Arrow Board has built-in surface mount hardware, making for easy installation. The Feniex Fusion Arrow Board is the most advanced and cost effective arrow board in the market.

Color options available are All Amber/White, Half Amber/Red and Half Amber/Blue, or Custom. Optics options are All 40° optics, All 180° optics, or Custom. If you choose Custom on either dropdown we will contact you for configuration.

Features

  • Choice of 180° or 40° light spread optics per module.
  • Available Colors: AW, AB, AR, BW, RB, RW.
  • 57 flash patterns for dual color
  • Rugged weather-resistant enclosure
  • Encased in Rugged, aluminum extrusion
  • Built in surface mount hardware
  • Made in the USA

Capabilities

  • 2 programmable modes
  • Directional Patterns
  • Takedown or Work-Light
  • Flood Mode

Specifications

  • Input voltage: 12 VDC
  • Current Draw: 6 Amps
  • Dual Color: 192 high power 4 Watt Cree LEDs
  • Certifications: SAE J595, CT13, SAE J1119
  • Dimensions: 15.05″ H x 42.55″ L x 2.7″ W
  • Cable Harness length: 10 Feet

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Nonprofit Organization Uses Donated Binder Lift to Help People with Disabilities Rock Climb

From FireFighterNation

What is your favorite hobby? What if you could not participate, only watch, that hobby for almost two years? How amazing would it be to once again be able to participate in your hobby!

One and a half years ago, Danielle suffered a spinal cord injury after a medical procedure. She also now has limited use of her left leg. Prior to the injury, Danielle and her husband participated in rock climbing. For most people, this would be the end of their climbing career. For Danielle, it was just a rest period!

After suffering a spinal cord injury, Danielle thought she would never be able to climb again. Thanks to a Binder Lift, she was able to climb a rock wall.

During this rest period, Danielle moved on with her life, raising a family and being crowned as the reigning Ms. Wheelchair Washington.

But she still missed climbing.

She approached the nonprofit Courageous Kids Climbing as she knew the organization would soon be making its annual visit to Central Washington University (CWU) in Ellensburg, Washington. Prior to her injury, she had seen her brother and sister, who have special needs, participate in the free climbing event for people with special needs, physical or developmental. Event coordinator Jeff Riechmann informed her that she was more than welcome to come out and climb with the other courageous climbers.

The day of the event, Riechmann, working with the recreation staff at CWU, fitted her with a Binder-lift. The Binder-Lift is a lifting device that was designed to assist emergency medical personnel with lifting patients who might be overweight or in an awkward position, reducing the risk of injury the medical team.

Riechmann of Courageous Kids Climbing pointed out: “We have been using Binder-Lifts for several years now at our events. It allows us to take a climber with physical challenges and share the climbing experience with them.”

The Binder-Lift is a nylon wrap that is secured around the torso of a patient. The exterior of the wrap has several handles which allow several people to safely lift a patient, once the patient is secured in the Binder-Lift.

Riechmann added: “With Danielle, we placed her in the Binder-Lift and with the support of the coaching staff, walked her to the climbing area. Once at the climbing wall, Danielle then started to climb while three members of the coaching staff supported her by lifting up on the handles on the Binder-Lift.”

“Without the Binder-Lift, Danielle would never have gotten off of the ground!”

After Danielle climbed horizontal across the wall with the help of the coaching staff, she was the placed in a regular climbing harness and was able to climb the walls of the climbing facility.

“The Binder-Lift has allowed us on numerous occasions to share the climbing experience with those individuals who have physical challenges, with no risk to the climber or the coaches. When Courageous Kids Climbing arrives at one of our events, the Binder-Lift is always one of the first items removed from our equipment cache. I would definitely encourage physical and occupational therapists to consider adding a Binder-Lift to their tool box,” said Riechmann.

Skyfire, Darley and DroneSense Team Up to Give Away Drone Program to Oklahoma City Fire Department

From FireFighterNation

Oklahoma City, OK — Representatives from Skyfire – the country’s premier public safety UAS consulting company – were on hand with partners WS Darley and DroneSense Tuesday, to award Oklahoma City Fire Department with a full drone program.

The donation was the result of the companies’ Spring 2019 contest giveaway, which includes two days of on-site training, a DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual aircraft, FAA consulting, and a year-long subscription to DroneSense.

Skyfire, Darley and DroneSense Team Up to Give Away Drone Program to Oklahoma City Fire Department

“We are incredibly excited to be helping Oklahoma City Fire with its program, both for its strategic location among many flood-prone jurisdictions, as well as its proximity to the FAA’s major center of operations in the city,” said Matt Sloane, CEO of Skyfire.

Tuesday and Wednesday will be spent training new drone operators within the department to fly their new aircraft, and to help set up a program that will meet or exceed all of the FAA’s requirements for a public safety agency to operate unmanned aircraft.

“It is imperative that any agency that is looking to start a drone program not just go out and purchase a drone,” said Sloane. “They must get proper training and proper FAA authorization to ensure they’re operating safely.”

In addition to the consulting services being offered by Skyfire, WS Darley has provided the department with a thermal-imaging drone, which features attachments such as a bright spotlight and a loudspeaker.

“We are excited to be helping Oklahoma City start a robust drone program, and to bring this life-saving technology into the region,” said Mike Mocerino, director of robotics at WS Darley.

DroneSense, the leading public safety drone software company on the market, has also donated a year of software service, which will allow the department track all of its flights, and live stream video from the drone to multiple command centers around the city.

“We built the DroneSense platform to help leading public safety organizations, like Oklahoma City Fire Department, manage life-saving drone programs simply, securely, and reliably,” said Chris Eyhorn, CEO of DroneSense. “We look forward to working with this team to enable a comprehensive drone program that leads to countless successful missions and a safer community.”

For more information about starting a drone program, please visit SkyfireConsulting.com or darley.com/robotics.

For more information on the DroneSense software platform, visit dronesense.com.

About Skyfire Consulting

Skyfire Consulting is the nation’s premier public safety UAV consulting company, specializing in drone sales, pilot training, FAA consulting, SOP development and service and repairs for public safety agencies around the country. Skyfire most recently authored the first beyond visual line of sight FAA authorization an active response in public safety,safety, and provided overwatch video for the NFL’s championship game in Atlanta. Skyfire is a division of Atlanta Drone Group, Inc., and is headquartered in Decatur, Georgia.

Product Post: The Whelen Freedom Rota-Beam Series Lightbar

The Whelen Freedom Rota-Beam Series Lightbar is a “Cutting Edge” version of the Freedom Lightbar that is built using the new Rota Beam modules. The Rota-Beam module is designed to imitate the classic rotator effect without the maintenance problems and high current demands of motors and halogen lights. The Freedom Rota-Beam Series Lightbar is built on the same Rugged extruded aluminum I-Beam construction of standard Freedom lightbars.

This is a Special Order item. Special order items are non-cancelable, non-returnable, and non-refundable. All sales for special order items are final.

Features:

  • Base configuration includes 4 Rota-Beam corner modules.
  • Add up to 5 Rota-Beam inboard modules, 2 Front and 3 Rear, or 3 Front and 2 Rear.
  • 400 series modules may also be added to your configuration where space is available.
  • Build your lightbar in any color combination with take-downs and LED modules in any position you want.
  • Takedowns and alleys can be single or dual LR11 modules.
  • Clear outer lenses are standard.
  • Available with Scan-Lock flash pattern control that lets you toggle through the multiple flash patterns and lock in the pattern you select.
  • Every pair of lights can have its own unique pattern.
  • Rugged extruded aluminum I-Beam construction.
  • All models meet or exceed SAE Class 1 and California Title XIII requirements.
  • External control cable included.
  • 15 foot cable, passenger side exit.
  • Standard Lengths: 44″, 50″, 55″, 60″, 72″.
  • Size: 3-3/4″ (95mm) H x 12″ (304mm) W.

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Spartan Motors to Unveil Enhanced Clean Cab

From FirefighterNation

CHARLOTTE, MI—Spartan Emergency Response, a business unit of Spartan Motors, Inc., is introducing the latest addition to the Spartan Advanced Protection System®—Contaminant Containment and Management, an innovative solution set to help in the efforts to mitigate prolonged exposure to pollutants inside of fire truck cabs—at Fire Rescue International in Atlanta on August 7-10. Spartan’s Metro Star cab and chassis featuring the enhanced safety package will be on display among other Spartan Emergency Response vehicles. 

“Spartan Motors is driven to provide the most innovative safety solutions to help protect our first responders,” said Todd Fierro, president, Spartan Emergency Response. “The new Contaminant Containment and Management capability furthers our goals to minimize first responders’ exposure to harmful environmental pollutants. We look forward to fulfilling OEM orders for our latest safety innovation next year.” 

Adding Contaminant Containment and Management to the Spartan Advanced Protection System gives departments the option to select additional in-cab safety features that reduce exposure to contaminants, as first responders return from calls, often referred to as “Clean Cab” options. Spartan’s Contaminant Containment and Management offering features a High Efficiency Particulate Air filter (HEPA, 17 MERV), which can trap and remove nearly 100 percent of potentially harmful materials from combustion smoke, toxic particles, and other contaminants introduced to the interior of the cab.

Additional options include a self-contained exterior compartment used to store SCBA packs, helmets, and other devices used on the fire scene that are easily accessible but stored separately from the truck’s cab. The interior of the cab is lined with a unique, and new to the industry, easy-to-clean smooth surface that minimizes pocket areas that hold debris, allowing for quicker high-quality wash-downs after every run. 

Alongside the Metro Star cab equipped with Contaminant Containment and Management, Spartan will display several aerial devices, ladder platforms, and pumper trucks at the conference, including: 

  • 100-foot midmount platform demo unit
  • IPS-NXT demo unit
  • 105-foot rear-mount ladder for Vincennes Township, Indiana
  • S-180 pumper for Waco, North Carolina

“Spartan has led the way in safety for years with the launch of the Spartan Advanced Protection System. From industry-first driver and passenger air bag positions to smart restraints, outboard sensors, and 360 degree cameras, and flat floors, we’re proud to add contaminant containment to the list of safety provisions that make Spartan’s cabs some of the safest in the industry,” said Fierro.

For more information, visit https://emergencyresponse.spartanmotors.com/cleancab/.

Havis Unveils New Trunk Tray Line

Havis is about to release their newest line of solutions for organizing your trunk tray. The innovative product is made in the USA and will be available to buy soon.

The first option is the Ford 2020 Police Interceptor Utility Low-Profile Fold-Up Cargo Plate ( C-TTP-INUT-1200 ) retailing at $693.79.

Fold up cargo plate

Specs: For top-mounting storage box:

  • Replaces OEM rear cargo floor / spare tire cover and attaches without drilling holes.
  • Allows easy access and removal of full size spare tire
  • 80 lb maximum weight rating for equipment that is bolted to the underside of platform; 400 lb. weight carrying capacity for cargo stored on top of the platform when closed
  • 14-gauge formed steel with a black medium texture powder coat finish
  • Works with Havis K9 units
  • Includes: Two 200 lbs lift struts for assistance in opening or closing and Dual locking latches.

The next product in this line is the Ford 2020 Police Interceptor Utility Raised Fold-Up Cargo Plate for Equipment Mounting Underneath
( C-TTP-INUT-1201 ) retailing at $844.60.

Fold up cargo plate
Ford 2020 Police Interceptor Utility Raised Fold-Up Cargo Plate for Equipment Mounting Underneath

Specs:
For electronic mounting underneath:

  • Replaces OEM rear cargo floor / spare tire cover and attaches without drilling holes
  • Allows easy access and removal of full size spare tire
  • 80 lb maximum weight rating for equipment that is bolted to the underside of platform; 400 lb weight carrying capacity for cargo stored on top of the platform when closed
  • 14-gauge formed steel with a black medium texture powder coat finish
  • Works with Havis K9 units
  • Includes:
    • Two 200 lbs lift struts for assistance in opening or closing
    • Vents and mounting holes for optional cooling fan
    • Dual locking latches
  • For a complete solution, add Premium Fold-Up Equipment Tray (C-TTP-INUT-4, pictured)

Last but certainly not least in Havis’s latest range of trunk trays is the Ford 2020 Police Interceptor Utility Premium Fold-Up Equipment Tray
( C-TTP-INUT-4 ) retailing for $302.41.

Specs:

  • Must use with C-TTP-INUT-1201
  • 60 lbs. maximum weight rating
  • Equipment up to 6-inch tall mounts on top of tray and wiring can be easily run as needed
  • 14-gauge formed steel with a black medium texture powder coat finish
  • Includes two dual action latches for easy access when C-TTP-INUT-1201 is opened
  • Made in the USA

Keep an eye out for these products and other Havis products on Sirennet.com !

Product Post: The Feniex Fusion 1X Deck/Dash Light

The Feniex Fusion 1X Deck/Dash Light provides intense lighting in a compact deck/dash light that is perfect for mounting in the front windshield or rear window. At under 1″ tall, this light offers serious warning capability for the front windshield and rear deck of the vehicle without obstructing your view. 

The Dual Color version has Six 4-watt Cree LEDs for each color making that intensely bright warning more versatile. Your choice of either 40° optics for directional punch, or 180° optics for maximum light spread means these lights can serve almost any purpose you can imagine. 

The Dual Color version has 40 user selectable flash patterns means that you are sure to find a warning pattern that meets your needs. Combine all of these features with a 4-Suction cup mount or adjustable swivel bracket for universal installation and a Feniex 5 Year Warranty.

Features:

  • 12 high power 4 Watt Cree LEDs.
  • Dual Colors: Amber-White, Blue-White, Red-White, Blue-Amber, Red-Amber, Red-Blue.
  • 40 flash patterns.
  • Available in 180° or 40° light spread optics.
  • Flood pattern capable for dual color.
  • 2 programmable modes.
  • 4-Suction cup mount, with each cup 10 lbs supportable.
  • Adjustable swivel bracket for universal installation.
  • Cigarette plug with an on/off and momentary switch and 10 feet of cable.*

*Call us if you want the hardwire version that syncs with:

  • Fusion Surface Mount
  • Fusion Mirror Mount
  • Fusion Spoiler Mount
  • Fusion 200 & 1X
  • Cannon
  • T3
  • Wide Lux

Tech Specs:

  • Input voltage 12 VDC
  • Current Draw: .75 Amp
  • Cable Harness length: 10 Feet
  • Certifications SAE J595, California Title 13, SAE J1119
  • Dimensions: 0.95″ H x 9″ L x 4.5″ W
  • Made in the USA

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Life-saving blood transfusion service at scene of accident now possible in Cork and Wicklow

By Jennie O’Sullivan of RTE News

Life-saving blood transfusions can now be given at the scene of a major accident or trauma following the introduction of a new pre-hospital blood transfusion service in Cork and Wicklow.

‘CODE SCARLETT’ is a result of collaboration between University College Cork and St Vincent’s Hospitals, the Irish Blood Transfusion Service and the hospitals’ transfusion laboratories.

The service will be overseen by doctors attached to the Rapid Response Services in Counties Cork and Wicklow.

It will see supplies of O-negative blood brought by the critical care doctors to incidents deemed critical.

General Practitioner Dr Huge Doran, who operates the voluntary service in east Cork, says having access to blood while dealing with critically injured people will save lives.

He and his colleague in west Cork, Dr Jason Van Der Veldt, have attended more than 300 call-outs in the past year.

Dr Doran says critical care doctors, who work voluntarily to support the National Ambulance Service, will be able to deliver life-saving blood transfusions to patients without having to wait until their arrival at the Emergency Department.

The programme was the brain child of consultant in Emergency Medicine at Cork University Hospital Dr Eoin Fogarty who saw firsthand the benefits of having access to blood while working with the Air Accident Emergency Service in Australia.

Dr Fogarty says O-negative blood will only be dispatched in cases deemed critical given how important blood stocks are to hospitals.

He also appealed to the general public to consider donating blood.

He and his colleague in west Cork, Dr Jason Van Der Veldt, have attended more than 300 call-outs in the past year.

Dr Doran says critical care doctors, who work voluntarily to support the National Ambulance Service, will be able to deliver life-saving blood transfusions to patients without having to wait until their arrival at the Emergency Department.

The programme was the brain child of consultant in Emergency Medicine at Cork University Hospital Dr Eoin Fogarty who saw firsthand the benefits of having access to blood while working with the Air Accident Emergency Service in Australia.

Dr Fogarty says O-negative blood will only be dispatched in cases deemed critical given how important blood stocks are to hospitals.

He also appealed to the general public to consider donating blood.

US Market Leader in Technology-Driven PPE Appoints New Managing Director to Launch its International Operations from the UK

From FireFighterNation

PGI, a recognised leader in the manufacture of particulate blocking safety hoods and professional apparel, has appointed an established industry professional as its new Managing Director; to drive the company’s international strategy.

Andy Slater – former UK Managing Director of ISG thermal imaging and previously, Vice President of Sales at Avon Protection, has been enrolled to the position. “We are thrilled Andy has agreed to join our team,” confirms Jim Sonntag, PGI’s Founder and CEO. “Andy has a true passion for providing protective technologies to professionals in the emergency services, military and industrial markets. He brings with him years of expertise in establishing a foothold in new territories and a track record of growth for the technology businesses he has supported. We are very excited about the opportunities Andy will deliver.”

Andy Slater

PGI manufactures a wide range of high-tech protective clothing, including industry-leading flame-resistant fabrics; dedicated to the highest standards of manufacturing, design, and innovation.

PGI BarriAireTM Gold particulate blocking hoods set a new standard of protection for firefighters. Featuring an outer layer of proprietary PGI BarriAire Gold FR fabric infused with meta-aramid, para-aramid and antistatic fibres for exceptional wash, wear, durability and permanent static resistance. An exclusive DWR finish reduces and releases the build-up of contaminants and soil. PGI BarriAire Gold Hoods incorporate an inner layer of ultra-light DuPontTM Nomex® Nano Flex fabric, which can inhibit penetration of harmful contaminants and carcinogenic particles.

When questioned about his new role at PGI, Andy commented “Today, research has established that firefighters have been developing cancer at higher rates than the general public. Only recently has attention been drawn to this issue facing firefighters, I’m confident PGI and its products will play a significant part in the future of the global safety market, PGI set the highest standards in the fight to protect people who work in hostile and hazardous environments. I am delighted to have been entrusted to run the EMEA and Asia Pacific business.”

Andy and his team work out of PGI’s UK offices; they’ll be attending A+A 2019 and Interschutz 2020, both held in Germany, plus the finals of this year’s UKRO rescue challenge at Derbyshire Fire and Rescue in the UK. They’ll be demonstrating why PGI products will soon be a global name in PPE. If you’re attending any of these events; visit the PGI stand and have a look at the latest in particulate protection, or email the UK PGI team for a demonstration – info@pgi-safety.com.

Product Post: Code 3 21TR Torus LED 47″ Lightbar

The Code 3 21TR Torus LED 47″ Lightbar delivers all the qualities the 2100 Series has been known for combined with Torus LED technology corner and directional lightheads. Torus LED technology lightheads provide far superior directional and off-angle performance.

The 21TR Torus LED Lightbar comes standard with Ten 4-LED Directional Torus Inboard Lightheads, Four 6-LED Torus Corner Lightheads, LED Takedowns and Alleys, Dimming Mode, and a Basic Central Controller Operations with 12 Flash Patterns. Economical, yet advanced, this lightbar offers standard features providing the brightest basic lightbar on the market.

A hook kit is included.

Features:

  • This is a 47 inch length lightbar.
  • Available in 4 LED Color Configurations: All Amber, All Blue, Half Red/Half Blue, and All Red.
  • Ten 4-LED Directional Torus Inboard Lightheads.
  • Four 6-LED Torus Corner Lightheads.
  • Two Flashing LED Takedowns.
  • Two Flashing Alleys included.
  • Basic Central Controller Operations with 12 Flash Patterns.
  • Dimming Mode included.
  • Black Top Lenses Standard.

Specifications:

  • Operating Voltage: 12 VDC
  • 15 Foot Wiring Harness
  • Dimensions: 12.25″ Wide x 2.1″ High x 47″ Length.
    (The height of the lightbar with the Mounting Feet is 3 15/16”.)

Code 3 Five Year Warranty on LED Modules

Jersey City Fire Department Unveils New High-Pressure Engine

By Briana Vannozzi, NJTV

Its rebirth as a bustling urban center replete with tall buildings is a source of pride in Jersey City, but it’s also forced the city Fire Department to rethink the way it goes about its job.

On Monday, city officials unveiled what they said will be a big piece of the solution to that puzzle – a new, three-stage firetruck that will help city firefighters battle blazes at the upper reaches of the growing crop of skyscrapers rising along the Hudson River waterfront and elsewhere in the state’s second largest city.

“We have nine out of the 10 largest high rises in the state of New Jersey now. Many of them are larger than 500 feet,” said Mayor Steven Fulop. “We have the largest buildings in the state of New Jersey, both commercial and residential, and so this is a further investment to make sure that we’re keeping our residents safe.”

The city’s new rig is specially designed to battle the toughest blazes, those that occur in the far-reaching floors of tall buildings, officials said. Its powerful pumps will allow firefighters to get more water on a high-rise fire faster and much more simply.

Its power is matched by a high level of intelligent engineering. “This is the brains of it,” said Jersey City Fire Chief Steven McGill, as he showed off a complex panel of dials and gauges.

The new truck doubles the water pressure of standard engines to 1,000 pounds, allowing it to surpass the standpipes system firefighters currently rely on to reach upper floors.

“In the past we would hook 2 or 3 trucks together and feed water to each one to get higher pressures out of the end rig to get water into a building,” said Deputy Chief Henry DiGuilio. “This apparatus, we don’t need to do that.”

The rig, which officials say is the first of its kind in use in the state, costs nearly $700,000. The city anticipates needing another in the future, if development continues at this rate.

The new truck builds on other steps taken by the city Fire Department recently.

“We have more fire companies on duty, we’ve hired about 200 firefighters, but they really need the equipment to make sure that they can do the job,” Fulop said.

So far, the department hasn’t had any incidents it couldn’t reach. But there have been issues with fires at high-rises under construction. Officials say the new truck would have made their response faster and safer for everyone.

“Right now there’s about 5 or 6 what we call mega high-rises in the city, which is high-rises over 450 to 500 feet,” McGill said.

Preparation will be rigorous for the fire companies, officials say. Working with such high pressure water can cause catastrophic injuries. “So before this goes into service they’re going to know this truck inside and out,” DiGuilio said.

The department worked with the FDNY on training and information.

The chief expects to put the new rig into rotation with the regular trucks once training is complete in the next two weeks. It won’t be used exclusively for skyscrapers.

Product Post: Whelen 23″ Century Series Mini Lightbar

The Whelen 23″ Century Series Mini Lightbar is a low profile, mini lightbar that provides all the high performance LED warning and signaling benefits in a smaller size that fits all your special applications. The four linear corner modules have 6 Super-LED in each module and the eight inboard modules have 6 TIR style Super-LEDs in each module.

Low profile design with polycarbonate dome outer lens and compression fit gasket for superior moisture resistance. The Whelen exclusive Clip-Lock system allows for easy removal of lightbar domes for service, without compromising the weather resistant seal. Built on a Extruded aluminum platform, this mini lightbar is designed for long-life, reliable performance, ease of operation and serviceability.

These are Special Order items except for the Amber models. Please see our Return Policy for special order items.

Features:

  • Four linear corner modules have 6 Super-LED in each module.
  • Eight inboard modules have 6 TIR style Super-LEDs in each module.
  • Standard current switching with 17 Scan-Lock flash patterns and pattern override.
  • Low profile design with polycarbonate dome outer lens and compression fit gasket for superior moisture resistance.
  • The module configuration provides 360° coverage for SAE J845 Class I certification.
  • Clip-Lock system allows for easy removal of lightbar domes for service, without compromising the weather resistant seal.
  • Extruded aluminum platform for rugged, long-life dependability.
  • Available in Amber, Blue, White, Red and some split colors.
  • Color outer dome on solid Red, Blue, and Amber models.
  • Clear outer dome on split Red/Blue, Amber/White and Amber/Blue models.
  • Size: 23.25″ (591mm) L x 7.75″ (197mm) W x 2.375″ (61mm) H.

Stud mount version includes: Stud mount bracket and hardware.

Magnetic mount version includes:

  • 4 – 90 lb magnets.
  • A 10 foot cord and cigarette plug and on/off switch and momentary (pattern) switch.

Vacuum (Suction Cup)/Magnetic mount version includes:

  • 2 – 90 lb magnets inside of large suction cups.
  • A 10 foot cord and cigarette plug and on/off switch and momentary (pattern) switch.

Whelen Five Year HDP (Heavy-Duty Professional) Warranty on LEDs

WARNING: Under no circumstance should a magnetic mount light be used on a vehicle in motion. Doing so will violate all warranties and eliminate the possibility of returns or exchanges.

El Paso mass shooting being investigated as domestic terrorism

By Cedar Attanasio, Michael Balsamo and Diana Heidgerd
Associated Press

EL PASO, Texas — The shooting that killed 20 people at a crowded El Paso shopping area will be handled as a domestic terrorism case, federal authorities said Sunday as they weighed hate-crime charges against the gunman that could carry the death penalty.

A local prosecutor announced that he would file capital murder charges, declaring that the assailant had “lost the right to be among us.”

An employee crosses into the crime scene following a shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019. (Mark Lambie/The El Paso Times via AP)
An employee crosses into the crime scene following a shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019. (Mark Lambie/The El Paso Times via AP)

The attack on Saturday morning was followed less than a day later by another shooting that claimed nine lives in a nightlife district of Dayton, Ohio. That shooter was killed by police. Together the two assaults wounded more than 50 people, some of them critically, and shocked even a nation that has grown accustomed to regular spasms of gun violence.

Investigators were focusing on whether the El Paso attack was a hate crime after the emergence of a racist, anti-immigrant screed that was posted online shortly beforehand. Detectives sought to determine if it was written by the man who was arrested. The border city has figured prominently in the immigration debate and is home to 680,000 people, most of them Latino.

Using a rifle, the El Paso gunman opened fire in an area packed with as many as 3,000 people during the busy back-to-school shopping season.

Federal officials were treating the attack as a domestic terrorism case, according to the U.S. attorney.

The Justice Department was weighing federal hate-crime charges that would carry the death penalty, according to a person familiar with the department’s decision-making process. The person was not authorized to speak on the record and spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press.

Despite initial reports of possible multiple gunmen, the man in custody was believed to be the only shooter, police said.

Two law enforcement officials who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity identified him as 21-year-old Patrick Crusius. Authorities did not release his name but said he was arrested without police firing any shots. He is from Allen, which is a nearly 10-hour drive from El Paso.

There was no immediate indication that he had an attorney.

El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen said he did not know where the weapon was purchased. He acknowledged that open carrying a long rifle in Texas is legal under state law.

“Of course, normal individuals seeing that type of weapon might be alarmed, but technically he was within the realm of the law,” Allen said.

The attack targeted a shopping area about 5 miles (8 kilometers) from the main border checkpoint with Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. Many of the victims were shot at a Walmart.

“The scene was a horrific one,” Allen said.

The shooting came less than a week after a 19-year-old gunman killed three people and injured 13 others at the popular Gilroy Garlic Festival in California before dying of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Adriana Quezada said she was in the women’s clothing section of the Walmart with her two children when she heard gunfire.

“But I thought they were hits, like roof construction,” Quezada, 39, said of the shots.

Her 19-year-old daughter and 16-year-old son threw themselves to the ground, then ran out of the store through an emergency exit. They were not hurt, Quezada said.

Relatives said a 25-year-old woman who was shot while apparently trying to shield her 2-month-old son was among those killed. Mexican officials said three Mexican nationals were among the dead and six more were wounded.

Residents quickly volunteered to give blood to the wounded. President Donald Trump tweeted: “God be with you all!”

Authorities were searching for any links between the suspect and the material in the document that was posted online shortly before the shooting, including the writer’s expression of concern that an influx of Hispanics into the United States will replace aging white voters. That could potentially turn Texas blue in elections and swing the White House to Democrats.

“It’s beginning to look more solidly that is the case,” the police chief said.

The writer was also critical of Republicans for what he described as close ties to corporations and degradation of the environment. Though a Twitter account that appears to belong to Crusius included pro-Trump posts praising the plan to build more border wall, the writer of the online document says his views on race predated Trump’s campaign and that any attempt to blame the president for his actions was “fake news.”

Though the writer denied he was a white supremacist, the document says “race mixing” is destroying the nation and recommends dividing the United States into territorial enclaves determined by race. The first sentence of the four-page document expresses support for the man accused of killing 51 people at two New Zealand mosques in March after posting his own screed with a conspiracy theory about nonwhite migrants replacing whites.

El Paso Mayor Dee Margo said he knew the shooter was not from the city.

“It’s not what we’re about,” the mayor said at the news conference with Gov. Greg Abbott and the police chief.

El Paso County is more than 80% Latino, according to the latest census data. Tens of thousands of Mexicans legally cross the border each day to work and shop in the city.

Trump visited in February to argue that walling off the southern border would make the U.S. safer. City residents and Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke, who is from El Paso, led thousands on a protest march past the barrier of barbed wire-topped fencing and towering metal slats.

O’Rourke, a former Texas congressman, stressed that border walls have not made his hometown safer. The city’s murder rate was less than half the national average in 2005, the year before the start of its border fence. Before the wall project started, El Paso had been rated one of the three safest major U.S. cities going back to 1997.

Product Post: The SoundOff Intersector Multi-Color Surface Mount Light & The SoundOff Intersector Multi-Color Under Mirror Light

Today we’re looking at two different SoundOff products – the Intersector Multi-Color Surface Mount Light and the Intersector Multi-Color Under Mirror Light. Both items feature 18 Ultra High Output Gen3 LEDs mounted in a half circle and backed by a reflector that aims the light evenly in a 180° full spread pattern. These lights were designed to mount to the surface of emergency vehicles to provide a critical intersection warning signal like no other light on the market.

Both lights offer intense 180 degree output that is maximized by the specially designed reflector that amplifies and throws the light at a perfect angle for intersection warning increasing officer safety & the safety of other motorists. The light beam is equally intensely bright from all 180°, and the built-in flasher provides 14 Multi-Color flash patterns, 18 Multi-Color Functions and a Cruise Mode is included. Both lights fall under SoundOff’s 5 Year No Hassle Warranty and are certified for SAE J845 Class 1 at a 100 degree angle.

Powerful output, wide angle, specially designed optics; all the things you’ve come to expect from a SoundOff Signal product.

Both Lights are now available in Dual Color and Tri-Color versions!

Features:

  • Innovative Intersector light offers a distinct safety advantage that no other light can offer.
  • Compact & bright, the light is designed to surface mount to any flat area.
  • First light of it’s kind to provide critical intersection warning signals on each side of the emergency vehicle.
  • Intense 180 degree output is maximized by the specially designed reflector that amplifies and throws the light at a perfect angle.
  • Made with 18 extremely bright Gen3 LEDs.
  • These lights are available in conbinations of Amber, Blue, Green, Red and White.
  • Built-in flasher provides 14 Multi-Color flash patterns, 18 Multi-Color Functions and a Cruise Mode is included.
  • This is a “Sync 2” product which can synchronize with all other Sync 2 product such as nFORCE Perimeter Lighting
  • Sync 2 products CANNOT synchronize with older products such as GHOST, LED3 and 4 wire 1 color Intersectors.
  • Ships with 1-light, 1-gasket, 1 surface mount flange with mounting hardware for installation.

Specifications:

  • Voltage: 10-16 VDC
  • Current: 1.25 Amps Max.
  • Certified for SAE J845 Class 1 at a 100 degree angle.

Optional mounting bracket available in the side bar.

SoundOff Signal 5 Year No Hassle Warranty

President Trump Signs 9/11 Victims’ Compensation Fund Extension

By JILL COLVIN and JONATHAN LEMIRE Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Monday signed a bill ensuring that a victims’ compensation fund related to the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks never runs out of money, ending years of legislative gridlock as the number of first responders dying of Ground Zero-related illnesses mounted.

President Trump Signs 9/11 Victims’ Compensation Fund Extension
President Donald Trump holds up the signed H.R. 1327 bill, an act ensuring that a victims’ compensation fund related to the Sept. 11 attacks never runs out of money, in the Rose Garden of the White House, Monday, July 29, 2019, in Washington. (AP Caption and AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Appearing in the Rose Garden with more than 60 first responders from the 2001 terrorist attacks, Trump signed into law an extension of the fund through 2092, essentially making it permanent.

“You inspire all of humanity,” Trump said of the “true American warriors” who rushed to assist victims that day and searched for remains for months after.

The president said that the nation has a “sacred obligation” to care for the responders and their families.

The $7.4 billion fund had been rapidly depleting , and administrators recently cut benefit payments by up to 70%. The bill passed Congress on a bipartisan basis but only after delays by some Republicans exposed the legislative branch to brutal criticism from activists, including the comedian Jon Stewart.

Dozens of first responders, many gravely ill, would repeatedly travel to Washington to lobby lawmakers to extend the funding every time it needed to be reauthorized. Though their ranks shrunk, as emergency workers died of cancers and other diseases linked to the toxic fumes from the World Trade Center rubble, the fate of the funding had never been permanently guaranteed.

Luis Alvarez, a NYPD detective, appeared gaunt and ill when he testified before Congress last month, urging lawmakers to pass the measure to help his fellow first responders even if it were too late for him.

“You made me come down here the day before my 69th round of chemo and I’m going to make sure that you never forget to take care of the 9/11 first responders,” Alvarez said.

He died two weeks later.

More than 40,000 people have applied to the fund, which covers illnesses potentially related to being at the World Trade Center site, the Pentagon or Shanksville, Pennsylvania, after the attacks. Stewart, who made the cause a personal passion project, tore into the lawmakers’ inaction when he testified alongside Alvarez, creating a moment that was frequently replayed on cable news.

“Hundreds died in an instant. Thousands more poured in to continue to fight for their brothers and sisters,” Stewart said before the committee. “They did their jobs with courage, grace, tenacity, humility. Eighteen years later, do yours.”

A pair of Republican senators, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Mike Lee of Arkansas, voted against the measure this month, preventing its adoption from being unanimous. Both cited the need to eliminate unnecessary spending and offset the measure with budget cuts.

Trump did not dwell on that division when he signed the bill, prompted a round of applause from first responders in the Rose Garden as well as his personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, who was mayor of New York City during the attacks and was widely praised for his leadership in the aftermath of the World Trade Center collapse.

President Donald Trump holds up H.R. 1327, an act ensuring that a victims’ compensation fund related to the Sept. 11 attacks never runs out of money, after signing it in the Rose Garden of the White House as member of the audience applaud and celebrate, Monday, July 29, 2019, in Washington. (AP Caption and AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump, whose real estate holdings that day included some 20 buildings in Manhattan, played up his own personal connection on Monday to the World Trade Center site.

“I was down there also, but I’m not considering myself a first responder,” the president said.

But a number of the president’s recollections about his own personal experiences that day cannot be verified, including his claims that he sent construction crews to help clear the site, that he had “hundreds” of friends die at Ground Zero and that he witnessed television coverage of Muslims in the United States cheering the destruction of the iconic skyscrapers.

President Donald Trump speaks before signing H.R. 1327, an act ensuring that a victims’ compensation fund related to the Sept. 11 attacks never runs out of money, in the Rose Garden of the White House, Monday, July 29, 2019, in Washington.
(AP Caption and AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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Lemire reported from New York.

HME Ahrens-Fox Awarded Three-Year California DGS Contract for OES Type 6 Wildland Apparatus

Grand Rapids/Wyoming, MIHME Ahrens-Fox has announced that it has been awarded a 3-year contract by the Department of General Services (DGS), through competitive bid, for the manufacture and equipping of a new edition of the Cal OES Type 6 Wildland apparatus. Production of the new Type 6 Wildland apparatus will begin in the spring of 2020 with the initial delivery of 81 units. The new Type 6 Wildland apparatus will also be available for purchase by all state agencies and institutions under the terms of the DGS contract.

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HME Ahrens-Fox engineers and designers worked with Cal OES to develop an enhanced version of the traditional Type 6 Wildland apparatus with the capability to deliver additional fire suppression, more equipment storage capacity, and specialized power extraction and rescue tools.

OES Fleet Operations Deputy Chief Steve Hart has described this new Type 6 as a “Super-6”

Because of its overall improved functionality and features. The new “Super-6s” will be equipped with two pumps, a midship single-stage pump capable of 500-gpm performance, along with a portable diesel pump delivering 200 gpm, plus a 300-gallon water tank. The Super-6s will also incorporate an exclusive Ahrens-Fox foam system with a 20-gallon foam tank. Controls for the pumps and foam system are located at the rear of the vehicle.

Two booster reels, positioned on top of each side of the stainless-steel body, provide expanded pump-and-roll capability. One 300-foot reel of 1½-inch hose, and a 150-foot reel of 1-inch hose allow the Super-6 to operate effectively in both red and black zones while improving the trucks’ role in interface operations as well as wildland and brush fire applications.

The stainless steel, wildland style body has been expanded from previous Type 6 designs to match the larger storage capacity offered in the HME Ahrens-Fox MiniEvo™. The taller and expanded body features hard cover hosebed compartments, on top of the water tank, to protect hoses in burning canopies encountered in interface and wildland environments. The increased storage capacity, with pullout trays, shelving and tool boards, provides room for additional equipment and gear. The Super-6s will be delivered with a full complement of the advanced power extraction and rescue tools including spreaders and cutters, again enhancing versatility for a wide range of rescue operations. The trucks will also be equipped with a ladder stored in dedicated compartment. The corrosion resistant body incorporates HME Ahrens-Fox industry standard modular, aircraft quality construction for fast and economical repairs.

Special “Super-6” features include an electromechanical Screaming Eagle siren that projects sound forward, rather than producing a wall of sound. The siren reduces backwash in the cab. The forward focused siren provides better penetration at intersections, a real benefit for initial attack trucks like the Super-6. The Super-6 also incorporates a traditional electronic siren. The contract for the Super-6s continues a long relationship of apparatus development and production between HME Ahrens-Fox and Cal OES.

“HME started developing and supplying chassis (the original HME SFO® Short Front Overhang) for Cal OES in the late 1990’s,” noted HME Ahrens-Fox Vice President of Engineering, Ken Lenz. “Since then, we have continued to evolve with OES, and state fire agencies, to meet the need for efficient, complex and specialized apparatus to protect lives, property and wildlands for the residents of California. To date, we have supplied California with over 150 Type 1 interface, 300 Type 3 wildlands, and most recently, 12 hazmat handling team rescues. Our long-term working relationship continues today with the introduction of the new ‘Super-6’, Type 6 Wildland.”

For more information, visit www.firetrucks.com.

Product Post: Whelen Responder LP Mini Lightbar – Aluminum Base

The Whelen Responder LP Linear Super-LED Mini Lightbar is a low profile, mini lightbar that provides all the high performance LED warning and signaling benefits in a smaller size that fits all your special applications.

Super-LED modules in a rugged aluminum base are built to take the roughest conditions and long hours you face. They’re road tested, vibration and moisture resistant and use much lower current than other warning lights. Put a Responder LP to work on your utility, security, fleet, construction or public works vehicle.

This is a Special Order item. Special order items are non-cancelable, non-returnable, and non-refundable. All sales for special order items are final.

Feature:

  • 100,000 hour rated life.
  • Amber Super-LED, Linear-LED modules.
  • Built-in electronic flasher with 46 Scan-Lock flash patterns plus 4 simulated rotating patterns.
  • Action-Scan is the default flash pattern.
  • Amber polycarbonate dome with smooth exterior will not gather dirt and dust.
  • Rugged Aluminum Base.
  • Permanent mount includes 6″ pigtail.
  • Class 1, SAE J845 Certified.
  • Voltage: 12 VDC
  • Current: 6.0 amp draw (peak), 2.4 amp draw (avg)

Whelen 5 Year Warranty

Introducing the World’s Most Advanced Aerial Firefighting Surveillance Tool

By Ascent Vision Technologies

Bridger Aerospace has integrated technologies from Ascent Vision Technologies (AVT) and Latitude to introduce the world’s most advanced aerial firefighting surveillance system. To tackle the country’s most extreme fires, the Gen V system will be used by Bridger’s highly skilled and trained team of operators to better support wildfire management and relief missions.

The fully integrated system combines AVT’s revolutionary lightweight CM142 imaging payload; AVT’s Fire Mapper; and Latitude’s FVR-90 VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) unmanned aerial system. The CM142 optic delivers real-time aerial data, transferring high definition daylight and crisp long-wave infrared imagery directly to the remote ground station. The footage highlights hotspots, areas affected and areas at risk of damage. The Fire Mapper includes short-wave infrared, long-wave infrared and a 13-megapixel daylight sensor. Real-time fire mapping with live locations facilitates better decision making when responding to the fire.  

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Latitude’s next generation VTOL provides greater flexibility in deployment, allowing take-off and landing to take place from any location, at any time. With an endurance of up to 15 hours, the system can perform for long durations to ensure the team collects the data required for the mission.

Using a fully integrated, user-friendly rover system, Bridger Aerospace will provide firefighters with remote access to live video with real-time overlays of telemetry and metadata. Operators can communicate to the aircraft using the primary datalink and a small portable handheld radio device. The system uses a MIMO (multi in multi out) data link, which extends the range from the ground station out to over 50nm.

The fully integrated system combines everything needed to support the US Government in tackling the country’s most dangerous fires, helping firefighters save lives and reducing damage. Bridger Aerospace is one of the two companies in the United States authorized to conduct BLOS (beyond line of site) flights in active fire zones. With over 13 years of experience in providing solutions for wildfire management, Bridger delivers revolutionary equipment and a skilled team of operators to tackle each firefighting mission.

CEO at Bridger Aerospace, Tim Sheehy, said “We have developed a world leading aerial firefighting surveillance tool that will transform aerial data collection for fire management and relief missions in the United States. The system includes Latitude’s FVR-90 VTOL, which is fitted with AVT’s high-performance CM142 sensor and Fire Mapper to support the US government in managing the country’s major wildfires.

This system will have a huge impact on wildfire management by providing all the essential tools needed to help save lives. This revolutionary firefighting surveillance solution will be controlled by Bridger’s highly-trained team of UAS operators to provide a world-leading service to combat wildfires.”

Integrated Systems Manager, Weston Irr, said “This marks the second year where Bridger Aerospace supports firefighting missions in the US using an unmanned aerial system. With our new Gen V fully integrated UAS system, we can provide firefighters with remote access to accurate, real-time imagery. This data will have a huge impact on the efficiency of their operation by facilitating fast and informed response to the fire.”

Product Post: Whelen Justice LED Lightbar

The Whelen Justice Competitor Series offers front, rear and all bar operation control, Scan-Lock flash patterns, pattern override feature, alley lights, take-downs, and low power operation.

This lightbar uses standard CON3 lighthead modules with removable optic spreading filters and the corner modules have 6 Super-LEDs each. Comes with LR11 LED Take-Downs and Alley Lights.

This lightbar is very service oriented. To change colors, upgrade or service lightbar in the field, simply remove four screws to access any section of the lightbar. Replace any lighthead by removing one screw and single connector. Black polycarbonate base on an extruded aluminum platform. 50 inches long, 12 inches wide and only 2 1/4 inches high (without mounting feet). Clear outer lens standard with a moisture resistance compression fit gasket. Standard passenger side cable.

This is a Special Order item. Special order items are non-cancelable, non-returnable, and non-refundable. All sales for special order items are final.

Features:

  • 4 – 6 Super-LED Corner Modules.
  • 12 – CON3 Super-LED Inboard Modules.
  • 2 – LR11 LED Take-Downs.
  • 2 – LR11 LED Alley Lights.
  • 2 Standard Flash Patterns.
  • Pattern Override.
  • Low Power Operation.
  • Size: 50″ L x 12″ W x 2.25″ H.

Available Color Configurations:

  • All Amber
  • All Blue
  • All Red
  • Red/Blue

Whelen Five Year HDP (Heavy-Duty Professional) Warranty on LEDs.

Deadly Wildfires Bring a New Challenge to Europe

By BARRY HATTON Associated Press

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — The European Union describes wildfires as “a serious and increasing threat” across the continent.

Most alarmingly, forest blazes are growing in intensity, especially in southern countries such as Greece, Spain, France, Italy and Portugal but also in Scandinavia.

Deadly Wildfires Bring a New Challenge to Europe
Fighters try to extinguish a wildfire near Cardigos village, in central Portugal on Sunday, July 21, 2019. About 1,800 firefighters were struggling to contain wildfires in central Portugal that have already injured people, including several firefighters, authorities said Sunday. Photo and Caption Courtesy of AP/Sergio Azenha)

Experts warn the continent needs to get ready for blazes that reach a massive new scale. These superfires, or mega-fires, are catastrophic events that kill and blacken broad areas and are hard to stop.

Here’s a look at Europe’s wildfire problem.

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WHAT’S HAPPENING?

Between 2000 and 2017, 611 firefighters and civilians died in wildfires in European Union countries, with economic damage calculated at more than 54 billion euros ($60.5 billion).

Portugal suffers more than most, recording over 18,000 wildfires a year since 2007. Huge blazes in 2017 killed at least 106 people.

Though the European trend is for fewer blazes and smaller areas charred, except in Portugal, bigger and meaner forest fires are stretching emergency assets and government budgets.

Added to that, the peak fire season is becoming longer, extending into June and October, with an increasing number of mega-fires.

These extreme blazes are characterized by the rapid spread of flames, intense burning, unpredictable shifts in direction and embers that are carried far away.

But according to an EU report last year, authorities are still using traditional methods to fight fires, relying on water to extinguish flames instead of investing in long-term efforts needed for prevention.

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WHAT’S CAUSING IT?

In Western Europe, people have been leaving the land and moving to the cities.

Abandoned fields, pastures and forests have been left to themselves, becoming overgrown with what turns into fuel for wildfires.

Instead of a properly tended patchwork of different vegetation, some of which is more fire-resistant, large areas of countryside have dense and continuous forest cover which benefit and propagate blazes.

Conifer forests and eucalyptus plantations, which provide income for landowners, are common and burn fiercely.

The spread of urban areas, meanwhile, has brought homes close to forests, and danger lies in the proximity.

In Greece last summer, an additional hazard came from lax oversight of urban planning. Illegally constructed buildings in woodland and coastal areas were a contributing factor in the deaths of 101 people in Mati, outside of Athens, where many drowned as they tried to swim away from intense heat and smoke engulfing beaches.

More severe droughts nowadays are leaving forests tinder-dry. Spells of unusually high temperatures are also facilitating blazes. Both of those challenges have come with climate change, with scientists saying that Sahara-like conditions are jumping the Mediterranean Sea into southern Europe.

Forest management policies work on a decades-long timescale and need to be more adaptable, EU authorities say.

Prevention “does not receive the necessary emphasis and funding compared to fire suppression,” according to the EU, while “the preparedness of agencies and communities to deal with extreme fire events is often far from optimal.”

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WHAT CAN BE DONE?

Experts say authorities must shift their firefighting focus from suppression to prevention, taking into account aspects such as climate adaptation, education and preparedness.

That includes the regular thinning of forests and undergrowth; creating fire breaks; introducing more climate-resilient plant species; and ensuring diversified forests.

Preventively setting fire to countryside, called “prescribed burning,” is regarded as an efficient prevention technique but is controversial in some countries. Greece prohibits it while others, such as France, Portugal and some regions of Spain and Italy allow it under certain conditions.

Technology is also being developed to help fight wildfires, including drones for detection, quick responses, mapping and assessing fire dynamics.

But the EU notes that fire management in Europe is “not making full use of the knowledge and innovation delivered by scientific projects.”

The EU is urging governments to get a better grasp of how climate change is affecting their countries.

The European Forest Institute, established by 29 European countries, struck a gloomy note last year.

If authorities don’t change the make-up of the countryside, the EFI said in a report, emergency services won’t be able to stop what experts refer to as “6th generation wildfires” — commonly known as fire storms.

All contents © copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Dangerous Heat Wave Blazes Through North America

The United States is facing a heat wave as temperatures across the country peaked over the weekend. Parts of Canada have also been affected, as the weather is expected to impact over 200 million people across North America.

New York City was forced to cancel its New York City Triathlon for the first time in seven years due to the high temperatures. The OZY Music Festival was also cancelled. Many cities across the East Coast and Midwest faced power outages as a result of stormy weather.

Major League Baseball teams in Cleveland, Chicago, and New York City tried to cope with overly warm games nearing triple digit temperatures by misting fans with cool water, monitoring players for heat illnesses, and giving teams the day off from batting practices.

The recent heatwave is just another example of a trend of warming that began in June when meteorologists recorded the hottest June on record worldwide. In early July, Anchorage, Alaska recorded its hottest day ever.

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Photo posted on Twitter by the National Weather Service

New York City’s high temperatures forced Mayor Bill de Blasio to issue “a local emergency due to the extreme heat” in the city.

As a result, cooling centers were opened across the city. Similar facilities have popped up in Detroit and elsewhere to help citizens cope with the extreme heat.

In Canada, heat warnings have been issued for parts of the provinces of The Canadian provinces of Quebec, Ontario and Nova Scotia were also on alert for high temperatures, as Toronto was expected to feel like 104 degrees with high humidity.

To combat the heatwave, experts encourage everyone to stay hydrated and to remain indoors as much as possible.

Dr. Jon LaPook spoke to “CBS Weekend News” and encouraged those affected by the heatwave to be on the lookout for dizziness, a quickened pulse and nausea, as they are signs of heat sickness.

“First thing in the morning, have a glass or two of water just to get ahead of the game,” LaPook told viewers.

“You can lose a ton of fluid and electrolytes through your sweat,” LaPook said. “That’s generally a good thing. The more humid it is, the less efficiently your body is able to sweat but if you stop sweating altogether, that could be a bad sign and it means you’re very dehydrated and you’re not able to have enough water to sweat.”

Product Post: Code 3 M180 Intersection/Takedown/ Puddle Light

The M180 combines 3 lights into one compact form – Intersection Light, a Takedown Light, and a Puddle Light – making it one of the most versatile lights ever offered by Code 3.

Design Features
• Single Color Center Section LEDs: Blue, Red, Amber, White, Green
• 3 Distinct Functions: 180 Degree Warning, Takedown, and Puddle Light
• Can be mounted anywhere an MR6 can
• Uses the same bezel and rear mounting holes as the MR6 light. Any
brackets designed to fit the MR6 will also work with the M180
• Brackets for all pursuit vehicles are available: under the side mirror,
front of side mirror, and side window mounting
• 29 Single Color Flash Patterns
• Grommet Mount Optional
• Syncs with Chase, MR6, and Mega Thin LEDs

Specifications
• 12/24 VDC
• 0.9 Amps @ 12 VDC
• 10.8 Watts
• -40°C to 77°C
• California Title 13 light output
• SAE J845 and J595 Class 1, E/Reg. 65, R10, IP67
• 0.9” H x 4.5” L x 1.5” W (22.86 mm x 114.3 mm x 38.1 mm)
• 5-Year Warranty

FLIR Unveils Key Additions to Griffin G510 Portable Chemical Detection System

 FLIR Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: FLIR) has announced the availability of multiple enhancements to its Griffin™ G510 portable GC-MS chemical detector to help responders analyze and identify drugs, chemical agents, and other toxic substances faster and more effectively during field operations. Major new features on the G510 give users access to an expanded onboard drug library, as well as a new quick-search capability for chemicals and hazardous substances.

To optimize response time, a new ‘Method Selector Wizard’ uses on-screen prompts to guide operators in selecting the best pre-installed method for sample analysis. The G510 then automatically analyzes and compares the sample for a match against one of its multiple built-in libraries, confirms and displays the results. On the hardware side, a new vehicle-mount accessory allows the G510 to be used for road and off-road missions.

“These upgrades are all about simplifying the job for responders so that in critical situations they have everything they need in the Griffin G510,” said Dennis Barket, vice president and general manager of FLIR’s Detection division. “The more easily and quickly experts in the field can identify chemical hazards, the faster operations can begin to manage and contain a threat. The overriding mission is to keep people safe.”

FLIR Unveils Key Additions to Griffin G510  Portable Chemical Detection System

FLIR has supplemented the G510’s industry-standard NIST Mass Spectral Library and added the Scientific Working Group for the Analysis of Seized Drugs (SWGDRUG) library of more than 3,000 drugs and related compounds. The company also developed GRIFFINLIB, which offers users a condensed and customized set of the most common chemical warfare agents, toxic industrial chemicals, explosives, and other volatile organic compounds for more rapid identification with high confidence.

FLIR’s Griffin G510 is a portable gas chromatograph mass spectrometer (GC-MS) system widely used by domestic and international response teams to perform real-time chemical threat confirmation in the field. The G510 supports reconnaissance, emergency management, hazardous materials response, forensic investigation, environmental monitoring, and remediation missions worldwide.

The vehicle-mount accessory is now available for purchase, while the Method Selector, GRIFFINLIB, and SWGDRUG library upgrades are included free with new system purchases. Existing customers can contact FLIR for assistance with upgrades. To learn more about the FLIR Griffin G510 and these features, visit https://www.flir.com/products/griffin-g510/.

Arson Attack on Kyoto Animation Studio Leaves 30 Dead

By MARI YAMAGUCHI Associated Press

TOKYO (AP) — A man screaming “You die!” burst into an animation studio in Kyoto, doused it with a flammable liquid and set it on fire Thursday, killing 33 people in an attack that shocked anime fans across Japan and beyond.

Thirty-six others were injured, some of them critically, in a blaze that sent people scrambling up the stairs toward the roof in a desperate — and futile — attempt to escape. Others emerged bleeding, blackened and barefoot.

Over 20 Dead in Arson Attack on Japanese Anime Studio
Smoke billows from a Kyoto Animation building in Kyoto, western Japan, Thursday, July 18, 2019. The fire broke out in the three-story building in Japan’s ancient capital of Kyoto, after a suspect sprayed an unidentified liquid to accelerate the blaze, Kyoto prefectural police and fire department officials said.(Kyoto News via AP)

The suspect was injured and taken to a hospital. Police identified him only a 41-year-old man who was not a company employee. They gave no immediate details on the motive.

Most of the victims were employees of Kyoto Animation, which does work on feature films and TV productions but is best known for its mega-hit stories featuring high school girls. The stories are so popular that some of the places depicted have become pilgrimage sites for fans.

The blaze started in the three-story building in Japan’s ancient capital after the attacker sprayed an unidentified liquid accelerant, police and fire officials said.

“There was an explosion, then I heard people shouting, some asking for help,” a witness told TBS TV. “Black smoke was rising from windows on upper floors. Ten there was a man struggling to crawl out of the window.”

Japanese media reported the fire might have been set near the front door, forcing people to find other ways out.

Firefighters found 33 bodies, 20 of them on the third floor and some on the stairs to the roof, where they apparently collapsed, Kyoto fire official Kazuhiro Hayashi said. Two were found dead on the first floor, 11 others on the second floor, he said.

A witness who saw the attacker being approached by police told Japanese networks that the man admitted spreading gasoline and setting the fire with a lighter. She told NHK public television that the man had burns on his arms and legs and was angrily complaining that something of his had been “stolen,” possibly by the company.

NHK footage also showed sharp knives police had collected from the scene, though it was not clear if they belonged to the attacker.

Survivors said he was screaming “You die!” as he dumped the liquid, according to Japanese media. They said some of the survivors got splashed with the liquid.

Kyoto Animation, better known as KyoAni, was founded in 1981 as an animation and comic book production studio, and its hits include “Lucky Star” of 2008, “K-On!” in 2011 and “Haruhi Suzumiya” in 2009.

The company does not have a major presence outside Japan, though it was hired to do secondary animation work on a 1998 “Pokemon” feature that appeared in U.S. theaters and a “Winnie the Pooh” video.

“My heart is in extreme pain. Why on earth did such violence have to be used?” company president Hideaki Hatta said. Hatta said the company had received anonymous death threats by email in the past, but he did not link them to Thursday’s attack.

Anime fans expressed anger, prayed and mourned the victims on social media. A cloud-funding site was set up to help the company rebuild.

Fire officials said more than 70 people were in the building at the time.

The death toll exceeded that of a 2016 attack by a man who stabbed and killed 19 people at a nursing home in Tokyo.

A fire in 2001 in Tokyo’s congested Kabukicho entertainment district killed 44 people in the country’s worst known case of arson in modern times. Police never announced an arrest in the setting of the blaze, though five people were convicted of negligence.

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This story has been corrected to say company president’s first name is Hideaki, not Hideki.

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All contents © copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Product Post: Whelen Century Series Mini Lightbar

The Whelen Century Series Mini Lightbar is a low profile, mini lightbar that provides all the high performance LED warning and signaling benefits in a smaller size that fits all your special applications.

The four linear corner modules have 6 Super-LED in each module and the four inboard modules have 6 TIR style Super-LEDs in each module. Low profile design with polycarbonate dome outer lens and compression fit gasket for superior moisture resistance. The Whelen exclusive Clip-Lock system allows for easy removal of lightbar domes for service, without compromising the weather resistant seal.

Built on a Extruded aluminum platform, this mini lightbar is designed for long-life, reliable performance, ease of operation and serviceability.


Features:

  • Four linear corner modules have 6 Super-LED in each module.
  • Four inboard modules have 6 TIR style Super-LEDs in each module.
  • Standard current switching with 17 Scan-Lock flash patterns and pattern override.
  • Low profile design with polycarbonate dome outer lens and compression fit gasket for superior moisture resistance.
  • The module configuration provides 360° coverage for SAE J845 Class I certification.
  • Clip-Lock system allows for easy removal of lightbar domes for service, without compromising the weather resistant seal.
  • Extruded aluminum platform for rugged, long-life dependability.
  • Available in Amber, Blue, Red and some Split Color combinations.
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Historic New York Fire Engine Receives Its Old Siren – 56 Years Later

By J.T. Messinger

At their monthly meeting Monday night, the Winchester Volunteer Company had a few special guests. Dan Meyer Jr. is the son of Dan Meyer Sr. who himself was the son of Frank Meyer, a World War 2 veteran and volunteer firefighter at Winchester for 49 years.

“His favorite part of volunteer firefighting wasn’t fighting the fires but the beer inside,” said Dan Meyer Jr. “Which I think you caught a picture of.”

When the company decommissioned and sold it’s fire engine back in 1963, Frank Meyer removed the truck’s siren and kept it. When he passed, the siren went to Dan Meyer Sr.

“My father…decided to take it to local ball games and events in the Winchester/West Seneca area and anytime someone would score would score a run they would crank it up,’ Dan Meyer Jr. said.

In 2001, the department was contacted by man who happened across the engine in a field in Pennsylvania and was going to scrap it, but looked up the name printed on the side of the vehicle and contacted the department. Instead of scrapping it, the engine was donated back to the department and restored in 2004, missing one specific piece. 

In January, Dan Meyer Sr. passed away and Dan Meyer Jr. came across the siren and decided to donate it back to the department, making the refurbished engine whole again for the first time in 56 years.

“It’s a cool connection with the town of West Seneca, with the local community,” Dan Meyer Jr. said. “It’s something that my father always wanted to do and we’re honoring him by giving it back in my grandfather, his father’s, name.”

“Life happens, but it’s cool that he kept a piece of memory never thinking that 20 years, 30 years after he passed away that the engine would come back to the town that he was originally from,” he said.

Chilean Fire Department Orders 8 New Trucks From Spartan Emergency Response

The Spartan Emergency Response group, which is a business unit of Spartan Motors, Inc., is excited to announce a big order from the National Fire Departments Association (Junta Nacional de Cuerpos de Bomberos) in Chile. The Junta Nacional de Cuerpos de Bomberos has placed an order for eight new trucks, built on the custom Spartan chassis, to complete its fleet, which already features 114 Spartan models including 10 units that were delivered as recently as 2018.

Photo Courtesy of FireFighterNation.com

The partnership between the Junta Nacional de Cuerpos de Bomberos and Spartan is strong. Since 2012, Spartan has been supplying the department with customized products and vehicles that have been designed with Chile’s geography in mind. The Junta Nacional de Cuerpos de Bomberos uses their Spartan-made rigs for many different types of operations such as fire extinguishing missions and rescue operations, as well as salvage, overhaul, and ventilation calls.

“In the midst of serving communities around the world faced with natural disasters and dense populations across diverse geographies, first responder safety remains our top priority,” said Todd Fierro, President of Spartan Emergency Response. “Our universal impact starts with the men and women who put trust in our team and our products.   Our earned reputation as having a safe, reliable, and consistent product, regardless of the level of customization, goes beyond borders.”

The eight new trucks on order will be built to the specifications of the Junta Nacional de Cuerpos de Bomberos with help from their Chile-located Spartan dealer, Pesco S.A.

The rigs will feature C7 and C8 ladder tender designs: the C7 helps to maximize the space for other ground ladders and personnel in the cab of the truck, while the C8 maximize space in addition to carrying firefighters on the apparatus. The C8 also comes with exposed side-mounted ladders which help with quick access and deployment.

California Lawmakers Give Victims Chance to Confront Offenders in New Program

A new California program will give victims an opportunity to heal and offenders the opportunity to repent – but will it work?

A new diversion program that allows victims to confront their offenders will be put in place in a county with high offense rates and funded by $5 million for five years. The program will be open to offenders of any age, who can sign up for it before they are convicted. Those who complete the program will avoid having a criminal record.

This type of program has been tried before, mostly with juvenile offenders, but those in favor of the program believe direct dialogue between victim and offender can lead to healing on the victim’s part. It is also thought to reduce reoffending, as offenders who do not carry around a criminal record may be less likely to resort to crime in the future.

A similar program run in San Joaquin County processed 76 offenders in 3.5 years. Only 3 of the graduates went on to commit new crimes.

Joyce Tuhan, right, president of Victims of Violent Crimes of San Joaquin County, whose daughter was killed by a drunk driver in 1999, discusses a restorative justice program that she participates in, during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif., Monday, July 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
Joyce Tuhan, right, is the president of Victims of Violent Crimes of San Joaquin County. She discusses the benefits of engaging in a restorative justice program, as her daughter was killed by a drunk driver in 1999 and working with the Victims of Violent Crimes of San Joaquin County program has helped her heal. Photo Courtesy of Rich Pedroncelli and AP

Senator Steve Glazer of Orinda helped campaign for the funding for the program. He believes the program will give victims the chance to move on with their lives, while offering the opportunity to offenders to make it right.

“The goal of restorative justice is to give victims a chance to receive true justice in a much more personal way than our current system allows,” said Senator Glazer, in an interview with AP’s Don Thompson. “At the same time, the program gives offenders a chance to make amends directly to the victim.”

Who is eligible to partake in the program? Officials will offer offenders with a fairly short criminal history who have committed serious crimes that involve a high degree of violence the chance to participate. Offenders charged with sex or murder crimes will not be able to join the program, though people charged with robbery, home burglary, or assault are invited to make amends to their victims.

The programs will be tailored to each specific case. The victim, offender, law enforcement, defense attorneys, and members of community groups will work together to draw up a program that benefits both victim and offender. These programs can include courses like job preparation and counseling, as well as substance abuse treatment if appropriate.

Victims can even ask for financial restitution, if the crime caused them to incur high hospital bills or miss work. Offenders are offered the chance to lessen their prison sentence, though the full sentence will be reinstated if they do not complete the program.

One of the biggest proponents for the program is Adnan Khan. Adnan Khan, the co-founder and co-executive director of Re:store Justice, inspired Senator Glazer to move forward with the project and seek funds to run the program. He believes restorative justice is the best way for victim and offender to move forward. Khan served 16 years of a life murder sentence at San Quentin State Prison.

“This will provide an opportunity for people to truly understand why they did what they did, so then they can be accountable, and so then they can continue making amends,” Khan said in an interview with AP’s Don Thompson.

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Earthquakes Rock Californians as They Prepare for the Big One

Two of the biggest earthquakes to strike California in the last several decades have left residents determined to prepare for the big quake that scientists have predicted is imminent.

$16 million dollars have been allocated to fund earthquake sensors that will warn trains and utilities of an incoming quake with enough time for operators to power down and wait out the jolts.

The California Governor, Gavin Newsom, has encouraged residents to plan escape routes and have emergency earthquake kits prepared for when the “Big One” strikes.

A fireman wades through the wreckage of a home that caught fire during the July 6 earthquake in Ridgecrest, California. Photo Courtesy of AP and Marcio Jose Sanchez

“It is a wake-up call for the rest of the state and other parts of the nation, frankly,” said Newsom at a Saturday news conference focused on efforts to aid areas worst hit by the two earthquakes.

Thursday saw a 6.4 magnitude earthquake followed by an earthquake of 7.1 magnitude on Friday. The vibrations were felt most strongly in a small town just 150 miles outside of Los Angeles called Ridgecrest.

Several houses caught fire in the town as gas lines split open from the jolts. Highways crumbled in some areas. Luckily no one was serious injured or killed by the quakes, as the town is remote and sparsely populated enough that a small number of people were affected.

“Any time that we can go through a 7-point earthquake and we do not report a fatality, a major injury, do not suffer structure damage that was significant, I want to say that that was a blessing and a miracle,” Kern County Fire Department spokesman Andrew Freeborn said Sunday to Associated Press reporters.

In a major city, seismologists hypothesize that a quake of a similar magnitude would have devastating effects. Bridges, highways, and buildings are at risk of collapse during earthquakes of magnitude 6 and higher.

“We’re going to have a magnitude 6, on average, somewhere in Southern California every few years. We’ve actually gone 20 years without one, so we have had the quietest 20 years in the history of Southern California,” said seismologist Lucy Jones of the California Institute of Technology in an interview with the Associated Press.

“That’s unlikely to continue on the long run,” she added. “Geology keeps on moving … and we should be expecting a higher rate. And when it happens near people, it is going to be a lot worse.”

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Firefighters Wanted for Winston-Salem, North Carolina Fire Department, Application Closes July 21, 2019

If you’re a North Carolina-based firefighter looking for work, or interested in becoming a firefighter, the Winston-Salem Fire and Rescue squad may be the right place for you. The North Carolina fire department is looking to hire firefighters, with an application deadline of July 21, 2019.

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More about the Role:

Deadline to Apply: July 21, 2019

Salary: $37,590.00 Annually Annually

Job Description:

Under the immediate supervision of a company officer, works to minimize the effects of natural and manmade disasters by delivering community risk reduction programs and by responding to fire, medical, and technical rescue emergencies.. Examples of Duties:1. Actively participate in activities related to risk reduction programs and pre-incident analysis.
2. Respond to emergencies and work as part of team to bring various emergencies under control, including medical incidents, fires, hazardous materials incidents, and heavy/technical rescue situations.
3. Assist in maintaining facilities and grounds, fire apparatus, tools, and equipment.
4. Actively participate in training classes, drills, and continuing education.
5. Ensure operational readiness of tools, equipment, and apparatus.
6. Maintain physical fitness and mental toughness required to perform effectively as a firefighter.
7. Follow departmental and City policies.
8. Perform other duties, including some administrative, as directed.

Skills/Ability to:

1. Wear self-contained breathing apparatus and be comfortable with the resulting increased respiratory effort and decreased vision and range of motion.
2. Climb six or more flights of stairs while wearing or carrying 50 pounds of gear and tools/equipment.
3. Climb ladders and operate from heights of at least 100 feet.
4. Be comfortable operating in the dark and in confined spaces, in high or low temperatures, in inclement weather, and over uneven terrain.
5. Sit, stand, walk, run, crawl, jog, crouch, and kneel for short and long periods of time.
6. Hear and speak well enough to communicate via telephone, radio, and in person at distances up to 50 feet and over high background noise.
7. Stamina to meet physical and mental demands during an extended emergency.
8. Read and interpret various technical documents, manuals, and trade journals.
9. Communicate clearly and concisely, both in writing and speech.
10. Function as a team player with excellent interpersonal skills.
11. Amiably interact with members of the public, coworkers, and other emergency services agency members.
12. Work a rotating shift schedule including nights, weekends, and holidays.
13. Occasionally travel out of town or out of state for several days at a time.
14. Obtain and maintain a class “B” North Carolina Driver License
15. Pass a pre-employment and annual medical exam adhering to the standards contained in NFPA 1582: Standard on Comprehensive Occupational Medical Program for Fire Departments and an annual physical fitness-for-duty test.

Minimum Qualifications:

1. High school diploma or GED equivalent
2. State-issued Class “C” driver license
3. Must be at least 18 years of age on the first day of recruit school
4. Successfully complete all required pre-hire qualifications

Training and Certifications

Applicants who are successfully hired as a recruit firefighter/EMT must become a certified firefighter by the North Carolina Fire & Rescue Commission and as an emergency medical technician by the North Carolina Office of EMS. All training required to meet the necessary qualifications of a firefighter/EMT is provided by the Winston-Salem Fire Department and recruits receive salary and benefits during the approximate six-month training academy. One is not required to have any fire or emergency medical experience prior to submitting an application and no preference is given to applicants who do possess prior experience or are already certified. However, individuals who are certified at the time of hire may not have to complete the entire training program. An approximate six-week orientation and evaluation process will be conducted for those already certified and, if acceptable knowledge, skills, and abilities are demonstrated, these individuals may be exempted from the full training regimen. The State of North Carolina grants certification reciprocity for firefighter from both IFSAC and ProBoard states. For information on out-of-state EMT reciprocity, please visit https://www.ncems.org/

 Supplemental Information:1. Lift, carry or move objects up to 75 lbs.
2. Ability to drive departmental vehicles.
3. Physically fit enough to carry fire equipment as needed, walk over rough terrain, climb hills, load and unload vehicles, and work outdoors for long periods of time in all types of weather conditions and to safely wear and work in a self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) without medical or physical restrictions.
4. Ability to pass an annual NFPA 1582-compliant physical and an annual fitness-for-duty test.

 
Firefighter Trainee Salary
No Degree —————–$37,590.00
Associates Degree ——–$39,469.50
Bachelor’s Degree———-$41,349.00
Certified Firefighter Salary
No Degree —————- $39,469.50
Associates Degree ——–$41,442.98
Bachelor’s Degree———-$43,416.45

How to Apply: The full job description and application can be found HERE.

Firefighters and Paramedics Wanted in Sheboygan Wisconsin, Job Deadline Dec. 31, 2019

Are you a firefighter or paramedic looking for work and are living in Wisconsin or willing to relocate? The City of Sheboygan, Wisconsin is looking to hire firefighters and paramedics with an application deadline of December 31, 2019.

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Some specifics about the job:

Deadline to Apply: December 31, 2019

Salary: $48,751.56 Annually

Job Description:

Summary of Job

Under supervision and as part of a team, this position is responsible for saving lives and property by suppressing fires, mitigating hazardous materials incidents, providing emergency medical care and transportation to the sick and injured, educating the public with regard to safety as well as providing various rescue services. This position is responsible for rapidly and efficiently performing various duties under emergency conditions, frequently involving considerable hazard.  Persons holding this position must carry out the specific orders and directions of superior officers in firefighting, training, cleaning and   maintenance duties as well as in the delivery of emergency medical care. Considerable independence of judgment and action is also necessary in circumstances of extreme urgency where referral to a superior for instruction is not practicable.

Responsibilities

*As a member of a team, responds to fire, emergency medical, rescue and hazardous materials incidents.

*Works in hazardous environments while performing various tasks and while wearing a closed circuit, self-contained breathing apparatus as well as other protective equipment necessary for safe operations.

*Operates as a member of a team and utilizes the necessary tools in areas of specialty rescue, including, but not limited to, rope rescue, confined space rescue, trench rescue and water/ice rescue.

*Performs general tasks related to fire suppression such as operating portable fire extinguishers, advancing, connecting, and handling fire supply hose lines, deploying salvage covers, ventilating buildings and operating various firefighting appliances.

*Performs examination of patients at the appropriate level of licensure to determine primary and secondary medical problems by using questioning, physical examination and use of diagnostic equipment.

*Drives, operates and assists in maintaining the fire apparatus, equipment and facilities of the department.

*Administers medications and medical interventions according to established protocols.

*Communicates accurately with emergency room staff regarding reports of patient’s history, physical condition and treatment both in person and via phone or radio system.

*Attends and participates in training programs delivered or sponsored by the department in areas deemed related to the job.

*Functions under an organized plan of medical control protocols and operating guidelines.

*Supervises other firefighters when qualified and acting as Lieutenant or other supervisory position in their absence.

*When qualified, assists with training of other department members in emergency medical care.

*Acts as paramedic preceptor while working with paramedic students from outside educational institutions.

*Performs inspections of businesses and other occupancies for fire and life safety as well as code compliance.

*Delivers public education programs on safety, medical, and fire prevention to members of the community.

Completes reports related to fire and medical response according to accepted industry best practices and the policies and procedures of the department.

Performs other related work as required.

*Essential Functions

Qualifications & Education

Minimum Requirements must be met at time of hire:

  • Minimum age:18 years old
  • High School diploma/GED
  • Firefighter I & II
  • EMT:Paramedic certificate licensed to practice in the state of Wisconsin
  • NIMS 100 & 200
  • Current CPAT certificate (Obtained less than 1 year from the time of application)
  • Valid Wisconsin Drivers License

Other Qualifications Required

  • Working knowledge of the operation of all apparatus and equipment as well as methods   used in fire prevention, fire suppression and rescue operations.
  • Considerable knowledge of pre-hospital emergency medical care.
  • Working  knowledge of rules and regulations of the Fire Department.
  • Working knowledge of the maintenance of equipment and buildings.
  • Working knowledge of building materials, building construction, and anticipated collapse patterns.
  • Working knowledge of water systems and water mains.
  • Ability to react quickly and remain calm under duress and strain.
  • Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions.
  • Ability  to  learn new firefighting methods rapidly as new industrial and building materials are introduced.
  • Skill in the operation of all firefighting and rescue equipment including motor vehicles.
  • Working knowledge of hydraulics and ability to produce effective fire streams.
  • Interest and willingness to assist in community efforts.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • General computer aptitude for report writing, training and internal communications.
  • Ability to keep accurate records and make out reports.
  • Will complete and maintain appropriate minimum certifications and licensure necessary for the assigned position.

Job Knowledge and Skills

*As a member of a team, responds to fire, emergency medical, rescue and hazardous materials incidents.

*Works in hazardous environments while performing various tasks and while wearing a closed circuit, self-contained breathing apparatus as well as other protective equipment necessary for safe operations.

*Operates as a member of a team and utilizes the necessary tools in areas of specialty rescue, including, but not limited to, rope rescue, confined space rescue, trench rescue and water/ice rescue.

*Performs general tasks related to fire suppression such as operating portable fire extinguishers, advancing, connecting, and handling fire supply hose lines, deploying salvage covers, ventilating buildings and operating various firefighting appliances.

*Performs examination of patients at the appropriate level of licensure to determine primary and secondary medical problems by using questioning, physical examination and use of diagnostic equipment.

*Drives, operates and assists in maintaining the fire apparatus, equipment and facilities of the department.

*Administers medications and medical interventions according to established protocols.

*Communicates accurately with emergency room staff regarding reports of patient’s history, physical condition and treatment both in person and via phone or radio system.

*Attends and participates in training programs delivered or sponsored by the department in areas deemed related to the job.

*Functions under an organized plan of medical control protocols and operating guidelines.

*Supervises other firefighters when qualified and acting as Lieutenant or other supervisory position in their absence.

*When qualified, assists with training of other department members in emergency medical care.

*Acts as paramedic preceptor while working with paramedic students from outside educational institutions.

*Performs inspections of businesses and other occupancies for fire and life safety as well as code compliance.

*Delivers public education programs on safety, medical, and fire prevention to members of the community.

Completes reports related to fire and medical response according to accepted industry best practices and the policies and procedures of the department.

Performs other related work as required.

*Essential Functions

How to Apply: The full job description and application can be found HERE.

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Research Shows Load-Bearing Vests Are Better than Traditional Duty Belts

By Judy Berthiaume / Reposted with permission from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire

The Eau Claire Police Department is making a significant change to how officers carry their equipment after a UW-Eau Claire research team determined that load-bearing vests are a safe and healthier alternative to the traditional duty belt.

Deputy Chief of Police Matt Rokus (left) issues Eau Claire police officer Mark Vang his load-bearing vest. (Photo/University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire)
Deputy Chief of Police Matt Rokus (left) issues Eau Claire police officer Mark Vang his load-bearing vest. (Photo/University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire)

Officers who carry most of their equipment – which often weighs close to 30 pounds – on vests rather than duty belts experience significantly less hip and lower-back pain, the study found.

“The findings are clear and they are significant,” said Dr. Jeff Janot, a professor of kinesiology and the faculty lead on a six-month study that involved UW-Eau Claire, ECPD and Mayo Clinic Health System. “While the vests weigh more, the weight is more evenly distributed so there is less strain on the hips and lower back.”

Researchers also determined that the vests do not limit the officers’ range of motion or create other issues that would be problematic for the officers from a safety standpoint, said Chantal Bougie, a senior kinesiology major from Oshkosh and the student lead on the research project.

“We didn’t find any unintended consequences from wearing the load-bearing vest that would cause health or safety issues for the officers,” Bougie said.

Given the study results, the ECPD already has begun to transition some of its 100 sworn officers from the duty belts to the load-bearing vests, said Matt Rokus, deputy chief of police for the ECPD.

“The health and well-being of our officers is our priority,” said Rokus, noting that lower-back pain is a significant health issue for law enforcement personnel everywhere. “This study shows empirically that transitioning to the load-bearing vests is the right thing to do for our officers and our community.”

ECPD officers still will wear duty belts, but they will hold only guns and TASERs. The radio, hand cuffs, flashlight and other gear officers always have on them will be carried on the vests instead, Rokus said.

Fifteen Eau Claire police officers volunteered to be part of the university’s study. For three months, some officers wore load-bearing vests, provided by The Vest Man company, while the others carried gear on the duty belts. The officers wearing belts then switched to vests, and those wearing vests went back to belts for three months.

After every shift, the officers self-reported and self-recorded any discomfort and rated the level of lower-back discomfort, giving researchers extensive data from a six-month period.

The 15 officers who participated in the study already have been issued their vests and began wearing them immediately. The research partners in the study – UW-Eau Claire, the city of Eau Claire and Mayo Clinic Health System – shared the costs of the 15 vests being used by the officers who volunteered to participate in the research. As funding allows, the ECPD will purchase additional vests so every officer will have one, Rokus said, noting that vests cost $300 each so it will take some time to purchase them all.

All officers go through extensive use-of-force training, which results in muscle memory that they rely on when accessing their equipment. As officers transition to the vests, they will be retrained to create that same reflexive response, Rokus said.

“This is a significant investment given the costs of the vests and the training,” Rokus said. “It’s an investment we will make because we have the information from UW-Eau Claire’s research to support our decision. We know this is good for the health of our officers.”

That’s good news for Cory Reeves, who said that after five years as an officer with the ECPD he’s already experiencing hip and lower-back pain from long hours of sitting in his squad car, walking his beat or apprehending suspects, all while carrying the heavy gear around his waist.

“As soon as I put the vest on, I noticed the difference,” said Reeves. “I wore the duty belt the first three months, and noticed an immediate difference when I put on the vest for the last three months. It’s a lot more comfortable. It was easier to spend long hours on the job when I was wearing the vest.”

Officer Breanna Montgomery said the vest allows her to sit up straight in her squad car, something that isn’t possible with the fully equipped belt. Since she spends many hours in her vehicle completing paperwork and other tasks, the awkward sitting position strains her back, she says.

“When I have the vest on, instead of sitting curved forward, I can sit up straight,” said Montgomery, who has been an Eau Claire police officer for more than three years. “Also, when I’m on calls, if I’m standing for a long time, I don’t have extra weight on my waist so it’s more comfortable and easier on my back.”

While it is impossible to eliminate all the health-related challenges that police officers face, the vest does address issues with lower-back pain, which is among the most common health problem reported by officers, especially patrol officers, Rokus said.

“Policing is a physically demanding profession,” said Rokus. “Officers spend a lot of time in their vehicles because they use them as their offices. They also often stand to talk to people or hold suspects, or chase a combative suspect, all while carrying 30 pounds of police equipment on their waists.”

As a result, many officers experience constant back pain, diminishing the quality of their lives, Rokus said. They also miss patrol shifts because of back issues, which leads to staffing shortages, overtime costs and worker comp claims, he said.

“The health improvement for our officers is important,” Rokus said of the vests. “But there also should be a reduction in health care cost and lost time due to injury, which is good for our community.”

Knowing the strain that the heavy belt puts onto officers’ backs during their 10-hour shifts, the researchers anticipated that their study would find that the vests would ease back pain, Bougie said.

“But we were surprised by just how big of a difference the vests made in how the officers rated their pain,” Bougie said. “When the officers went from the vest to the belt, there were really big jumps up in the levels of pain they reported.”

Other than a study in Sweden, Janot said he doesn’t know of any other research on this issue.

Given its importance and the limited research done, interest in UW-Eau Claire’s findings is significant and widespread among law enforcement agencies, Janot said.

“The vest-versus-belt issue sounds like a fairly simple question but it’s actually very complicated,” said Janot. “Law enforcement agencies all over want to know if the vests can help address officers’ back problems. Like in Eau Claire, they want data that will help them make an informed decision.”

Since the study was announced in the spring, Janot has been contacted by dozens of law enforcement agencies from across the country asking about the results.

This winter, the UW-Eau Claire research team will present its findings to top law enforcement officials from agencies across Wisconsin.

“It’s exciting to partner with our community, but it’s also exciting to know that our work may make a difference far beyond Eau Claire,” Janot said.

Bougie said it’s incredible to know that her work as a student researcher will make a positive difference in the quality of the lives of police officers here and elsewhere.

“Knowing I am helping these police officers who keep us safe is pretty special,” said Bougie, who plans to work as a physical therapist after graduate school. “It feels like I am giving them something in return for what they do for all of us. That’s an amazing feeling.”

While the vests-versus-belts question is at the center of their project, the researchers also built a biometric profile of more than three dozen active-duty police officers, giving the ECPD a look at the overall health status of its officers, Janot said.

The biometric screenings tested things like the officers’ flexibility, spinal mobility, core endurance, aerobic fitness, upper-body endurance and lower-body strength.

These screenings give the ECPD a baseline that they can use to identify strategies to improve the overall health, well-being and readiness of their officers, and to identify possible underlying issues that contribute to officers’ health issues, Janot said.

“Having the answers to a lot of small questions can be used to make a big difference,” Janot said.

The information gained from the screenings will be used as part of the ECPD’s ongoing wellness programming, Rokus said.

By expanding its research to include the biometric screenings, researchers provided the ECPD with important information about the health of its officers, and UW-Eau Claire students gained valuable experience using high-end equipment as part of a real-world study, Janot said.

Given the success of the project with the ECPD, Janot hopes to continue to work with the department and to partner with other local agencies to help them solve problems.

“We have the students, cutting-edge technology and expertise to gather the information the ECPD and other agencies need to address a variety of problems,” Janot said. “We’ve shared our data with the ECPD, but we’re not done yet. Interest in this study is extremely high so we will share what we learned, but also are looking for ways to build on it.”

UW-Eau Claire faculty involved in the vest research include Janot; Dr. Nick Beltz, assistant professor; Dr. Saori Braun, assistant professor; and Dr. Marquell Johnson, associate professor. Student researchers include Bougie, Anna Kohler, Sierra Freid, Maddy Downing, Jessica Nagel and Lindsey Opelt. Dr. Andrew Floren of Mayo Clinic Health System helped UW-Eau Claire researchers design the study.

For more information about the police vest research, contact Dr. Jeff Janot, professor of kinesiology, at 715-836-5333 or janotjm@uwec.edu, or Matt Rokus, deputy chief of police, at 715-839-4979 or Matt.Rokus@eauclairewi.gov.


About the author
Judy Berthiaume is the IMC’s chief storyteller, sharing stories about the many exceptional people that make UW-Eau Claire such a phenomenal place. She talks with students, faculty, staff and alumni to find and to share their successes, initiatives, challenges and dreams with the campus community and the world beyond.

Chicago boosts police presence to tamp down July 4 violence

By Don Babwin
Associated Press

CHICAGO — Chicago’s police department is following a familiar playbook for the July 4 holiday by flooding the street with officers and arresting dozens of people on drugs and weapons charges in the hopes of keeping them locked up during what is typically one of the most violent weekends of the year.

On Wednesday, Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced that more than 1,500 extra officers will hit the streets, parks and lakefront.

Fireworks explode over Lake Michigan in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Fireworks explode over Lake Michigan in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

The department said uniformed and undercover officers will be assigned to the lakefront and Navy Pier during the annual fireworks show that’s expected to attract hundreds of thousands of people, and they’ll be working known crime hotspots in the city for the entire weekend.

At a news conference Wednesday, police talked about three separate operations over the past 30 days that resulted in a total of 170 arrests on gun and narcotics charges, the seizure of 38 guns and hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of illegal drugs. They said the most recent effort, called “Operation Independence,” ended Tuesday with the arrests of 77 people — 34 of whom are convicted felons.

The department has conducted similar operations ahead of the three warm weather holidays — Memorial Day, July 4 and Labor Day — in previous years, and they make no secret of the timing; they try to net as many people who are disproportionately involved in violent crime either as suspects or victim on days when the crowds in the city’s parks, tourist areas and streets are historically the largest.

“That’s always the goal,” First Deputy Superintendent Anthony Riccio said Wednesday. “If we can take them out of play for that whole time or part of that time, it’s going to make those communities a safer place.”

Police have added 1,000 more regular officers in recent years and expanded the use of gunshot detection technology and other high tech crime fighting equipment, resulting in a drop in violent crime. Just this week, the department announced there were fewer homicides and shootings in the first six months of 2019 than during the same period in each of the previous three years.

At the same time, in a city that continues to have far more homicides than New York and Los Angeles, there continues to be eruptions of violence. Last weekend, 50 people were shot. And despite the deployment of an extra 1,200 officers in the city, at least 43 people were shot over Memorial Day weekend, seven of them fatally.

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All New ECCO Alarms Hit the Market to Combat Noise Pollution

ECCO’s line of tonal, smart and multi-frequency alarms are designed to keep your operators safe while maintaining the quality of life in the communities that you serve every day.  It is a delicate balancing act and these safety solutions are up to the task.

Did you know that according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics about 70 workers die each year in the US due to commercial vehicle reversing accidents? ECCO know that reversing accidents can result in serious injury and expensive damage to vehicles and equipment. That’s why they designed a line of back-up alarms to protect workers, the public, and your company assets. Worried your neighbors will be irritated by the noise? ECCO thought of that, too, so they created an extensive line of Noise Pollution Solutions.

From light-duty trucks to off-road, heavy-duty vehicles, ECCO has an alarm to meet your safety needs. These products have been put through the ringer and are built to perform where you work, under any conditions.

The new Smart Alarms self-adjust to varying environmental noise by continually listening and reacting to ambient sound levels adjusting their output to 5 dB(A) above to ensure their sound is audible without creating a nuisance. It’s the smartest way to ensure OSHA compliance and eliminate noise complaints – available in tonal and multi-frequency models.

When considering which alarm is right for you, first choose between a tonal alarm and a multi-frequency alarm. Industry experts have suggested either can provide an effective warning and each has its merits.

Wondering what the difference is between tonal and multi-frequency? Tonal alarms emit sound at a single predominant frequency resulting in the familiar ‘beep-beep’ warning signal that we’ve all grown accustomed to. Conversely, multi-frequency alarms emit sound at multiple frequencies within a narrow band resulting in a ‘shhh-shhh’ warning sound. There is no scientific evidence to prove either sound is more effective than the other in a reversing vehicle application. However, there are several points of view that should be considered when choosing between the two.

Next up, you must choose an alarm with the appropriate sound pressure level (SPL). OSHA requires a reverse alarm to be audible above the surrounding noise level. If you know the ambient noise level and it remains reasonably constant then the appropriate fixed dB alarm can be selected, whether tonal or multi-frequency.

The key is complying with the requirements of OSHA while selecting the lowest SPL alarm possible so as not to create a noise nuisance. Fortunately, ECCO pioneered another solution — the Smart Alarm®, available in either tonal or multifrequency. Smart Alarms monitor ambient noise automatically and adjust their output to 5dB above that, satisfying OSHA’s requirements. Perfect for worksites with inconsistent noise or varying noise levels.

After decades of innovation, there is more to an alarm today than meets the ear. Learn the differences between tonal and multi-frequency alarms as well as other features. To explore your options and discover which alarm works best for your application, give Sirennet a call at 503-670-4700.

Product Post: Whelen Responder LP CON3 Super-LED Mini Lightbar

The Whelen Responder LP CON3 Super-LED Mini Lightbar is a low profile, mini lightbar that provides all the high performance LED warning and signaling benefits in a smaller size that fits all your special applications.

Super-LED modules in a rugged polycarbonate base are built to take the roughest conditions and long hours you face. They’re road tested, vibration and moisture resistant and use much lower current than other warning lights.

If you’re in the utility, security, fleet, construction or public works sector, this is the light for you.

Feature:

  • 100,000 hour rated life.
  • 6 Super-LED, conical (CON3) modules.
  • Built-in electronic flasher with 46 Scan-Lock flash patterns plus 4 simulated rotating patterns.
  • Action-Scan is the default flash pattern.
  • Permanent mount includes 6″ pigtail.
  • Polycarbonate dome with smooth exterior will not gather dirt and dust.
  • Class 1, SAE J845 Certified.
  • Voltage: 12 VDC
  • Current: 3.0 amp draw (peak), 1.2 amp draw (avg)

The Amber bar comes with Amber LEDs and an Amber tinted dome.

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**The manufacturer of this product and SIRENNET warn against driving with magnetically mounted warning light installed. Use of a magnetic mount on vehicle in motion will violate warranty.**

GPS Tool Saves Hiker, Could Improve Search and Rescue Missions in Remote Areas

When Amanda Eller went missing in Maui in May after leaving for a hike, rescue teams worried they would have difficulty locating her in densely tangled forest filled with steep cliffs. A new GPS tool changed that.

Eller’s friend, Yesenia D’Alessandro, joined a 100-strong search party hoping to find the 35 year old physical therapist who also teaches yoga. Many of the search and rescue volunteers had downloaded a GPS app, called SARTopo, to their phones before departing into the wilderness.

The app gathered data about what areas had been searched so that rescue teams could create maps and narrow down areas still to look through. Available for $3.99, the app tracks where a volunteer walks to create a detailed look at what area has been covered.

The app allowed volunteers to refine their search methods and discover Eller, alive after 17 days of being missing, next to a waterfall. Eller had been surviving off of foraging for wild plants and sipping water from streams to combat dehydration.

Amanda Eller, who was found after 17 days in the wilderness of Maui, survived off of plants and water from streams. Photo Courtesy of ABC News

The app, which led to Eller’s rescue, will hopefully lead to more successful search and rescue missions in remote wilderness areas.

“It kind of led us to search outside of that high-priority area to where we actually found Amanda,” her father, John Eller, said in an interview with the Associated Press.

In the United States, the app has allowed rescue team organizers to chart and map areas of wilderness to better inform volunteer search parties of the terrain.

The GPS system that helped volunteers find Amanda Eller showed that search parties had covered a two mile radius around Eller’s abandoned car without any luck. Helicopters were then sent in to search a wider area, which is when they found Eller.

Search and rescue volunteer and SARTopo creator Matt Jacobs, left, explains the GPS app to other search and rescue volunteers in Sierraville, California. The teams in California used the app to search for a missing aircraft after seeing how successful the tool was during the search in Hawaii for Amanda Eller. Photo Courtesy of Michael St. John/Marin County Sheriff’s SAR unit via AP

“We never would have pushed out if we hadn’t searched the reasonable area first. There’s no reason to start reaching further and further out of the box if we hadn’t completely searched the box,” said Chris Berquist, a volunteer search leader speaking with the Associated Press.

The data from the GPS app showed rescue team organizers that volunteers had actually been covering a lot of the same areas repeatedly, with cliffs blocking their routes and forcing them to turn back and dense greenery creating confusion as to which direction to take. This helped the leaders create a better plan to push volunteers into areas that had not been covered yet. Any kind of natural barrier to volunteers, such as water or cliffs, was searched via drone or by rappelling experts and divers.

The tool is growing in popularity across the United States. In March, rescue workers used the app to find two girls in a Northern California forest after they had gotten lost. It was also used to recover a 67 year old hiker who went missing during a hike near San Francisco.

And Amanda Eller’s father, who was so grateful to have his daughter home safely, has decided to donate supplies and $10,000 to help further rescue efforts in Hawaii and improve the app to save time during rescue missions.

“We saw a huge need. And we feel so lucky with everything everybody did for us, so we’re looking to give back,” said John Eller.

Whelen Sirens Used by Canadian Emergency Vehicles Create Vibrations

The Canadian city of Winnipeg is trying some new sirens on for size – and these ones are having a big impact.

The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service outfitted several of their vehicles with a new siren system from Whelen Engineering that can send vibrations into cars via a low-frequency tone. The idea is that the sirens will be seen, heard, and now felt by other motorists who can allow emergency vehicles to pass more easily.

Tom Howards, the light fleet manager of the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service, says it will keep emergency teams safe as they drive through traffic on their way to a call.

Speaking with the Canadian media outlet CBC News, Howards said the device, a Whelen Howler, is “essentially a product somewhat like a big bass speaker.”

“The feedback from the operators is that it’s making a difference in their safety,” said Howards. How does it work? The frequency of the siren tone is slowed down by the Howler, thus creating vibrations that can be felt by other motorists.

Tom Howards believes the new type of speaker will protect more ambulance drivers from collisions with other motorists, as the vibrations are difficult to ignore. Photo Courtesy of Warren Kay/CBC

The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service took the Howler for a spin in 2016 and liked it so much they decided to install the siren in all six of the chief of paramedic operations vehicles. The item looks like a black can of coffee grounds and is mounted behind the front bumper.

And while it is incredibly effective, the sound took some getting used for the people behind the Howler-fitted vehicles.

Michelle Bessas, a district chief of paramedic operations, also spoke with CBC News about her feelings towards the Howler. Bessas typically turns the siren on several times during her shift.

Bessas will turn on the Howler by pushing on the horn, and uses it most when entering an intersection, as this is the most common site of an accident for emergency vehicle drivers, where they may hit other cars not paying attention to the sirens.

Michelle Bessas says “everybody takes notice” of the Howler. Photo Courtesy of Warren Kay/CBC

“When the Howler goes off, we notice that everybody takes notice — they’re looking around and wondering what’s going on,” Bessas told a CBC reporter who accompanied her during a ride-along.

The Howlers are outfitted to the vehicles driven by the district chiefs, people like Bessas, who do not arrive at every call but rather the calls that are the most serious, calls that involve children, and calls that require advanced life support and bigger crews to handle the situation. They are not outfitted to every ambulance in the Winnipeg fleet, but one day they could be.

Not only are the vibrations difficult to ignore, but the Howler can also send signals and sounds twice the distance of a traditional siren. This, says Bessas, helps her get to scenes safely and quickly.

“A delay in our response in certain situations can really make a difference in the outcome of a patient — it can mean the difference between life and death or a permanent disability or making a full recovery,” said Bessas.

“We all want to go home safe at the end of the day, and we don’t want to cause anybody else to have a collision or to get injured.”

The Howlers were first used by ambulances in the Canadian city of Corner Brook, Newfoundland and are also being used by Calgary Police Service vehicles. Winnipeg is hoping to expand the use of Howlers but outfitting the rest of their rigs with the $1,500 apiece model, though the police force has only agreed to a test run of the device.

Product Post: Star DLITE MicroStar LED Light & the Star DLIT3E MicroStar LED Light

Today we are featuring not one but two products – the Star DLITE MicroStar LED light & the Star DLIT3E MicroStar LED light. From our friends over at Star, these lights are great if you’re looking for something inconspicuous and easily mounted.

First up is the Star DLITE MicroStar LED light. It’s got 6 mega bright LEDs that will pack a punch despite the light’s size.

The Star DLITE MicroStar LED light

Features:

  • Ultra low profile 
  • Six super bright Star Generation V LEDs
  • 12 different selectable flash patterns in either of two phases, plus steady-on
  • Robust design, die cast aluminium base
  • Endless mounting possibilities
  • Single and split color models
  • Current limit protection over entire operating voltage
  • Standard four wire hook-up
  • S-Link System™ synchronizing capabilities with other Star LED units
  • Optional chrome or white bezels available

Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 1”H x 4 3/16”W x 25/64”D 
  • Voltage: 10-30V DC 
  • Amp draw: 0.75 amps 
  • Approvals: SAE Class I, CA Title 13 available where applicable
     

Our second product is the Star DLIT3E MicroStar LED light – also a super low profile light with 12 flash pattern options. The biggest difference between the two products is the amount of LEDs: this unit has 3 super bright Star Generation V LEDs while the Star DLITE MicroStar LED light mentioned above has 6.

The Star DLIT3E MicroStar LED light

Features:

  • Ultra low profile
  • Three super bright Star Generation V LEDs
  • 12 different selectable flash patterns in either of two phases, plus steady-on
  • Robust design, die cast aluminium base
  • Endless mounting possibilities
  • Current limit protection over entire operating voltage
  • S-Link System™ synchronizing capabilities with other Star LED units         

Dimensions:

  • 1”H x 3 1/16”W x 7/16 ”D 
  • Voltage: 10-16V DC 
  • Amp draw: 0.3 amps 
     

Approvals:

  • DLIT3E: SAE Class II (amber, blue, red, white)

Portland, Ore. Hires First African American Fire Chief

Sara Boone, who served for 24 years with the Portland Fire & Rescue Bureau, was appointed fire chief by Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty on June 13.

Boone’s story is a tale of hard work and determination.

She entered the force as an entry-level firefighter, the first African-American woman to join the Portland department, and worked her way up through the ranks to working in emergency operations, then safety chief, and finally to division chief of medical services and training, the position she held before being named fire chief.

“Chief Boone impressed our interview panels with her commitment to community, her technical knowledge, her passion for the fire service, and her leadership style,” said Commissioner Hardesty in a prepared statement. “Chief Boone is well-respected throughout the bureau and we have a great collaborative relationship.”

Not content with making history as the first African-American woman to become a Portland firefighter, Boone has again made history by becoming Portland’s first African-American fire chief. Congratulations, Chief Boone!

Product Post: Code 3 Chase TriColor 18 LED Light

The Code 3 Chase TriColor 18 LED Light (Part# CD3766xxx) is a low profile two color LED light for Interior and Exterior surface mount applications. This TriColor directional LED warning light that can be programmed to flash 1, 2, or 3 colors individually or alternately. 

Available in various color combinations, the CD3766 Directional LED is a surface mount, dual color warning light that is ideal for a wide variety of auxiliary warning applications. Featuring linear optics, 18 high intensity LEDs (6 per color), 16 flash patterns, synchronization capability and an aluminum housing with encapsulated electronics, the CD3766 is an extremely bright, versatile and robust warning light. Each LED color can be controlled independently.

Available Color Combinations:

  • CD3766RBW – (6) Red, (6) Blue, and (6) White LEDs
  • CD3766RBA – (6) Red, (6) Blue, and (6) Amber LEDs
  • CD3766BAW – (6) Blue, (6) Amber, and (6) White LEDs
  • CD3766RAW – (6) Red, (6) Amber, and (6) White LEDs

Features:

  • 18 high intensity LEDs (6 LEDs of each color)
  • Each LED color can be controlled independently
  • 16 TriColor flash patterns
  • Synchronizable in some modes
  • Aluminum housing, polycarbonate lens
  • Encapsulated electronics
  • Surface Mount

Specifications:

  • Voltage:12/24 Volt
  • Current: 0.9 Amps
  • Temperature Range: -22F to +122F (-30C to +50C)
  • Meets SAE J595 Class I, California Title 13, R65, and R10 when properly configured.
  • Dimensions: 1.446" H x 6.417" W x 1.186" D (36.74 mm x 163 mm x 30.14 mm).
  • Distance between mounting holes (center-to-center): 6-9/16”.

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Florida K-9 Unit Prepares for Hurricane Season

As Floridians prepare for hurricane season, which typically runs between June and November, there is one group of rescue workers who are busy training for their role in search and rescue operations: Miami-Dade’s K-9 unit.

The dog squad is part of the Miami-based, 210-person Florida Task Force 1 that is often on the scene after a hurricane hits. This agency does not limit its efforts to the United States alone. In 2010, the Florida Task Force 1 helped out after a devastating earthquake reduced the island nation of Haiti to rubble.

Miami-Dade firefighter/paramedic Maggie Castro gives up and hands a toy to search-and-rescue dog Zeus after the chocolate Labrador found her hiding in a stack of tires during a demonstration, Wednesday, June 19, 2019, at the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Training Facility in Miami. Specializing in urban search and rescue, the Miami-based, 210-personnel Florida Task Force 1 have responded to numerous disasters, including the Florida Panhandle after Hurricane Michael and in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. Caption Courtesy of AP, Photo Courtesy of AP/Wilfredo Lee

“You have to prepare your dogs physically and mentally, as well as yourself, for the heat and type of disasters that we can be faced with,” Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Capt. Kristian Labrada said in an interview with the Associated Press.

The K-9 unit prepared a demonstration of their skills on Wednesday at the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Training Facility in Miami. The four-legged force has a minimum of 12 dogs who have been certified for search and rescue missions, all of whom boast impressive resumes of successful missions. During Wednesday’s demonstration, three dogs independently found a person hiding inside a tire.

Two of the force’s Labradors, Bailey, a black Lab, and Zeus, a chocolate Lab, demonstrated their discerning sense of smell as their trainers encouraged and urged them on as they completed the rest of their tasks.

Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis looked on as the K-9 unit showed off their skills.

“We must prepare now for these disasters, so the men and women don’t have to do the deeds of saving,” Patronis said to the Associated Press.

Patronis emphasized that rescue was a plan B and that evacuation was the primary goal for search and rescue squads during hurricane season. “We want you to be evacuated safely so they don’t have to worry about saving your lives,” Patronis said to the crowd.

Everett PD in Washington State Offering $20K Bonus To New Officers

Everett Police Department in Washington State is hoping a monetary bonus will help bring in new recruits. Starting in June, an additional $20,000 bonus will be given to new lateral officers who complete training and join the force.

Photo Courtesy of Everett Police Department

For those considering the offer, the money will be paid in installments. The first payment will come on the officer’s hire date and the last payment will arrive after the officer completes probation.

Everett PD is hoping to recruit officers from within Washington State as relocating out-of-state recruits takes time and the agency is hoping to speed up the training process and get officers out and serving the community.

There are five vacant officer positions open with more positions expected to open up as several officers plan to retire before the summer is over. Everett PD hopes that with the additional bonus of $20,000, they’ll have a full team, trained and ready to serve their community, within the next six to 12 months.

If interested, head to https://everettwa.gov/552/Careers

Product Post: Whelen M6 Linear Super-LED Lighthead

The Whelen M6 Linear Super-LED Lighthead is a mid-sized member of the M Series family of lightheads, and that makes it special for a number of reasons. Did you know the M Series is the only Patented Linear-LED lighthead series? It’s designed to stand-up to the harsh environments and standards of the industry while providing top of the line performance. We love Whelen’s bold approach to designing for the future of fire, ambulance and rescue truck emergency lighting.

We’ve included some of the features and specs of this product below, but give us a call at 503-670-4700 for pricing! Our sales team would be happy to offer a quote and answer any of your questions.


Features:

  • Surface mounted via two screws.
  • Super-LEDs provide unmatched high intensity warning, low current consumption.
  • Unique lens shape is completely illuminated with patented Linear-LED designed reflector assembly.
  • Lens and reflector are a sealed assembly.
  • Available with color (same as LEDs) or clear lens.
  • Mounting screws are located outside of the sealed lens/reflector assembly eliminating water infiltration.
  • Replaceable light engine is accessed from the rear of the lens/reflector assembly.
  • Rear gasket ensures that the lighthead and optional flange does not touch the vehicle’s surface.
  • Updated design allows for faster and easier installation.
  • M6 lightheads have 164 Scan-Lock flash patterns.
  • Choose from Solid, Left/Right, Top/Bottom, In/Out, or Diagonal sequencing.
  • Meets KKK 1822F, NFPA 1901, SAE and EC65 specifications.
  • 82 flash patterns meet California Title XIII compliant.
  • Hi/Low intensity function included (Violet wire).
  • Hard coating on lens resists scratches, chemical and corrosive damage.
  • Current Draw @ 12.8 VDC: 2.25 (Peak*), 0.9 (Average). * in steady on mode
  • Dimensions (approximate): 4-5/16″ (109mm) H x 6-3/4″ (170mm) W x 1-3/8″ (35mm) D.

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California Lawmakers Consider Restricting Use of Facial Recognition by Police

The city of San Francisco first banned all use of facial recognition technology by police and any other department in May. Now, California lawmakers are considering restricting the use of the software by all police agencies in the state.

The facial recognition software uses machine learning algorithms which identify human faces caught by federal and state cameras and then match the faces to names, creating a database of images and identities.

Facial recognition may infringe on civil liberties, but has been useful in solving cold cases and identifying suspects. Photo Courtesy of the Milwaukee Independent

The California legislature is now debating whether or not to prohibit police from using this software via officer body cameras. Berkeley and Oakland are considering following in their neighbor city’s suit: like San Francisco, the two cities are deciding whether or not to ban the use of facial recognition software among their local police forces.

Federally, the use of facial recognition has also attracted attention. Lawmakers, both Democrats and Republicans, are examining the use of facial recognition programs and whether or not to restrict it.

The measure that California lawmakers have put forth, Assembly Bill 1215, would prohibit the use of any “biometric surveillance system” by police and law enforcement agencies via body cameras. San Francisco Democrat Phil Ting, who acted as lead author of the measure, believes constant surveillance of citizens erodes trust in communities.

“Body cameras were deployed to build trust with communities, to build more transparency and more openness,” said Ting in an interview with the Los Angeles Times. “It really was not the intention of body cameras to have roving surveillance cameras on police.”

Those who are in favor of restricting the use of facial recognition software believe that creating enormous databases of identities could lead to privacy issues as well as free speech issues.

Some groups believe the measure will make policing more difficult and create problems for officers doing their jobs. The California Police Chiefs Association has formally opposed the bill and stated during an Assembly hearing that “prohibiting the use of biometric surveillance systems severely hinders law enforcement’s ability to identify and detain suspects of criminal activity.”

The database can also be used to solve cold cases, as the facial recognition software databases can be compared to old images of suspects from crimes not yet solved.

The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, which would be affected should the bill pass, has said that they do use facial recognition programs to help spur investigations. Lieutenant Derek Sabatini, who heads up the county biometric identification system, said that comparing mug shots to photos collected by the facial recognition database has helped to solve crimes. However, he notes that constant surveillance is worth talking about.

“Surveillance needs discussion,” Sabatini said in an interview with the Los Angeles Times. “We should talk about it and understand how it’s used — there’s a lot of trust issues with that, and it’s totally understandable.”

11th Suspect Arrested in Attempted Murder of David Ortiz

Authorities in the Dominican Republic have arrested the 11th suspect in the attempted murder-for-hire of David Ortiz, a retired Red Sox player. Ortiz was shot in a bar in Santo Domingo on June 9, and is currently recovering in a Boston hospital. Doctors have said he is in good condition.

David Ortiz, one of the most well-known athletes from the Dominican Republic, was shot in the lower back on June 9 while in a crowded bar in the Dominican Republic. Photo Courtesy of NBC News

The suspect, arrested on Tuesday, was identified by CNN through Dominican court documents as Alberto Miguel Rodriguez Mota. His role in the plot is to be discussed on Wednesday in a press conference. Officials described the assassination plot against Ortiz as “complex” and that the suspect who allegedly paid off the foiled assassins is in hiding.

Rodriguez Mota, the most recently arrested suspect in the plot, had allegedly met with another suspect, Gabriel Alexander Perez Vizcaíno. The two men discussed the plan to shoot Ortiz one week before the incident. Perez Vizcaíno acted as the messenger for Rodriguez Mota and Jose Eduardo Ciprian, another suspect who allegedly helped plan the assassination while serving time in a Dominican prison. The suspects had been offered money to kill Ortiz, and Ciprián and fellow inmate Carlos Alvarez offered the assassins a $7,800 payment in return for shooting Ortiz.

Police believe that on the day of the attempted murder, Ciprián texted a photo of Ortiz to Perez Vizcaíno, who is also known as “El Hueso” or “The Bone,” from his prison cell. Perez Vizcaíno then organized a meeting with a “criminal group” at a gas station to show them the man they were to “liquidate,” according to the indictment.

According to David Ortiz’s attorney, Perez Vizcaíno has been given a year of pre-trial detention though it remains unclear why Rodriguez Mota would want Ortiz dead or why he would pay to put a hit on him, or if he was acting on behalf of someone else.

The 11 suspects currently facing charges come from lower class neighborhoods and are likely working as henchmen for a mastermind yet to be identified by police. At a hearing in the Dominican Republic on Friday, a judge ordered nine of the eleven suspects to remain in jail for one year as they away trial.

New National Wireless Service for First Responders Raises Concern Among Media

When Anchorage was hit by a 7.1 magnitude earthquake in 2018, the Anchorage Police Department had just signed up to use a new wireless service that would allow them to communicate when radio and cell phone lines are down. The new wireless service, FirstNet, allowed Anchorage Police Chief Justin Doll to alert first responders to coordinate response efforts and establish an operations headquarters to deal with the aftermath of the natural disaster.

Doll and his colleagues were impressed by the network, as are many of its other users, and this has helped the program grow across the United States. There are, however, some skeptics.

The FirstNet network, run by the AT&T phone service, allows emergency services personnel to coordinate rescue and relief efforts in times when phone lines are down and cell service is weak.

Thousands of first responders have joined the service and are able to use it not only to communicate during emergencies, but also for connecting during the work day. The service helps departments set up routes for their officers to respond to scenes and can also allow departments to search for suspect information. There is even a push-to-talk option that turns officer cellphones into walkie-talkies.

The network was created in 2012 and was inspired by the aftermath of the September 11 attacks in New York City, when many first responders were unable to communicate with each other after phone lines and radio signals were down. The First Responder Network Authority, an independent federal entity, helps to run the system with service provider AT&T.

In Alaska, a massive state with many rural communities, the network has allowed first responders to connect back to their headquarters when out on a call in one of these remote locations. There is hope that FirstNet could majorly improve the internet connections in these areas.

While FirstNet seems to be the perfect tool for officers and other first responders, it is not without its critics. Journalists are concerned that FirstNet’s encrypted network that is shielded from the public could protect agencies from deserved scrutiny. As police radios become silenced to the public due to safety concerns, journalists and others worry that the freedom of information rights are being eroded.

J. Alex Tarquinio, president of the Society of Professional Journalists, is advocating for some aspects of FirstNet be made available to the media.

“The government has an obligation — because this is a public service — to find a way to provide that information to journalists, so journalists can continue to cover incidents and emergency response in a timely way,” Tarquinio said in an interview with the Associated Press.

FirstNet responded to concerns saying it was up to individual departments to allow members of the press or public access to aspects of the system.

Now that FirstNet is picking up steam in the United States, other countries like Canada, New Zealand, South Korea, and others are looking to implement a similar program for their first responders.

Competitor service provider Verizon has also created a network for emergency personnel though the company would not divulge how many departments are currently using the service. AT&T has said that over 7,250 agencies are currently using FirstNet.

“I would say it’s the most important network in our country because it’s serving our first responders who are taking care of us every day,” said Chris Sambar, AT&T’s senior vice president for FirstNet in an interview with the Associated Press.

This article was informed by information gathered by the Associated Press and the journalist Rachel D’Oro.

Product Post: Feniex Fusion Dual Color Mini Lightbar

The Feniex Fusion Dual Color Mini Lightbar is an industry leader with its dual mode capability, functioning as both a warning light and scene light. With 360° degree lighting and 48 flash patterns plus Steady On White this mini LED lightbar offers extreme warning light power. 

This Fusion Dual Color Mini Lightbar displays the Steady On White flash pattern.

There are two mounting options available for the Fusion Mini Light Bar; an adjustable permanent mount and an adjustable magnetic mount. Each magnet is rated at 60 pounds with scratch resistant covers to protect the roof of the emergency vehicle. The Fusion series offers emergency lights that take the best of both the 180 and 40 degree optics.

The Feniex Fusion Dual Color Mini Lightbar in Amber.

Note: After completing your purchase of this lightbar one of our sales team will contact you to determine the configuration that best meets your needs.

Features

  • Modern slim line design.
  • 360° of unobstructed lighting.
  • Twelve Cree LEDs per module.
  • Available Colors: AW, AR, AB, BW, RB, RW
  • Choice of 180° or 40° light spread optics per module
  • 48 flash patterns plus Steady On White.
  • 2 programmable modes (Permanent Mount Only)
  • Rugged weather-resistant enclosure.
  • 2 mounting options: Magnetic or Permanent.
  • Permanent Mount includes a 10 foot hardwire cable.
  • Magnetic Mount includes cigarette plug with On/Off and flash pattern switch.
  • Magnetic Mount includes anti-scratch, protective rubber magnet covers.
  • Made in the USA

Specifications

  • Product Number: FN-8118D
  • Input voltage: 12 VDC
  • Current Draw: 5 Amps
  • Total LEDs: 72 high power 4 Watt Cree LEDs
  • Certifications: SAE J595, CT13, SAE J1119
  • Dimensions: 2.33″ H x 13.94″ L x 8.06″ W.

Feniex 5 Years Warranty

**The manufacturer of this product and SIRENNET warn against driving with magnetically mounted warning light installed. Use of a magnetic mount on vehicle in motion will violate warranty.**

8 Ft. Alligator Takes Bite Out of Patrol Car

On Monday, Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office in Shreveport, Louisiana reported they were unable to apprehend a dangerous “suspect”, and one who had caused quite a bit of damage to a patrol car.

That suspect was an eight-foot long alligator. Reports of the gator lying in the middle of Highway 1 just north of Caddo Parish had deputies arrive on the scene to secure the area while waiting for wildlife experts. As officers worked to surround the gator and keep it contained until backup arrived, the animal escaped and took a massive bite out of the front fender of a patrol deputy’s car in the process.

The alligator is still loose in the area and residents are advised to not approach the animal if they spot it, according to officials.

New Jersey PD Swears in First All Female Class and First Hijab-Wearing Officer

 Tuesday was a proud moment for Paterson, New Jersey’s police department as they welcomed in a new class of graduates to their ranks. This year’s class was also an historic one: it was Paterson’s first all-female class and the first time the police department had sworn in an officer who wears the hijab.

Yeniry Medina, Serein Tamimi and Gabriela Toribio (left to right) comprise Paterson’s first all-female class. The officers were sworn in on June 11, 2019.
Photo Courtesy of Hannan Adely

Mayor Andre Sayegh swore in officers Yeniry Medina, Gabriela Toribio and Serein Tamimi. Sayegh called the ceremony a “proud moment for the city of Paterson.”

“They’re trailblazers,” Sayegh said of the new officers. “They’ve broken the glass ceiling. Now young Patersonians, young people in our schools and our streets, can look up and say, ‘I want to be just like them.’ “

NorthJersey.com reported the three women originally came from a class of six students, two of whom were male. After six months of academic and physical training, only Officers Medina, Toribio, and Tamimi were left.

The women join a squad of 400 officers, all of whom are dedicated to serving the community of Paterson, New Jersey. Photo Courtesy of Hannan Adely

After being sworn in, Officer Tamimi, 22, officially became the first city police officer to wear a hijab. In an interview with NorthJersey.com, Tamimi said she hopes to inspire other Muslim women to achieve their goals and serve her community as a proud American Muslim police officer.

“I want to show them that we’re not what the media portrays us to be,” Tamimi said. “We’re friendly people, we love what we do and we are there for the community.”

As for Officers Medina and Toribio, their reasons for becoming law enforcement officers stem from their experiences in the community of Paterson. Both women have lived their entire lives in Paterson and Medina decided to become a police officer to help her community while Toribio was inspired by an encounter with a kind police officer she met as a child.

Officers Toribio, Medina, and Tamimi join Paterson’s 400-strong police force which includes 57 women officers.

New App Available to Help Firefighters Track Exposure to Dangerous Carcinogens On The Job

Firefighters constantly put themselves at risk to protect their communities. A new app is here to help them cut back on that risk.

The new National Fire Operations Reporting System (NFORS) Exposure Tracker will allow any emergency service personnel – firefighters, paramedics, or police officers – to track and log exposure to deadly carcinogens or chemicals while on the job. The personal diary will be encrypted and secure to maintain medical privacy.

The NFORS Exposure Tracker could mean huge strides for researchers hoping to monitor and learn more about cancer development among firefighters. Photo Courtesy of FireFighterNation.com

The logs will help emergency services personnel keep track of their exposure to certain dangerous toxins so that they can make informed medical decisions and take the steps to get healthy and protect against occupational hazards such as cancer.

“This valuable tool will help provide fire fighters with the documentation they need to show on-the-job exposure to a toxic soup of carcinogens and ensure they have the resources to get healthy and return to work,” said Harold A. Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters in an interview with FirefighterNation.com.

The International Association of Fire Fighters worked with the the International Associations of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association, International Public Safety Data Institute (IPSDI) and other fire service experts to create the NFORS Fire Fighter Exposure Tracker. The research and development of the app was funded by the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters grant program and the Ramsey Social Justice Foundation.

“The information gathered in the NFORS Exposure Tracker will provide essential data to help researchers better understand toxic exposures on the fire scene and develop new treatments and prevention protocols for occupational diseases, including cancer – now the leading cause of death among fire fighters,” says Dr. Lori Moore-Merrell, president and CEO of IPSDI in an interview with FireFighterNation.com.

The app will continually log emergency services personnel work-related illness and exposure, and the data will help firefighters who develop cancer or PTSD to provide proof of their conditions in order to receive workers’ compensation. The data collected in the app will even be available to emergency services personnel who have retired.

Any firefighter who wishes to be cataloged in the National Firefighter Cancer Registry will have the option to share their medical data with researchers.

The Registry was signed into law by President Trump in 2018 and created a database for researchers to rely on to determine how firefighters develop cancer.

The NFORS Exposure Tracker App is free to download from app stores, and paramedics, police officers, and firefighters are encouraged to educate themselves and their departments about the risk of exposure to toxins and carcinogens. All of the data will be private, as fire departments will not have access to private employee logs.

Product Post: Code 3 CD5051 Series Directional LED Warning Light

From Code 3’s CD5051 Series comes the Directional LED Warning Light, complete with SAE Class I Dual-Color Grille Mount.

The CD5051 Series directional LED warning light offers the flexibility of two different color outputs within a single unit, comprised of 9 high-intensity LEDs (single-color) or 18 high-intensity LEDs (dual-color).

This directional is great for hard-to-mount applications including the grille area or rear hatch and comes with 3 mounting options. SAE Class I light output, synchronization capability and the choice of 18 flash patterns for single-color and 36 flash patterns for dual-color allows the creation of an attention-getting, multicolor warning system with half the number of lights typically required.

Each model can be programmed to flash each color option individually or alternate colors. Interested? Give us a call at 503-670-4700 for a quote!

Helicopter Crashes in Manhattan, Killing Pilot

On Monday afternoon, a helicopter crashed into the roof of a Manhattan skyscraper. The heavy rain and low clouds obscured the roof of the 750-foot (229-meter) AXA Equitable building, which may have led to the accident. Local media identified the pilot as Tim McCormack. McCormack was killed in the crash.

The crash caused a small fire to start in the AXA Equitable building but it was put out quickly. According to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, no one else was reported injured.

“There was a helicopter that made a forced landing, emergency landing, or landed on the roof of the building for one reason or another,” Cuomo told reporters at the scene.

Response to the helicopter’s crash-landing was quick. Rescue vehicles surrounded the building and brought back memories for some onlookers of the September 11 attacks.

“If you’re a New Yorker, you have a level of PTSD, right, from 9/11. And I remember that morning all too well. So as soon as you hear an aircraft hit a building, I think my mind goes where every New Yorker’s mind goes,” said Governor Cuomo.

Officials say there is no indication this was a terror attack and the Federal Aviation Administration said it would investigate the crash. New York officials say the pilot who perished in the accident was the only person on board the aircraft.

South African Premier Forgoes New Car, Instead Buys Ambulances for Province

Zamani Saul is on a mission to cut down on costs and improve conditions in the Northern Cape, the South African province he was elected to govern over.

Saul tweeted his administration would not be buying any new cars for Members of his Executive Council, or MECs as they’re commonly referred to. The money would instead go to buying 63 new ambulance vans that will be used throughout the Northern Cape province.

Zamani Saul, newly elected Premier of the Northern Cape province, receives 63 new ambulance vans to serve communities throughout the province. Photo Courtesy of Zamani Saul/Twitter

Saul’s determination to improve living conditions for communities in his province is noble, but he refuses to be glorified for it. He made the decision not to have any photos taken of himself or his staff of MECs to be hung around the government offices in the province, a custom that is typical when a new government is elected.

On May 29, Saul tweeted “No pictures of me or any of the MECs Will be mounted on walls of government departments in the Northern Cape Province. Our task is to serve and not to be glorified. CONGRATS TO THE NEWLY APPOINTED MEMBERS OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL. I have full confidence in your capabilities.”

It seems the new premier is taking steps in the right direction to cut government spending and many have applauded him for it, but others are unsure if it will be enough in the long run. Only time will tell.

Product Post: Whelen M9 Series Turn Arrow Light

Today we are looking at the Whelen M9 Series Turn Arrow Light (M9T), the largest turn arrow light in the M Series Lighthead family. This light is composed of 120 amber LEDs and an Amber arrow shaped non-optic polycarbonate lens. 

The turn arrow light is designed to be installed as a surface mount warning light with the included two screws. The M9T has seven Scan-Lock flash patterns including Steady-Burn. 

The assembly is resistant to water, moisture, dust, and other environmental conditions, an ideal light for vehicles that are used in harsh conditions. The hard coated lens provides extended life/luster protection against UV and chemical exposure. The PC board is conformal coated for additional protection. 

The M9T is furnished with 6″ unterminated pigtails, a rubber gasket, 2 screws, and screw grommets included for installation. Additional mounting options are purchased separately. You can rest easy knowing this light is built to last and backed by a Whelen Five Year Warranty.

Features

  • 120 LEDs for an extremely bright output.
  • 7 Scan-Lock patterns including Steady-Burn.
  • Amber arrow shaped non-optic polycarbonate lens.
  • Sealed for resistant to water, moisture, dust, and other environmental conditions.
  • Three wire, 6 inch pigtail.
  • Rubber gasket, 2 screws, and screw grommets included for installation.

Specifications

  • Lens Color: Amber
  • Voltage: +12 VDC
  • Amp Draw : 1.20 Amps
  • Size: 6.51” H x 10.34” W x 1.39” D.
  • Meets SAE specifications J1395, J588, and J1330. 

New App Could Help First Responders Arrive Faster

A new GPS system known as QuickRoute is being created to help first responders arrive on the scene safely and quickly.

Developed by the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate in partnership with Azimuth1, the new app is expected to be available in 2020. It will also come in a desktop version.

The app assesses a route to a scene and can warn first responders of potential hazards along the route. This will keep first responders safe and allow them to get to the scene more quickly.

The app uses data streams that are not available to the public to inform the driver of potential factors that could slow first responders down as they head to an incident.

“If you have firefighters who have been called to an emergency, and they’re driving, say, a hook and ladder truck—perhaps they can’t traverse a narrow lane,” said Science and Technology Program Manager Kimberli Jones-Holt in an interview with PoliceOne.com. “QuickRoute will provide an alternate route to be able to get them to that emergency much more quickly than a traditional commercial application would.”

The app takes into account the kind of vehicle that is being driven and makes changes to the route based off of the vehicle’s turn radius, bridge and tunnel heights, traffic signals, and the rig’s ability to use lights and sirens to warn other motorists to clear the way. The app also factors in the weather, transit schedules, and even local jurisdiction rules to create the perfect route for first responders.

Fire Department in Massachusetts is Switching to European-Style Helmets

Amherst Fire Department is about to have a new look. The Massachusetts fire department has purchased brand new helmets for their firefighters, and in doing so have broken with tradition.

The European-style helmets will offer better heat protection and are easier to clean, say firefighters. Photo Courtesy of Western Mass News.

“You can see it’s a much more rounded style, compared to this with the big brim in the rear and a little in the front with a lot of protrusion. It has no pieces sticking out that can be stuck by falling debris, or wires as you’re climbing under them striking a door it just distributes weight more evenly,” said Amherst Assistant Fire Chief Lindsay Stromgren in an interview with Western Mass News.

The new helmets, which were just approved by the National Fire Protection Association in the fall of 2018, are called Carins XF-1. They’re common in Europe, which is where the Amherst Fire Department got the idea to upgrade their helmets.

Indicating a gold helmet given as a gift to the fire department by a fellow firefighter from Paris, Assistant Chief Stromgren notes that his department was inspired to swap their old helmets for the European-style protection.

“This is actually a genuine helmet from the Paris, France Fire Department, so if you watched any of the footage from the Notre Dame fire last month, you would’ve seen this is what they were wearing. It’s actually made by the same company,” Stromgren said.

The new helmets feature a rounder shape, which offers better heat protection. The inside fabric is also removable, making the helmets easier to clean. Most importantly the new helmets also include a speaker with a microphone attached to the firefighter’s radio. Stromgren said this could be a game changer for future fire departments looking to make the switch to the new helmets.

“Particularly for the firefighter, you can image them crawling around into buildings. Traditionally, what they have is speaker mic here, which where they may not hear the transmission or they have to grab it to be able to talk through their mask. With these here, the speakers are in their ears the entire time,” Stromgren said to Western Mass News.

Perhaps the new look will inspire other fire squads throughout the state and country to make the switch, too.

Product Post: Feniex Fusion Dual Color Rear Interior Lightbar

The Feniex Fusion Dual Color Rear Interior Lightbar is the brightest and most innovative interior LED lightbar. These LED interior lights give the vehicle a factory look, both stealth and clean. This rear lightbar the least amount of installation time where interior rear lightbar emergency vehicle lights are concerned. Functions include Warning and Directional modes, with 75 flash pattern choices. The Fusion series offers emergency lights that combine the best of both the 180 and 40 degree optics.

Note: After completing your purchase of these lightbars one of our sales team will contact you to determine the configuration that best meets your needs.

Vehicle Specific Models

  • FN-2809D – 2011 & Newer Chevy Caprice
  • FN-2811D – 2011 & Newer Dodge Charger
  • FN-2209D – 2013 & Newer Ford Police Interceptor Sedan

Features

  • Choice of 180° or 40° light spread optics per module.
  • Available Colors: AW, AB, AR, BW, RB, RW.
  • 75 flash patterns.
  • Rugged sheet metal housing.
  • No drilling required. Brackets included.
  • Includes adjustable trim to prevent windshield flash back.
  • Made in the USA

Capabilities

  • 2 Programmable Modes
  • Directional Patterns
  • Work-Light/Steady-On Mode

Specifications

  • Input voltage: 12 VDC
  • Current Draw: 5 Amp
  • Dual Color: 96 high power 4 Watt Cree LEDs
  • Certifications SAE J595, CT13, SAE J1119
  • Dimensions: 0.95″ H x 37″ L x 5.5″ W
  • Cable Harness length: 10 Feet

FDNY to Give 5 Year Ambulance Contract for Wheeled Coach Ambulances

It’s a happy day for REV Group, a specialty vehicle manufacturer. The company was awarded a five year contract by the Fire Department of New York to create 425 Type I Wheeled Coach ambulances. The entire contract is worth $160 million, as the FDNY specifically asked the company to manufacture a variety of vehicle configurations, the first rigs to be ready to ship halfway through 2020’s fiscal year.

Image Courtesy of FireFighterNation.com

The FDNY will be keeping some things the same while improving aspects of the design to meet new goals. For example, the new vehicles will use the classic Ford F-550 4×4 chassis but also include an auxiliary power unit as part of the FDNY Green Initiative. The power unit will allow the ambulance to operate without leaving the engine running while the vehicle is idle.

The new rigs will also include high-visibility reflective safety graphics as well as a Vista brake lock to protect against vehicle theft.

The new ambulances could not come at a better time for the FDNY, which ran a record breaking 1.9 million ambulances runs in 2018. After a chance for multiple companies to bid on the contract, REV Ambulance Group Orlando, Inc. won out with its Wheeled Coach brand of vehicles that the FDNY believe will meet their requirements for both form and function.

“FDNY responds to a staggering 5,100 EMS calls a day, and the ambulances we build for them run non-stop. The learning we obtain from designing and building FDNY’s vehicles for the past ten years is evident in every ambulance we make,” stated Tim Sullivan, CEO of REV Group, in an interview with FireFightNation.com. “We build a better ambulance because of it.”

FDNY is not new to the Wheeled Coach brand, as they currently operate 660 of them today. Based off of budget projections, the new fleet of ambulances will be rolled out over the course of a couple of years. This will help the FDNY include new ambulances fairly regularly into their operational fleets.

This article was informed by reporting from FireFighterNation.com

More Than 30 People Killed As Sudanese Military Storm Sit-In

An estimated 30 protestors were killed when Sudanese military stormed a sit-in being held in Khartoum on Monday. In addition to the deaths, hundreds were injured and doctors from the Central Committee of Sudan Doctors say many are in intensive care and require surgery.

Sudanese military gather around the army headquarters in Khartoum as violent clashes with protestors lead to 30 dead and more than a hundred people injured. Photo Courtesy of CNN

The military has denied their role in the violence and the mobile internet in Sudan has been shut down, according to sources in the country reporting to CNN.

One of the three major Sudanese mobile networks, MTN, resumed partial service later on Monday though customers reported slow connectivity.

The demonstration was part of a nationwide movement headed up by the Sudanese Professionals Association to mobilize opposition to the military council created during the coup that unseated longtime Sudanese President, Omar al-Bashir. Protestors joined together outside of the Defense Ministry building in Khartoum, the nation’s capital and took to main streets to bring attention to their cause.

CNN reported that eyewitnesses saw police and paramilitary Rapid Support Forces shoot at the protestors. Videos circulating the internet show security forces beating protestors with sticks. The Central Committee of Sudan Doctors reported that patients being treated in nearby hospitals had been shot at with “live bullets” and that one of the victims of the violence was an 8-year-old child. Over 116 people are being treated in local hospitals due to injuries sustained in the violence.

Product Post: Code 3 4-Pack MultiColor Hide-A-Blast Lights

All you undercover and low-profile police out there, these Code 3 4-Pack MultiColor Hide-A-Blast Lights are for you!

The easily mounted, flush to vehicle shape of the Hide-A-Blast lights make them perfect for undercover or low-profile vehicles.

The Code 3 4-Pack MultiColor Hide-A-Blast Lights are ultra-slim, low profile and flush mount units perfect for covert applications. If you’ve got a vehicle that needs to transform from a undercover rig to a high-impact police cruiser, you need to get your hands on this product.

From undercover to highly visible in a flash!

The MultiColor Hide-A-Blasts are available in 2 color combinations of Red, Blue, White, and Amber. Ideal for external vehicle applications when additional warning light is needed to transform your low profile vehicle into a high impact police cruiser. Weather and vibration proof the HB4PAK lights are easy to install, and come with 14 pre-loaded flash patterns to help you warn drivers and pedestrians. Synchronize with multiple units for increased impact.

Note: These lights are sold as a single pair. This is not a 4 pack of lights.

A blue Hide-A-Blast light, also available in Red, White, and Amber.

Features:

  • 6 LEDs (3 of each color) behind a Polycarbonate Lens.
  • Available in 2 color combinations of Red, Blue, White, and Amber.
  • Both lightheads will have the same combination of colors.
  • 25 Flash Patterns and 1 Steady, Simultaneous or Alternating.
  • 8 inch cable with connector on each lighthead.
  • 32 inch cable from flasher to end with Y connectors.
  • 70 inch cable from flasher to control switches.
  • 80 inch extender for lighthead included.
  • Rubber gaskets eliminates water access.
  • Flush mount with supplied grommet.
  • L-shaped bracket mount available.
  • Dimming Capability.
  • Synchronous Capability.

Specifications:

  • Voltage: 12 or 24 Volt
  • Lighthead dimensions: 1.575″ H x 1.045″ D (40mm x 26.5mm)
  • Controller module: 1.075″ W x 5.39″ L x .593″ H (27.3mm x 136.9mm x 15mm)
  • Meets SAE J595 Class 1 when properly configured.
  • California Title 13 requirements in Red and Blue conbinations when properly configured.
  • Meets ECE R65 in Blue and Amber when properly configured.

Code 3 Five Year Warranty on LEDs

River Boat Collision in Budapest Kills 7 People, 21 Remain Missing

A river boat cruise through the Hungarian capital of Budapest went horribly wrong on Wednesday night, when the boat hit another, bigger vessel and flipped over, sending passengers into the water.

Hundreds of rescue workers line the shores of the Danube River in Budapest to help locate the missing passengers from sightseeing boat (Photo by GERGELY BESENYEI / AFP)GERGELY BESENYEI/AFP/Getty Images

Seven people were confirmed dead after the accident, while 21 people remain missing. Of the 35 passengers on board the sightseeing boat, 33 were South Korean nationals.

Hungarian police said the boats collided and the sightseeing boat flipped and sank in seven seconds. The captain of the largest vessel is being held by police, who are considering arresting him formally. Known only as Mr. Yuriy, the 64-year-old man from Ukraine, is being detained due to suspicious evidence found by police when they searched his vessel.

The Viking Sigyn hotelship sustained visible damage following its collision with the sightseeing boat on the River Danube in Budapest, on Thursday, May 30, 2019. Photo Courtesy of Zoltan Mathe/MTI via AP

Police have continued to search for the 21 missing passengers, though the President of South Korea, Moon Jae-in, said in a statement on Wednesday that poor weather had affected the rescue efforts.

Police did manage to rescue seven passengers from the initial accident, all of whom were sent to local hospitals to be treated for injuries. Six of the passengers have now been discharged, while one passenger is still being treated for broken ribs, according to an ER doctor who spoke with CNN.

Of the seven people killed in the accident, all were of South Korean nationality. None of the passengers had been wearing life jackets, said police.

Anheuser-Busch Delivers Drinking Water to Volunteer Firefighters Across US

As wildfire season approaches, Anheuser-Busch is preparing volunteer firefighter departments across the United States by shipping out crates of drinking water free of charge.

Anheuser-Busch has delivered over 80 million cans of clean drinking water to U.S. communities since beginning their clean water program in 1988. Photo Courtesy of WXYZ (Detroit)

Anheuser-Busch has been supplying drinking water to wildfire firefighters for over 30 years, but this year they plan to expand the program by donating one million cans of drinking water to volunteer fire departments.

The company, in partnership with the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC), will begin their deliveries this week, shipping out roughly 300,000 cans of clean drinking water to 26 different volunteer fire departments.

“Eighty-three percent of the nation’s fire departments, which protect our communities from hazards of all kinds, are all- or mostly-volunteer,” said Steve Hirsch, Chair of the NVFC in an interview with FirefighterNation.com. “Funding for needed resources is a constant challenge for many of these departments, making this donation even more important as it directly supports the health and safety of our firefighters and the communities they serve.”

The first departments to receive water were identified by the NVFC and Anheuser-Busch as the most in need of reinforcements.

“As the country faces more natural disasters, like wildfires, preparation plays a major role in ensuring fire departments across the country have the resources they need to protect their friends and neighbors,” said Adam Warrington, Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility at Anheuser-Busch in an interview with FirefighterNation.com. “In the same way we have utilized our production strengths to can water throughout the year to support our communities at a moment’s notice, these water donations – in advance of wildfire season – will provide critical hydration to help our nation’s volunteer firefighters stand ready for our communities in times of need.”

For those fire departments that were not listed on the initial round of deliveries, Anheuser-Busch has set up a request system where departments can ask for water deliveries via the NVFC to hydrate their crews as they work to fight wildfires. Additional information will be available at www.nvfc.org/water.

The fire departments on the list for the first round of deliveries are:

●        Arizona: Pine Rural Fire & Medical District (Mammoth, AZ)

●        Arizona: Hayden Volunteer Fire Department (Hayden, AZ)

●        California: Mi Wuk Sugar Pine Fire Protection District (Twain Harte, CA)

●        California: Suisun City Firefighters Association Inc.(Suisun City, CA)

●        California: Graton Fire Department (Sebastopol, CA)

●        California: Geyserville Volunteer Firefighters Association (Geyserville, CA)

●        Colorado: Southwest Washington County Fire Protection District (Anton, CA)

●        Colorado: Brush Volunteer Fire Department (Brush, CO)

●        Colorado: Hillrose Snyder Volunteer Fire Department (Hillrose, CO)

●        Idaho: Donnelly Rural Fire Protection District (Donnelly, ID)

●        Iowa: Harlan Fire Department (Harlan, IA)

●        Kansas: Girard Fire Department (Girard, KS)

●        Kansas: Linn County Rural Fire Department (Pleasanton, KS)

●        Massachusetts: Carver Fire Department (Carver, MA)

●        Montana: South Kalispell Volunteer Fire Department (Kaispell, MT)

●        Nebraska: Chadron Volunteer Fire Department (Chadron, NE)

●        Nevada: Lovelock Volunteer Fire Department (Lovelock, NV)

●        New Hampshire: Brookline Fire Department (Brookline, NH)

●        Oklahoma: Darwin Volunteer Fire Department (Antlers, OK)

●        Oklahoma: Konawa Volunteer Fire Department (Konawa, OK)

●        Oregon: Ontario Fire & Rescue (Ontario, OR)

●        South Dakota: Rockerville Volunteer Fire Department (Rapid City, SD)

●        Texas: Hallsville Volunteer Fire Department (Hallsville, TX)

●        Texas: Edinburg Fire Department (Edinburg, TX)

●        Washington: Grant County Fire District 3 (Quincy, WA)

●        Wyoming: Goose Valley Fire Department (Sheridan, WY)

Since 1988, Anheuser-Busch has made a point to halt production of beer in order to deliver cans of water to volunteer firefighters around the country as well as ship out water in times of natural disasters. So far, they have delivered 80 million cans of clean drinking water to communities across the U.S. affected by natural disasters.  

Everest Death Toll Rises as Fabled Landmark Swarmed by Climbers

Eleven people have died on Mount Everest this year, as the world’s highest peaks are swarmed by climbers. This is the deadliest season on Everest since 2015.

Nepal government officials say a string of bad weather has made summiting Mount Everest difficult this season, though Everest regulars suggest that overcrowding and inexperienced climbers may be to blame.

Photo taken by Everest veteran Nirmal Purja shows the line to ascend the world’s tallest peak on May 22. Many say overcrowding is to blame for the deaths of 11 climbers.

“There were more people on Everest than there should be,” Kul Bahadur Gurung with the Nepal Mountaineering Association said in an interview Associated Press.

Most of the deaths have been attributed to altitude sickness. It’s not unusual for climbers and sherpas to experience altitude sickness leading to death, or to suffer from dangers like exposure or avalanches.

A record breaking 381 permits were granted to climbers to summit the world’s highest mountain this year, but the number of bodies on the mountain is even higher as climbers often rely on sherpas to guide them and help carry luggage and gear.

Because so many people have been climbing the mountain, there have also been a record number of ascents this season. 825 people successfully summited Mount Everest so far. This number includes climbers from the Chinese side of the mountain, as China has begun issuing climbing permits as well to drive tourism and revenue for the country.

While the Nepalese government has given out a record number of permits this year, the Chinese government has been more restrictive in granting permits.

Mount Everest is a huge source of revenue for Nepal which is one of the world’s poorest countries. According to Mohan Krishna Sapkota, secretary at the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Nepal makes roughly $300 million each year from Everest related activities, as each permit costs $11,000.

There is no indication that Nepal will restrict climbing permits, but the government did say inexperienced climbers may cause problems on the mountain.

Perhaps it’s the record number of permits being given out to anyone with the money and the doctor’s note assuring good health, but other concerned parties believe expedition companies that bring inexperienced climbers to the highest mountain in the world are partly to blame for the Everest tragedies.

“The easy headline is, ‘Overcrowding is killing people on Everest,’ ” Alan Arnette, an expert on Everest, said in an interview with USA Today. “But the root cause of that line in the photo is low-cost guide companies bringing in a new demographic of climbers who don’t belong there. Limiting the number of permits isn’t the solution. People should have to have climbed an 8,000-meter peak, and they need to tighten up who can guide there because right now they let anybody guide.”

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Two Dead, Others Injured in Knife Attack in Japan

Two people were killed, one of them a 12-year-old girl, in a knife attack near a park in the city of Kawasaki, Japan on Tuesday. 15 school children were also injured.

Emergency services personnel and police inspect the area where the violence took place. Photo Courtesy of CNN

All 17 victims were taken to nearby hospitals, though a spokesperson at the Nippon Medical School Musashikosugi Hospital confirmed the 12-year-old girl and a 39-year-old man died. The attacker, a man authorities believe to be in his 40s or 50s, also died of a self-inflicted wound.

The act of violence has shocked the community and the world, as Japan is thought to be one of the safest places in the world. The Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, called the violence “heartbreaking”.

“We must keep our children safe at all costs,” Abe said in a press conference. “I’ve instructed the related ministers to take immediate action to ensure the children’s safety in going to and leaving school.”

Rescuers work at the scene of an attack in Kawasaki, near Tokyo on Tuesday, May 28.
Rescue workers flood the scene shortly after the stabbing spree took place. Photo Courtesy of CNN

Japan has one of the world’s lowest homicide rates, as per data collected by the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime. Attacks such as the stabbing spree on Tuesday, are considered extremely rare, especially since it is illegal to carry pocket knives, hunting knives, box cutters, or craft knives in public.

Kosuzu Sunayama, 26, is a resident of the area where the stabbings took place. She told CNN that she could hear screaming while she was at home.

“It’s not the kind of place to have such a incident. Its not the kind of place to have such a horrible news,” Sunayama said to CNN. “My heart is aching.”

First Female Captain Hired at Fort Smith Fire Department in Arkansas

Lisa Johnson was promoted to fire captain of the City of Fort Smith Fire Department last week, making her the force’s first ever female captain.

Johnson has worked at Fort Smith since 2003, and made history as the squad’s first female driver and second female to be hired by the department.

“Actually I had never thought about being a firefighter, I was on a different path going to college, and it was suggested to me, and the more I learned about it, the more I found out about it, the more I thought, that’s something I want to do, and I am extremely glad that I did,” Johnson said in an interview with local station 5NEWS.

Lisa Johnson is sworn in as fire captain, making her the first female captain at Fort Smith Fire Department. Photo Courtesy of the Southwest Times Record

“If maybe there is a young woman out there that hasn’t thought of it like I hadn’t thought of it, it might be an option for her,” said Johnson.

As Disney World Grows, Firefighters Hope Staff Will Too

The “Happiest Place on Earth” is growing but its staff of firefighters is not.

As Walt Disney World Resort grows, firefighters who work inside the park to ensure guests’ safety are concerned about the level of staff available in case of emergencies. Photo Courtesy of Good Housekeeping

The Walt Disney World theme park and resort in Orlando, Florida is growing to include new resorts, a new gondola system, and a new Star Wars-themed exhibit. But the crews of firefighters who look out for the safety of the guests are concerned that their numbers are not adequate to cover the expansions, especially the new gondola system.

Disney has added two more firefighters to each shift, but that is the only staffing change the entertainment giant has made since the 1980s.

The new gondola system will carry ten people per car, with a maximum of 2,000 passengers in the 200 car total.

Gondola-riders will be swept 90 feet in the air and get picturesque view of the park, sometimes being carried over water.

The system is sure to be a hit with customers, but firefighters worry over the amount of staff it will take to safely remove passengers from the ride should an emergency occur.

“We’re at the max now,” said member of the Reedy Creek Professional Firefighters Tim Stromsnes in an interview with local news station WGTV9. “We’re just worried that with all this expansion, we’re not going to have enough firefighters.”

Reedy Creek Fire Department headquarters. Photo Courtesy of MickeyBlog.com

When firefighters voiced their concern to management and requested an additional 40 more crew members to supplement the current shifts of 32 firefighters, they were turned down and instead granted two administrative positions.

“We got no boots on the ground,” Stromsnes said. “Nobody that could do a gondola rescue or be on the tower truck or on the special ops team. None of those people were hired.”

The resort can host up to 350,000 people per day. It also covers twice the area of Manhattan in New York.

WFTV, who first reported on this issue, reached out to Disney for comment on the firefighters concerns. The reporters were told the safety of guests and cast members is and always will be Disney’s core focus in operating its parks and resorts.

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Tornado Strikes Missouri, Killing 3

Three people were killed when a tornado swept through Missouri on Wednesday. Now residents of the state are left to clean up the rubble and assess the significant damage done by the storm.

Jessica Rodgers and a neighbor Ray Arellana carry Rodgers’ sister Sophia Rodgers to safety, as fallen power lines and rubble litter the road. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Late at night on May 22, a tornado barreled its way through parts of Missouri, including the capital, Jefferson City. Once they were given the all clear, first responders were on the ground searching for people buried or trapped by rubble. Jefferson City Police confirmed 20 people had been taken to hospital as a result of injuries sustained during the storm.

The tornado reached speeds of up to 160 miles an hour and tore through nearly 20 miles of the state, including Golden City where it claimed three lives.

Governor Mike Parson had issued a state of emergency earlier in the week, due to the severe thunderstorms and threat of flooding. Following the tornado, Governor Parson announced that some government buildings had been damaged and that some parts of the state had lost power.

Jefferson City, the capital of Missouri, was also hit by the tornado late Wednesday night. Homes and businesses were ripped apart by the storm, while 20 residents suffered injuries as a result of the tornado. Photo Courtesy of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Governor Parson applauded the efforts of emergency crews who acted quickly to contain damage and rescue trapped citizens in a press conference on Thursday.

“Across the state, Missouri’s first responders once again responded quickly and with strong coordination as much of the state dealt with extremely dangerous conditions that left people injured, trapped in homes, and tragically led to the death of three people,” said Parson.

A shelter was set up at Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Jefferson City by the Red Cross for residents to find safety and supplies.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol, Jefferson City Fire Department, and the highly trained search and rescue squad the Missouri Task Force 1, all pitched in to respond once the tornado hit.

Missouri is not the only state to experience a tornado in the last week. Other states in the region have been hit with severe flooding, storms, and tornados as well, including Oklahoma and Iowa.

House Democrats Propose $25 Million Upgrade to Public Housing Safety

A $25 million grant program championed by the House Appropriations Committee hopes to improve the safety measures in public housing like installing effective carbon dioxide detectors.

The proposal comes on the heels of several investigations into the inadequate safety measures in housing overseen by Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Secretary of Department of Housing and Urban Development, Ben Carson, speaks with press in front of a HUD housing development. Photo Courtesy of New York Times

Representative David Price of New York, who works as the committee’s head of housing said carbon monoxide monitors were a priority for the committee. “Carbon monoxide is a widespread hazard — perhaps more widespread than we had known,” said Price. Housing authorities“ought to be paying attention to this as a possible hazard, and now there is a federal program that encourages and helps them,” he said.

Local public housing authorities can apply for federal grants to help upgrade the safety measures in their buildings, like installing new carbon monoxide detectors and removing asbestos.

Roughly 4.6 families live in HUD housing and 13 residents have died as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning since 2003, even though HUD does not require detectors be installed in homes.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development said it plans to require carbon monoxide detectors and has allocated $5 million to pay for the installation process but no proposal has been put forth by the agency at the time of this article.

The $25 million proposal would go towards the Public Housing Capital Fund, a fund to modernize and improve public housing in the United States. If passed, it would increase the exiting $2.775 billion fund by $80 million. President Trump and his administration has proposed eliminating the fund entirely.

Argentina and Algeria are Officially Malaria-Free

Malaria has been eradicated from the countries of Algeria and Argentina, said the World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday.

38 countries have now been deemed malaria-free, a major milestone for WHO and other agencies who have been fighting to eliminate the disease since it made a global comeback. Though the disease is preventable and treatable, it kills roughly 400,000 around the world each year. In 2017, health officials estimate there were 219 million malaria cases globally, most fatal cases occurring in Africa.

Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO’s regional director for Africa said that Algeria’s declaration of malaria-free is especially important.

“Algeria has shown the rest of Africa that malaria can be beaten through country leadership, bold action, sound investment and science. The rest of the continent can learn from this experience,” said Dr. Moeti.

Algeria and Argentina, as well as the other countries that have been declared malaria free, have proven to health officials that there have been no in-country transmissions of the disease for three consecutive years. Algeria is the second country in Africa to be declared malaria free; Mauritius was the first in 1973.

In April, the WHO launched a malaria vaccination product with the goal to vaccinate 360,000 children each year. Though the vaccination only offers partial protection from the disease, it has made an impact in clinical studies and could help save lives and prevent illness.

Photo Courtesy of WHO

Algeria saw success in managing malaria by training health care workers in identifying and treating the disease quickly before it spreads. Universal healthcare and quick response to malaria outbreaks were also instrumental in tamping down the spread of the disease.

Argentina is the second country in the Americas in 45 years to be declared malaria-free, after Paraguay was declared malaria-free in 2018. Health care workers sprayed homes with mosquito poison and tracked outbreaks effectively to contain the spread of the disease.

A health care worker sprays insecticide over a home in Argentina to kill the mosquitos that carry and spread malaria. Photo Courtesy of WHO

WHO’s Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus applauded the efforts of both countries in tackling the disease in a press release by the organization “Algeria and Argentina have eliminated malaria thanks to the unwavering commitment and perseverance of the people and leaders of both countries,” said Dr. Ghebreyesus. “Their success serves as a model for other countries working to end this disease once and for all.”

“Algeria and Argentina have eliminated malaria thanks to the unwavering commitment and perseverance of the people and leaders of both countries,” said WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, in the organization’s press release.”Their success serves as a model for other countries working to end this disease once and for all,” he added.Get CNN Health’s weekly newsletter

Sign up here to get The Results Are In with Dr. Sanjay Gupta every Tuesday from the CNN Health team.Argentina is the second country in 45 years to be recognized as malaria-free in the Americas, following Paraguay, which reached this status last year.Eliminating malaria was made a goal in Argentina in the 1970s. The country tackled this by training health workers to spray homes with insecticides, diagnosing the disease through microscopy, and responding to cases in the community effectively.

Major European Crime Ring Busted by Europol

One of Europe’s biggest crime rings, known for drug trafficking, assassinations, and money laundering, was busted by Europol on Wednesday.

The Europol Headquarters in the Hague, the Netherlands.

The European Union’s police agency estimated that the crime group had taken in nearly $760 million as a result of its criminal activity in 2017-19 and was headed up by a 48 year old Lithuanian national and other EU citizens.

In a raid that took place in four countries over May 15-16, 450 law enforcement officers and customs officials arrested 22 suspects. The agency personnel included officers from Poland, the UK, Lithuania, and Spain. Those working Operation “Icebreaker” found nearly $9 million worth of cash, gold bars, diamonds, luxury cars, and jewelry as they searched over 40 homes.

The successful raid had been planned since 2016, when officers and agency officials began gathering intel and putting together cases to take down the major criminal network. The “highly professional and dangerous international organized crime group” was aware of the operation and tried to use “counter-surveillance and counter-intelligence measures to try to evade law enforcement authorities, as well as specialized encrypted communication devices” said Europol.

The crime ring laundered money through currency exchange offices, then spent the cash on investment properties in Spain. They also smuggled cigarettes and drugs into the United Kingdom and shipped cash to Poland.

There are over 5,000 criminal networks under surveillance in the EU, as per Europol. The Director General of the UK’s National Crime Agency Lynne Owens, said that serious organized crime “kills more people every year than terrorism, war and natural disasters combined.”

“SOC affects more UK citizens, more frequently than any other national security threat. And it costs the UK at least £37 billion a year — equivalent to nearly £2,000 per family,” said Owens.

Merger between Emergency Reporting and First Arriving Announced

The lead company in cloud-based record management for the fire and emergency services sector, Emergency Reporting (ER), has announced it will merge with First Arriving, an organization that offers services like marketing and recruitment as well as technology and website development for EMS, fire, and public safety workers.

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First Arriving CEO Dave Iannone is also looking forward to the merger. “Emergency Reporting connects first responders with software to improve response time, operations, and overall efficiency. Their integrations are a powerful addition to our Dashboards, providing on-duty personnel the critical data they need to be ready to respond,” said Iannone to FireFighterNation. “We are excited about the many solutions ER provides to fit our clients’ individual needs.”

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Alaskan Ferry May Hire Canadian Police to Assist U.S. Border Agents

An Alaskan ferry service that frequently docks at a ferry terminal in British Columbia will contract an armed team from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to help assist the unarmed U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents who monitor the ferry.

The armed Canadian police will protect U.S. agents who operate out of Prince Rupert in British Columbia. They will be working as employees of the ferry service, which has been confronted with budget cuts as a result of legislature created by the Alaskan state government.

U.S personnel are not allowed to carry firearms while carrying out passport and contraband checks, though there is an agreement in the works for allowing U.S. officers to be armed during these searches.

The plan to hire armed Canadian police is in motion, but has yet to be confirmed publicly.

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Oklahoma Window Cleaners Rescued From Unstable Lift

A pair of window cleaners were working their way up the 50-story Devon Tower building in Oklahoma when their metal basket began to swing wildly. Emergency responders rescued the two cleaners who are now being checked for injuries.

High winds and reports of an unstable crane are thought to be the cause of the basket swinging out of control.

Once the cleaners were rescued, the metal basket continued to swing wildly, smashing into several windows of the Devon Tower before emergency crews were able to stabilize the crane and lower the basket down.

Petition Grows to Add EMS to Connecticut PTSD Bill for Fire and Police

A bill proposed in Connecticut hopes to help firefighters and police officers cope with post-traumatic stress disorder. Some citizens are wondering why emergency services personnel were left out of the legislation.

The exclusion of EMS workers from the bill motivated Derrick Caranci to start a petition asking congresspeople to amend the legislation by allowing EMS personnel to also receive help in dealing with the stresses of their job.

As of Wednesday evening, the bill had 4,000 signatures. Once it reaches 5,000 signatures, the bill will be sent to the Connecticut State House and the governor, as well as the State Senate.

Some of the signees have written comments explaining their support of the petition. Matthew Behuniak, a firefighter, believes EMS personnel deserve compensation just as much as fire crews do.

“I am a member of Ridgefield Professional Firefighters Local 1739,” said Behuniak. “My job as a firefighter and paramedic is no different than that of a privately employed or volunteer EMT or Paramedic. They deserve to be included in this bill!!”

The bill itself has wide support from both sides of the aisle. The legislation proposes a year of workers’ compensation coverage to all firefighters and police suffering from PTSD. Volunteer firefighters and parole officers would also be eligible to receive support.

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Seaplanes Collide in Alaska Killing 4, Injuring 10

Two sightseeing planes carrying cruise ship tourists collided on Monday, leaving four passengers dead and ten wounded. Two people remain missing.

Local emergency responders work with federal and state agencies to rescue victims of a deadly seaplane collision near Ketchikan, Alaska on Monday. Photo Courtesy of Dustin Safranek/Ketchikan Daily News via AP

Federal investigators are expected to arrive in Ketchikan, a city south of Juneau, on Tuesday to try and determine what led the planes to collide in midair. In an email to the Associated Press, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer reported that the collision was caused by unknown circumstances.

Both planes were carrying passengers from the Royal Princess cruise ship. One plane, a single-engine de Havilland Otter DHC-3 operated by Taquan Air, was carrying eleven people when it went down over the Tongass National Forest. Ten people were taken to a nearby hospital. Marty West, spokeswoman for PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center, reported all patients to be in fair or good condition.

Three of the five people on board the second plane, a single-engine de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver, perished as a result of the collision. It has yet to be determined which plane the fourth victim was on board.

Emergency teams and locals helped federal and state agencies to rescue the stranded passengers after the crash.

“It’s been a long day and the crews have been working really hard to rescue people and recover the deceased,” said Deanna Thomas, who works as a spokeswoman for the Ketchikan Gateway Borough, the local government.

Taquan Air, the company who operated the first sightseeing plane, has suspended all operations while federal investigators work to determine the cause of the collision.

The Royal Princess cruise ship left Vancouver, British Columbia on May 11. It was scheduled to arrive in Anchorage on Saturday but Cindy Cicchetti, a passenger on board the cruise ship, said the ship was not on schedule to arrive in Anchorage and passengers were unsure how the accident will impact the remainder of the trip.

Trade War with China Means Rising Cost of Lights

As the trade war between the United States and China intensifies, lights businesses are feeling the effects, as are their customers. The rising costs of importing LED products are forcing lights manufacturers and lights resellers to raise prices.

In April of 2018, the Trump administration published a list of 1,300 Chinese exports that would be taxed 25 percent following a Section 301 investigation. In July of that year, Trump announced more tariffs would be put into effect on nearly $200 billion worth of Chinese products. One item that appears on both lists? LEDs.

The government began imposing the tariffs in July of 2018, and since the tariffs were put in place the U.S. based companies that purchase from and manufacture LED products in China have felt the effects. These companies mainly purchased LEDs to be used in wafers and backlighting, but the US government ramped up the trade war by placing even more tariffs on Chinese goods, including ten categories of products featuring LED lighting.

These LED lighting products make up approximately 75 percent of China’s lighting exports, so the tariffs will have a major impact on the Chinese lighting economy. But they have also started to impact the U.S. lighting economy, and its shareholders.

Cree, a United States-based lighting company that relies heavily on LED products for their business, has estimated that the tariffs will decrease its earnings per share by nearly two percent during 2019.

In order to offset the costs of exporting LED products from other countries, or manufacturing the products in the U.S., companies have raised prices on many lighting items. This is bad news for consumers, but good news for LED manufacturers based in Mexico and Asian countries other than China, as they will see a boost in sales as resellers turn to them while tariffs remain in place.

CEO of Sirennet, Stuart McLoughlin, said the tariffs have already impacted prices of the LED products he sells.

“Prices rose the first part of 2019 and we are now getting strong indications from factories that prices will continue to rise,” he said. “Overall, we could see a thirty percent price rise by August.”

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mPOWER Fascia series lights are Sync2 lights and are synchronizable with up to 24 Sync2 compatible lights such as nFORCE series and Dual Color Intersectors. 

Worried about over-voltage? Don’t be. The mPOWER Fascia series features an “Over-Voltage Protection” which can detect an over-voltage condition, causing the module will flash an over-voltage warning pattern of 50mS ON/950mS OFF to alert of the over-voltage condition and protect the electronics from damage due to heat/voltage. 

These SoundOff lights don’t stop there. They also have built in “Thermal Compensation Protection”. The LED module is designed to provide maximum power output while providing protection to the electronic components by reducing the output power at extreme temperatures. The mPOWER Fascia series is available in 3 mounting styles: Quick Mount, Stud Mount, and Screw Mount.

Features:

  • Single, Dual and Tri-color capability
  • Ability to integrate visually into today’s police vehicles
  • Collaboration with Dow Corning to develop ClearDuty optical design
  • ClearDuty molded one-piece housing and optic design delivers advantages over conventional polycarbonate lenses
    • A smaller footprint with maximized candela output
    • Greater resistance to gravel pitting, scratching or cracking
    • Improved sealing to prevent water from entering light
    • Higher UV and thermal stability to prevent lens from yellowing over time.
  • mPOWER Fascia series lights are Sync2 lights and are syncronizable with up to 24 Sync2 compatible lights such as nFORCE series and Dual Color Intersectors.
  • These lights have Over-Voltage Protection.
  • These lights have Thermal Compensation Protection.

Specifications

  • INPUT VOLTAGE RANGE: 9-32 Vdc
  • CURRENT DRAW: < 1.0 Amps @ 12.8Vdc, < 0.5 Amps @ 25.6Vdc
  • OPERATING TEMPERATURE: -40° C to +65° C
  • CERTIFICATIONS: SAE J595 and J845 Class 1 certified and CA Title 13, Article 22 compliant

MOUNTS: Quick Mount, Stud Mount, Screw Mount

DIMENSIONS

  • Quick: 3.04” (7.72 cm) L x 0.92” (2.3cm) H x 0.47” (1.2cm) D (from mounting surface)
  • Stud: 3.04” (7.72 cm) L x 0.92” (2.3cm) H x 0.42” (1cm) D (from mounting surface)
  • Screw: 3.52” (8.94 cm) L x 0.92” (2.3cm) H x 0.42” (1cm) D (from mounting surface)

SoundOff Signal 5 Year No Hassle Warranty


Lead From Notre Dame Fire Causes Concern Among Paris Residents

When Notre Dame Cathedral burned, the world watched in horror as the Parisian landmark crumpled and the iconic spire fell. Now, as the cleanup process begins, citizens of Paris worry that the damage caused by the fire has increased lead levels in the surrounding areas.

As police and cleanup crews continue to assess the damage done to Notre Dame Cathedral, one of the biggest concerns is lead poisoning from dust created during and after the fire. Photo Courtesy of AP Photo/Thibault Camus

Parisian police say that since the fire, lead levels from the roof have increased. After the blaze, lead levels in Notre Dame have been recorded to be between 10 and 20 grams per kilogram of ground. That’s between 32 and 65 times the limit recommended by health authorities of 0.3 grams per kilogram.

Many of the areas closest to the cathedral have been closed. The spire of the cathedral contained hundreds of tons of lead, as did the frame of the building, much of which was burned in the blaze.

Police believe the lead could coat the surfaces of apartments, homes, and businesses near to the cathedral and have urged residents to give their homes and offices a thorough clean using a damp cloth to rid furniture and walls of lead dust. Authorities have also recommended that children and pregnant women, who are particularly susceptible to lead poisoning, should wash their hands frequently to avoid ingesting any potential lead particles.

Product Post: Code 3 XTP3 Series Directional LED Surface Mount Light

This Code 3 XTP3 Series Directional LED Surface Mount Light is a member of an extraordinary family of Code 3 warning lights. The revolutionary design of the XTP Series packages style, versatility, and performance into a compact, sleek design providing all the capabilities demanded from a high-performance light for a fraction of the cost. 

The Code 3 XTP3 Series Directional LED Surface Mount Light

Each model delivers a bright, controllable signal within a sleek, low-profile design. These compact, waterproof exterior lights can be mounted virtually anywhere on a vehicle to meet any need or application. The exceptional design and versatility of the XTP Series makes it the quintessential addition to any emergency vehicle.

The XTP Series is backwards compatible with all XT Series mounting brackets. All XTPs utilize smart sensing electronic technology, allowing the lighthead to use either its built-in flash programming or receive signals from any external flashing device. 

Small yet bright, these lights can be mounted nearly anywhere on your vehicle for optimal coverage.


Each model is compatible with the Code 3 lighthead programmer, allowing for easy, quick flash pattern setup. Models can be programmed to operate on their own or in synchronization with other compatible Code 3 lights. The XTP’s round edges and sleek, slim design blends perfectly on the contours of today’s vehicles. Each low-profile model measures only 0.6 inch (15 mm) in depth. Available with a standard black bezel or optional chrome and black rubber bezels making it customizable and easy to match any vehicle design.

Features:

  • Delivers a bright signal in a sleek, low-profile design.
  • Allows for placement almost anywhere on the vehicle with its compact design.
  • Provides users with a versatile, high-performance exterior light at an affordable price.
  • Available in Amber, Blue, Green, Red, and White.
  • 21 flash patterns including Steady-burn.
  • Controllable flash pattern output.
  • Programmable with the Code 3 Lighthead Programmer.
  • Syncable with Code 3’s Chase, MR6, Mega Thin, and M180 lights.
  • Same mounting hole pattern and brackets as the XT lights.
  • Multiple flash patterns with phase 1 and phase 2 syncing capabilities.
  • Black bezel standard.

Specifications:

  • Voltage: 12VDC
  • Power usage: 6 watts max
  • Temperature range: -40°F to 158°F (-40°C to 70°C) 
  • Certifications: SAE J595 Class 1, SAE J575, California Title 13, ECE R65, ECE R10, RoHS
  • Dimensions: 1.4” H x 3.7” L x 0.6” D (36 x 93 x 15 mm)

Code 3 Five Year Warranty