FCSN announces selection by Minerva Bunker Gear Cleaners
The Firefighter Cancer Support Network (FCSN) recently announced it has been selected by Minerva Bunker Gear Cleaners to receive five percent of the proceeds from Minerva’s new Project Clean Hoods service. Minerva launched Project Clean Hoods in conjunction with FDIC International in Indianapolis.
Cancer is the leading cause of firefighter line-of-duty deaths in the United States. FCSN urges firefighters to clean their personal protective equipment (PPE), including their fire-protective hoods, regularly to reduce their occupational exposure to carcinogens.
“Firefighters get cancer at a rate three times higher than the rest of the population,” said Joe Xiras, owner of Minerva. “Hoods provide protection during fire ground operations, but they soak up smoke and soot that are full of carcinogens. Project Clean Hoods is a new monthly service to deliver clean and sanitized hoods to help firefighters reduce their risk of cancer. We’re asking firefighters to ‘use your head – clean your hood.’”
FCSN’s 2013 white paper, “Taking Action Against Cancer in the Fire Service,” provides lifesaving details about recognizing and reducing firefighters’ cancer risks. It’s available as a free download from http://bit.ly/1KbOd7r.
CVCC’s Fire Proection Technology Degree Receives International
Catawba Valley Community College’s Fire Protection Technology associate degree program recently became the second program in North Carolina to receive accreditation by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC).
IFSAC governs two-year associate degrees, four-year bachelor’s degrees and master’s degree programs. An IFSAC accredited program indicates that course offerings, institutional support, and qualified faculty are working together in completing their educational mission. Accreditation is granted only after an intense self-study is conducted by the college seeking accreditation, followed by an on-site review by a panel consisting of peer representatives from other member entities or institutions.
The first students to earn a Fire Protection Technology associate degree from CVCC graduated this May and had a 100 percent employment rate.
For more information about enrolling in the Fire Protection Technology degree, contact Henson at 828-327-7000, ext. 4123, or [email protected].
F.I.E.R.O. Symposium in Raleigh
This year the Fire Station Design Symposium will be held Sept. 26-28 at the Sheraton Raleigh Hotel.
Building and maintaining fire stations and training facilities are major expenditures for any community. Be a responsible caretaker of the funds you are allocated by making sure you have all the information you need to make the best long-term decisions for your community.
By attending the F.I.E.R.O. Fire Station Design Symposium, you will learn the little things that are easy to miss but critical to catch and you will learn how good design and planning can help you build a functional station that lasts 50-100 years - like your community expects. If you are in the process of planning or building a new fire station, attending the F.I.E.R.O. Fire Station Design Symposium is “time and money well spent.” You will get more than you expect out of this two and on-half day symposium and you will go home with many actionable to-do’s that will apply to both new construction and to renovations.
Visit fierofirestation.com for more information.
Two new salespeople join SSV to serve customers in the Carolinas
Two long-time industry veterans have joined the Southeastern Specialty Vehicles Sales Team. Ron Cheves will serve customers in South Carolina while Dennis Tingen will do the same in western North Carolina.
Ron Cheves began his fire service career nearly 40 years ago when he joined the Pinecroft-Sedgefield Fire Department in his home town of Jamestown, NC. He became a member of Idlewild Volunteer Fire Department in Matthews, N.C. where he held every rank from Firefighter to Chief of the Department in his 28 year tour before retiring.
He currently leads the Red Ribbon Courses for the VCOS section of the International Association of Fire Chief’s. He was also appointed by IAFC to NFPA 1720.
Chief Cheves now serves his local home town community as the Chief Safety Officer, and a Board Member for the Robinson Volunteer Fire-Rescue Department.
You can reach Ron at [email protected] or on his cell phone at 704-557-5781.
Dennis Tingen is our new Regional Sales Manager for Western N.C. Dennis has been an N.C. EMT since 1985, starting out with Parkwood Volunteer Fire Department in 1983. In 1988, he became a full time employee of Parkwood Fire Department and remained there until 1992.
He went to work with Duke Life Flight in 1992 as an Air Medical Communications Specialist/EMT Driver and worked in that position until 2006 when he took the role of Fleet Coordinator at Life Flight.
Dennis can be reached at [email protected] or on his cell phone at 919-812-3049.
US Fire Pump’s High Velocity Pump Helps Set World Record
Ocala, Fla. — New to the industrial fire scene, US Fire Pump has immediately made an impact on high volume flow rates by installing their new High Velocity Pump (HVP) on board a Ferrara industrial pumper. This new fire apparatus, dubbed the Inundator Super Pumper, has set the Guinness Book World Record for Highest Pumping Capacity Fire Engine.
Company President Gary Handwerk stated, “With the availability of higher horse power truck engines and new advances in hydraulic pump designs, we have created the highest performing fire pump available to the fire apparatus industry.”
For further information, please contact Gary Handwerk, president, at 215-429-1423.
New 24/7 Helpline Offers
Support for Firefighters Facing PTSD, Anxiety, Depression and Substance Abuse
American Addiction Centers has partnered with the National Volunteer Fire Council to offer a confidential helpline for firefighters and their families in need of support for behavioral health issues, including PTSD, anxiety, depression, and substance abuse, officials announced today.
The helpline will offer immediate, 24/7 access to a treatment consultant who has experience with the unique challenges first responders face. By calling, firefighters and their families may receive a free, over-the-phone assessment and, if desired, expedited referrals, insurance verification and admission to treatment.
To access the First Responders Helpline, please call: 1-888-731-3473.
Search and Recovery
Technical Equipment Support Program (SAR)
Realizing that many search and recovery organizations have budget restraints and may not be able to afford or justify owning the technical equipment required to expedite a search and recovery operation and also to provide enhanced safety and situational awareness to the divers, Shark Marine Technologies Inc. has developed a program to assist anyone providing search and recovery services.
The program is designed to train SAR personnel on how to use this equipment for both large and small area searches and then have this equipment quickly available for their missions. The basic systems would consist of Side-Scan Sonar, Pole Mounted Sonar, our Navigator Diver Held Navigation and Sonar Imaging System and such accessories as metal detection equipment. Having the right equipment to conduct searches in difficult and challenging circumstances is important, but having the knowledge on how to conduct these searches efficiently and safely is the key element.
The training consists of a three day program involving both classroom and field operations. Trainees will obtain skills on how to assess the situation to determine the proper equipment for the application and how to properly use that equipment to expedite the search, improve their success rate and more importantly increase the safety for the divers. Our software and equipment interoperability is the key to having an efficient and effective search. Trainees that complete the course will then be able to rent the equipment needed and in most cases we can make it available at your facility the next day. Another benefit to our program is having access to our experts with a simple telephone call. The training is done at our facility in St. Catharines, Ontario. If you cannot come to us we can conduct the training at your facility.
At Shark Marine Technologies Inc., we believe this program meets a need in the search and recovery community by assisting users with a more effective and efficient search yielding enhanced results.
Shark Marine Technologies Inc., a leader in the development of practical Underwater Technologies for professionals. For more information please contact [email protected] or 905-687-6672.