May 2012: This is one of the first updates I have made to my Site in the last year. It has been a very busy year for this one man shop making Fire Department Safety Products. In 2011 Shawn Oke, the Fire Chief of the Albemarle, North Carolina Fire Department contacted me after I made a set of Accountability Tags for his department. He was involved with a new project called "Kill the Flashover" and asked me if I would be interested in Donating the Accountability Tags. I agreed and this is the result. I did not post any pictures here of the 2011 event so I will catch up and add the 2011 and 2012 pictures starting today.
The project is being lead by Joe Starnes of Shelby, North Carolina. Here is a little overview of the event.
Project Kill the Flashover is a series of live burn evolutions focused on the prevention of firefighter injures and deaths caused by the tactical choices made by firefighters and officers for interior fire suppression and search and rescue. The first test is for Kill the Flashover with a suppression focus. Kill the Flashover – Search and Rescue is scheduled for 2012. Kill the Flashover 2011 test four hypothesis. More information can be found on:
The Mission: Kill the Flashover Project. What data, during the fire, is available to better manage the risk of being injured or killed by the performance of the fire (aka flashover). What are the myths that our storytelling have embroidered in the fabric of our response. Even with data, could you convince most firefighters that a fire suppression tactic used every day by thousands of firefighters increases their chances of being burned severely on their next call? Can data with applied science captured on video overcome 200 years of sworn duty and sacrifice storytelling? Is there a correlation to reducing the opportunity to become a hero with the chance of using data to drive change in the fire service tactics and management of the hazard zone preventing firefighter deaths and injuries due to high heat conditions? More at Joe's Site.
Here are some pictures. (Break Time...Will add pictures later)
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