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FDIC 2012

Follow FireRescue1 as we scour the exhibit halls at FDIC 2012 in Indianapolis to report on the newest and most interesting firefighter gear and technology from the annual conference.

Learning modules, study and updated manual established for on-road safety
Company also rolled out heat-stress alarm to be worn on firefighter’s head
10-foot-long nylon webbing has 4 preconfigured loops
EV1 helmets weigh less than 50 ounces, have integrated, spring-loaded eye protection
System provides info on ladder extension, rotation, elevation, load, hydraulic-oil pressure, engine data
Gloves are rated to ISEA level 5; company working toward getting NFPA certified
Prices range from $30 for the helmet bands to $100 for enough epoxy to coat two ax handle
It took a year of planning and negotiating with suppliers before company could get the store up and running
While this was not the longest distance I’ve done in bunkers, it was by far the hottest day
‘Breakthrough’ units come in 2-degree and 3-degree beam-angle models
French-based Gimaex’s units have been used in Europe and are being configured for the US market