The holidays are here, and Darley is excited to offer our annual Holiday Gift guide for the hard to shop for firefighter or first responder. We’ve hand selected a list of firefighting equipment products that are personal and individual, but also practical. Any firefighter would love to see them peeking out of their stocking, trust us. Continue reading
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Increasing rates of cancer among firefighters has become a major issue facing all departments and municipalities. The NFPA and the IAFF are both conducting ongoing research and analysis into the problem. Incidents of throat, thyroid and even testicular cancer among firefighters are increasing at an alarming rate. For example in Miami Dade cancer is affecting one out of every 2 firefighters and this video from Boston’s FD shows what a serious issue this has become.
With events such as San Bernardino and Sandy Hook, Active Shooter incidents are occurring on a regular basis and with increasing frequency. An "active shooter incident" is commonly defined as a situation in which one or more people use deadly force on other people and continue to do so while having unrestricted access to additional victims. In the past, the strategy would be for EMS personnel not to enter the scene until it was completely secure by law enforcement. As a result, precious time was lost while many innocent lives hung in the balance because they were not provided the vital care necessary. In order to get lifesaving medical treatment to victims in mass shootings quicker, Emergency Service Organizations have developed the concept of a Rescue Task Force.
A Rescue Task Force is a team of Police Officers and Fire Fighter/Paramedics working together in the warm zone to deliver emergency medical care to victims. During an event, the first officers to arrive to the scene will not stop to help injured persons. Rescue teams comprised of additional officers and emergency medical personnel will follow the initial officers into the warm zone. These teams treat, stabilize, and remove the injured in a rapid manner, while wearing ballistic protective equipment and under the protection of the Police.
Darley has recognized the need to protect first responders and provide them with essential equipment to operate under the most demanding and dangerous situations. All our active shooter response products have been selected with the input from military, police, and fire personnel. These products will allow our first responders to have the necessary tools they need to enter into hazardous environments, deliver immediate point-of-wounding care to the injured, and the removal of victims at mass casualty response incidents.
If you are considering purchasing equipment in preparation for an active shooter event for your municipality, let Darley assist you. Our equipment is the ideal solution for EMS, Fire-Rescue and Law Enforcement personnel performing operations in response to Active Shooter and Mass Casualty Incidents. Contact us here, or fill up a cart and request a quote so that a specialist can assist you in determining your needs and requirements.
Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, the tragic 1871 conflagration that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres. The fire began on October 8, but continued into and did most of its damage on October 9, 1871.
This year’s FPW campaign, “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep. Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm,” provides an ideal opportunity to educate the public about the importance of having working smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home, including the basement.
Read more at NFPA's website: Here
If your department has been hoping to buy a FLIR K-Series TIC that meets the NFPA standard, wait no longer. FLIR just recently released the brand new K65 TIC, compliant with NFPA 1801-2013, featuring 320 x 240 thermal resolution, FSXTM Flexible Scene Enhancement, in-camera video recording, and more. Get the K65 details here.
Also, if you’ve been looking for an economical approach to add more cameras to your thermal imaging arsenal or the most cost-effective way to start acquiring this essential firefighting technology, FLIR has yet another outstanding new solution – the FLIR K2.
Powered by FLIR’s revolutionary Lepton® camera core, the compact and extremely affordable K2 delivers excellent 160 x 120 thermal resolution, and features patented MSX® enhancement that adds key visible details to thermal images, helping your team stay better oriented in the heat of the battle. Learn more about the new FLIR K2’s easy operation, rugged durability, and performance here on eDarley.com
Be sure to also check out FLIR’s expanded 2-5-10 warranty for new K-Series cameras. It covers batteries for two years, the camera for five, and the detector for a full ten years.
September is National Preparedness Month. This month is an important time for first responders to raise awareness about emergency preparedness in their communities. We know that emergencies can happen unexpectedly in communities just like yours, to people like you. We’ve seen tornado outbreaks, river floods and flash floods, historic earthquakes, tsunamis, and even water main breaks and power outages that impact communities for days at a time.
If neighbors and organizations in your community are looking for reliable information on how to be better prepared, here are a few web sites/sources you can recommend:
Wireless Emergency Alerts Fact Sheet: http://1.usa.gov/1Q779Yb
CDC - Emergency Preparedness and You: http://1.usa.gov/1afgRFf
FEMA Ready Campaign: http://www.ready.gov/
The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate is working with FEMA, the Federal Communications Commission, and the wireless industry to research how to improve public response to Wireless Emergency Alerts. FEMA offers mobile resources to help families become disaster-ready. Encourage people in your community to sign up for FEMA’s text messaging program to receive regular safety tips for specific disasters and to search for recovery centers. Also recommend that they download the FEMA smartphone app. The app offers an interactive emergency kit list, emergency meeting location information, and more. It also has a new feature—the Disaster Reporter—that enables users to submit GPS-tagged disaster information and images that emergency responders can display on public maps for others to see.
With the summer storm season upon us, it’s wise to plan for emergencies resulting in a major power loss due to extreme heat, hurricanes, tornadoes, or lightning strikes. Under severe weather conditions like these, portable lighting systems offer an advantage when it becomes necessary to move about a facility to power down or disconnect critical equipment, retrieve sensitive documents, or guide employees through remote areas that lack adequate backup lighting.
The solution is Streamlight’s line of rechargeable, portable lanterns and flashlights that are equipped with “smart” power failure circuitry. When the power goes out, these rugged, dependable workhorse lighting tools switch on, helping to light the way to safety in darkened conditions. Ideal for evacuation team leaders and for placement in planned evacuation routes, stairways and hallways.
Lighting Options That Will Fit Your Needs
Streamlight offers power failure lighting systems in the LiteBox® Lantern Series, which includes the E-Flood® LiteBox® and E-Spot® LiteBox®, along with the SL-20XP® LED hand-held personal light.
LiteBox Flood Models - ideal when you need lightweight, portable scene lighting to quickly flood a large area with uniform light.
LiteBox Spot Models - ideal when you need to inspect a location before entry or check high ceilings and other far-off objects for damage.
SL-20XP LED - ideal when a hand-held flashlight is preferred for leading evacuees to safety. A halogen bulb provides bright light so you can see what’s ahead of you while three LEDs provide extended run time so you can do one last search of the building before checking in. It’s lightweight with a rubberized grip that makes it easy to hold.
Power Failure Lighting Systems will benefit these industries and others:
- Commercial and government facilities
- Distribution warehouses
- Hospitals, assisted living and nursing homes
- Manufacturing offices and warehouse facilities
- Property managers and housing authority
- Office buildings
- School systems and universities
- Computer/Data centers