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Joining a growing number of cities committed to improving firefighter safety, Bellevue, Washington recently adopted the code requiring the installation of Firefighter Air Replenishment Systems (FARS) in all new high-rise building and transportation tunnels over 300 feet.

Included as part of a broad overview of the city’s fire safety policies, the recent move makes Bellevue one of more than 100 US municipalities requiring FARS in the construction of structures that pose increased risk to first responders.

FARS is a fixed-pipe system that allows firefighters to replenish their breathing apparatus at refill stations

Montreal, Canada: From the time it first opened in 1987, the Montreal Tower has been an architectural and engineering landmark, soaring 547 feet above the city’s Olympic Stadium and providing spectacular views of the entire Greater Montreal region.

But it’s only recently that the Montreal Tower has become a landmark of safety, too. That’s because Groupe SCV, Inc. of Montreal is installing a Firefighter Air Replenishment System (FARS) inside the structure—making it the very first building in Canada to have this breakthrough technology.

According to Jean-Francois Arbour, President of Groupe SCV,

San Jose, California: As the Capital of Silicon Valley, the city of San Jose has long been synonymous with innovation. So it’s no surprise that the city’s tallest and most dynamic new high-rises will contain an innovation all their own: a Firefighter Air Replenishment System (FARS).

Known as MIRO, the luxury high-rise residential apartment community will comprise over one million square feet, including more than 600 residences and 20,000 square feet of retail and commercial space. And at the heart of the two towers will be a FARS—providing a safe, reliable source

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Asia Pacific Fire 

by James Wong

The protection and preservation of life is paramount; this includes the safety of emergency services personnel, and the safety of community members including vulnerable community members and visitors/tourists within the incident area. The increase in urbanization has resulted in emergency responders facing increased challenges when potentially dealing with emergency incidents within complex structural environments.

Globally, there is evidence of G innovation and technology that supports enhancements to emergency responder safety; these enhancements relate to personal protective clothing and equipment, operational processes and procedures, as well

Granite Park VII is first Texas high-rise to be constructed with Firefighter Air Replenishment System (FARS).

From the outside, it looks like a sleek, modern high-rise. But it’s what’s inside that’s the real wave of the future.

That’s because Granite Park VII, a 10-story, 330,000 square-foot office building in Plano, is the first high-rise in Texas to be constructed with Firefighter Air Replenishment System (FARS)—dramatically increasing firefighter safety.

According to Plano Fire-Rescue Chief Sam Greif, having a FARS in the new Granite Park VII is an invaluable asset that greatly

Captain Mike Gagliano and Captain Mike Dugan will teach Out of Air at HROC 2017

Lost, Disoriented and Out of Air

Smoke kills. There is no way to understate the devastating effects of smoke on emergency operations. This is especially true for fires in large structures such as high rise, big box and hospitals. Join Capt. Mike Gagliano (Seattle Fire) for an in depth look at how smoke impacts firefighters and fireground operations in the world of big buildings. We’ll discuss:
• How smoke moves in large structures
• The impacts

The International Association of Women in Fire & Emergency Services (iWomen) and Rescue Air Systems announced today a new partnership that will help iWomen continue to advance its advocacy, education and training programs.

RescueAir will support iWomen throughout the year as a gold level sponsor, and help underwrite the organization’s annual leadership event, which is scheduled for this spring during the Fire Department Instructor’s Conference (FDIC) in Indianapolis.

RescueAir is the world’s leading provider of firefighter air replenishment systems (FARS), a permanently installed air standpipe that is part of a building¹s structure. It is considered by many

Burbank, California – The nonprofit Firefighter Cancer Support Network (FCSN) announced today a sustaining partnership with Rescue Air Systems, known for its innovative firefighter air replenishment system (FARS). FARS is a permanently installed air replenishment system, an air standpipe that is part of a building’s structure.

Firefighters are exposed to carcinogens at every fire, and cancer is a leading cause of firefighter line-of-duty deaths in the United States. Cancer caused 62 percent of line-of-duty deaths for career firefighters in 2015, according to International Association of Fire Fighters data. Since 2005, FCSN has provided assistance

Emmitsburg, Maryland—Building-installed safety systems, mobile devices, and software application technology are being used more extensively in the fire service for a variety operations and functions to support incident command. But how is technology being used to monitor and improve firefighter health and safety? Firefighter Life Safety Initiative #8 states: Utilize available technology wherever it can produce higher levels of health and safety.

To further examine the current state of technology to improve firefighter outcomes in these areas, RescueAir has committed $25,000 as the Event Sponsor of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation’s two-day Fire Service