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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

Sunnyvale, CA – To help Sunnyvale’s emergency responders fight fires in large buildings like high- and mid-rises and big box-style structures, Rescue Air Systems of San Carlos, CA has donated a firefighter air replenishment system (FARS) to the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety (DPS). The system was installed at the DPS Training Center at Sunnyvale Fire Station #2, located at 795 E. Arques Avenue. It will allow firefighters to train on this important life safety system, which Sunnyvale requires in new high-rise construction. The donation is valued at $45,000.

Fighting fires in large, complex

Originally published in Fire Engineering.

DECEMBER 21, 2015 — Three months ago, Rescue Air Systems, Inc., the industry leader in firefighter air replenishment systems (FARS) pledged to donate a percentage of proceeds from every new FARS projects to the Fire Smoke Coalition (FSC). This week, the FSC received its first check, in the amount $2,400.00.

“FSC is honored to partner with Rescue Air Systems in its ongoing mission to provide firefighters with life-saving technology as it relates to air management. Understanding the absolute necessity to prevent firefighters from the exposure to fire smoke

November 20, 2015 — Branson, MO, Midland, TX and Rogers, AR are the latest cities to adopt Appendix L of the 2015 ICC International Fire Code, and will now require firefighter air replenishment systems (FARS) in mid- and high-rise construction. Branson will also require the system in large horizontal structures.

A FARS is a building-installed standpipe for air, delivering a safe, reliable, constant supply of breathing air when and where firefighters need it most. Firefighters can safely refill their air bottles while under full respiration in an IDLH environment at stations located throughout a

September 8, 2015 — SimplexGrinnell, A Tyco International company, was awarded two major FARS projects in the Phoenix, AZ metropolitan area: Encore on First West Phase II in Mesa and the Luhrs City Center Marriott in downtown Phoenix. Both cities have codes that require FARS in new high-rise construction.

Encore on First West is a transit-oriented apartment community targeted to independent seniors age 55+.  Located in downtown Mesa at 47 West 1st Avenue, the development follows the successful Encore on First community that opened in January 2013 with 81 units. The expansion phase