The fire service must define and advocate the need for a cultural change relating to safety, incorporating leadership, management, supervision, accountability and personal responsibility.

Personal and organizational accountability for health and safety should be enhanced throughout the fire service, including academy-level training on health and safety.

Greater attention must be focused on the integration of risk management with incident management at all levels, including strategic, tactical and planning responsibilities.

Available technology should be utilized wherever it can produce higher levels of health and safety. This means embracing technology at the local level, and

By: City of Tempe, AZ Published 11/28/2014 TEMPE, Ariz –  To help Tempe’s emergency responders fight fires in high rises, RescueAir is donating a firefighter air replenishment system (FARS) worth $45,000 to Tempe Fire Medical Rescue Department. The system is to be installed at the Tempe Fire Training Center, 1340 E. University Dr., Tempe.

Fighting fires in high rise office buildings and condominiums differs greatly from fighting fires in single story homes and businesses. To be ready in the event of an emergency, Tempe Fire Medical Rescue Department trains its crews on


As high-rise residential and commercial development becomes more common in Tempe, the city’s fire department has needed to supplement its equipment to better fight fires in tall buildings.

The Tempe Fire Training Center was updated in May with a firefighter air-replenishment system, Tempe Fire Medical Rescue Department Chief Greg Ruiz said. The system was donated by RescueAir, a California-based company.

Firefighters demonstrated the system on Tuesday and thanked RescueAir for donating the $45,000 equipment.

The system, also known as FARS, eliminates the need for ground support to supply replacement air tanks to firefighters on higher

On November 19, the San Jose City Council unanimously affirmed its commitment to FARS, requiring the installation of FARS in all new buildings over 75′, any building with two or more stories underground, any tunnel more than 500′ in length and any building where the fire apparatus access point is located more than 150′ from the nearest entrance. In 2004, San Jose became one of the first cities in the country to require FARS in new construction. The development community advocated modifying the original FARS ordinance to allow builders

Originally published in – April 2012

Last month I talked about how actions and inactions can create potential liability for the fire service. You’ve undoubtedly heard the phrase, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” There is a corollary to that phrase: If it’s broke when you need it — it doesn’t exist.

That is why we ought to consider maintenance of fire-prevention systems a firefighter safety issue. We can’t just install sprinkler systems and hope for the best. There is a concept called “graceful degradation” that comes

MONITOR YOUR AIR SUPPLY WITH FARS (Originally Published in FireEngineering 9/8/2014)


Imagine fighting fire in a high-rise building without a standpipe system. How much time and personnel would be wasted dragging hose? How many more large-scale tragedies would there have been? The adoption of standpipes in our building codes was a game changer for the fire service. We probably take for granted the progress the fire service has made over the years as these and other fire protection systems have become part of our standard operating procedures.

Rescue Air staff joined more than 80 members of the Fire Safety Director’s Association of Greater New York on October 21 for their 21st High-Rise seminar, covering fire safety in high-rise buildings.  FSDA-NY Chairman Jack Murphy and former Atlantic City Fire Department Battalion Chief Joe Haney, both long-time advocates of FARS, were among the many attending.  The group met on the 60th floor of the JP Morgan Chase Building in New York. The seminar covered new technologies for high-rise buildings.


Firefighter Air Replenishment Systems will be added to the 2015 International Fire Code. The International Code Committee (ICC) approved Appendix K, the FARS code, at last October’s hearings in Atlantic City after a rigorous 2-year vetting process.

Adolph Zubia, Chairman of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) Fire and Life Safety Section, representing the ICC Fire Code Action Committee, was the proponent of Appendix K.

Nearly all of the major professional associations and life safety organizations within the fire service supported the FARS appendix, including the IAFC, the International Association of Fire Fighters

RescueAir supported and participated in the recent Tampa2 Summit in Tampa, FL, which was organized by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF).  More than 350 leaders from throughout the national fire service attended. Tampa2 marks the 10th anniversary of the groundbreaking Life Safety Summit that was the first attempt by the fire service to curb line-of-duty deaths. Out of that summit came the NFFF’s Everyone Goes Home program, along with 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives that have shaped the way fire organizations and departments have addressed firefighter safety ever since. Tampa 2 was held

RescueAir CEO Anthony Turiello was honored at an event celebrating the installation of a FARS system into the new Glendale Regional Public Safety Training Center (GRPSTC) in Glendale, AZ.

As part of its on-going commitment to firefighter life safety, RescueAir donated and installed the system into the new training facility in the fall of 2013. RescueAir will also perform testing, certification and maintenance of the system at no cost as part of its commitment to support firefighter training on FARS.

Glendale Council Member Samuel Chavira, Phoenix Council Member Daniel Valenzuela and Glendale Fire Chief