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 firechief.com – 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)

By JOSEPH D. RUSH III

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

by Joseph D. Rush III

Improvements in fire code and safety standards have been beneficial to the fire service and the communities they protect. The resulting reduction in fires nationally has often led to a false sense of security. Fire departments are increasingly expected to accomplish tasks with a continually decreasing workforce. When large-scale incidents occur, such as a high-rise fire, readily available resources deplete rapidly. It is imperative that fire service professionals embrace new technologies that offer the potential to improve job performance in a cooperative effort with community leaders to reduce risks within

Originally published:Press of Atlantic City, July 25, 2011

ATLANTIC CITY — Next year, the city’s skyline will grow taller with the completion of Revel’s 710-foot casino — 200 feet higher than Harrah’s, which is now the city’s tallest building. Only the 781-foot Goldman Sachs Building in Jersey City will be taller in the state.

The towering plans raise the question: Can the city’s fire department handle a blaze on the highest floors of a structure that size?

Fire Chief Dennis Brooks said Atlantic City is prepared for high-rise fires with state-of-the-art suppression systems,