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Welcome To Our
First FARS Newsletter!


Now that firefighter air replenishment systems (FARS) have been added to the 2015 ICC International Fire Code under Appendix L, we thought we'd reach out from time to time to keep you up-to-date on news and information related to FARS, health and safety, training, and more.  We hope you enjoy our inaugural effort.

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Washington State Gets First FARS Installation

The first firefighter air replenishment system in the state of Washington will be installed in the new Southport Hotel project in Renton, a suburb of Seattle. This is mixed-use project on Lake Washington that will include a 4-star hotel. The hotel is about two-and-a-half miles south of the Seattle Seahawks' Virginia Mason Athletic Center. The 377,000-square-foot building will have 12 stories in honor of the team's fans, known as the 12th Man, according to the project developer, Renton-based Seco. Sellen Construction is the general contractor.
FARS Advocate
Ronny J. Coleman on "Smoke Eaters" and Better Awareness of Firefighter Health and Safety

Back in the “good ole days” there was a complimentary phrase that was used to describe a firefighter.  Really good ones were called “smoke eaters."  When used in conversation about someone being called by that term, the reaction would be a big grin on someone’s face accompanied by an expansion of the chest to demonstrate pride.
FARS Applications: High-rises, Mid-rises, Tunnels, Large Horizontal Structures and Marine Craft

The merits of having a permanently-installed air replenishment system in high-rise and mid-rise buildings have been well-documented. But FARS are also applicable in other complex structures where providing air to first responders presents extreme logistical challenges, including tunnel systems, large horizontal structures and even large marine craft.
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