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The True Cost of FARS:
Proactive Dialogue and Hard Facts
Are Fire Officials' Best Tools
In Fighting Safety Code Pushback

By David Rhodes

          It would be unthinkable in the modern era to recommend that firefighters use buckets of water delivered by a bucket brigade to extinguish a fire. You would probably be laughed out of the room if you suggested that standpipes shouldn’t be required to move water up into a high-rise building. Imagine the bucket brigade or the hose stretch and the staffing needed to accomplish what a simple standpipe allows us to do with water. Unthinkable, right?

         However, when it comes to air we do exactly what we did over a century ago with water. We use the bucket brigade tactic to shuttle air cylinders into a building, sometimes one or two at a time to replenish our air. The logistics needed to accomplish this in a high-rise, large area box building or below grade tunnel can dramatically affect our ability to quickly gain control of an incident. The fire service cannot allow these large modern engineering successes to deny us our two primary basic needs: air and water.

The Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Bergenline Avenue Station And Platform
By Anthony Avillo
Deputy Chief (ret.), North Hudson (NJ) Regional Fire & Rescue

      Light rail is very common throughout the country. Many big cities use these types of systems to conveniently transport a multitude of commuters and visitors while reducing traffic and pollution.  Hudson and Bergen counties in Northern New Jersey are no different.  About ten years ago, the region initiated the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail (HBLR) with a series of developments that eventually brought the HBLR from the city of Bayonne on the southern tip of Hudson County through Jersey City, Hoboken, Weehawken, Union City, and finally to the western side of North Bergen where the line terminates at the Tonnelle Avenue station. There are plans to connect this station to others that will eventually bring the HBLR to the Meadowlands (Met Life Stadium) and the Vince Lombardi Service Area at the northern termination point of the New Jersey Turnpike.
      The HBLR runs along the riverfront area from Bayonne to Weehawken where it turns west toward North Bergen.  

Partners with FCSN To Combat Firefighter Cancer

Firefighter cancer nonprofit and FARS inventor join forces to help firefighters and  their families 
     The nonprofit Firefighter Cancer Support Network (FCSN) announced 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 and one-on-one mentoring to thousands of cancer-stricken firefighters and their families.
      FCSN also delivers extensive firefighter cancer awareness and prevention training nationwide. A key cancer-prevention strategy for firefighters: Using the clean air provided by self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) the entire time they’re fighting a fire. 
Case Study: Rogers, AR     A Community Risk Reduction Model
By Joseph D. Rush, III
Battalion Chief, (ret.) Atlantic City Fire Department, EFO,
Adjunct Instructor,
Atlantic County, NJ Fire Academy
      How serious are your local officials about community risk reduction? The National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland believes the issue is extremely important. So much so, that it dedicates an entire year of its Executive Fire Officer’s Program to training leaders within the fire service to identify and address risk reduction within their jurisdiction. At least one small fire department takes the issue just as seriously!
      Located in North-west Arkansas, the Rodgers Fire Department serves the City of Rogers and the surrounding areas of Benton County. On July 1, 2015 the City of Rodgers consolidated the Building Inspections Department with the Fire Marshal’s Office to create the newly formed Risk Reduction Division (RRD). According to Battalion Chief Travis Hollis, the division’s head, the eleven-member division has improved efficiency, created a one-stop shop and given the fire department greater oversight on issues that impact the safety of firefighters and civilians.
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