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Tracy Fitz

Tracy has worked in the media industry for eight years. In this time she has gained experience working in the UK, the Middle East and Australia.

She began her career as a journalist for a lifestyle magazine in England and since then has worked as an editor within travel and food publishing.

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Well done QLFA!

After four fantastic years of research and development, QLFA is proud to announce we won a Good Design award for our category, we also won the Parton's Prize for excellence in innovation and secured a position in The Powerhouse Museum's Design Exhibition.

From the Good Design Judges:

“Any product that aims to save lives should be commended. This is an igneous design solution that has significant market potential let alone the potential to save precious lives in fire fighting situations,” the Judges commented.

From the Sydney Morning Herald:

The idea came to Mr Jacobs, a 31-year-old professional fireman and the managing director of Quick Lay, when he was watching a YouTube video of American firefighters using a coiled flat hose. This hose got water from the hydrant to a fire faster, but the hose could drop into a disastrous ''mess of tangles''.

  • Read the rest of the article here
  • See our entry on the Australian International Design Awards website here

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“Advances in training and equipment for modern ERT's in isolated MHF and complex industrial facilities"

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QLFA's MD Sebastian Jacobs will be presenting the Fire Engineering Conference hosted by the IFE, held in Noosa this April. http://www.ifeaustralia.org.au/newsandevents.html

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This presentation will look at advances in training and equipment for modern ERT’s in isolated MHF (major hazard facilities) and complex industrial sites.

A lay-flat hose in scantily trained hands can sometimes be detrimental to the initial and subsequent actions of employees who turn ‘first responders’ in an emergency.

There’s no secret that water is the best combat agent for a fire and while the water volume and pressure are both very important, the most important variable is the speed at which the water actually reaches the fire. Kinks, friction points and heavy hoses combined with tangles all can delay this requirement.

While a first responder ‘responds’ with the best intentions, various human factors impact greatly on the end result - such as limited and varied experience, communication between multilingual operators, the forever-present occurrence of freelancing and the phenomenon of target fixation. Operationally, the deployment of lay-flat hose in the industry’s current standard configuration (either rolled or flaked) is not ideal for complicated environments such as restricted spaces, up or down stairs or in areas of poor visibility- all of which have a negative impact on the speed and reliability of hose deployment tactics.

By stripping the goal of efficient lay-flat fire hose deployment right back to the basics; as well as reviewing what external factors typically delayed getting water on the fire we were able to garner an understanding of what strategies could be adopted and what tactics could be standardised and simplified to achieve this goal consistently.

The identification of the two standard requirements present at any incident from oilrigs to house fires meant we were able to systemise the process and develop procedures to greatly improve the speed and reliability of lay-flat fire hose deployment with an added degree of flexibility that is not at a cost to deployment speed.

By combining the understanding of what is required with the tools to repeatedly tick these two fundamental boxes, first responders with limited ‘real fire’ experience can get water on the fire as quickly as the ground can be covered in any environment.

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In many ways, firefighting presents itself as a traditional, almost innovation-resistant profession.

American firefighters still wear the large helmets their great-grandfathers fought blazes with, and why not? With iconic images of firemen charging towards a blazing inferno with hose draped over their shoulder it only paves the way for more of the same.

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KATHMANDU, MAR 06 -
It was entirely a new experience for Shaligram Thapa on Wednesday during his yearlong career as a firefighter at the Juddha Fire Brigade (JFB).

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Fast Lay Fire Hose

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If you can turn on the water the fast-lay fire hose is for you

DESLEY BLANCH : An Australian fire fighter has come up with a faster and more efficient system to deploy hoses in a hurry.

SEBASTIAN JACOBS : It means that the emergency response team members can respond and deploy 60 metres of hose in 60 seconds and have twice the effect they would on the fires they would otherwise.

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The QuickLay PR under ERT training!

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While the QuickLay packs service a lot of industries, one of our major client bases are Emergency Response Teams. For those not quite up to speed with the lingo, an Emergency Response Team (ERT) is a group of civilian employees in a workplace (building, ship or oilrig) located far from a fire station, who hold the responsibility of being the first form of attack against a fire.

For example – there will be a team of workers on a cruise ship who, when the fire alarms ring, are responsible for donning their ERT outfits, grabbing their fire fighting equipment and basically doing the job of fully-trained firemen – without the training. For more on ERTs, click this link.

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