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Keeping an Open Mind

Posted by Shan Raffel
Shan Raffel
“Shan has pioneered and championed a global paradigm shift in fire fighting tech
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on Sunday, 21 July 2013
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As a pioneer of 3D Firefighting tactics in Australia (since 1997) I have been privileged to see the benefits this approach has delivered to my colleagues as well as the people we serve. Along with increasing the safety of firefighters, the 3D approach greatly assists in formulating the most efficient approach to fire attack. This has increases that chances of saving victims while minimising the loss of property.

The 3D approach is not the only innovation we have seen in the last 30 years. CAFS and PPV are also game changers in their own right. Unfortunately I have seen a tendency for innovators to fall in love with their approach and to ignore the potential benefits of the other innovations. Some PPV advocates think adding water-fog will generate excessive steam and some 3D purists think that adding air will intensify the fire. The fact is that when they are combined there is a synergistic effect that greatly increases the safety and efficiency of the operation!

I have been practicing combining 3D techniques with PPV for over 13 years and have witnessed firsthand how powerful this combination can be. I am currently looking as combining CAFS with 3D and/or PPV. One of the limitations with CAFS is that it has minimal cooling interaction directly with the accumulated gases. The cooling of the gases occurs mostly at the the heated surfaces. If CAFS internal attack was combined with PPV the heated gases are removed prior to entry and the linings can be very effectively cooled and buffered.

With knowledge, an open-mind and a desire for excellence you can adapt your tactics and tools to develop the safest and most efficient plan of attack.

With this approach everyone wins!!!

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Fire response on the listing Costa Concordia

Posted by Sebastian Jacobs
Sebastian Jacobs
Keen Australian based fire fighter
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on Saturday, 21 January 2012
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The last thing the passengers and crew of the recent Concordia cruise ship disaster needed was the outbreak of a fire – the fact that there wasn't (or at least there weren't any fires reported), in itself was a miracle.


Not only would the presence of heat and blinding smoke have caused many obvious issues to those on board but the task of fighting the fire in a listing or tilted environment would be nearly impossible.

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What drives your actions?

Posted by Sebastian Jacobs
Sebastian Jacobs
Keen Australian based fire fighter
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on Sunday, 15 January 2012
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Firefighters are often faced with situations that require the ability to conduct an accurate size up, usually with limited information and in a compressed time frame.

If this is not challenging enough, the decisions made have the potential to endanger the lives of firefighters and may mean the difference between life and death for any persons that are trapped.

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But fire fighters bowl hose... don't they?

Posted by Sebastian Jacobs
Sebastian Jacobs
Keen Australian based fire fighter
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on Friday, 08 July 2011
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Sure, fire fighters are trained in the use of fire hose. There's no doubt about it, it's their bread and butter!

The straight forward task of holding the roll of hose steady, then carefully bowling it out in a straight(ish) line is the noble rite-of-passage for any fire fighter.

Though is this reason enough for other organisations like stadiums, large shopping centers or factories to avoid having the same ability to combat a fire in its infancy?

We don't think so; not when the task is simplified, expedited and the resulting hose from the Attack Pack gifts the user with a calibre that's twice that of a common one-inch fire-hose-reel.

Another reason people avoid lay-flat hose is based on the assumption that it can only be used with breathing apparatus - however it's when you do not have the advantage of air protection that the greater reach a lay flat hose offers should be utilised.

"Emergency Response Teams equipped with the QuickLay packs and an understanding of basic hose deployment are best positioned to protect life and the assets of the business".

 


Until now fire fighters

bowled this:

Now! Fire Fighters AND

Emergency Response Teams

can deploy these:

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QLFA Benefits: Passenger Ship Fires

Posted by Sebastian Jacobs
Sebastian Jacobs
Keen Australian based fire fighter
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on Tuesday, 05 July 2011
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QuickLay Packs and Passenger Ship Emergency Response Teams

Suitably trained ERT's armed with QLFA Packs are best positioned to combat, control and extinguish a fire on a passenger ship.

Click here for more information on passenger ships - The high-rise of the seas.

Weight of Attack

The initial response of the ERT is ideal to a fire on a passenger ship, then by using the QLFA Packs they can lay and deploy their hose almost instantly- resulting in a quick knockdown and minimal fuss.

Multilingual, multi-skilled

The QLFA Packs are designed to almost 'self-deploy' this takes out the need for frantic communication between broken language barriers. The ease-of-use of the QLFA Packs puts the power and flexibility of a charged length of fire hose in the operators hands- poised ready to advance and cut the fire off.

Water damage

The speed and flexibility that the QLFA Packs introduce to fire hose deployment results in the fire being contained and extinguished much quicker - reducing water usage and damage.

Rapid onset of smoke and heat

The ERT's rapid response and hose deployment rapidly contains the fire. By using good fire nozzle techniques the smoke can also be contained and cooled.

Close quarters hose deployment

The Lay Pack is designed to stretch hose as the distance is covered 'on-the-fly'. The Attack Pack is designed to deploy a full length of hose on the spot resulting in a coil of hose that can be effortlessly advanced towards the fire.

Evacuee movements

The resulting coil from the Attack Pack maintains its form while under pressure. It can be stood up against a wall to allow evacuee's to exit with reduced trip hazards.

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Where there's fire there's smoke (except in Hollywood)

Posted by Sebastian Jacobs
Sebastian Jacobs
Keen Australian based fire fighter
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on Tuesday, 05 July 2011
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Fact v's Fiction - Hollywood would have us believe we are bullet proof in a fire...

As humans our appreciation of fire is well developed - 'bestfriend but- worst enemy' is a maxim I remember from school, so people generally 'get-it' when it comes to fire.

However, Hollywood's portrayal of fire and the effect the resulting smoke has on the human body has a lot to answer for: in their defense the last scene of 'Backdraft' would be pretty beige if all we saw was a blurred glow of fire through the thick black turbulant smoke and not Brian McCaffrey (aka William Baldwin) smash the top off a fire extinguisher and throw it in the burning factory, all without breathing protection...

The reality is:

"the onset of smoke and heat can only be fully appreciated and given the respect it deserves when observed and experienced firsthand - which unfortunately in some cases, is too late".

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Fires & Passenger Ships - The 'high-rise' of the seas

Posted by Sebastian Jacobs
Sebastian Jacobs
Keen Australian based fire fighter
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on Sunday, 03 July 2011
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The #1 most feared cause of death is by fire... #2 is 'death-by-shark', so it stands to reason that a fire on a ship isn't anyones idea of fun!

Cruise ships and ocean liners are laden with a mix of flammable substances, hazardous materials and multilingual staff and guests, all of which can be managed individually in an emergency. However, with the reality of smoke and heat stimulating panic, the end result of a fire on a vessel can be catastrophic.

The situation is complicated dramatically when the fire is aboard a passenger ship, this is due to many factors. We have already looked at the fact v's fiction portrayal of fire that Hollywood is guilty of skewing in each blockbuster, this brutal introduction to the reality of the rapid onset of heat and smoke is a rude awakening for the hundreds, potentially thousands of multilingual passengers and a crew with little to no real fire fighting experience.

Even a small fire can cause significant issues as the fire fighting water can cause permanent damage requiring guest re-location or electrical problems resulting in malfunctioning lights and amenities.

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What is QuickLay Fire Attack?

Posted by Sebastian Jacobs
Sebastian Jacobs
Keen Australian based fire fighter
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on Saturday, 02 July 2011
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From fire fighters around the world through to Emergency Response Teams in prisons, on mine sites or aboard cruise ships- the task of lay-flat fire hose deployment is universally inconsistent and generally restrictive in its application.

Traditionally, to avoid kinks and tangles, fire hose deployment requires long open spaces. Many on-duty injuries occur when fire fighters attempt to un-kink a semi-charged hose. Further, it’s when a hose is kinked that it’s more likely to burst, causing additional water damage – as the fire intensifies.

Then when it's charged, the long lengths of hose filled with water are heavy when dragged towards the fire.

The QuickLay Packs provide the first holestic hose management solution by essentially by fulfilling the two requirements common to every fire emergency. Firstly, the Lay Pack stretches a length of hose between the water supply and the fire containment point. Where a second hose, stowed in the Attack Pack can be deployed into a neat coil and easily advanced.

In addition to the rapid deployment of the Attack Pack, the nature of the coiled hose introduces fire fighters to greater deployment flexibility including confined space deployment in places like high-rise fire stairs, a terrace style court yard, a unit block balcony or the narrow gangway of a cruise or cargo ship.

The innovative hose lay packs allow multilingual and multi-skilled operators to easily deploy and advance a charged fire hose 90% quicker and 99% more reliably.

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