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Cars on fire as motorway tunnel caves in west of Tokyo

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Sebastian Jacobs
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on Sunday, 02 December 2012
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Emergencies are largely unpredictable, the recent disaster inside a Japanese tunnel is a harsh reminder of this.

The deployment of hoses inside any restricted environment is a complicated task- let alone with evacuees moving and smoke and flames growing. Our packs are far more than some fabric holding the hose in place- they introduce a standard. This standard means the left hand knows what the right hand is doing.

If I have the blue Lay Pack my job is to find water and stretch the hose towards the fire. If I have the red Attack Pack then I need to be near to the fire and ready to charge the line to advance into fight the fire.

Read the story here

The Sasago Tunnel on the Chuo Expressway in Koshu, Yamanashi Prefecture, central Japan.

Picture: AP

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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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Transit Tunnel Fire Emergencies

Posted by Sebastian Jacobs
Sebastian Jacobs
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on Wednesday, 17 August 2011
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For most people the daily commute through a busy transit tunnel is of no real significance, while it is unlikely that a major incient will occur- in the event it does all the implications of the emergency are amplified, these including smoke and heat from a fire as well as hundreds, potentially thousands of evacuees moving though an unbreathable environment in limited light.

Like a cruise or cargo ship emergency, the two variables that dictate the size and duration of a fire in a tunnel are Speed in both initial response and subsequent fire fighting operations and Weight of Attack (WoA) i.e how much and how effective the water streams are).

We have looked at the Emergency Response Team (ERT) and how their immediate response and local knowledge provide an invaluable advantage and we have also outlined the nuts and bolts of how the QuickLay Fire Attack Packs provide unparalleled performance in confined environments with milti-skilled and multi-lingual team members.

For a true insight into tunnels and how the who's who of keeping them safe no one would have a better, more up-to-date understanding of "Planning, Preparation and Response to Emergencies in Tunnels" than QLFA's own Director Shan Raffel.

Shan is a Churchill Fellow having completed his research project into tunnel emergencies.

His findings can be viewed here

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

Posted by Sebastian Jacobs
Sebastian Jacobs
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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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