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Moditech is one company that pays it forward for the good of the fire service. The company releases a quarter newsletters that highlight certain changes or trends in the automotive industry. This quarter’s newsletter was just released and has a few interesting technologies that we all need to look out for.
Start-stop systems, auxiliary batteries, and ultra-capacitors oh my! The folks at Moditech (makers of Crash Recovery System) take use through some very useful information.
Ultra-capacitors, shown in the red box above located behind the fender are able to store a hundred times more energy than a conventional capacitor and at least ten times more than a 12 volt battery with a high service life of a million charge cycles. Read the complete newsletter to learn why what is inside the ultra-capacitors that rescuers should keep in mind.
What to help raise money for BURN? The film about the Detroit Fire Department? Buy a Burn t-shirt from John (who is by the way a Firefighter in Detroit) and the proceeds from the sale of this shirt will go directly towards the funding of “BURN”
Shirt is Black with BURN in a full back design (Below) and front left chest is a Detroit Maltese Cross.
Many if not all of you have heard about the Film “BURN”, a story that most of us have been anxiously awaiting it’s premier. For some it is more personal than others but guaranteed you will find a piece of it that touches you in some way. Detroit Fire Tees has been given the Honor to help Design and produce these shirts, along with your help and added support this is just another way we can all join together to get this story told around the world. The proceeds from the sale of this shirt will go directly towards funding of the film.
Below are a few snips from detroitfirefilm.org Please visit their website if you haven’t already and learn more about the film. We have a trailer here on Our site but there are many more directly on http://detroitfirefilm.org
“WE HOPE FOR BETTER THINGS; IT SHALL RISE FROM THE ASHES.”
- FATHER GABRIEL RICHARD, WHO WROTE DETROIT’S MOTTO AFTER FIRE NEARLY DESTROYED THE CITY IN 1805
BURN is a feature documentary about Detroit, told through the eyes of Detroit firefighters, who are charged with the thankless task of saving a city that many have written off as dead.
Firefighters have an up-close view of the best and worst in any city. This is especially true for Detroit. Detroit is a picture of the future of American industrial cities in a post-industrial age: One foot in a prosperous past, with an uncertain next act, struggling to survive in a changing economy.
Since 1950, racial tensions and vanishing industry have cut Detroit’s population in half from 1.8 million, making it a housing market horror story and leaving behind 80,000 abandoned homes.And in Detroit, social problems manifest themselves in one way – FIRE.
The result is a dying city with one of the highest arson rates in the world.
Los Angeles, a city of 4 million people, sees 11 structure fires per day. Compare that to Detroit, which has 713,000 residents and 30 structure fires a day.
BURN follows the crew of Engine Company 50 — one of the busiest firehouses in America. Located on Detroit’s blighted east side, E50 stands at ground zero of the city’s problems. Every day, these firefighters face injury, disablement, and death. But they come back, day after day, resolved to make a difference. They’re certainly not here for the money — their starting salary is $30,000 and they haven’t seen a raise in 10 years.
BURN tells the story of these exceptional individuals who, despite the challenges and dysfunction, believe in their city and are attempting to make a difference every day.
Every time that bell rings, the doors of E50 roll up, its crew step into worn boots, climb into decrepit trucks and drive out into the crumbling streets of Detroit to battle these complex problems.
Until now, no one has properly explored these issues, and these characters, with the depth and detail they deserve.
Through our exclusive agreement with the DFD and the City of Detroit, BURN has embedded with the firefighters of E50 and is following the Detroit story through their eyes. We’ll explore human struggles, hope and personal courage in the face of overwhelming odds.
You get dispatched to a cable company van that is upside down on the highway. Did you ever think it could be a CNG vehicle? While At&t has deployed over 5000 Alternative-fuel vehicles deployed including 3,469 CNG vehicles and 1,617 hybrid electric vehicles, as part of a $565 million commitment to deploy approximately 15,000 alternative-fuel vehicles (AFVs) over a 10-year period through 2018. So what do you know about CNG vehicles?
Here’s a list of guides that are availble:
- CNG Instructor’s Guide from Todd Hoffman from Scene of The Accident
- Honda Emergency Response Guide CNG Civic GX
- Alberta Vehicle Extrication Association (AVEA) Links
- Cal Fire State Fire Marshal Presention
- Emergency approach procedures for five of the most common types of alternative-fueled vehicles (AFV)
The delivery of 1,200 Chevrolet Express compressed natural gas (CNG) dedicated cargo vans will be deployed to AT&T service centers nationwide. So chances are, you may have one roaming the roads near you!
So how are all those trucks going to get fuel? In Michigan, DTE Energy Company unveiled a public fueling station on 44th Street SW for vehicles operating on compressed natural gas (CNG). DTE has 20 natural gas stations in Michigan and sells the compressed natural gas to other companies like AT&T for use in its fleets of trucks. Keep an eye out and know what’s in your response area!
Have you ever performed a dash roll and then realize that the ram is really in the way of getting the patient out of the vehicle? Of course not! We all plan ahead and during an extrication we are always thinking several steps ahead of the current task being preformed. Just in case you ever do find a ram in the way of removing the patient, take a quick look at the illustration from Weber Rescue and let me know what you think!
Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide, Inc. delivered one of its first plug-in hybrid electric vehicle to Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) for fleet uses. This is a pilot version of the PHEV and is based on a Ford F-150.
Different acronyms are used to describe plug hybrid vehicles. For example, a Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV), Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle (PHV), or plug-in hybrid. Just remember how a hybrid vehicle utilizes rechargeable batteries, or another energy storage device, that can be restored to full charge by connecting a plug to an external electric power source (usually a normal electric wall socket).
Remember to use your Moditech Crash Recovery System (CRS) to check for advanced steels and airbag inflator locations. As of right now, no Emergency Response Guide is available for the Quantum f-150 PHEV.
Weber Rescue Systems – Genesis Rescue Systems here in the United States – posted the picture below on their Facebook page and asked the question below. Thanks to the powerful Internet, an English translation was just a click away!
Wir möchten eure Meinung hören!
Welche Rettungszylinder-Zusammenstellung erachtet ihr bei der PKW-Unfallrettung für die effektivste?
Weber Rescue Systems asked their fans which ram-combination they prefer for car-extrications.
Please post your thoughts, ideas, comments, etc…..
Here’s another question for you, how many rams do you carry on the rescue/truck?
The NFPA just released a Emergency Field Guide for sale. The price is modest at $45 for a print copy. I like to see extrication field guides hitting the market. There’s a pocket electric/ hybrid guide getting ready to be released soon. A lot of rescuers still like to have a printed copy in their hands to flip through. Hopefully, I can get a copy yo review and provide a complete review. In the mean time, here’s what the NFPA has to say about it.
Respond to electric and hybrid vehicle incidents involving damaged high voltage batteries, battery fires, submersion and charging stations with NFPA’s full-color Electric Vehicle Emergency Field Guide, 2012 Edition. It’s packed with color visuals and technical data reviewed by the auto manufacturers!
Learn about everything from vehicle immobilization to disabling high-voltage and SRS systems, conducting safe extrication cuts, and executing vehicle recovery and disposal. The hands-on EV Emergency Field Guide covers:
- Disabling procedures and extrication hazards specific to individual makes and models — checked by manufacturers for technical accuracy
- NFPA-developed procedural guidelines for fire response, extrication, submersion, spill hazards, and first aid
- Original manufacturer diagrams and images
- Leading-edge Lithium Ion vehicle safety information from third-party research such as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Fire Protection Research Foundation
- Post-incident recovery procedures
- Warning signs of latent fire risks
- Storage guidance
The Emergency Field Guide is updated as technology changes, so make sure you have the latest!
Compact, spiralbound, and organized for easy access to information, the Electric Vehicle Emergency Field Guide is essential for fire and rescue personnel, EMS technicians, law enforcement, and towing/recovery professionals. Stay safe and be prepared to respond — order today. (Spiralbound, Approx. 145 pp., 2012 Volume 1)
Last Saturday I went to Hero Rush in Marshall Michigan with Paul Hasenmeier from First Due Tackle. We ran in the 343 Wave, which to my surprise was not full. So why is that important?
Many brothers across the country and even the world have climbed in a 9/11 stair climb. Money is raised and donated to help the families of the 343 fallen brothers from 9/11. Shouldn’t everyone of their names be honored when an event hosts a 343 wave? Yes you say. Keep reading…
During registration, you’ll be able to select the “343″ wave, a special limited wave honoring the fallen firefighters of 9/11. Your $10 registration add-on will be matched by Hero Rush for the “343″ wave, with all proceeds going to the Foundation. You’ll also be able to give additional support during the registration process and in special fund raising programs we’ll be announcing as we expand.
Ok, so lets do a little simple math.
- 343 X $10 = $3430
- The folks at Hero Rush match the donation so $3430 X 2 = $6860
- There are 8 Hero Rush events left this year.
- So $6860 X 8 = $54,880
That’s $54,880 raised by the 343 wave alone. Hero Rush also gives a portion of each normal entry to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. So is there a reason that all 343 name of our fallen brothers not honored at each event? Nope, right? Head over to Hero Rush and sign up for the 343 Wave in a state near you!
Any questions????? Brain Brush from the Fire Service Warrior answers them for you with a question. In the video below, Brian explains to the crowd at Stop, Drop, Rock ‘n’ Roll why they should be a part of the 9-11 Memorial Stair Climbs, on the eve of the climb at FDIC.
Make sure you read the articles below from Dave Dalrymple and Leigh Hollins. All the info is from the New Tricks for Old Extrication Tools Extrication Zone Newsletter! Sign up at Fire Engineering to get the newsletter sent straight to your inbox!
|New Tricks for Old Tools
We need to reexamine our extrication tools and evolutions in light of the construction and materials used in today’s vehicles, Dave Dalrymple writes.
In this vehicle extrication video, Dave Dalrymple talks about different types of glass you may encounter at a motor vehicle accident and tools and methods for removing it.
|Basic, Advanced, or Heavy Vehicle Extrication?
Leigh Hollins takes a closer look at what these three terms mean in the context of vehicle extrication operations.
|The First 10 Minutes at a Motor Vehicle Collision
Dave Dalrymple discusses the numerous tasks that need to be completed in the first 10 minutes when responding to a motor vehicle collision.
I’m sure everyone has seen FedEx’s where the Navistar eStar is driven through the Enchanted Forest commercial. So lets take a look at the eStar and what rescuers need to known about this vehicle. With a range of around 100 miles, expect to see the eStar in cities like San Francisco. Navistar has an eStar First Responder Guide availible, so make sure you read through it.
High Voltage Switches
High Voltage Service Key
The high voltage service key (1) is located behind the passenger seat, under a plastic cover.
Tools are required to remove this cover. This key can be turned in a counter-clockwise
direction and removed. High voltage will be active for approximately 10 minutes after the
key is removed.
High Voltage Safety Cut Off Button
The high voltage safety cut off button (1) is located on the left side of the driver’s seat near the window in front of the gear selector. Pushing down on the switch disconnects the drivetrain and high voltage battery.
The switch is visible from outside the driver’s side window as seen below. The driver’s side window must be broken out to access high voltage safety cut off button (1).
A few key pieces of info:
- The power steering and cab heater are both High Voltage.
- The 12 volt battery is located forward and slightly above the right rear (passenger side) wheel well and is accessed through a removable cover on the top of the right rear wheel housing on the inside of the vehicle. The cover is fastened and sealed requiring tools to remove.
- All high voltage cables are covered with orange conduit or orange tape for the length of the wire.
- An inertia switch is located in the cab to isolate high voltage in the event of a heavy impact.
- An isolation check in the high voltage system disconnects the battery cassette in the event of a short to ground.