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Posted: Aug 9, 2022

Some residents stayed put despite level three evacuations near Cow Canyon Fire

The Cow Canyon Fire in Yakima County is still burning almost 6,000 acres. Evacuation orders dropped to level one Sunday. Some residents living at a trailer park near N. Wenas Rd. said if they don't see flames, they shouldn't have to leave. 23 residents at Stagecoach RV Park were among the first told to evacuate.
- PUB DATE: 8/8/2022 11:02:00 PM - SOURCE: KNDO-TV NBC 23 Yakima
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Posted: Aug 9, 2022

DuPont Announces 2022 Nomex® Innovation Award Winners

DuPont Personal Protection recognized the latest in Nomex® design ingenuity during the 2022 Nomex® Innovation Awards at Interschutz, a leading trade fair for fire and rescue services, civil protection and safety and security sectors. The seventh annual award ceremony was held in Hannover, Germany on June 21, 2022, and highlighted collaboration between European Nomex® partners and DuPont in developing solutions made with Nomex® in applications that help provide enhanced end-user safety.

Alfons Held, Global Marketing Manager for Emergency Response, DuPont, announced the winners during a recognition ceremony.

“The Nomex® Innovation Awards spotlight product developments that help make a positive impact on worker safety,” Held said. “These awards recognize the ongoing commitment to technology, leadership and innovation of our Nomex® partners, the power of our joint collaboration and underscores the proven performance of Nomex® across a range of applications.”

The 2022 Nomex® Innovation Awards included four main categories, including a new category, Nomex® Xtreme Performance; in addition to Sustainability; Comfort; and Other Innovations.

Earlier this year, DuPont launched Nomex® Xtreme Performance—a product category offering ease of selection of innovative personal protective equipment (PPE) solutions for structural and nonstructural firefighting gear. Solutions in the new Nomex® Xtreme Performance category combine the superior benefits of DuPont™ Nomex®, DuPont™ Kevlar® and high-performance materials such as PBO, Nomex® Nano and Nomex® Nano Flex to help provide firefighters with superior thermal protection and moisture management, along with protection from heat, flame, chemicals, cuts and hazardous particulates.

This year’s category applications included structural firefighting and wildland firefighting.

Winners in the structural firefighting category included:

SCANTEX Crossfire, Outer layer built with DuPont™ Nomex® 3DP Plus and DuPont™ Kevlar®. This new outershell solution in the Nomex® Xtreme Performance category provides superior durability and comfort; built-in heat and flame resistance; and unmatched mechanical strength.

S-GARD, SWISSGARD 2.0, Outer layer built with DuPont™ Nomex® RSK, Inner layer built with DuPont™ Nomex® Comfort. This garment is optimized for greater mobility and enhanced comfort.

Winners in the wildland firefighting category included:

SIOEN, Oxylus NYO wildland firefighting gear, garment made of a three-layer laminate, built with DuPont™ Nomex® Comfort Ripstop, particulate barrier built with DuPont™ Nomex® Nano, Inner layer built with DuPont™ Nomex® Knit. This solution in the Nomex® Xtreme Performance category is the first wildland gear with a particulate barrier to be introduced to the wildland firefighting market.

Heinrich Vorndamme O.H.G., Fire Fox Twin, Outer layer built with DuPont™ Nomex® VRW. This gear is an innovative combination of layers designed to meet the requirements of both wildland firefighting and technical rescue. One layer of this solution can be worn by itself for wildland firefighting; the other layer can be worn by itself for technical rescue; and when both layers are worn together, it is a dual-purpose garment.

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Posted: Aug 8, 2022

Chicopee (MA) Invests $1.5M in Fire Station Repairs and New Apparatus

Jeanette DeForge


CHICOPEE – City officials have agreed to spend nearly $1.5 million to make repairs to two fire stations and replace equipment, but they may not see some of the new vehicles they want to purchase for months if not years.

The City Council voted on Tuesday to buy six police cruisers, an ambulance, a sanitation truck and make the repairs to the two stations. All the expenses were approved in unanimous votes.

Before the fiscal year ended on June 30, Mayor John L. Vieau and the City Council agreed to deposit $2 million from the free cash account into a capital improvement fund. About $1.15 million of the expenses will be withdrawn from the fund.

The remaining $317,603, which will be used to purchase the sanitation truck, will come from fees that residents pay to purchase trash bags if they have more refuse that will fit in the one trash barrel allotted per household.

The biggest problem now is that it is taking as long as two years to get some vehicles delivered because of worldwide supply chain problems. Some companies on the state bid list have also stopped taking orders because they are so backlogged due to a lack of computer chips and other parts, Vieau said.

“It has been very frustrating,” Vieau said. “As vehicles are coming to the end of their useful life, we are trying to be a little more proactive.”

The city ordered sanitation trucks last August and in October and do not expect to get them until spring at the earliest, said Elizabeth Batista, Department of Public Works superintendent.

“We don’t want a catastrophic situation. With this lead time we don’t want to gamble with this,” she said.

The city is also waiting for a dump truck and at least three pickup trucks for different departments, said Allen Ryczek, who runs the city’s central maintenance garage.

“If we order it tomorrow we don’t expect to see it for two years,” he said.

He noted that Chicopee has been financially able to replace vehicles on a regular basis and the life of most is much longer than what is predicted by manufacturers thanks to good maintenance. There are no dire problems yet, Ryczek added.

One sanitation truck, howeve,r has been out of commission for more than a month because it needs a part that is unavailable.

The one thing the city will be able to get is cruisers, which are already earmarked for the department. The Police Department does try to purchase some every year because they are always on the road and this year will replace six at a cost of about $324,500, Chief Patrick Major said.

Fire Chief Daniel Stamborski also talked about the importance of a new ambulance. The Fire Department tries to replace ambulances, or use them as backup vehicles, once one hits 80,000 miles. Currently there are four in the fleet and just one is below that at 32,400 miles. There is a new one on back order as well.

As part of the capital improvement package, the City Council approved about $350,000 for the ambulance.

The City Council also approved $64,600 to fix a concrete floor that is delaminating and uneven at Fire Station 8 on St. James Street.

It also approved spending $414,300 to remove an underground diesel fuel tank from Station 5, on Chicopee Street. The tank is coming to the end of its useful life and the city is repaving the lot so it would save money to do the work now. It will be replaced with an above-ground tank, Stamborski said.

The original cost estimate for t

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Posted: Aug 8, 2022

Blair Township (MI) Voters Approve $6.4 Million for New Fire, EMS Station

Voters in Blair Township (MI) have given approval for a $6.4 million new station for Blair Township Fire and EMS, according to a report published by 9&10 News.

The process for a new station started over a year ago and construction should begin with 60 days with a completion date expected in the fall of 2023, according to the report.

The new station will have modern energy efficiencies built into the facility and is expected to increase response times to more than 60 percent of the population, the report said.

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Posted: Aug 8, 2022

Plymouth (ME) Breaks Ground on New Fire Station

The Plymouth (ME) fire station has needed replacement for at least five years with a leaky roof and black mold, but a ground breaking ceremony on Friday (Aug. 5) will resolve those issues, according to a report published by FOX 22 WFVX Bangor.

According to the report, the town has tried several times to repair the current fire station without much success, resulting in the need for a new station.

Plymouth firefighters are appreciative of the efforts the 1,400 people in town have made to build a new fire station, according to the report, which added the new station is expected to be completed by the spring of 2023. In the meantime, the Plymouth Fire Department will share quarters with the Detroit fire department, according to the news report.

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