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Petzl Debuts the Next-Generation EXO AP with Anti-Panic Functionality at FDIC Int'l 2016

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Bedford NY Fire Department starts Petzl Exo Training

The first of Westchester's Fire Departments has begun to train their firefighters on the Petzl EXO. Approx. 15 members did their certified slides at the Westchester Fire Academy. The rest of the department will soon be trained. Fire Ground Tech is the Trainer / Dealer for the Petzl EXO and Gemtor  Harness systems in Westchester County, NY

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Westchester County NY awards Petzl EXO / Gemtor Harness bid to Fire Ground Technologies

Representing 63 Fire Departments, Westchester County  NY has awarded the "Petzl EXO / Gemtor Harness bid" to Fire Ground Technologies. We appreciate the opportunity to supply and train the firefighters in Westchester County with the Petzl EXO Escape System and the Gemtor Harness.

Fire Ground Tech is the leading trainer for the Petzl EXO in the U.S. and the only "preferred" trainer on the Gemtor harness. We at Fire Ground Tech look forward to meeting and training Westchester's firefighters in one of the best Firefighter Escape Systems on the market. We will post the departments that have elected to purchase and train on the Petzl / Gemtor system through Fire Ground Technologies. Good Luck !

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Knoxville Tennessee Fire Department Trains on the Petzl EXO / Gemtor Harness with Fire Ground Technologies

Fire Ground Technologies is pleased to announce that the Knoxville Tennessee Fire Department has chosen Fire Ground Technologies to train and supply approximately 300 members of their department with the Petzl EXO and the Gemtor harness escape system. The staff at Fire Ground Technologies congratulates the Knoxville Fire Department on providing its members with the best possible escape system available.

The staff at Fire Ground Tech has just returned from a great trip to Knoxville, TN. Nine members of the Knoxville FD participated in a 3 day Train the Trainer class. Avoiding thunderstorms almost every day, Knoxville firefighters performed slides on the Petzl EXO and presented Power Point presentations in order to get certified to teach the 300 person department. Not only were the 3 days a complete success, but quite a few friendships were developed. We want to wish the entire Knoxville Fire Department the best of luck in their training and hope to see ya'll real soon. Be safe brothers !

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FDNY Firefighter Saved by Petzl EXO / Gemtor Harness

Fire Ground Technologies The only Petzl Exo Training Company that exclusively uses FDNY Officers and Firefighters Training, Sales, Service ... Fire Ground Tech does it all for you. The Leader in Training Firefighter Personal Bail Out Systems

Raymond Pollard, 50, of Brooklyn, rappelled away from searing flames that had trapped him near a fourth-floor window of an apartment building on Willoughby Avenue, fire officials said.New York - Nearly three years after two New York City firefighters jumped from a burning building and plunged to their deaths, a 24-year FDNY veteran yesterday became the first to use a widely hailed safety device to escape from a Brooklyn house fire that almost engulfed him.

The fire was reported at 3:41 a.m. Pollard drove the second unit to arrive at the scene, Ladder Company 102 from Bedford Avenue.

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Fire Ground Tech Trains Pleasantville, NY Fire Dept. in the use of the Petzl EXO

Read about Fire Ground Technologies and the recents Pleasantville's Petzl EXO Bailout System Training  Complete with photos and student comments.

Fire Ground Technologies was organized in 1997 to fulfill the needs of modern day Fire Departments. Our goals and objectives are to teach and relay information to firefighters throughout the country to help improve firefighter safety, fire ground operations, and a wide variety of other aspects of learning such as, preplanning structures, municipal analysis / assessments for fire protection, through seminars and hands on training exercises. Fire Ground Technologies provides their clients with the most comprehensive and informative classes and exercises available today.

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1st Responder Broadcast Network Article

PRESS RELEASE - Preparing Yourself for the Petzl EXO Personal Safety System and the Gemtor Harness By LARRY COHEN, LIEUTENANT FDNY Ret.
http://www.1strespondernews.com/webpages/news/displaynews.aspx?ID=eb50c1dc-3b0d-4976-8434-a97d059e072e

With the much anticipated, soon to be released, Petzl EXO Personal Safety System, (PSS) fire departments and firefighters should understand that there are certain bunker gear concerns, harness requirements and training issues that need to be addressed in order for the system to be properly attached and deployed correctly. FDNY and Petzl have designed this particular system to be worn on the outside of the firefighter’s protective pants, and under the turnout coat. The reason for this location is so it can be easily accessed and rapidly deployed, while at the same time protected from a fire environment by the protective coat. Thousands of hours have gone into the engineering and practical application of this device so that firefighters can safely exit a hostile environment in a burning structure.

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Saddle Brook Bail Out System Drill

During the weekend of February 28 and March 1 Saddle Brook firefighters conducted a hands on drill for their new bail out system. All active members of the department who seek interest in the Petzl bail out system took park in the practical training over the two day period. Fire Ground Technologies provided the training equipment and instructors for the course .The training took place at Lodi fire Headquarters as Lodi had the room and lent out their fire headquarters for Saddle Brook for the weekend long training.

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Firefighters convention a time for shopping, networking

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Posted: Saturday, September 23, 2014 2:46 am

WILDWOOD — Firefighters attending the annual New Jersey State Firemen's Convention use the annual event to gear up.

From new trucks to water-rescue gear, the annual convention draws vendors from across the country hawking the latest in new equipment.

Sam Squire, of Mays Landing, sells heavy trucks manufactured by Pierce, based in Appleton, Wis. Fie said the convention is his biggest source of new clients in New Jersey.

Squire showed off a new canary-yellow truck made forthe Seaville Volunteer Fire Company in Upper Township.

"It's a combination pumper and rescue truck. Fire companies are having to multitask," he said. "Seaville covers part of the Garden State Parkway, so they respond to a lot of car accidents."

The $625,000 truck features a compartment with various hydraulic equipment to cut people out of damaged vehicles. And it has four winch slots to pull vehicles to safety, he said.

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Fireground TechnologiesTo Attend The LT. Joseph DiBernardo Memorial Foundation 1st Annual Training Seminar

Lieutenant Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Foundation's 1st Annual Training Seminar will be held June 29th & 30th 2013 - 8am - 5pm visit facebook page Training From Top Fire Department Instructors in America DC Vincent Dunn - FDNY Retired DIV 1 BC Frank Montagna - FDNY BC John Salka - FDNY Retired BN 18 Capt. Mike Dugan - FDNY Retired Ladder 123 Capt. Bobby Morris - FDNY Rescue 1 Capt. Tony Tricarico - FDNY Retired Squad 252 FF John O'Conell - FDNY Retired Rescue 3 And an introduction by FDNY Chief of Department Ed Kilduff * 100% of the proceeds go to the foundation for the purpose of saving firefighters lives through training & the purchase of personal life saving ropes.

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RIP: CHRIS GOOD - GOODWILL FIRE COMPANY - WESTCHESTER, PA

We are saddened to announce the passing of a good friend and a great firefighter, Chris Good. (Goody). Chris was a sweet hearted soul who represented the best of the best when it came to the fire service.  Chris loved everything about the fire service and demonstrated that in his abilities. We met Chris years ago when Fire Ground Tech trained the Goodwill Fire Company out in Westchester Pa. It was quite obvious that Goody had natural abilities on the fire ground.  More importantly Chris was a traditional guy. He led junior firefighters the way they ought to be, with discipline, experience, and above all the desire to do the right thing. After training we always looked forward to Chris leading the way into the local pub to discuss the day’s training over a cold beer.  Chris, you will be sadly missed and we will always remember you as what a true firefighter should be. Our condolences to his family, wife Jessica and his 3 kids, an 8 year old step daughter, a 3 year old son and 1 year old daughter along with his company and department.

http://www.goodwillfireco.org/content/memorial/

 

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Fire Ground Tech opens office in Massapequa, Long Island

Because of the large amount of EXO training that Fire Ground Technologies does on Long Island, we decided to open an office to accommodate our clients on the Island. This will allow us to service our clients with even more quality and professionalism. Regardless of which location you call our phone number is still the same. Call us at 201-206-9387 and we will be more than happy to answer any and all questions you may have. We look forward to working with more Long Island Fire Departments on their "bail out" systems.

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READ BELOW: A SMALL ARTICLE ON BAILOUT SAFETY DURING TRAINING

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Pequannock Firefighters train with new personal escape system

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By THOMAS LYONS, JR.Correspondent
1st Responder Network

Pequannock, New Jersey - Pequannock firefighters recently attended training on newly issued personal safety systems. Training on the Petzl Exo Personal Safety System and the Gemtor Harness was conducted by FDNY Lieutenant (Ret.) Larry Cohen and his staff from Fire Ground Technologies of Pompton Plains, New Jersey. Also attending the training session were firefighters from the Riverdale and Wood Ridge Fire Departments. 

http://1stresponder.com/webpages/news/displaynews.aspx?ID=cbd6618a-83c9-4e79-92a6-d906ca3da2aa

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FIRE GROUND TECH INTRODUCES NEW LUMBAR BAG

Fire Ground Technologies along with Gemtor have designed and manufactured a lumbar bag specifically designed around the Petzl EXO escape system. While we used the Petzl system as a basis for our design, the lumbar bag is capable of storing almost any escape system on the market. The bag provides a reduced profile for the firefighter while keeping deployment of any system simple and easy. The materials that were used were requested by the FDNY, where there are currently 200 units in the field being tested. FDNY Research and Development has been working with Fire Ground Tech and Gemtor for over 3 years on this project. The bag is available for both left and right deployment options and easily attaches to any class II harness. By affording the firefighter a more comfortable option, it is more likely that the system will be worn as part of a firefighter's ensemble. As a result, Petzl supports our efforts in this new option of storing the escape system. Fore more information on the "new" Fire Ground Tech / Gemtor lumbar bag, contact us directly or call Gemtor.
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FIREFIGHTERS HEAD TO THE SHORE FOR THE WEEKEND

WILDWOOD---Everything a firefighter needs was all in one spot .....fire trucks, and vendors packed the Wildwood Convention Center and its parking lot. "We have everything new that comes out as the vendors get it they bring it if they have it new its here at the show," said Dave Thompson. The New Jersey State Firemen's Annual Convention is one of the largest shows on the east coast, and it's put on by all 6 fire companies on the island... Thompson said, "This event has grown tremendously but fire fighting has changed we use to just grab a hose and run into a building not today I was trained at 28 hours today its a 134 hours its a totally different world." And one vendor, Fire Ground Technologies is proof of how things have definitely changed. Larry Cohen said, "If a firefighter were to get trap if they cant tolerate the heat or smoke they tie off or anchor at the window and slide down on the rope." The technology is called the petzl exo and it's used with a special harness. Cohen said, "Both components derived from a 2005 incident with the NY Fire Department where we lost two members of the dept as a result its an effort to come out with what we call a bail out system." Firefighters were able to see firsthand how it works. The goal is to get this technique recognized nationwide which is catching on here in New Jersey and in New York......NBC 40 learned its just another way for firefighters to stay safe.

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Fire Ground Tech Trains the Trainers

Recently Fire Ground Tech Trained members of the North Hudson Fire Department in the "Train the Trainer" class on the use of the Petzl EXO and Gemtor harness. This 3 day class focused on the use and deployment of the system, belaying, safety, presenting a power point and teach backs. After 3 arduous days the students are now certified to teach their own members in the use of the Petzl system. North Hudson was kind enough to allow fellow brothers from Hillside and Union to attend. This will allow both departments to continue their training in house.
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Fire Ground Technologies wins bid for Bayonne NJ Fire Department

Fire Ground Technologies is supplying nearly 200 Petzl EXO Escape Systems and Gemtor Harnesses to the Bayonne Fire Department. After much research, the department has elected to outfit all their members with this equipment. Each member will do a series of performance slides to insure a level of proficiency with the system. Once all the members have been trained, each firefighter will be outfitted with a harness and a PSS (personal safety system). Good luck to the Bayonne Fire Department.
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FDNY FIREFIGHTER USES PETZL FIREFIGHTER BAILOUT SYSTEM AT QUEENS BLAZE

 

2 Firefighters Escape Close Call in Belle Harbor - MYFOXNY.COM

Two of New York City’s finest escaped from being trapped in a burning building along with residents in Belle Harbor, Queens.

According to the FDNY, the fire started in the basement of the three-story building on the top floors. Many residents lost everything they owned as firefighters worked to get this fire out. Two of the firefighters had to scramble to save their own lives.

“I lost everything, a new recliner and new clothes," said one resident who escaped the blaze. The fire was unforgiving and left residents with nothing.

"They knocked on the door and told me to leave and I came downstairs,” said Daniel Dowd lives in an apartment on the top floor. On his way out, Dowd only had time to grab his cat. Lou Romas, a friend of Dowd’s, gave him the clothes he has on now. 

“All he had was his shirt and pants on and all she has is pajamas,” said Romas. “My girlfriend packed clothes for him."

The flames spread up the walls inside the burning building and two firefighters, who were looking for possible victims, became trapped.

"While we were conducting operations, there was a partial collapse on a first floor and he gave a may-day. He was quickly recovered by the members’ right there," said the fire chief at the scene.

The second firefighter used a service rope and repelled out of a window.

"Fire is a dangerous thing,” said the chief. “You never know when a fire is going to flash forward."

The local Red Cross arrived to offer aid. 

"This is a friend, people who need help,” said Lomas. “I know how they must feel. They're good friends of mine, so you have to help out."

The fire is still under investigation. According to the FDNY fire started in the boiler room and is does not seem to be suspicious.

2 FDNY firefighters trapped by flames, but escape from Queens blaze
BY Bob Kappstatter
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER -

Two firefighters battling a three-alarm Queens blaze made Mayday radio signals Saturday after the floor collapsed on one and the other needed to use an escape rope, officials said.

Fire Lt. Richard Barnes fell through the second floor of a three-story Rockaways building, but managed to hang on by his armpits until firefighters could pull the 22-year veteran to safety, officials said.

Meanwhile, Firefighter Evan Davis called in a distress signal when he was trapped by flames in another part of the building's second floor, officials said.

The eight-year veteran then used his personal escape rope to lower himself out a window, unaware there was an adjacent roof less than 10 feet below.

"He couldn't see his hand in front of his face from the smoke," said 13th Division Deputy Chief James DiDomenico.

The safety rope devices, which include a hook, were issued to firefighters after two Bronx Bravest were killed in January 2005 when flames forced them to leap 50 feet from a burning building.

Both firefighters in yesterday's blaze were treated for minor bruises at Peninsula General Hospital and were in stable condition.

A dozen of the 138 firefighters who responded to the fire suffered minor injuries.

DiDomenico said the fire started about 10 a.m. near an oil burner in the basement of the building.

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