Thursday, July 19, 2018

What I learned in Kindergarten

Robert Fulghum wrote a book entitled: All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

I did not read the book, but I did get the part about “Please” and “Thank you”. We strive mightily to recruit sponsors. It’s an almost daily pursuit. These people are in business and it’s only reasonable to expect some kind of a return on their investment (read: ROI).

The metric (money) can be hard to ascertain. As they say, only 6% of advertising dollars work. The problem, no one knows which 6%.

In the instant case, i.e., the Firefighter Combat Challenge®— we have a wide array of sponsors. Rare is it the case in the world of sponsorship that we have companies like 3M | Scott, Lion, Simulaids or RWC that have been with us for more than two decades.

I can assert with high probability that sponsors want to hear from you. And the words that they look forward to hearing is “Thank you.”

SKB Cases came on board this year and have donated nuclear-hardened, mil-spec, waterproof cases for the T0p 10. Inside each case is a note card with an email address. It only takes a few seconds to send a note that will be greatly appreciated. Same with all of our sponsors.

If you were fortunate to have received one of the SKB cases, send a quick note. I can pretty much warranty that if the appreciation level is where it should be, they’ll be back.

Click here to send an email


Oh, and copy us...





Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Norfolk Police Department answers the lip sync challenge

If you’re not yet one of the million viewers, well, jump on in. I’d like to see our FCC crew and competitors do one of these!

Check it out here; the whole ensemble, Fire, Cops and dispatch join in the fun:

From the Washington Post

Saturday, June 30, 2018

New Addition to the Challenge Team: Enter Ben May

Ben May


Ben May is a recently retired director of global business and alliances for the Walt Disney Company. He worked with Disney to create interactive social marketing experiences dedicated to the betterment of society as well international alliances. Among these interactive attractions, May conceived and developed with Disney executives and Imagineers, in an alliance with Liberty Mutual Insurance, the largest public fire education experience in the world at Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort: "Where's the Fire?" He has been a firefighter for Hillandale Fire and Rescue in Montgomery County, Maryland, and fire commissioner for Woodinville Fire and Rescue in Washington State. May has been a marketing consultant to Fire Service Publications of Oklahoma State University's School of Fire Protection Technology, the United States Fire Administration, and metro fire departments across the country in the creation of strategic marketing communications plans. He is a member of the National Society of Executive Fire Officers, the Institution of Fire Engineers, the American Meteorological Society, the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, Vision 20/20 for Fire Prevention and Education, and the Society of Fire Protection Engineers. May has a bachelor's degree in public affairs and a master's degree in international communication.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

MAYO CLINIC - DRINKING WATER, very interesting!

Water and Aspirin...
A cardiologist determined that heart attacks can be triggered by dehydration. How many folks do you know who say they don't want to drink anything before going to bed because they'll have to get up during the night?

Heart Attack and Water - Drinking one glass of water before going to bed avoids stroke or heart attack. Interesting. I asked my Doctor why people need to urinate so much at night time.

Answer from my Cardiac Doctor: Gravity holds water in the lower part of your body when you are upright (legs swell). When you lie down and the lower body (legs and etc.) seeks level with the kidneys, it is then that the kidneys remove the water because it is easier. I knew you need your minimum water to help flush the toxins out of your body, but this was news to me.

The correct time to drink water...
Drinking water at a certain time maximizes its effectiveness on the body:
2 glasses of water after waking up - helps activate internal organs
1 glass of water 30 minutes before a meal - helps digestion
1 glass of water before taking a bath - helps lower blood pressure
1 glass of water before going to bed - avoids stroke or heart attack
I can also add to this... My Physician told me that water at bedtime will also help prevent night time leg cramps. Your leg muscles are seeking hydration when they cramp and wake you up with a Charlie Horse.

Mayo Clinic on Aspirin - Dr. Virend Somers is a Cardiologist from the Mayo Clinic who is the lead author of the report in the July 29, 2008 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Most heart attacks occur in the day, generally between 6 A.M. and noon. Having one during the night, when the heart should be most at rest, means that something unusual happened. Somers and his colleagues have been working for a decade to show that sleep apnea is to blame. If you take an aspirin or a baby aspirin once a day, take it at night.

The Reason: Aspirin has a 24-hour "half-life"; therefore, if most heart attacks happen in the wee hours of the morning, the Aspirin would be strongest in your system. Aspirin lasts a really long time in your medicine chest – years! (When it gets old, it smells like vinegar).

Something that we can do to help ourselves - nice to know. Bayer is making crystal aspirin to dissolve instantly on the tongue. They work much faster than the tablets. Why keep Aspirin by your bedside?

It's about Heart Attacks - There are other symptoms of a heart attack, besides the pain on the left arm. One must also be aware of an intense pain on the chin, as well as nausea and lots of sweating; however, these symptoms may also occur less frequently.

Note: There may be NO pain in the chest during a heart attack.
The majority of people (about 60%) who had a heart attack during their sleep did not wake up. However, if it occurs, the chest pain may wake you up from your deep sleep. If that happens, immediately dissolve two aspirins in your mouth and swallow them with a bit of water.

Afterward: - Call 911. - Phone a neighbor or a family member who lives very close by. Say "Heart Attack!" - Say that you have taken 2 Aspirins. -
Take a seat on a chair or sofa near the front door, and wait for their arrival and...

Friday, June 22, 2018

LookOnVRTU Won the First Prize at NIST VR HUD Challenge

The winning team in the Virtual Reality Competition for Firefighter Safety


We are proud to announce that VRT-U in collaboration with LookOn Media has won first place at the National Institute for Standards and Technology’s (NIST) 2018 Virtual Reality (VR) Heads-Up-Display (HUD) Navigation Challenge for First Responders. After narrowing down all competitors through four stages only six teams were invited to present at the Public Safety Broadband Stakeholders (PSCR) Annual Meeting in San Diego and to compete for a share of the total purse of $125,000. The PSCR team awarded a joint first prize to LookOnVRTU and ENGR Dynamics with both teams scoring 89 points for a winning tie.

Our winning HUD solution guides firefighters to find the victim as quickly as possible and to evacuate the victim through the fastest and safest path possible. This solution dynamically adjusts the best route based on obstacles, fire hazards and other changes in the environment while safely guiding the rescue team through smoke, haze, and complete darkness.

In designing the HUD Navigation UI, LookOnVRTU consulted with Dr. Paul Davis, the President of First Responder Institute, to select and prioritize the most important features. Upon seeing the demo video, his response was “This is ground-breaking!”.

First responders are exposed to great risks and put their own lives in danger to rescue others. Reducing that risk is the number one goal of all first responder teams. Having been able to provide a solution that improves the safety of those firefighters fills us with great pride. We look forward to continuing working with the first responder community to implement solutions that save lives.




For more information on Virtual Reality for firefighters click here

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Ukraine Inks Firefighter Combat Challenge Deal With On•Target


Dr. Paul Davis, the creator of the 3M/Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge spent 7 days with personnel from the Department of Emergency Services this past week, crafting an agreement to bring the Challenge to Ukraine. 

His visit, covering thousands of kilometers, involved tours of Fire Department museums, training academies, sports facilities and fire stations, including two stations in Chernobyl, as well as meeting with Trade Representatives at the US Embassy in the capital city of Kiev. 

The target date for the Challenge is September 15 of this year, at the Kontraktova Square, strategically located at city center. Invitations have been extended to Dr. Davis, dignitaries of the US Embassy and the President of Ukraine, the honorable Petro Poroshenko.

Mr. Kamil Górecki, the CEO of KZP, the Polish-based fire helmet manufacturer was in attendance for discussions to include the participation of the Good Deeds International Foundation, a European non-profit he represents. The Foundation is providing, at no-cost, assets that are essential for an official Challenge event. 

Colonel Eduard Drach, Commanding Officer of the Special Forces Unit, acting on behalf of the Chief of Department Myolka Chechotkin, functioned as an emissary for the Chief and executed the Memorandum of Understanding at a signing ceremony pictured below at the Department’s Headquarters in Kiev.