Thursday, February 23, 2017

WCXXVI Louisville Advance Feb 2017

Louisville Airport (SDF) Main Terminal Signage 

This is a nice way to be greeted upon arriving in Louisville, KY on the 22nd of February. I was headed for the escalator taking me from the B Concourse to the main terminal when the LED caught my eye. I thought, “Hey, that looks familiar!”

I was in town to work on logistics for our 26th World Challenge Championships, this coming October. On the agenda was an inspection of the parking lot of the Marriott, the Host Hotel for this year.

Of most importance is the parking lot, directly on the South side of the Marriott. Here’s static shot from the 10th floor:

If you want to get the view from ground level, click here:

The Marriott Parking Lot: facing South from the 10th (top) floor

You’ll also be impressed with the Fitness Facility. It’s not an afterthought as is so often the case in hotels. Here’s a 360° view of the equipment. Click here:

We’ll be providing timely updates on all the 411 for Louisville. Check back here, or watch for our Newsletters, Hot News and Facebook for more details as they become available. 

Monday, February 6, 2017

Input on Eye Protection from Billy Godfedder (Close Calls)

Well...if someone once told you that you have beautiful, dreamy eyes, we don't care-this isn't what this is about. However, your help is needed for a quick survey so the NFPA folks hear from FIREFIGHTERS and eye protection related to helmets.
Below is a survey link on eye and face protection developed by the NFPA 1971/1851 Task Group on Eye and Face Protection.  For decades, the NFPA Technical Committee has struggled in developing a practical minimum standard for fire and emergency services eye and face protection.  Currently, there are partial face-shields, flip-downs (bourkes), and goggles.  Many fire fighters remove all forms of face and eye protection from their helmet.  Often, helmet-mounted eye and faceshield protection are damaged or dirty to an extent it is almost opaque.  Contamination issues are now a concern.  Opinions vary.  
-Some think that eye and face protection should not be attached to the helmet.  
-Some think if it is removed from the helmet, there will be no face/eye-protection at all.  
-Some think eye and face protection should be integral with the helmet so it is protected when in the stowed position.

So...a Task Group was formed to study this in further detail.  The first step in this process is to obtain info and opinion from you, FIREFIGHTERS... on what is currently being used and gather input from YOU,  the fire service. The data and input collected will be used to determine if there should, or should not be changes to the NFPA 1971 and 1851 standards.

It is known that the SCBA face piece provides excellent face and eye protection.  The purpose of this survey is to determine emergency responder needs for face and eye protection when the SCBA facepiece is not required. 

So here ya go ol' blue eyes, take 5 minutes to provide the information so that the opinion of dreamy eyed Firefighters count:
Take Care. Be Careful. Pass it On,
The Secret List 2-6-2017-1300 Hours