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All Hands Fire President featured on Podcast

Recently, All Hands Fire Equipment President Donald Colarusso was featured on a video podcast for PinTheQ.  Don sat down with Frank Milillo and discussed his 32 years in the fire service, including serving as Fire Chief and years of training firefighters. Please take some time and check out PinTheQ Podcast #17.  

Customized SCBA Survival Challenge Course

SCBA CHALLENGE COURSE PROPS All Hands Fire often receives questions regarding our popular SCBA Confidence Course / SCBA Challenge Course props.  We have been lucky to have several talented craftsmen on our staff of instructors who have created our amazing props. All Hands Fire offers several classes that focuses on the Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA), …

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Escape Systems used for Training

So we often get the question, “can I use my escape system for training” and “how many bailouts can we do on our escape system before the ropes need to be replaced”. The first answer is to always follow the manufacturer recommendations.  This information can be found in the literature that is included with the …

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How to use the Petzl GriGri

All Hands Fire Equipment is an authorized Petzl dealer, and also an authorized trainer for some Petzl products such as the Petzl EXO and EXO-AP. Training at height can be dangerous and all students should be properly belayed. One device that is commonly used to belay students is the Petzl GRIGRI. This device is an assisted …

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New CMC LEVR Escape Systems will soon be available

At FDIC 2018, CMC Rescue introduced their new escape system – the LEVR The LEVR is a firefighter escape system that can be used by firefighters should they become caught or trapped on an upper floor in untenable conditions. The LEVR has been designed for quick and easy deployment, as well as smooth horizontal movement …

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Firefighters Perform Daring Rescue and Second Floor Bailout in Oregon

  Clackamas County firefighters performed a daring rescue and second floor escape system bailout in the early morning hours of Wednesday, September 6, 2017. At 3:46 am, Clackamas Fire District 1 responded to a residential fire in Happy Valley.  First arriving units were advised that a female was trapped inside the residence on the second …

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Fire Officer Development Training Class announced for Fall 2017

  All Hands Fire Training has announced a new program that is scheduled to be delivered starting in September – Fire Officer Development training. “For years we have been asked to put together an Officer’s Training Program, given our roster of diverse and experienced instructors”, said Donald Colarusso, President of All Hands Fire.  “A great …

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Gemtor Harness: Information about the most widely used fire-rescue harness available

Many of today’s firefighters are now equipped with a NFPA 1983 rated Class II rescue harness. Harnesses have become an essential tool for firefighters, facilitating the use of a Personal Escape System, use with various firefighter rescue maneuvers, positioning when working at height, and more. NFPA 1983, 3.3.40 defines a Life Safety Harness as, “An …

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Important Tips When Purchasing Firefighter Escape Systems

Firefighter Escape Systems continue to be a much sought after item for firefighters and fire departments. With many options and different configurations, those researching and purchasing these rope bailout systems need to do their research, ask the right questions and ensure that they are getting both what they want and what works for their present …

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Fairfield Fire Department receives Escape Systems and Bailout Training

Earlier this year, All Hands Fire Equipment and Training was awarded a contract by the City of Fairfield in Connecticut to equip and train the city’s fire department with Personal Escape Systems, Harnesses and Training. Fairfield Fire Department chose the Fire Innovations CORE descender with Sterling FireTech rope and the Sterling Lightning GT hook, along …

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