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Sterling FCX descender and training available from All Hands Fire Equipment & Training

BIDDEFORD, ME:  Sterling Rope has introduced their second generation escape system descender.  The FCX descender (Fast Control Xcape). The FCX auto locking descender is improved, with the key feature being an Anti-Panic handle. Other features include elevated side rails, improved design for rapid horizontal movement, cam provides superior braking and spring-loaded handle for improved operation. It …

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All Hands Fire 2017 Winter & Spring Training Classes Announced

“The upcoming schedule features our most popular courses, as well as some new programs”, said All Hands Fire Equipment President Donald Colarusso. The programs are held at their Neptune City training center located on 3rd Avenue & Memorial Drive. “We are building on the outstanding success that we saw in 2016, where many of our …

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All Hands Fire instructors attend very first Petzl EXO-AP Trainer Class

SALT LAKE CITY, UT: The new Petzl EXO-AP Firefighter Escape System was introduced to the fire service in April 2016.  This new bailout system for firefighters introduced improvements including its unique “Anti-Panic” (AP) feature, as well as being smaller and lighter in weight. All Hands Fire Equipment & Training, based in New Jersey, has been …

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New Petzl EXO-AP Escape Descender available from All Hands Fire Equipment

Introduced at this years Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) in Indianapolis, Petzl released the new EXO-AP Personal Escape System. The EXO-AP (model #D30AB 015) is a new and re-designed version of the original EXO (model #D30015 B), which originally hit the fire service in 2006.  This new device is lighter in weight and smaller than it’s predecessor. …

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Honoring FDNY Captain Patrick Brown – 2015 Making Yourself Hard to Kill Conference

All Hands Fire Equipment LLC is a proud sponsor of the “Making Yourself Hard to Kill” program and the “Paddy Brown Program”. The story and legacy of FDNY Captain Patrick Brown is an amazing one.  Personally, I admire this man so much and only wish that I had had an opportunity to meet him. To …

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Firefighter Rescue: Coming to the Rescue

ARTICLE REPRINT:  New Jersey Fire Magazine August 2015 Issue | Page 40 For me, personally, I got involved with Rapid Intervention Training (RIT) following a very close call when we responded to a house fire at 930 Prospect Street in Trenton on December 22, 2006. Two of our firefighters were trapped in the basement when …

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Camera Catches Firefighter Engulfed in Backdraft

Texarkana, AR:  Firefighters were engulfed in a sudden backdraft while operating on the 2000 block of Pearl Street.  The incident occured on July 8th in Taxarkana, Arkansas. Reports indicate that the firefighters were not hurt. Luckily, a mother and child escaped prior to the arrival of the fire department. The fire is under investigation.   …

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Water Rescue Training contract awarded to All Hands Fire

May 2015 All Hands Fire Equipment & Training was recently awarded a contract by the County of Union to provide Water Rescue training and Emergency Boat Operations training to firefighters and responders from that New Jersey county. The training includes all levels of swift water rescue – Awareness, Operations and Technician.  Students will attend classroom …

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Fires in Sheds and Out Buildings

Reprint from FireOpsOnline.com – Snapshot Size-Up #127 Fires in Sheds and Out Buildings Fires that occur in sheds or similar types of out buildings pose a variety of threats to firefighters.  Mostly, it is the uncertainty of what is stored inside these structures. Ask a homeowner what’s inside their shed, and you may hear, “some …

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Practice using the hitching slot on your Escape Systems Anchor

Firefighter Escape Systems anchor hooks have evolved since the introduction of the Crosby S-360 anchor hook.  Most hooks now come with “hitching slots” located on the spine. Most would agree that this is an improvement because in theory, a user can more easily do a “tie off” through the hitching slot as opposed to tying a …

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