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Holmatro presents new range of cordless rescue tools

14 Dec 2017

Under the name of EVO 3 Holmatro launches its next generation of cordless rescue tools. The full range consists of battery-powered cutters, spreaders, combi tools and (telescopic) rams. Compared to the previous range the new EVO 3 tools offer much more speed when it counts, i.e. when placed under high loads. Combined with the exact same forces as found in Holmatro CORE Technology hose tools this leads to an optimal performance on new car construction.

Improved technology inside

On the outside Holmatro EVO 3 tools look the same as their predecessors. However, on the inside a lot has changed to optimize performance and speed.

New brushless motor

  • Powerful and energy efficient
  • Specially built for the application

Direct-drive pump

  • No gear transmission between motor and pump, no mechanical energy loss

Electronic Speed Control (ESC)

  • Keeps tool speed at a constant maximum level, even at high loads or when the battery voltage drops

Sealed circuit board

  • Cast in resin the electronics inside the tool are fully protected against moisture and dust. This is on top of the tools’ IP 54 protection rate against dust and splashing water.

Full range available

Discover all EVO 3 tools: Cutters. Spreaders. Combi Tools. (Telescopic) Rams.

Designed for freedom

Like their predecessors, Holmatro EVO 3 tools are designed to offer the rescuer ultimate freedom. Their inline control handle with 360° access, centrally located at the back of the tool, enables easy operation in any position. And the battery on top of the drive unit is always within reach, even when space is limited.


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Rise in fast-burning house fires heats up calls for sprinklers in homes

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‘I think the concept that the fire department will come and save you all the time is a myth’


Burned-out homes and distraught families are often all that’s left in the wake of a new breed of house fire that feeds off flammable furniture and open-concept designs.

Those fires, which chew through homes with frightening speed, are prompting firefighters and fire-prevention groups in Canada to push for the installation of sprinkler systems in new homes across the country.

“Fires today move very quickly, they are to be taken seriously. I think the concept that the fire department will come and save you all the time is a myth,” said Vince MacKenzie, a director with the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs.

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Introducing the Air-Pak X3 Pro SCBA

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Scott Safety, now part of 3M, advances the proven, trusted performance of the Air-Pak X3 with the introduction of the Air-Pak X3 Pro, its most leading-edge SCBA to date. With a commitment to firefighter safety and a focus on the long-term effects of carcinogen exposure, Scott Safety engineered a product that enhances cleanability, comfort and connectivity, while providing compatibility with the upcoming NFPA 2018 standards.


The Air-Pak X3 Pro combines high-performance material selection with an easy-to-remove harness for cleaning, decontamination and serviceability. With minimal water absorption, the new harness assembly can be machine laundered to minimize contamination and reduce long-term carcinogen exposure. Because the gear can be laundered at the station, firefighters have fast and easy access to their equipment when they respond to the next call.

“As an industry leader, our role at Scott Safety is not only to provide the best equipment to protect first responders, but to do our part to protect their long-term health,” said Jeff Emery, global business unit leader, SCBA and fire solutions for Scott Safety. “We take that responsibility seriously and are committed to instituting change, not only for the firefighters of today, but for the firefighters of tomorrow.”

Scott Safety designed the Air-Pak X3 Pro to keep firefighters safe while providing a higher level of comfort. A new shoulder harness design improves the ease of donning the SCBA and minimizes pressure points to reduce user fatigue. A naturally articulating waist pad provides the user a greater range of motion, while transferring weight to the hips for a more balanced load. Superior breathability offers minimal breathing resistance to reduce user burden and improve operational efficiencies.

Offering enhanced electronics with Bluetooth® technology, the Air-Pak X3 Pro supports wireless connectivity for improved firefighter safety and fireground accountability. An electronic PAR feature allows incident command to reliably communicate with firefighters without creating additional radio traffic. Data downloading and configuration changes are made easier using a wireless connection to smartphones.

“Scott Safety is committed to product development that makes the firefighter’s job easier and safer,” said Jason Cannon, senior manager, NFPA air-supplied products for Scott Safety. “With a cleanable, comfortable and connected product, we are working toward minimizing harmful exposure to carcinogens and providing improved peace of mind.”

This commitment to cancer prevention also is reflected in the company’s planned cancer awareness and prevention initiative for 2018. Scott Safety has pledged to make $100,000 in charitable gifts to nonprofit organizations that share Scott’s mission for cancer prevention and work to protect the long-term health of firefighters. The program will launch January 1.

For information on Scott Safety’s latest innovations, please visit

About 3M | Scott Safety
Scott Safety, now part of 3M, is a premier manufacturer of innovative respiratory and personal protective equipment and safety devices for emergency services and first responders including firefighters, industrial workers, law enforcement, military, civil defense, national security and rescue teams around the world. With five global manufacturing locations, Scott products protect thousands of individuals each day from environmental hazards that are inherent in the industriesthey serve. The Scott product line includes self-contained breathing apparatus, supplied air and air-purifying respirators, gas detection instruments, thermal imaging cameras and firefighter locators. For information on Scott Safety’s latest innovations, please visit​.​

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“Into the Fire” CBC Documentary

This documentary aired Sunday, November 5, 2017 on CBC-TV

Nature created it. Humans harnessed it. And now, as climate change helps light a flame to our forests, scientists are desperately trying to understand it. This compelling documentary travels from Alberta to Australia to follow researchers and firefighters as they head straight Into the Fire.

To director Leora Eisen, fire has always been a source of fascination – and fear. “When I was 21 and living in a high rise apartment, the fire alarm went off at three in the morning. I remember walking down the staircase in a daze, my eyes burning from the smoke, and being scared out of my wits.”

Our relationship with fire is complicated. Through the ages, we’ve used it to stay warm, cook dinner, even decorate our birthday cakes. But we’ve also been devastated by its destructive path. This past summer, more than one million hectares of the B.C. landscape went up in smoke. In 2016, the Fort McMurray wildfire – known as “the Beast”- forced the evacuation of nearly 90,000 residents.

SCENE FROM THE FILM: Research shows that the window to escape a burning home has been reduced from 17 to 3 minutes.
“A spark can light a raging inferno,” says Univ. of Alberta wildfire expert Mike Flannigan. “And where fire intersects with people, the results can be disastrous.” In Into the Fire, he heads to B.C.’s biggest blaze to give viewers a riveting glimpse into fire behaviour.

One of the biggest mysteries is why one house burns down, while the one next door survives. That’s why fire safety consultant Alan Westhaver takes us on a tour through the neighbourhoods of Fort McMurray, a year after the fire. “There are lessons in the ashes,” he notes.

But it’s not just the fires in our forests that are becoming more dangerous. According to Ottawa Fire’s Peter McBride, “modern homes have become like easy bake ovens.” As our homes have changed, urban firefighters have had to change tactics.

“Now that I’ve finished the film, I’m even more fascinated by fire,” says director Eisen. “But I’ve also learned from the scientists that it’s more important to respect it than fear it.” After all, notes researcher and former firefighter Josh Johnston, “it was on this landscape before we were.”

Watch the full episode here. (Only available in Canada.)

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Into the Fire is directed by Leora Eisen. Executive Producer is Gordon Henderson of 90th Parallel Productions.

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Outfitting your Truck – A place for everything and everything in its place.

tools in truck

Micmac Fire & Safety Source Ltd. (MMFSS) introduces a new line of articles published monthly where our dedicated Truck Team will discuss Emergency Vehicle issues, topics and products.

Whether your Fire Department is ordering a pumper, tanker, heavy/light rescue or aerial truck there are a lot of factors to consider regarding truck design. It is easy to forget small items or sometimes even lose sight of the original purpose, or specific role, that truck was intended to serve. One of the most frequently overlooked items the MMFSS Truck Team notices is not outfitting a truck with proper compartment brackets, backing and holders for the equipment the truck carries. This article will briefly speak about outfitting your truck and why some thought (and budget) should be invested in this area.

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Cancer is leading cause of Line of Duty Deaths for firefighters

Cancer infographic

Since 2002, the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) has attributed more than 60% of firefighter line of duty deaths (LODDs) to cancer — which is more than any cause. This disturbing statistic underscores why firefighters need to take proactive steps to help reduce their exposure to fire service-related carcinogens. This includes making sure that you ALWAYS follow post-fire call decon and gear laundering procedures.
To take the firefighter cancer-prevention pledge and download this infographic sheet (and other ‘Not In Our House’ firefighter cancer awareness materials), click here:

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Pierce Manufacturing announces new Ascendant® aerial apparatus configurations

Pierce FDIC

Pierce Manufacturing will display a greatly expanded portfolio of its industry-leading Pierce® Ascendant® aerial apparatus – including several never-before-seen configurations – at the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) Exhibition in Indianapolis, Ind.

APPLETON, Wis. (April 11, 2017) – Pierce Manufacturing Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK) company and the leading North American manufacturer of fire and emergency vehicles, will display a greatly expanded portfolio of Pierce® Ascendant® 107-foot aerial apparatus – including several never-before-seen configurations – at Lucas Oil Stadium (LOS) on April 27-29, 2017 during the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) Exhibition in Indianapolis, Ind. In addition, the powerful Oshkosh® Striker® 8X8 Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) vehicle and the Oshkosh Defense Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) will be on display.

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