From blotter to Twitter

On your way home from work, your phone vibrates with a tweet from your local police department offering a description of a missing girl. Looking up, you see someone walking down the sidewalk that bears a striking resemblance to the police description. Less than 140 characters later, you’ve sent in the location of the girl and may have directly helped authorities find a missing person. Whether it’s publishing missing person reports or upcoming community events, police departments around the world are turning to Twitter to better communicate with the audiences they’ve sworn to serve and protect. The massively popular microblogging…

Flashover: A firefighter’s story of safety and survival

By Marcus Haynes, Buckeye (AZ) Fire Department – for Lion Connects On Oct. 14, 2009, I almost lost my life. I was involved in a flashover that day while responding to a trailer fire in a mobile home park. There are two things I credit for saving me that fall day: training and my personal protective equipment (PPE). My engine company and I responded to a report of a working fire at a mobile home park on this morning. Upon arrival, we found active fire in the rear of the trailer. As I went in for a search and rescue…

On the horizon: Is an “active thermal liner” in your PPE future?

By Battalion Chief Henry Costo, Philadelphia Fire Department — for LION Connects Historically in the fire service the measure of PPE quality and performance has been thermal stability. Materials such as PBI, Kevlar, Nomex, PBO, etc. were all developed to withstand changes during exposure to heat and flame. Indeed, most of the current standards-related testing has been designed to ascertain whether or not a fiber, fabric, composite, etc. possesses the required thermal stability. Recently, however, scientists at DuPont have taken a completely divergent approach to the issue of the thermal stability of turnout liner materials. They did so by inventing…