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2012-08-23 01:11:18

Researchers at the University of Cantabria have used computer models to analyze the best way to evacuate the Spanish High Speed Train, AVE, in the case of fire. The involvement of the crew in organizing the fast transfer of passengers, completing the process before the train comes to a halt and collective collaboration to assist those with reduced mobility are just some of the strategies to be followed. "In the event of fire on an AVE, two stages should be defined: the first is...

2012-08-14 23:00:12

A large scale interior operations exercise was performed by Berne and Westerlo Fire Districts, with LINSTAR, Inc., an Elliott Mobile Solutions Certified Solutions Provider, as part of a joint venture to test, train and refresh participating departments´ skills and to evaluate the District´s new Emergency Event Manager Solution (EEMS) in a live environment. The EEMS system is designed to provide first responder identification and electronic tracking to improve first responder safety...

Improvements in Fire Department Tactics Using Live Fire Tests with FDNY
2012-07-12 11:06:54

In the name of science, but with aim of saving lives, preventing injuries and reducing property losses, members of the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) spent much of the first two weeks in July setting fire to 20 abandoned townhouses on Governors Island, about a kilometer from the southern tip of Manhattan. In a series of "live burn" experiments, conducted in collaboration with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Underwriters Laboratories (UL), New York...

President Obama Demands Federal Health Insurance For Firefighters
2012-07-11 11:21:50

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Thousands of seasonal firefighters, the men and women who work the front lines of the country´s most treacherous terrain battling out-of-control wildfires, risking their lives to save the lives of many others, have gone without health insurance for themselves or their families for far too long, and now the Obama administration is drawing the fire out by ordering the government to offer plans to these die-hard workers. The...

Climate Is Just One Factor in Wildfires
2012-07-04 15:05:02

It's shaping up to be a fiery summer across the United States. According to the National Interagency Fire Center, as of July 3, 45 large active wildfires are currently burning in 15 states. Combined, these fires have scorched nearly three-quarters of a million acres. Since January 1, wildfires have burned nearly 2.2 million acres across the country, including devastating blazes in Colorado and New Mexico. We asked JPL Climatologist Bill Patzert to discuss the recent wildfire outbreak and...


Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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