How do I create the appearance of fire without the fire?
I am trying to build a machine to demonstrate firefighting equipment. I need a safe method of producing smoke or to simulate a fire.
SAFE suggestions welcome.
Question answered by Boyaki
Saw this at a restaurant in town, since they really couldn't use real flame lanterns in the station building.
light-weight orange and red fabric, cut triangular shape, attached to a small electric fan that was pointing straight up. They also had a small light at the base, too. Turn the fan on, the wind makes the cloth move like a real flame, and the light gives the illusion of flickering, too.
This reduces the market value of the land, and reduces Wally’s enjoyment of the land. Has there been a taking?
Wally has a 40-acre piece of land in the mountains outside Reno. Because of fire threats, the county has adopted a new permitting process and adopted new regulations that require any residential structure to be no more than a half-mile from a road that is accessible to firefighting equipment. This effectively prevents Wally from building a house on any of the land that has a view. This reduces the market value of the land, and reduces Wally’s enjoyment of the land. Has there been a taking?
Question answered by gomanyes
No, because the new regulations did not intend to diminish the value of the land. That is just an incidental consequence.
what do you call this firefighting equipment?
I am thinking of becoming a firefighter. I am wondering what this piece of equipment is called.
It is round and has a piece of strong material within the round steel frame. Usually, a group of firefighters hold around the frame to catch people in danger. For example, if a building is on fire and people want to jump off, they will jump onto the round equipment. So, they can land safely.
Does anyone know what it is called? Thanks.
Question answered by Lastdue
This is called a "jump net" or "life net" in the US. These are not used any more for a couple of reasons. In the first half of the 20th Century most ladder trucks had compartments to hold them. They were always marked "life net". Sometimes there were carried folded in half on the running boards of ladder trucks. At some point these were outlawed. The reasons were that it took too many firefighters to handle one. I have one that I picked up at an auction a few years ago that it takes 3-4 people just to move it around. It has 16 stations for holding it. That would mean that in order to be fully manned 16 firefighters would be committed to it's use. That's a lot of people when the average house fire in this area only gets 19-30 firefighters assigned to it. They weren't good for rescues more that a couple of stories up and most victims can be reached safer and using less resources with ground ladders that all trucks now carry.
Another problem was the number of injuries/deaths to civilians and firefighters. Most of time these thing would be used with too few firefighters causing injury to the victims. Also if not held right there could be severe wrist and arm injuries to firefighters. Victims also were known to miss the net and land on firefighters cause harm to both the victim and firefighters.
One more thing, despite what you may have seen on TV with victims bouncing up in the air like a trampoline, the net is designed to slow a fall by a system of springs about a foot long, so any bounce would be minimal.
Good luck and hope this helps.
where can i go offline to submit an idea?
not just any idea, an idea for a vehicle. i want to submit ideas for better firefighting equipment, maybe some military equipment.
Question answered by Frank
Nobody needs random ideas from kids.
Get a degree in mechanical or industrial engineering and then you can design them.
Did the Texas fire burn for 3 days because Rick Perry cut firefighting budget for small government?
There were not enough firefighting personnel and equipment due to budget cuts in Texas to fight the fire. More than 1000 homes were destroyed. Apparently we do need Government in some areas.
Question answered by StephenG
Perry is waek and a hypocrite
Where is the best place to go for firefighter equipment?
I am a firefighting looking for good gear at a reasonable price. Please help.
Question answered by tfpd109
Well, there is no such thing as "cheap" gear. Ask the guys in your deprtment where they bought their gear from. I do know some sites, but I have reason to beleive that if you were a firefighter, you'd already know where to get gear. Every fire department in this great land gets many catologs, so ask your officers for them. Good luck!
can anyone tell me at least six different types of technology used in firefighting?
i need to make a powerpoint presentation about technology in firefighting. so, if any of you firefighters know plenty please may help me. thank you very much.
Question answered by firelt28
Be more than happy to help.
Thermal Imaging is one. We use thermal imaging cameras (TICs) to "see" through the heat & smoke to find people and the seat of a fire. We can also use them to search for people outside in a field or in the woods.
Our turnout or "bunker" gear is another one. The materials and proccesses being used to day provide us better protection and allow us to work safer in hostile enviroments.
Air packs are another one. Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) also alow us to work better in hostile enviroments. They're lighter, smaller, carry more air and are now eqquiped with electronics that allow us to be tracked in a building, so if we get lost or go down, others can find us.
GPS technology has allowd us to select the quickest and safest route as well as locate the nearest hydrant.
Radio technology has improved to include trackers and identifiers so we know who's talking on the radio and an emergency button is provided so a trapped FF can activate it and have an open mic to talk to his rescuers.
Apparatus have changed so much too. They're much safer now with roll cages, airbags, cameras, better fuel efficent engines, and SMART pumps that deliver the right amount of water at the right pressure.
Computers have allowed us to train more efficently with software and webcasts. They have helped us to complete reports quicker and maintain equipment and inventory levels. They also aid in our dispatch since we can pull up maps and aerial views while enroute.
This may not be considered a technology, but our education is better too. It used to be, put the wet stuff on the red stuff and you were good to go. Now days, it's a science. We put in over 500 contact hours of school just to be minimumly certified to fight fire.
Hope this helps.
where can i get the fire fighting water tank structures ?
i am working firefighting equipments,like water storage tank
i need foundation & structural details.it's very useful for me..
Question answered by climberaxe
What are you looking for? If you are looking for information about storage tanks, consult NFPA 22, Standard for Water Tanks for Private Fire Protection or a Licensed Fire Protection Engineer. If you need structural foundation help, contact a Licensed Structural or Civil Engineer.
Good websites to learn the specifics of firefighting?
I am a new firefighter i have the basics down but i want a website that tells me what the tools and equipment are used for and such. Not a website that just displays fire call videos.
Question answered by Ryan
fireengineering.com. That's the site we use for training purposes.
What are some fun/easy activities that I could do to spice up my college admissions?
I know that colleges look for more than just a good G.P.A. I'm in a few clubs at school but looking for something more. I've researched volunteer work in my area, but all I found was volunteer firefighting, which I refuse to do because my sister did and she'd just say I was trying to be like her.
Question answered by Rob
Competitive colleges want students who are motivated and focused, then backup that with hard work.
Admissions officers can spot students who try to cover everything and do everything. Colleges want students who will be a good fit and who will excel in their field of choice. Even if you get perfect scores and straight A's, if your subjects and activities are all over the place, it will not have the same impact as if you focused your course selections, extra curricular activities, and subject tests all in one field of study.
Show leadership, accomplishments, and hard work in your extra curricular activities. Be the president of the student government, team captain of the math team, or show a successful project that had a great impact on the school or community. Whatever clubs you're already in, try to take the lead or initiative on a project that will accomplish something significant and you can be proud of.
For example, I have no doubt you can think up at least 10 things you can do to improve each of the clubs your in now. Present your ideas and take the lead on the project. Improving safety, recycling, fun activities, or fund raisers to buy a equipment or uniforms. Whatever it is, work hard to make it happen and see it all the way through completion.
You may also want to consider starting your own club in your school or community. Look for something specific that your school or community needs, and something that you can apply your individual talents to solve or improve. Ask your parents, friends, and neighbors what changes and/or improvements they'd like to see. Then match those with your god given talents.
I believe you to be a very motivated person and would want to apply to the best schools. Below I will outline some general things you should also consider on your journey to the college of your choice.
Although your gpa and course selection are the most important aspects in college admissions, the most selective schools will want the SAT and two SAT subject tests.
You need to develop a strong "resume" in the following areas.
- HS GPA (and courses selected)
- SAT and SAT subject tests
- Extra curricular activities (show leadership)
- Personal Essay
Most likely you are going to apply to schools that will require the SAT and SAT subject tests. If you're going science/engineering - look at the Math Level 2 and Physics subject tests. They are worth 800 points max. If you get anything less than 700, it's pretty much worthless. There is a Math Level 1, although it's easier, the curve is much higher on the Level 2 and you'll more likely get a higher score on the Level 2, so I highly recommend you take the Level 2 if you're going to take the Math subject test.
Colleges are looking for motivation, focus and hard work in a specific area of interest. For example, MIT will want to see high scores on math and physics tests, but maybe not care as much about history. You'll also have to back these high scores up with a well focused high school transcript that shows courses closely related to your interests.
Try to get letters of recommendation from teachers or community leaders. Volunteer work, part time jobs, or maybe you started a small business that had some success. Do everything you can to show that your are more than just a good test taker.
For high school gpa, you need to be closer to 4.0. Particularly Physics, Chemistry and Calculus for techie schools. For liberal art schools, take languages and history. Also make sure your course selection includes a good dose of AP courses - at least 3, but 5 is best in your senior year.
If your academics are not up to par, believe it or not, an exceptional essay may save you. Sometimes it's the first thing an admissions officer looks at. When you write your essay, make sure you have a real compelling story. Don't write about childhood dreams or some other worn out subject. Write about how you dealt with and overcame with great success some problem in your life. If you want to go to NYU, don't just say you always wanted to live in New York. Write about something specific that will support your field of choice. You may also want to write about your volunteer work at the state park where you took the lead on a project which had a positive impact.
Don't depend on your high school counselor for advice. Use them as much as you can, but do your own research. Particularly when it comes to course selection. Start planning now what schools you want to apply for, a field of study, and what courses you will need. Also ask your family and friends what they think would be a good field of study for you. You may be surprised.
Your future is in your hands.
Hope that helps