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PEARL RIVER (NY) FIREFIGHTERS RECEIVE ESCAPE SYSTEMS AND TRAINING
November 10, 2008
Pearl River Fire District in Rockland County, NY recently purchased the Petzl EXO Personal Escape Systems for their firefighters. We at First Due Training, in cooperation with All Hands Fire Equipment, is proud to have been selected to provide these systems and the "bailout" 8-hour training course. The first class was held on November 22, with remaining classes being held through the month of December and January. We wish all the members of Pearl River the very best and extend our thanks for choosing First Due Training.

NEWBURGH (NY) FIREFIGHTERS RECEIVE ESCAPE SYSTEMS AND TRAINING
May 2, 2008
The City of Newburgh (NY) recently purchased the RIT Rescue & Escape System's PRESS Firefighter Escape System from All Hands Fire Equipment. Training was conducted by First Due Training yesterday and today, and will continue on May 5 and 6. Newburgh Fire Department received funding with the assistance of the firefighters union IAFF Local 589 and New York Senator Bill Larkin who successfully secured a grant totalling $55,000.

FIRST DUE TRAINING TEAMS UP WITH PPES, MAKER OF THE MOBILE BUILDING COLLAPSE SIMULATOR
May 1, 2008
First Due Training is please to announce that we have partnered up with Personal Protection Equipment Specialists (PPES) and All Hands Fire Equipment to provide the ultimate in equipment and training.  We feel that together, with PPES's unique and innovative Mobile Training Unit and the professional and experienced instructors from First Due Training, the firefighters and rescue workers will receive the absolute best in both equipment and training.

THERMAL IMAGING TRAINING FOR THE FIRE SERVICE NOW OFFERED THROUGH "SAFE-IR"
April 23, 2008
First Due Training is pleased to offer Thermal Imaging training through a cooperative partnership with SAFE-IR, based out of Montgomery, NY. The staff of SAFE-IR specialize in training firefighters in the proper use and operation of Thermal Imaging Cameras and Equipment. Please contact First Due Training or SAFE-IR to schedule a class today! Call (718) 702-9140 or email

PETZL EXO END-USER COURSES BEING PLANNED
March 1, 2008
Due to an overwhelming demand for courses, First Due Training is presently planning Petzl EXO "End-User" Classes in California, Washington, Indiana and Virginia. As plans develop, they will be posted on-line and advertised. If you are looking for a class or would like more information, please contact First Due Training at 718.702.9140.

ROPE DEVICE SAVES FIREFIGHTER'S LIFE IN BROOKLYN
January 1, 2008
Published in Newsday by Laura Rivera
Nearly three years after two New York City firefighters jumped from a burning building and plunged to their deaths, a 24-year FDNY veteran Monday became the first to use a widely hailed safety device to escape from a Brooklyn house fire that almost engulfed him. Read more...

FIREFIGHTERS IN WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP NOW TRAINED WITH PETZL EXO
ROBBINSVILLE TOWNSHIP - December 20-22, 2007 - Firefighters from the Robbinsville Division of Fire received training in the newly acquired PETZL EXO Personal Escape System over the course of three days in December.

All Robbinsville Firefighters have been issued an NFPA compliant harnesses and an accompanying EXO personal escape rope. This system was designed by PETZL in conjunction with the New York City Fire Department after two firefighters were killed and four were injured when they were forced to jump 50 feet from a window after becoming trapped in a fire in the Bronx in 2005. That incident drove home the need for a personal escape system that firefighters could use when they were in danger and no ladder was immediately available for firefighters to escape from height.

The EXO escape system consists of a heavy duty hook, 50 feet of rope and a descent control device packed into a carry bag. The carry bag is attached to the harness on the firefighter’s turnout gear and, in an emergency, can be deployed in about 10 seconds. This allows firefighters to “bail out” of a window as high as five stories and safely lower themselves to the ground.

The training on the personal escape system was provided by instructors from First Due Training (http://www.firstduetraining.com/). All course instructors are current or retired members of FDNY who have personal experience using the system. The class consisted of two hours in the classroom followed by six hours of practical. Firefighters were required to pass a written exam and then perform nine separate “bail out” scenarios. The final three scenarios were conducted in full turnout gear including SCBA and firefighters’ masks were covered to simulate zero visibility conditions.

Practical sessions took place in an abandoned house on Route 33 next to the old Robbinsville Inn. The house and the old Robbinsville Inn were donated to the fire department by the property owner. The fire department has been using the buildings for training for several months and they will eventually be demolished to make the way for new development.

Information provided courtesy of Washington Township Firefighters IAFF 3786

NEW YORK STATES PASSES "PERSONAL ESCAPE SYSTEM" BILL
August 20, 2007
On August 13, 2007 the New York State Assembly passed Bill # A07785 that directs fire departments in New York State to provide their firefighters with personal escape systems that meet the standards set forth by NFPA. First Due Training, as an authorized trainer of two of the fire industries leading "certified" escape systems, has been providing literature and information to departments in New York State. We are offering tremendous discounts for "package deals" - that us, the Petzl EXO or RIT Rescue & Escape Systems along with training on their safe and efficient use and operation. Please contact us for information, quotes or to place an order for firefighter escape systems. Phone (718) 702-9140 or email

FIRST DUE TRAINING ANNOUNCES SPECIAL PRE-SPRING TRAINING PRICING FOR PETZL EXO
January 17, 2007
First Due Training is please to announce a Pre-Spring Super Special Price for Petzl EXO training. For details, please click here.

THE PETZL EXO NAMED THE BEST INNVENTION OF 2006 BY TIME MAGAZINE!
November 6, 2006
The PETZL EXO Personal Escape System has been named the Best Innvention of 2006 by TIME Magazine. Under the catagory of Safety Inventions, here is the write up from TIME: "After two New York City firefighters jumped to their deaths from a burning building in January 2005, the FDNY set out to design a safety device to keep that from ever happening again. Result: a compact, lightweight (6 lbs. including harness) personal safety system that's easy to carry and made for a quick escape. The unit's forged-steel hook can penetrate brick, if necessary, to allow a firefighter to anchor himself before heading out the window. The 50-ft. rope is fire resistant up to 1100°F, but the real innovation is the patented lever mechanism that allows the user to control the speed of descent."

FIRST DUE TRAINING NOW THE AUTHORIZED TRAINER FOR THE PETZL EXO
October 30, 2006
First Due Training is pleased to announce that we are now the authorized trainer for the PETZL EXO Personal Escape System. This is the same system that was developed and is now in use by the New York City Fire Department. Our instructors traveled to the PETZL America facility in Salt Lake City, Utah for the "train-the-trainer" class.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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