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Dear Reader - After a long break and after repeated requests asking for its return, we at resQmed have reconsidered and decided to reconvene the RESCUE News LETTER on a quarterly basis. We would like to offer, indeed invite the reader to read 'Fuel Cell Vehicles - Fire/rescue' and become actively involved with this discussion paper. It is vital that Rescuers are made aware and pre-empt the possible risks that may manifest as these vehicle hit the showrooms and populate our transport network - Stay Safe out there!  I, Len Watson editor -  [ FEEDBACK ] - 

MVC - Bus and Coach Rescue ...

Fire in Kolkata Hospital - 89 Dead

Hydrogen Onboard Vehicles 

Bus/Coach crashes, types, construction, injury patterns & extrication rescue:

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The aim of the 'Bus/Coach Rescue' publication is to familiarise and enable students in the types, construction, stabilisation and rescue procedures for buses and coaches. The set objectives of the publication go a long way to show how comprehensive it is to enable the student to  - 

  • List the additional agencies that maybe required at a multi casualty bus/coach crash

  • State the different types of buses/coaches

  • State the risks associated with buses/coaches that rescuers should be aware of

  • State the risks associated with hybrid and fuel-cell coaches

  • List the types of chassis found on busses and coaches

  • Describe the types of decking that can be found on coaches

  • Describe the construction skeleton for busses and coaches

  • State the types of glazing and implications to extrication that can be found on busses and coaches

  • Describe how under-deck luggage storage space can be utilised to stabilise a coach

  • Give a brief description of seat configuration and installation

  • Explain the likely mechanisms of injury for unrestrained passengers in a forward-plain crash

  • Explain the likely mechanisms of entrapment and injury where a coach ends up on its side

  • State the likely position where the emergency engine stop may be found on buses/coaches

  • State the considerations that may be taken into account when deciding upon extrication strategy

  • Explain the various methods of stabilisation and extrication

  • Give a brief account of the problems likely to be faced where a coach ends up off-road at the bottom of a 30 degree decline some 100 feet from the road-way 

Bus/Coach types:  Knowledge  of bus/coach types and seating capacity is essential in measuring possible casualty involvement. 

Bus/Coach construction: From chassis type to coachwork design and build, offers an insight to the possibilities for extrication


Mechanisms of likely injury patterns:  The mechanisms of injury for the different crash scenarios, and the difficulties likely to be encountered in casualty manage- ment will be completely new to many rescuers and will enhance and corrob- orate seasoned rescuers' views.


Extrication methodology: Stabilisation, casualty management, movement and removal, and extrication methodology is designed to enhance decision making and strategy management

The CD training program is very comprehensive, well illustrated and offers instructors a unique opportunity as a training resource on a subject matter that is well researched and presented.

The student book that accompanies the CD training program is available as a free download  - [ CLICK ] 

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West Bengal Friday 8/12/2011 ... 

Altogether 89 persons died at the the 190-bed AMRI hospital in south Kolkata when a fire started in the basement, "Most of the deaths were caused by suffocation," Fire Service and Disaster Management Minister Javed Khan told reporters in Kolkata.

Six persons, including industrialist SK Todi of the AMRI group were arrested and the licence for the hospital was cancelled.

"The Law will take its own course. Those responsible for so many deaths, will be dealt with seriously," she said.

They have been charged with negligence, culpable homicide not amounting to murder and attempted culpable homicide," a senior police official said.

Banerjee said the fire services authorities and the police had cautioned the AMRI Hospital authorities in September about its basement.

"AMRI had given an undertaking to put things right, but did not keep it," she said.

The hospital has been closed and was sealed by the Kolkata Municipal Corporation after completion of rescue operations. A high-level committee, with representatives from police, fire brigade, Kolkata Municipal Corporation and health department, has been formed to look into the cause of the fire.

"Most of the deaths were caused by suffocation," Fire Service and Disaster Management Minister Javed Khan told reporters in Kolkata.

The fire broke out around 3.30am in the basement of the hospital annex. Co-founded by the Emami & Shrachi Groups along with the West Bengal government in 1996, the hospital is located in the congested Dhakuria locality.

"The victims mostly got suffocated from the fumes. Many of them were in a serious condition in the ICU," West Bengal urban development minister Firhad Hakim said, adding that some firemen fell unconscious due to the fumes.

"The father of one of my friends was admitted in one of the upper floors. When he heard I am at the spot he called up his son and told him to ask me to rescue him. I could not do anything. I saw his burnt body," said the minister who reached the spot early.

"At the time of the fire, there were 160 patients, including around 40-50, in the ICU (Intensive Care Unit). Watch video - 


PEEP - Door Icon Compiler

Personal Emergency Evacuation Planning - for hospitals, nursing and residential care homes:

Personal emergency evacuation planning for the impaired, chronic sick and age infirm person is a legal requirement where individual cases must be risk assessed, implemented and reviewed periodically and as necessary; and staff trained on a regular basis. 

Purpose of PEEP Door Icon Compiler: Icon signage has been developed over many years offering easy recognition for road traffic management, computer programs, health & safety, fire instruction and directional signs etc., which makes it much easier to comply and follow legislation. Although not mandate, the ‘PEEP Door Icon compiler’ offers a quick ‘read at a glance’ reminder of the individual Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan, which is an essential requirement particularly suited to hospital/nursing/residential care home premises.

The ‘PEEP’ icon gives staff, agency workers and firefighters immediate recognition of the agreed evacuation plan for the individual room or bed occupant and the risk-assessed method for their safe evacuation.

Using an iconised colour code it offers a quick ‘read at a glance’ reminder of the personal emergency plan and the risk- assessed method of evacuation agreed for the individual

Blue: the individual can enable their own evacuation

Orange: The individual requires the assistance of one person to evacuate

Red: The person requires the assistance of two persons to effect their evacuation

The template is equipped with a control panel that allows the user to navigate all template or return to the template selection window. The compiler has been designed for ease of use and its functionality is simple and concise.

The program is equipped with an ICON drag and drop box where you can click on, hold and drag appropriate icon from the ‘drag & drop box’ onto the picture. The ‘30’/‘60’ minute fire protection rating for the bedroom can only be dragged and dropped onto position one (1). All other icons can be dropped on positions 2 and 3.  Icons can also be dragged off and will automatically return to the box or the page reset.

The ‘30’ and ‘60’ minute room fire protection rating icons can only be dragged to the top left of the picture (position 1).

Room occupant is visually impaired.

Room occupant is hearing impaired.

Where the room’s occupant is on medication that is likely to affect their response or orientation, this icon should be displayed

Denotes a chronically ill or bed ridden person. The relevance of this icon encom- passes hearing and visual impairment but, medication icon should also be shown where appropriate.

Text input for specific instructions: The program provides a text input box where special instructions or pertinent information can be typed into and printed out as part of the iconised sign. This can be a H&S warning or a reminder that medication (e.g. oxygen equipment, vital medicine etc) must accompany the patient on evacuation

Once the icon template is completed, the print button can be used to print the complete page or the iconised picture only. It is only necessary to use the printer controls to adjust the size of the printout as required. Then simply cut around the cut-line and post on the room’s door or patient’s bed.

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Rescuer awareness and discussion paper - Abstract:

Fuel Cell: Hydrogen Onboard Storage

So far fuel cell hydrogen vehicles were experimental and have only ever being tested in low numbers on public roadways. As the fuel cell hybrid is to be released into the consumer marketplace in 2012/2013, this document is intended to be informative and unbiased with the purpose of accentuating the concerns of first responders, particularly that of firefighters and crash/fire investigators.

While it is accepted that the internal combustion hybrid electric, all electric and fuel cell vehicles are inevitable developments, an informative detailed study is used as a prerequisite to offer the first responder an insight as to battery packs, hydrogen logistics and safety data; and the issues and questions that are likely to arise as these vehicles are phased into the public domain. 

In the analytic study ‘fuel comparisons and safety considerations’ the different meanings of safety, crash testing and hydrogen onboard vehicles are openly considered along with the manufacture, storage and service-station delivery of hydrogen.

Safety issues and concerns that have not been addressed or remain under wraps have generated a first responder dilemma which, in the main, has prompted this document in order to collect and share pertinent information. Based on existing road transport statistics and the foreseeable everyday risks, the added implications of likely incidence of hybrid electric, all electric and fuel cell vehicles in collisions and fires has been emphasised, not to alarm readers but to instill awareness and invite comment.

As the inception of these vehicles will be gradual, fire and crash investigation will play a vital role in early risk recognition but only if the awareness of product and component risks are properly understood from the beginning. Fire/crash investigating methodology and safety must be put in place and built on as the risks propagate.

From the emergency service’s point of view, we need to avail ourselves of all the information on tap and voice and share our concerns and experiences as time unfolds the ‘real-world’ hazards, risks and outcomes. With a view to this end, this discussion document invites feedback for the collection and sharing of pertinent information..

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Responsible Person/Fire Marshall Duties - This e-Publication offers a comprehensive guide to the essentials and best practices to meet fire, risk, health, safety compliance, and environmental and business continuity planning and management - View sample [ CLICK ]

Personal Emergency Evacuation PlanningPEEP Training Program

  • For all businesses - View sample [ CLICK ]

  • For hospitals and residential nursing/care homes - View sample [ CLICK ]

  • PEEP icon Compiler - View sample [ CLICK ]

Fire/Risk Assessment -  Implementation and Training:

These staff training CD presentations offers an excellent resource to provide the participant with fire/risk assessment and training. e-Training affords the participant logical instruction in fire action, health and safety implications  relevant to all staff, people working or frequenting your establishment.  These programs are accompanied by an electronic e-book that can be made available to all participants. All programs are equipped with an electronic summary assessment facility, plus an embedded electronic self-assessment and accreditation facility.  

  • Factories & Warehouses -  Fire/Risk staff training - View sample [ CLICK ]

  • Offices & Shops  - Fire/Risk staff training -  View sample [CLICK ]

  • Pubs & Inns -  Fire/Risk staff training - View sample [ CLICK]

Fire/Risk/Health/Safety Quality management System - The management of Fire-Risk-Health-Safety is an essential requirement that must be in place, functioning and in-date to be compliant with the various acts and legislation. It is a requirement to put the necessary performance indicators, checks, tests and maintenance in place. Our electronic Quality Management System offers an excellent, all encompassing program that leaves nothing to chance and will allow the appointed 'Responsible Person' to diligently and efficiently meet these obligations - View sample [ CLICK ]

Signs & Signage Templates -  The Signage CD comes as part of the 'Quality Management System' bundle. it can also be acquired separately as a valuable resource that is capable of printing replacement or additional signage as required. Much of the templates can have text entered to customise appropriate signs. The print out of relevant signs can be mastered in A5, A4, A3 and A2 as required. This of course is dependent on your printing facility. Printed signs can be laminated giving the additional advantage of longevity. - View sample [ CLICK ] 



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Firefighters confirmed dead battling blaze in south of Chile
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Volunteer firefighter killed in Enderby, BC, fire
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Chief Fire Officer condemns prosecution of firefighters in Warwickshire ... Warwickshire's Chief Fire Officer has condemned the decision to press criminal charges against three firefighters who were cleared of the ...

Mount Vernon firefighter dies at blaze; heart attack blamed
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Mount Vernon FD officials discuss firefighter's de...: Mount Vernon Fire Department officials discuss the death of city firefighter Kevin Townes, 54, collapsed and died of an apparent heart attack while responding to a fire. ...
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Seven held for Kolkata hospital fire, toll rises to 90 - News ... of the hospital where 84 persons suffocated to death after a fire on Friday, the license was cancelled. Seven held for Kolkata hospital fire, toll rises to 90.

Fire Kills 17 (Six of the dead were firefighters) in Myanmar's Main City of Yangon
ABC News
By AYE AYE WIN AP A fire followed by several explosions engulfed state warehouses and neighboring homes in Myanmar's main city of Yangon on Thursday, killing at least 17 people and injuring 108. The blasts occurred as firefighters were putting out the ... See all stories on this topic »

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