Saturday, May 4, 2013

Phenix Leather Fire Helmets - A Little Info

Many of you have come to our store to find out what we have been saying for years - Phenix Fire Helmets are a remarkable product at an extremely competitive price point. That - you like. Our prices are the lowest price we are allowed to advertise. That's just the way we do business. We provide excellent products at the lowest possible price to you. Simple. Although our retail store location will be announced in the coming weeks (more to follow on that!) and a new quickship in stock program is coming for our helmets, we want to clear up some myths that seem to be surrounding the production of the leather helmet.

First, let's talk about what the Phenix Leather Helmet is comprised of. It's base startes with a Thermoplastic shell that is then encapsulated by high quality leather. The shell provides strength to the helmet so that if something falls on your head, your noggin is protected. Although leather can meet the specifications of protection on it's own, you must make the leather rigid. This adds weight, and restricts you from easily molding and bending the helmet once it is delvered. If you want the lid (slang for a fire helmet) to be lighter and flexible, the thermoplastic shell is necessary.

Secondly and more imporantly - is the leather itself. Just in case some of you are not aware - or just never thought about it. Leather usually comes from animal skin. There are not many animals that we know of that are shaped in the form of a firefighting helmet (at least not those that would meet NFPA compliancy). Needless to say, the leather must be processed, tanned, shaped, cut, peiced together and finally sewn into the form of the helmet. There are many peices of leather that comprise of a fire helmet. So, leather helmets are a custom product.

Finally - the goodies! Once the leather helmet is finally manufactured we have to add all of the goodies to make it NFPA or OSHA compliant. Although full NFPA codes are not available for free, if you are interested in some of the testing requirements for helmets under NFPA 1971, read THIS and THIS. It gets better in the full requirement.

This means that we add tetrahedrons, eye protection, ear protection, suspension system and "energy absorbing systems" just to name a few.

Folks, I tell you all of that so I can tell you this. Leather helmets are a CUSTOM PRODUCT.

We try to stock everything we sell. It's just part of how we do business. We expand our warehouse to meet your demand, we upgrade phone systems to meet your call volume, we come to your firehouse and meet you when you are looking for new product - we do whatever it takes to satisfy you, our customer. Folks, without you we are nothing. When we say that - we mean it.

That being said - it is impossible for us (or we think anyone) to stock every combination possible of firefighter helmets. It would litteraly require hundreds of thousands of dollars to keep in stock every helmet in every combination possible. Im no statistician but that combination is astronomical.

We allow your product to be custom ordered as you place the order we place the order with Phenix Fire Helmets. Remember when I said they are an awesome product??? Well, many others have found the same thing. Orders at the factory are UP - WAY UP. Most leather helmet manufacturers are running about 3-7 MONTHS. At Phenix Fire Helmets, they can get a CUSTOM leather helmet out in 10 weeks. A far better time frame than most.

Again - we will be launching a quickship program soon - where we have certain combinations in stock. For now when you order a wonderfully comfortable and extremely lightweight Phenix Fire Helmet from us, please know that it can take 10 weeks to deliver to you. I don't like it either. When I order my toys - I want them now. BUT - this is a QUALITY product and an extremely affordable and competitive price that will last you your entire fire service career.

Ok I am off my soapbox!

Stay tuned for announcments from us but in the meantime friends, stay safe & stay LOW!

In Service,

Sean
ThePublicSafetyStore.com
1-800-646-1086
Lexington, KY

Monday, September 24, 2012

Is your lighting Certified?

SoundOff Signal is one of the largest manufacturers of emergency vehicle lighting in the United States. From full size LED light bars to interior warning equipment and sirens, when you purchase a product from us with the SoundOff Signal brand name, you get a quality product that has been tested to assure your safety.

If you search the web for emergency vehicle lighting, you WILL find other brands. Some are great, some only appear to be great. Many vendors have decided to import lighting from foreign manufacturers. While some of those products are also acceptable for certain applications, many are quite simply junk. We can't speak for others, but for SoundOff Signal, they have the products they manufacture tested by third party vendors. They will provide an unbiased certification of quality.

So we decided that you should know what they are and how they affect you. 

 CA TITLE 13

California has their own lighting standards. They have standards different from the rest of the world for everything else so why would lighting be any different. We joke, a little. 

Lighting standards must comply with the California Code of Regulations (CCR) which is specified in Title 13, Division 2, Chapter 2, Article 22. It will speak of the flash rate, construction color requirements, etc. It's very specific and legalese... (LINK HERE ) You can also find that link useful for locating the specifications for sirens which is found in Chapter 4, article 8. 

Basically - the CA TITLE 13 certification is something that is required if you wish to use a light in California. 

ECE 65

ECE 65 is a little different and is commonly used througout Europe to assure safety compliance with lighting used there. It involves more about the light output of the product than California's regulations do. Specifically the 360 degree output of the device. And it's VERY specific.

Regulation providing performance, marking, and conformity of production requirements for directional and 360 degree warning devices.  Directional lights are to be rated for Category X, 360 degree lights are to be rated for Category T.  Products with 2 levels of intensity must comply with Class 1 and Class 2 photometric requirements.  Products with 1 level of intensity only need comply with Class 1 photometric requirements. See test methods below.

ECR65 Test Point Summary

Category T (360 Degree Coverage)
Blue / Red - Minimum Values from 4 Degrees Up to 4 Degrees Down
Amber - Minimum Values from 8 Degrees Up to 8 Degrees Down All Colors
  • Maximum Values Inside 2 Degrees Up to 2 Degrees Down
  • Maximum Values Inside 2 Degrees Up to 8 Degrees Down
  • Maximum Values Outside test Area
Category X (Directional Coverage) - Narrow Angle Effect All Colors
  • Minimum Values from 8 Degrees Up to 8 Degrees Down
  • Minimum Values from 30 Degrees Left to 30 Degrees Right
  • Maximum Values Inside 4 Degrees Up to 4 Degrees Down and 10 Degrees Left to 10 Degrees Right
  • Maximum Values Inside 8 Degrees Up to 8 Degrees Down and 20 Degrees Left to 20 Degrees Right
  • Maximum Values Outside test Area
Category X (Directional Coverage) - Wide Angle Effect All Colors
  • Minimum Values from 8 Degrees Up to 8 Degrees Down
  • Minimum Values from 90 Degrees Left to 90 Degrees Right
  • Maximum Values Inside 4 Degrees Up to 4 Degrees Down and 10 Degrees Left to 10 Degrees Right
  • Maximum Values Inside 8 Degrees Up to 8 Degrees Down and 20 Degrees Left to 20 Degrees Right
  • Maximum Values Outside test Area



ECE 65 REGULATION 10

Regulation providing requirements for electromagnetic stability.  Compliance with the regulation helps ensure the device will not cause interference issues with vehicle communication systems.

SAE 595

These are some of the big ones. SAE is the authoritative figure in the US. The 595 standard is used frequently when Traffic Arrows and directional bars come into play. Here is the break down:

Recommended practice providing design guidelines, test procedures, and performance requirements for directional optical warning devices intended for authorized emergency, maintenance and service vehicles. Lighting tested from 10 degrees upward to 10 degrees downward and 20 degrees from side-to-side.

Photometric Class Rankings
Class 1: Indicates product complies with requirements for use as a primary lighting device on authorized emergency vehicles responding to emergency situations.
Class 2: Indicates product complies with requirements for use as a primary optical warning devices for use on authorized maintenance or service vehicles to warn of traffic hazards such as a lane blockage or slow moving vehicle.
Class 3: Indicates product complies with requirements for use as primary optical warning devices for identification only.

Let's put it to you this way - if you are an emergency vehicle operator and you choose to place non SAE compliant devices on your vehicle, if an accident occurs, a creative lawyer will sink you. 

SAE J845

The 845 standard is used for lighting that is not a directional arrow but not 360 degree output.

Recommended practice providing design guidelines, test procedures, and performance requirements for 360 degree optical warning devices and selective coverage defined as any light that provides greater coverage then 40 degrees left-to-right but less than 360 degrees. Intended for authorized emergency, maintenance and service vehicles. Lighting tested from 5 degrees upward to 5 degrees downward.

Photometric Class Rankings
Class 1: Indicates product complies with requirements for use as a primary lighting device on authorized emergency vehicles responding to emergency situations.
Class 2: Indicates product complies with requirements for use as a primary optical warning devices for use on authorized maintenance or service vehicles to warn of traffic hazards such as a lane blockage or slow moving vehicle.
Class 3: Indicates product complies with requirements for use as primary optical warning devices for identification only.

SAE J1849

This one is for sirens.

 Recommended practice providing design guidelines, test procedures, and performance requirements for electronic siren systems with a single loudspeaker and electromechanical sirens for use on authorized emergency vehicles calling for the right of way. Measurement of frequency and sound pressure level requirements for wail and yelp tones.

 

Now that you know the standards, think twice about saving a couple of bucks and buying a low quality item that does not meet them. You only put yourself and the people you are trying to protect at risk.














Monday, June 4, 2012

Come See Us - 83rd Annual Kentucky State Fire School

If you are in or around central Kentucky this weekend, stop by and see us. This weekend at the Lexington, KY Convention Center for the 83rd Annual Kentucky State Fire School & Homeland Security Conference.

We have a booth there to show the latest in fire, ems & police protective equipment and supplies. We enjoy meeting our customer's face to face, so please stop by and see us.

We will be announcing new product lines from Veridian Turnout ear, Glove Crafters Fire Gloves & more.

Come & see us!

Sean
1-800-646-1086

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Firefighter Gloves - Fire Gloves - Fireman Gloves - Glove Crafters - ThePublicSafetyStore.com

ThePublicSafetystore.com - It has been a while since we posted, and let me be the first to apologize. Shortly after our last post, our business skyrocketed and continues to do so. We have gotten past the 2011 holiday season - and boy did you work our butts off. It was the best yet. Now on with the show!

FDIC 2012 is over! We went again this year as we usually do on a product finding mission. We are committed to bringing you the best product at the lowest prices. We found several products that we are going to be stocking and supplying to you in the next week. We have completed uploading the information for our first product. Introducing The Fire Armor, The Fire Hog, & The Fire Pro 2 firefighting gloves.

ThePublicSafetyStore.com is proud to announce the addition of the most comfortable fire glove you will ever wear - Glove Crafters

Okay - so you have heard that before right? I know. But here's what makes Glove Crafters firefighter gloves different.

1. Made in the USA! - Folks, this is something you do not find. There are only a handful of NFPA firefighting gloves that continue to be 100% full produced and manufactured in the USA. Glove Crafters is one of them. Every fire glove they make is manufactured in Arkansas at their plant.

2. Full protection! - Obviously there are certain requirements that NFPA requires a peice of firefighting equipment to adhere to. Glove Crafters goes beyond that. You get as much or more hand protection in a Glove Crafters fire glove as any other firefighting glove available.

3. Comfort / Flexibility / Dexterity - Firefighter gloves from Glove Crafters not only gives you the best thermal hand protection, but you still can use your hand. The status quo previously was - let's just produce the thickest glove we can. The good - you never get your hand burned. The bad - you can never use your fingers to do anything because the firefighting glove was so stiff. Glove Crafter's changed that.

4. Pricing - all this and at a price that even volunteers can afford! 

At ThePublicSafetyStore.com we are committed to bringing the best product at the lowest prices. If you need anything, please let us know. We are available for you! 

Thanks!

Sean

1-800-646-1086






Sunday, August 14, 2011

Scott Firefighter Challenge & Physical Fitness

Yesterday, we stopped over at Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge event when it came to our home town here in Lexington, KY. In case you don't know what this is it's an event that is shown on ESPN that shows the public the physical rigors of our jobs. We know that dragging a fully charged 2 1/2 inch hoseline is hard - but does your neighbors know it? Probably not. They just don't have that frame of reference.

The Firefighter Combat Challenge is for the public to know they physical exertion required when firefighter's perform the job. It's also a competition. There isn't another demographic of people that I know that are more competitive than firefighters. We are the only breed of individuals that can take a simple task and make it into a competition. Who can pull the most of anything? Who can lift the most? Do the most? It's all fun and games to us though. With this competition and display, firefighters get to compete as well as display the rigors of our job to the public. We win (and we will win), and the public wins (but really we win).

This is called the toughest two minutes in sports. The Challenge seeks to encourage firefighter fitness and demonstrate the profession's rigors to the public. Wearing "full bunker gear" and the SCOTT Air-Pak breathing apparatus, pairs of competitors race head-to-head as they simulate the physical demands of real-life firefighting by performing a linked series of five tasks including climbing the 5-story tower, hoisting, chopping, dragging hoses and rescuing a life-sized, 175 lb. "victim" as they race against themselves, their opponent and the clock.

It requires us to be really physically fit. Some of us are not. We all know that cardiovascular incidents (heart attacks) are the biggest killers of firefighters. It's not fire, it's not the vehicle accidents, it's heart attacks. For the longest time, the fire service was resistant to being "in-shape". We have no need to be in the shape of an athlete because we fight fire. We put wet stuff on hot stuff. But really is that all we do? It's not.

In recent years after the initiatives were put in place to get firefighters in shape - improvements have been made and some of us have jump on the health train. Our job, to do it effectively, really requires that we are in shape. I can remember times when I have been on a fire and when things really got rough and it took a lot of time to knock the fire down, I was done. I was tired and just ran out of juice. What good was I then? I was useless. My team needed me and I was ready to play a non physical role. If there were victims, (which is not the case) , in this incident I couldn't really have helped. I am sure all of us have been there at some point. My point is that we are required to fight the fight as long as the fire is putting up a fight. Can you do this?

Guys (and gals), it's time to get on the health train. I for one am not the most physically fit person in the world, but for those of you in the same boat as that, and who want to continue to be a firefighter, for your own safety - make it a priority to eat healthier. Again - this is not the "pot calling the kettle black". I too have room for improvement. Not only does your job expect you to do the things we have to do, but any potential victim does, and your family expects you to come home at the end of the night.

These guys and gals yesterday displayed exemplary physical fitness this weekend. The event included volunteers from The Kentucky Fire Commission, The Lexington KY Division Of Fire & Emergency Services, The IAFF Local 526 and other organizations throughout Kentucky. The professionalism displayed by the personnel from these agencies was supurb. These people are some of the absolute finest in the country. The event was perfect with some great weather and I commend everyone who pulled it off.

The Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge travels the country to demonstrate the physical demands that the public does not know we must endure. The question is - can you?

Scott Firefighter Challenge - Lexington, KY


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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Soundoff Apex & Soundoff Skyfire LED Lightbars

We have been informed that there are some new advancements coming in the tune of new LED lightbars from Sound Off Signal. SoundOff Signal has been developing new innovations in technology in the warning light industry for over 30 years. They invented the headlight flasher or the wig-wag as we know it today.

Soon we'll be stocking the latest invention from SoundOff Signal - The Soundoff APEX LED Lightbar as well as the SoundOff SkyFire LED Lightbar . Both items have some features that are going to offer a feature set and price point that will be very competitive.

Check out our product pages for each of these lightbars. The APEX lightbar is going to save you and your agency money on gas mileage. It's designed so that it has the lowest wind resistance possible. It's very aerodynamic. Less friction with the wind means more gas mileage for you. Even when prices were low this bar can save all of us money in fuel. Bottom line - the lower wind resistance your LED lightbar gives - the more it affects your bottom lline.

The Skyfire lightbar is dedicated to towing companies and wrecker operators a high quality product at a price that really helps out on the budget. We aren't going to release pricing information yet as it is NOT finalized, but we can say that it is going to be a price point not seen in the a LED lightbar of this quality. Plus - another great thing about this bar is that it's going to be very modular. Add as little to the bar as you need and save money or add as much to the lightbar that you want to get a fully customizable LED lightbar. It's really going