In honor of Memorial Day, Foxfire Illuminating Helmet Bands are discounted to $19.95 each through Monday, May 28th.
To purchase visit: http://store.mn8foxfire.com/default.asp no promo code required, discount will be applied at checkout.
Track firefighters and increase safety in smoky or dark environments with illuminating/glow-in-the-dark helmet bands.
-Increases visibility and positional orientation
-Can be charged by any light source (sun, artificial light, low light)
-Will illuminate for hours
-May be recharged repeatedly
-Glow/illumination serves as a “light emitter”
-Energy efficient, eco-friendly and no batteries required
-Made of industrial grade high temperature resistant silicone
-Can withstand high temperatures
Three of the biggest risks faced by firefighters are disorientation, visibility and accountability (to both individuals and tools). Foxfire® illuminating helmet bands assist firefighters in facing these risks by improving positional orientation, making personnel easy to locate and illuminating search areas.
Made of industrial grade high temperature resistant silicone, Foxfire illuminating helmet bands were designed specifically to handle the heat and rigors of firefighting. Each helmet band will illuminate for hours. The helmet bands may be charged repeatedly by any type of light condition, however the brighter the light the brighter and longer the bands will illuminate and glow.
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MN8 Foxfire President Zachary Green discusses Foxfire's Illuminating Fire Department station shirts in his latest video blog, Zach's Dispatch
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The second part of the West coast trip had me spending time in the beautiful city of San Diego. My dad and step-mom recently moved from the San Francisco Bay area to San Diego and I was fortunate to by able stay in their beautiful new home and not another hotel.
I woke early Monday morning and made my way to the former naval barracks next to the San Diego airport. It was a day I had been training for over the last several weeks; Firehouse World’s live firefighting evolutions. I met up with several dozen firefighters for the walk through of our burn buildings. I knew we we in for some wild training when the cement building’s walls were still radiating heat from the previous day burns. We were divided in to groups of four and started on our first of eight stations.
The training was intense and the fires were hot. You need to train the way you fight and this was as realistic as I have ever encountered. The local news station even stopped by and asked the instructors about the best new products they have seen. The chief instructor mentioned Foxfire and how our illuminating products help with accountability, reducing disorientation and improving accountability.
San Diego's Fox News Feature
As we participated in the first few evolutions, I kept looking at how exhausted everyone was coming from station 4. Station 4 was a basement fire with advancement of a 2-1/2” line not only down three stair landings but also several corners. I was the lucky guy who was the “control”. We all want to be the nozzle but in this case I was the hose monkey in the back feeding and humping hose. As my team finally found the basement stairs and stated to go in to the bowels of the basement, I was at the top of the stairs helping advance the 2 1/2 line. As I started to re-adjust my position, I was literally blown back by the heat. I was at the top of the chimney taking the full brunt of the intense conductive heat. I could see my gear starting to “off-gas” and I was at the point were I almost backed out but I knew that was not an option. My brothers needed my help or they would not be able to advance the line deep enough to make the attack. At that point, it hit me. A team is only as strong as it’s weakest link and brotherhood is what keeps those links together. Even though I just met these guys a few hours ago I knew there was no way I would let them down by backing out. They made the knock and on the debrief they mentioned how important the “control” is to the successful completion of the mission. It's no fun being away from the nozzle, advancing hose around corners and pinch points, but it is an important position that is essential to the team.
The next day was the tradeshow and I could barely get out of bed that next day due to the exhaustion. I guess I’m not 18 any more.....
Even though the show was not as big as several of the other national shows we attend, we still had steady traffic. We had the opportunity to help our vendor Fire-Etc. of San Diego and we sold almost their entire stock of Foxfire products. We had great feedback from Chiefs to the firefighters about how our advanced photoluminescent technology has helped them in various limited light situations. Another highlight of the show was getting to have a afterhours party on the deck of the USS Midway and a great get together at the San Diego Fire Museum complete with bagpippers, a fire truck converted to a mobile pizza kitchen and the best handmade tacos I have ever tasted.
We’ve all been there before. The words flick on a switch that sets forth a series of thoughts and actions; smoke showing, unknown occupants, structure fire. The adrenalin is pumping, your heart rate is racing. You jump off the truck do a quick size up. Is it a two story, are there basement windows, is it a multi-family, has there been an addition.... You grab your tools reach behind you, turn on the air on your SCBA, don your mask and hood, tighten up your helmet and make entry. Then it hits you. Darkness. Black as black can be and you have a job to do. You get on your knees start crawling around looking for something, anything to orient yourself. You swing your tool back and forth like a blind person using their cane so you can find your way and locate hazards. With all the technological advancements over the past decades, we still search like a baby crawling on all fours, a blind baby. We lose our tools, we get separated from our crews, we get disoriented. There has to be a better way.
Recent improvements in advanced photluminescent technology have made substantial improvements in reducing disorientation, increasing accountability of tools and personnel and illuminating search areas. I remember back in my days as an infantryman with the US Marine Corps that we were taught anything with batteries and electricity fail when you need them most. The same holds true for firefighting. How many times have you turned on your flashlight only to find it dead. Again, there has to be a better way. This is the reason MN8-Foxfire was founded. It was the result of a firefighters doing what firefighters do best, fix things and make stuff better.
This week we will be conducting a series of tests in Riverside, CA with leaders from the firefighting industry. The test is the direct result of feedback from firefighters who have asked for additional information on the performance and functionality of our products. Capt. Dave Hudson of the Riverside Fire Department and his crews will be conducting simulated rescues, drills and time trials all observed and documented by an independent board of safety professionals. Author of the landmark Firefighter Disorientation paper Capt. William Mora will also be in attendance. It is the goal of this test to provide fire professionals scientific quantifiable visual and analytical data. There are few callings more noble than one that risks your life in the help of others. We owe it to both the heroes of the fire industry and the citizens we protect to find a better way. This may not be the magic bullet but this firefighter developed advanced photoluminecent technology is another step in the right direction of the future of protecting our communities and keeping our firefighting brothers safer.