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Fire at Sea Firefighting Robots

Posted by Sarah Bardsley on Thursday, 10 April 2014 at 08:22:22

Filed under: Fire Extinguishers, Marine Safety, Smoke Hoods

marine safety firefighting robot

A fire at sea is a matter of extreme seriousness and firefighting crew are forced to battle the flames in heavy suits, smoke hoods, breathing apparatus and carry heavy fire hoses and equipment. This all has to be done in an enclosed space filled with smoke, heat, toxic fumes and flames.

In the USA the Navy is developing a line of androids which will hopefully be used in the future to battle fire on board ships - they are called Shipboard Autonomous Firefighting Robots (SAFFiR).

Two designs for the robots are to be tested this summ aboard a decommissioned ship, which is currently routinely set alite to test ship fire suppression systems. The SAFFiR robots, which are designed by researchers at the UCLA, University of Pennsylvania and Virgina Tech will use the same firefighting equipment as their human firefighting counterparts and will be sent into the most dangerous and inaccessible fires.

They will be given tasks such as turning valves, picking up fire-hoses, dragging fire-hoses and jetting water onto fires. They are also designed to learn the layout of a ship  and move around autonomously.

The robots should be able to withstand much higher temperatures than a human firefighter and this may save the lives of their existing human colleagues.
The goal of the research into robotic firefighters is the develop mutual interaction between a humanoid robotic firefighter and the rest of a firefighting team.

Tags: fire fighting, breathing apparatus, smoke hoods, fire hoses, robotic, saffir

Health and Safety Event 2014

Posted by Peter Barcoe on Monday, 10 March 2014 at 19:04:22

Filed under: Atex Certified Equipment, Breathing Apparatus, Escape Sets (EEBD), Fall Arrest, Resuscitators, Thermal Imaging Cameras, Calibration, Servicing & Repairs, Reconditioning, Manufacturers, Announcements, Events

Health and Safety Event 2014 at Birmingham NEC

Resmar are on stand B40 at the NEC for the next 3 days. Doors open tomorow the 11th of March. Come along, we're working in partnership with Able Safety.

We have:

  • Drager / Scott / Cowcon / Abtech equipment
  • Escape sets
  • BA sets
  • Gas monitors
  • Safety at heights equipment

See you there!


Tags: escape set, gas monitors

Resuscitation and The Oxylator FR300

Posted by Sarah Bardsley on Saturday, 21 December 2013 at 16:17:48

Filed under: Breathing Apparatus, Resuscitators

Oxylator FR300

One of the most life threatening situations is a casualty that is not breathing. The most important action to take in these circumstances is to make a call to the emergency services, so they can be on their way as quickly as possible. Early help is vital to the survival of the casualty and also to ensure that as little damage as possible is incurred to organs and the brain.

Without a supply of oxygen brain cells will start to die within a few minutes, so if we are able to maintain artificial breathing for a casualty this may keep cells alive until the emergency services arrive.

There may be certain circumstances where it is more important to keep the blood circulating by providing chest compressions, such as cases of sudden cardiac arrest where the oxygen level in the blood will remain high for several minutes.

In any of the above circumstances the assistance of a qualified fist aider should be sought where possible.

One of the must useful pieces of equipment for a first responder or medic is an automatic oxygen powered resuscitator which are designed to be used on respiratory/cardio-respiratory arrest patients.

The Oxylator FR300

One of the market leading products in this area is the Oxylator FR300 which is designed for use by a first responder. It is a robust and easy to operate piece of equipment which consists of a lightweight resuscitator head connected to a single medical oxygen cylinder with a regulator valve and hose assembly.

The equipment, together with instructions for use is packed into a patient harness which can be fitted to the casualty leaving the medic hands free to assist with evacuation of the casualty if required.

The Key Features of the Oxylator FR300 are:

  1. Simple operation with comprehensive instructions
  2. Lightweight and durable high visibility bag
  3. Lightweight resuscitator head
  4. Single medical oxygen cylinder
  5. Manual and continuous cycling modes
  6. 5 Year warranty

For more information and to discuss the benefits of oxygen powered resuscitators and the Oxylator FR300 contact Resmar or call on +44 (0)845 803 3399.

Tags: resuscitation, oxylator FR300, oxygen powered resuscitator

Drager Escape Sets

Posted by Sarah Bardsley on Monday, 02 December 2013 at 19:44:23

Filed under: Breathing Apparatus, Escape Sets (EEBD)

escape set

The Drager CF Emergency Escape Set allows the wearer of the breathing equipment to escape in an effective and easy manner from dangerous environments. It is easy to put on and, with almost automatic operation, this positive pressure hood based equipment can be used with only minimal training.

The Drager CF escape set or emergency escape breathing apparatus is a breathing set that lets the wearer survive in an environment without sufficient breathable air. It will supply air long enough to allow the wearer to reach an area where air is breathable.

Escape sets were developed originally from underwater respirators and were used to escape from submarines where the onboard air supply had run out or in mines where gases were emitted which made the air unbreathable.

Benefits of the Drager CF Escape Set

  1. Suitable for people wearing glasses or with facial hair.
  2. The flame retardant hood has a large visor to give maximum peripheral vision to the wearer.
  3. The air supply is automatically activated so in an emergency situation the wearer needn't worry about activating the air supply themselves.
  4. The breathing equipment gives up to 10 or 15 minutes of precious time for the wearer to escape from a toxic or unbreathable atmosphere depending on which air cylinder is fitted.
  5. An alarm whistle will sound before the air supply runs out.
  6. The escape set is highly visible in either a black anti-static case or bright orange bag featuring photoluminescent panels and reflective stripes for enhanced visibility, even under low lighting conditions.
  7. The escape equipment can be wall mounted at easily reachable and visible points.
  8. The Drager CF is lightweight and compact and can easily be carried on a shoulder strap.
  9. The Drager Breathing Apparatus is very low maintenance, with no mandatory service for 10 years, and a visible pressure gauge allows the air pressure to be checked without unpacking the breathing equipment.

For help and further information on the Drager CF Escape Set call Resmar on 0845 803 3399 or contact us.

Tags: drager, escape sets, cf15, cf10, breathing apparatus, breathing equipment

SCBA Breathing Apparatus

Posted by Sarah Bardsley on Monday, 25 November 2013 at 18:37:48

Filed under:

fall protection

A self contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) is a device worn by rescue workers, firefighters, and others to provide breathable air in an immediate danger to life and health atmosphere. There are many situations where a firefighter will be called into a search and rescue situation in a burning or smoke filled building where they will need to wear an SCBA. They are sometimes called industrial breathing sets.

Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus

The term "self-contained" relating to a SCBA means that the breathing set is not dependent on a remote supply, such as piped air. If designed for use underwater, it is called SCUBA (self-contained underwater breathing apparatus).

The Operation of Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus Equipment

An SCBA typically has three main components: a high-pressure tank, a pressure regulator, and an inhalation connection connected together and mounted to a carrying frame.

Open-circuit industrial breathing sets are filled with filtered, compressed air, rather than pure oxygen. A typical open-circuit system will have two regulators; a first stage to reduce the pressure of air to allow it to be carried to the mask, and a second stage regulator to reduce it even further to a level just above standard atmospheric pressure. This air is then fed to the mask.

Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus for Firefighters

An open-circuit rescue or firefighter SCBA has a fullface mask, regulator, air cylinder, cylinder pressure gauge, and a harness with adjustable shoulder straps and waist belt which lets it be worn on the back. The actual useable time that the SCBA can provide air will depend on the fitness of the individual wearing the apparatus and also the amount of extertion of the wearer.

Dräger PAS Lite Self Contained Breathing Apparatus

The Dräger PAS Lite Self Contained Breathing Apparatus has a proven design and uses the same high quality pneumatics as found in professional firefighter breathing apparatus, this ensures the Dräger PAS Lite has consistent high performance and reliability over the lifetime of the apparatus with minimal maintenance.

For more information on the Dräger PAS Lite apparatus and on how to place an order direct call Resmar or contact us.

Tags: SCBA, self contained breathing apparatus, Drager, PAS Lite

Gas Detectors and Dangerous Gas Detection

Posted by Sarah Bardsley on Tuesday, 12 November 2013 at 19:32:25

Filed under: Gas Detection

fall protection

Gases and vapours are generally dangerous. Any changes to normal atmospheric composition means that safe breathing is at risk. Gas detectors can be used to detect combustible, flammable and toxic gases, and oxygen depletion.

All gases are potentially dangerous whether they are in a normal, compressed or liquefied state. It is the concentrate of gas that is important. Gases and vapours can cause three types of risk:

  1. Flammable gases and risk of explosion (Ex).
  2. Oxygen (Ox) - either risk of asphyxiation due to lack of oxygen or risk of increased flammability due to oxygen enrichment.
  3. Toxic gases and risk of poisoning (Tox).

How Can Gases and Vapours Be Detected?

Without a gas detector it is not possible to recognise any of these situations. Although some gas situations may cause a smell such as low concentrations of hydrogen sulfide which can smell like rotten eggs, we cannot detect through our nose high concentrations of the same gas, which can actually be lethal. Even harmless gases such as helium or nitrogen can be dangerous when there is a sudden release of these into an area which can displace oxygen causing breathing difficulties and even be lethal. Excess oxygen in the atmosphere can increase the risk of flammability and even cause auto ignition of flammable materials. In these situations it is also important that any equipment used is intrinsically safe equipment.

Gas Detection Equipment

Gas detection tubes and portable gas detectors offer solutions to be able to contain and monitor gas risks professionally and safely. Gas detection equipment can be either used for single gas detection or be more sophisticated, where the detector can monitor for several different gases at once.

One of the most popular products in this area is the Drager Pac 7000. This single gas detector is equipped with a wide range of functions and is suitable for many different applications in day-to-day industrial settings. The detector offers a high level of reliability and rapid warning against harmful concentrations of carbon monoxide, hydrogen sulphide and oxygen. This detector is particularly useful for working in areas such as wells, sewers and underground drainage systems where gases can accumulate as it can easily be carried in a pocket.

Tags: gas detection, gas detectors, gas detection equipment

Finding The Right Chemical Protection Suit

Posted by Sarah Bardsley on Monday, 21 October 2013 at 20:37:27

Filed under: Chemical Protection Suits

When is a chemical protection suit required? There can be many situations, but these are normally where the worker is in danger of respiratory, eye or skin damage from dangerous vapours or gases. Also where there may be splashes or immersion with hazardous materials and chemicals. These can vary from situation to situation so how do you choose the right chemical protection suit?

Tips On Choosing The Right Chemical Protection Suit

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  1. What kind of work environment are you in? If you are somewhere where you might encounter sharp objects or hazards you should look at a higher material strength suit. If you expect to be in tight spaces or be moving through gaps where fabric might become caught then you should choose a close fitting suit.
  2. Assess what hazardous substances you are exposed to - what measures do you need to take to protect yourself? If you are not totally sure of the level of protection you need assume the worst case scenario and choose the suit with the highest level of protection.
  3. Will you need to wear breathing apparatus at any time? If you do then it is best to use a suit which has an integrated mask. In cases where compressed air breathing apparatus is needed then you need to choose a suit which is comfortable to wear with this type of equipment. If no breathing apparatus is required then a protective overall may be all that is required.
  4. Will you be working with flammable substances or where explosions could occur? A flame resistant suit is the minimum protection required and particularly where explosions are a hazard, the suit should have electrostatic properties, which means the wearer should be protected from electric shock. If you are going to be working with substances which are extremely cold, such as liquefied gas then the material of the suit should not become breakable or brittle when exposed to the cold substance.
  5. Maintenance of the suit and other apparatus is always an important consideration. If you are going to be working in an area where substances need to be removed from your suit or decontaminated then you should choose a suit where any breathing apparatus are worn on the inside to save this equipment from damage.

Tags: chemical protection suits, breathing apparatus

Updates Drager CF 10 and 15 Escape Sets

Posted by Sarah Bardsley on Monday, 07 October 2013 at 10:25:09

Filed under: Escape Sets (EEBD), Announcements

Smoke hoodIn emergency situations where conditions can deteriorate rapidly and the air becomes toxic or smoke filled the Drager Saver CF Escape Set saves lives. It gives the wearer a simple to operate piece of apparatus that when worn will give them 10 or 15 minutes precious additional time to exit to a place of safety. As well as providing a a continuous supply of breathing air the wearer is also protected by a flame retardant hood with a large visor which gives them maximum vision, which is extremely important in an emergency situation.

Service and Maintenance of the Hood

One of the major benefits of the Drager Saver CF sets is that they require very little maintenance. They have a transparent window on the bag and case meaning the cylinder pressure gauge can be checked without unpacking the unit. This is particularly important in relation to the visor on the flame retardant hood.

Escape Set Visors Must Not Be Folded in the Packaging

Attached is the latest update from Dräger with a new section relating to maintenance of the Escape Hoods. Section 4.2.2 (point 8) is a reminder that if the escape set has been removed from its case for maintenance, then when folding the hood up to repackage it, the hood should be carefully rolled up ensuring that the visor is not creased or folded before fitting the hood into the carrying bag (see also Fig.9). In extreme cases folding the visor may cause damage to the hood.

The Drager Saver CF complies with EN1146 (2005), Lloyd's Register Certificate of Fire Approval and Lloyd's Register Certificate of Type Approval. It also complies with SOLAS Chapter II-2, the Marine Equipment Directive, the Pressure Equipment Directive and ISO 23269-1:2008. Anti-static versions are also suitable for use in explosive atmospheres (ATEX zone 0).

Tags: Drager, escape sets, escape hoods, maintenance,

Safety Equipment Servicing

Posted by Neil Jones on Sunday, 23 June 2013 at 14:30:25

Filed under: Breathing Apparatus, Gas Detection, Calibration, Servicing & Repairs

Service ,Maintenance and Recalibration of Gas Detection Equipment, Self Contained Breathing apparatus, and Rescue Equipment. Our engineers can carry out the inspection of SCBA and the service and recalibration of Gas Detection Equipment in our dedicated workshop or we have a van equipped for on site servicing of this equipment to minimise customer downtime and disruption.

RESMAR Services Offered

  • Gas Detection Equipment, recalibration and service
  • Air Quality Testing (EN12021)
  • Breathing Air Testing
  • Compressed Air Quality testing
  • Annual service of Descent Control Units
  • Cylinder refills and Recertification
  • Fire extinguisher service and refills

Servicing Marine Safety Equipment

  • Fixed Fire Extinguisher Systems
  • CO2,Fog and Foam
  • Portable fire extinguishers
  • SCBA service and Repair
  • Escape sets service and repair

RESMAR offer a worldwide service package to support all products supplied. We will endeavour to carry out most servicing whilst onsite/onboard however occasionally equipment may require specialist repairs by the Manufacturer. In these circumstances RESMAR will ensure minimal disruption and if necessary and feasible provide temporary replacement.

Service Management Contract

RESMAR will undertake the management and timing of the work to be carried out:

We will advise when we shall be attending each vessel

we will advise when the work has been completed and provide the correct documentation at that time

Temporary certification will be left with the ship whilst the formal reports and certificates are prepared in our offices

A copy of each report will be made available to the ship for future reference, an additional copy will be sent to your offices for your records. We also retain a copy for our files.

Our fully trained and certified engineers will service the equipment in accordance with the manufacturers specifications.

Included in the Contract

All labour, travel, service work, certification and training can be included.

Service and recalibration of gas detection equipment / annual servicing of SCBA:

If your company is based in the following areas why not call RESMAR today?

Hampshire, Dorset,Devon, Berkshire, Isle of Wight, Essex, Kent, Middlesex, Cheshire, Greater Manchester, North Wales, Merseyside, Cumbria, Yorkshire, Lancashire, Derbyshire, Shropshire, West Midlands.

Tags: service, maintenance, recalibration, gas detection, scba, rescue, equipment

Thermal Imaging Cameras

Posted by Neil Jones on Sunday, 23 June 2013 at 13:34:38

Filed under: Fire Fighting, Thermal Imaging Cameras

The SOLOvision S2 Search and Rescue is the most versatile and most rugged long range thermal imaging camera available today. Ideal for any situation from surveillance and vessel security to "man overboard". This thermal imaging camera has the ability to identify objects over long ranges through darkness, fog, smoke ,or direct bright blinding spotlights. SOLOvision is water resistant, vibration proof and can withstand flashover of 1000c for 10 seconds. Suitable for use with all known breathing apparatus and gas masks giving clear man detection up to 1Kilometre. Features of this thermal imaging camera

  • Direct temperature measurement with box indicator
  • Distance recognition graticules.
  • Scene colourisation with user settable colour scheme.
  • Time and date on the display.
  • Battery level indicator.
  • Customisable start up screen.
  • Weighing 750g.
  • Now the thermal imaging camer is available in black or red.
  • Display cover, same scratch resistance polycarbonate
  • Uses SCBA masks, prevents heat and damage to LCD display
  • High heat housing, fire hardened housing from maximum high heat tolerance.
  • Impact resistance, tough design capable of withstanding 1.8 metre drop.
  • Water proof to IP67 will withstand emersion in water to a depth of 1 metre.
  • EMC compatible – BSI certified for electro magnetic compatibility

Typical Applications of a Thermal Imaging Camera

  • Search and Rescue
  • Ship Security
  • Immigration control

Key Features of a Good Thermal Imaging Camera

  • Lightweight
  • Water resistant
  • Vibration proof
  • Compatible with all known Breathing apparatus and gas masks
  • I kilometre effective range

Tags: thermal, imaging, camera

Fire Fighting Equipment

Posted by Neil Jones on Sunday, 23 June 2013 at 13:28:39

Filed under: Fire Extinguishers, Fire Fighting

RESMAR can supply a comprehensive range of fire fighting equipment including : Fire extinguishers, Couplings and Adaptors, Portable and Fixed Foam Equipment, Nozzles and Branch Pipes,Breathing Apparatus, Fire Fighting Clothing as well as Fire Fighters tools, e.g. lamps and torches.

RESMAR can also service extinguishers and onboard fire fighting systems.

Not having the right fire fighting equipment to deal with an outbreak of fire is unthinkable in this day and age. Here at Resmar, we understand that having the right advice and equipment is essential to any business.

Our diverse range of fire fighting equipment products all meet the appropriate legislation, including Marine.

Fire Fighting Equipment Essentials

  • Water Delivery
  • Fire / Wash Down Hose
  • Coupling & Adaptors – All International Standards & Sizes
  • Nozzles & Branch Pipes
  • Underground Hydrants

Building Protection

  • Extinguishers & Components
  • Hose Reels
  • Fire Blankets
  • Dry/Wet Risers

Fire Equipment

  • Foam Compound Supply & Analysis
  • Portable & Fixed Foam Equipment
  • GRP & Steel Cabinets

Fire Fighters Equipment

  • Fire Fighting tools
  • Fire Fighters torches
  • Specialist clothing
  • Life saving technology - Thermal Imaging Cameras

Other Services We Offer

  • Fire Extinguisher Service
  • Hydro Static Testing
  • Fixed CO2 System Certification
  • Installation of Fire Equipment
  • Refill Of Fire Extinguishers
  • Service of Halon systems (where exemption applies)

"Our Business is Your Safety"

Tags: fire fighting, equipment

SCBA Repair and SCBA Servicing

Posted by Neil Jones on Sunday, 23 June 2013 at 09:16:40

Filed under: Breathing Apparatus, Escape Sets (EEBD), Fire Fighting, Servicing & Repairs, Reconditioning, Manufacturers

At RESMAR we specialise in SCBA Service and SCBA repair. This includes Servicing Scott SCBA and Servicing Draeger SCBA. To explain why this is important, the following  is an extract from the introductory page of a leading Manufacturers service manual about Service and Repair of Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) and Gas Detection Equipment.

“Failure to comply fully with the instructions in this manual may result in: injury, death or damage to property or equipment.

These instructions are for use by personnel who have successfully completed a recognised training course in servicing breathing apparatus and hold a current certificate. Unqualified personnel must not service breathing apparatus.

When working in hazardous areas e.g. confined spaces; gas detection equipment and SCBA are vital pieces of equipment designed respectively, to detect problems before they become critical and protect an individual in the event of a leak or concentration of toxic/hazardous gases.  That is why it is vitally important that all safety equipment should be serviced and maintained to the highest standards. It could mean the difference between life and death!

The term “competent person” is often used to describe someone who can carry out these tasks: The HSE states: “ A competent person is someone who has sufficient training and experience or knowledge and other qualities that allow them to assist you properly. The level of competence required will depend on the complexity of the situation and the particular help you need”.

As part of any companies SCBA Service and Repair regime SCBA should be tested.

Prior to each use and or every month, this can be carried out on site by a suitably competent person.

Annually: Should be returned for a “workshop” service (unless your supplier has the capability to conduct on site servicing).

6 Yearly: Should be returned for a “major workshop” service

In the UK it is mandatory that test all test details, monthly and annual must be entered into the BA Logbook.

SCBA Cylinders

Valves must be leak tested annually

Valve assembly must be serviced at the same time as the cylinder ;

Steel Cylinders must be tested every 5 years

RESMAR Ltd, have a team of Manufacturer certified engineers who can carry out service and maintenance work at our fully equipped workshops in Cheshire where we hold comprehensive stocks of spares and equipment for both Scott and Drager SCBA. Alternatively (subject to feasibility) we can now carry out on site servicing of customers SCBA and Gas detection equipment from our fully equipped van. RESMAR have recently been appointed as a Scott Service Centre for SCBA products.

MSA Oxygen Self Rescuers

RESMAR can now carry out annual servicing of the MSA range of Oxygen Self Rescue equipment. The Oxygen Self Rescue equipment can be returned to our workshop for a speedy turnaround or (subject to feasibility) our engineer can carry out the inspection and service on site.

Tags: SCBA Repair, SCBA Servicing

Emergency Escape Breathing Apparatus

Posted by Neil Jones on Saturday, 22 June 2013 at 21:50:56

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Emergency Escape Breathing Apparatus is designed to offer safe evacuation from hazardous environments. They provide a short term air supply (10-15 minutes) and are simple to use. Let RESMAR help you make the right choice. We can supply and service Emergency Escape Breathing Apparatus sets from Drager, MSA and Scott (Sabre).

When your employees are working in potentially hazardous environments you need to provide them with proper means of safe evacuation . This can vary from Airline systems with emergency supplies of air in event of a problem to dedicated Emergency Escape Breathing Apparatus sets offering 10-15 minutes air thus giving the employee adequate time to evacuate the danger area. The type of set to be used depends on a variety of circumstances. Click for more details on our range of breathing apparatus, or see brief information below.

A Breath of Fresh Air When You Need it Most.

A positive pressure Emergency Escape Breathing Apparatus developed using leading edge technology. Essentially it's been designed to provide safe and unhampered escape from hazardous environments when breathing has become difficullt or endangered.

  • Improved breathing characteristics
  • Simple instant activation
  • High Visibility
  • Simple inspection
  • Simple charging
  • Compatable with other PPE

Tags: emergency, escape, breathing, apparatus

Self Contained Breathing Apparatus

Posted by Neil Jones on Saturday, 22 June 2013 at 21:50:32

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RESMAR are proud to be the Marine Specialist Distributor for Drager UK of self contained breathing apparatus (SCBA).

SCBAChoosing the correct Breathing Apparatus (BA) can be a complex and time consuming process. Let RESMAR help you select the optimum equipment for your operation. And it doesn't stop there, our Certified Engineers can carry out annual services on your SCBA sets, on-board, on-site or at our dedicated workshops.

Typical Uses for Oxygen Breathing Apparatus

  • Plant Shutdowns
  • Working in confined spaces
  • Fire Fighting
  • Marine: Ships Fire parties

Most manufacturers offer a variety of SCBA systems depending on the level and frequency of use and environments in which they are to be used. Ranging for example from annual inspections to daily use. The requirements in these situations vary significantly and these dictate the level of sophistication of the self contained breathing apparatus set. However, even the most basic system offers the following:

  • Comfortable carrying system
  • Positive pressure or constant flow demand valve
  • Compatibility with either 200 or 300 Bar cylinders
  • Low pressure Whistle warning unit
  • A comprehensive range of Full Face Masks

Tags: breathing apparatus

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