Tuesday, November 30, 2010

UK student protests turn violent, crowds smash police bus in London

A police medic sprayed a fire extinguisher at point-blank range into a crowd of student campaigners, it was revealed on Thursday night.

In pictures, the officer can be seen discharging the halon device – banned for civilian use because of its environmental impact – above the head of a demonstrator during Wednesday’s march against increased tuition fees.

The protester shuts his eyes as someone behind him shields their face with their hands.

One witness was quoted on Indymedia as saying: ‘I saw the shocking sight of a police medic putting his arm through the officers in front of him and spraying a BCF halon fire extinguisher at the faces of some of the protesters caught at the front of the crowd.’

Halon extinguishers contain toxic elements such as bromine and fluorine, and have been linked to breathing difficulties, skin and eye irritation, dizziness and even unconsciousness.

Metropolitan Police denied using the extinguishers for crowd control and said halon devices were chiefly deployed to put out fires on people.

Footage from the demonstration in Whitehall showed a bus shelter and piles of placards on fire but, in photographs of the police medic, flames cannot be seen. The Met said some student demonstrators had been igniting aerosol sprays and that paramedics had treated burns victims.

A spokesman added: ‘Given this information, it is correct operational procedure that officers would have the fire extinguisher in their hands ready for immediate use if presented with this situation.‘The pin is always removed so its use is instantaneous.‘

By design, these fire extinguishers are extremely sensitive and can easily be discharged by sudden movement or pressure.’

Police forces are exempt from the ban on halon devices, as ruled by the Home Office.

Source: The Metro

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

RemTec International would like to wish you and your entire staff a Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Friday, November 12, 2010

History of Fire Sprinklers

With the Holiday season quickly approaching, RemTec would like to remind you that selling your decommissioned clean agents is a great way to offset the costs of your Holiday festivities. We are currently purchasing Halon 1211, 1301, HFC-227ea, HFC-125, HFC-236fa and Novec*.

Another way to save during the Holiday months is to get a quick quote from RemTec International for your Recharge or Discharge needs. Not only do we have great prices and world class customer care, but we have quick turnaround to keep your customers protected. We have over 2,000 gently used cylinders in stock that may be swapped out in the event of an emergency, to save you and your customers even MORE downtime.

With the weakened economy, please remember your local food banks. They are always looking for volunteers or donations.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Happy Veteran's Day

RemTec International honors those who are serving and who have served our country to maintain our freedom! Thank you!