Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Fire Extinguisher Accident

Freak accident with fire extinguisher

Posted: Aug 28, 2013 9:33 AM EDTUpdated: Aug 28, 2013 9:33 AM EDT
Tom Orvis of Plainville, Conn., is fortunate he wasn't in the wrong place when a fire extinguisher flew nearly a quarter-mile through the air and into his house. Connecticut officials say a machine operator was cutting beams at a metal recycling company Tuesday and accidentally cut into the extinguisher, causing it to explode. Orvis says he was in the kitchen when he heard a loud noise, and now has a small hole in his roof. The company says it'll fix the damage.

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Just a friendly PSA, remember that extinguishers can be dangerous if they are not handled properly!
We here at A-Gas RemTec hope you all have a safe and wonderful Labor Day Weekend!!! 

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Sorry to announce


FSSA regrets to announce the passing of Philip DiNenno, president of Hughes Associates, Inc., and a member of the NFPA Board of Directors, died on August 18, 2013. He was 60 years old.

DiNenno had a long professional history in the fire protection industry and with NFPA, serving on many Technical Committees, including Gaseous Fire Extinguishing Systems, Merchant Vessels, Water Mist Fire Suppression Systems, Halon Alternative Protection Options, Fire Investigations, and Fire Tests. He served on NFPA’s Standards Council from 1998-2007 and was Chair from 2002-2007. In 2011, DiNenno received the Paul C. Lamb Award from NFPA in recognition of his volunteer spirit, leadership skills, tact and diplomacy, and dedication to the goals of NFPA. In 2013, his outstanding contributions to fire safety and the development of codes and standards were recognized when he received the NFPA Standards Medal. DiNenno spoke at several FSSA Annual Meetings both as a presenter and panelist.

He began work at Hughes Associates in 1985. Previously, he worked as a fire protection engineer at Benjamin/Clarke Associates and Professional Loss Control, Inc. He was a registered professional engineer in Tennessee and Arizona and held a B.S. in Fire Protection Engineering from the University of Maryland, where he also lectured from 1977-1990.

The family will receive friends at Pritts Funeral Home and Chapel, 412 Washington Rd., Westminster MD on Wednesday from 6-8pm and Thursday from 2-4pm and 6-8pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday at 11:00 am at St. John Roman Catholic Church, 43 Monroe St, Westminster MD. Interment will be at Meadow Branch Cemetery, Westminster.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Phil DiNenno's memory to the Carroll Hospital Center Foundation, for the development of the new Cancer Center, 200 Memorial Ave., Westminster, MD 21157 or to the Ivymount School for Autism, 11614 Seven Locks Road, Rockville, MD 20854.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

We now have Halotron I!

Due to an increasing demand, A-Gas RemTec would like to announce that we now carry certified Halotron I™ and HFC-236fa in bulk! Our customer's needs are always our first priority, so when you ask, we deliver!

As the Halon supply continues to diminish, we will continue to provide you with the most effective clean agent alternatives in the market.

Friday, August 9, 2013


The FSSA 32nd Annual Forum location is confirmed.  Mark your calendar for February 22 - 25, 2014.
Book your hotel reservations now at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort by calling 1-800-815-6397 and just mention the FSSA Room Block.  FSSA has a special group rate of $219/per night.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Thank you FFEDA

A big THANK YOU to Bill Johnson- President of FFEDA, for this very nice card. We are always so excited to help the state associations grow and  be able to continue to help our industry. Happy 50th Anniversary FFEDA, and THANK YOU for having such a wonderful organization for us to be able to support!!!

New Aircraft Emergency Training

For Immediate Release
Barbara Haas
ARFF Working Group
UPS, Independent Pilots Association team up with the Aircraft Rescue &
Fire Fighting Working Group
Grapevine, TX, August 01, 2013:  The Aircraft Rescue & Fire Fighting Working Group (ARFFWG), in concert with UPS Airlines and the Independent Pilots Association (IPA), is pleased to announce the Facilitator's Training Guide for aircraft emergency response.  The Group developed this computer based training (CBT) module for airline, airport or ARFF personnel to facilitate training between aircraft operators and local airport fire departments.
"Several years ago, UPS and the IPA recognized the need to share freighter aircraft - emergency response knowledge with local air rescue departments, so we began a training program, " said Jess Grigg, UPS A300 pilot and IPA representative to the working group.  Since then, we have provided hands-on instruction to over 45 ARFF departments across the US, Europe, and Canada.
Through the course of instruction, UPS and IPA realized that there were many other departments that would benefit from the instruction; however, "it was simply impractical for us to reach all 550 US indexed airports, much less the remainder of the globe with commercial air service," Grigg added, "so we decided to develop this CBT."
The CBT program was not created to take the place of hands-on aircraft familiarization programs.  It is intended to provide a tutorial for the organization of an effective training session between the airline operator and ARFF, hence the title "Facilitator's Guide.  The CBT provided both guidance and helpful checklists that were developed by UPS and the IPA based upon the experiences of numerous ARFF Training events.  An essential step in the coordinated aircraft emergency response training process is to educate the first responder on emergency response methods unique to the type, size and mission of the aircraft being operated by the local airline.
"Establishing a relationship between a local ARFF department and an airline is the first step in the creation of an effective training program.  That is where the Facilitator's Training Guide comes in.  It is a step-by-step instructional module to assist in developing local training.  The benefits of on-aircraft training are multiplied by combining the ARFF department with key airline personnel at each location." said UPS Airlines fire Safety Expert Ken Hoff.  "It's not only an opportunity to train but to establish a network with key stakeholders and subject matter experts knowledgeable on aircraft and emergency response".
The CBT program will be available via the ARFFWG website at  You do not have to be a member, but must register on the site to gain access.  The CBT is built on the Smart Builder® program that allows viewers with almost any high-speed connection and a Windows based operating system.  A tablet operating system version is expected in the future.
The Aircraft Rescue & Fire Fighting Working Group (ARFFWG) is a non-profit international membership organization dedicated to the sharing of Aircraft Rescue & Fire Fighting (ARFF) information between airport firefighters, municipal fire departments, and all others concerned with aircraft fire fighting.
The IPA is the collective bargaining unit representing the more than 2,600 professional pilots who fly in service of United Parcel Service, the world's largest transportation company.
UPS (NYSE:UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including the transportation of packages and freight; the facilitation of international trade, and the deployment of advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business.  Headquartered in Atlanta, UPS serves more than 220 countries worldwide.  The company can be found on the web at and its corporate blog can be found at  The get UPS news direct, visit