The Innovation Platform becomes Murphys Creek 41
Monday, 8 Aug 2022
Congratulations to Murphys Creek Rural Fire Brigade who received the RFBAQ / QuikCorp Innovation Platform on Sunday.
Neutral Operating Position
Tuesday, 10 Aug 2021
In our wanders across Queensland with the Innovation Platform talking to brigade members about crew safety we have developed the Neutral Operating Position.
First fire truck in Australia fitted with Sentinel 300 air purifier
This Sentinel 300 has been specifically designed to fit in the Isuzu dual cabs that are in Queensland.
- The removal of particulates out of the air within the cab, this will make a safer place for firefighters on the fireground and reduce exposure to cancer causing materials (Firefighters are more likely to contact 12 different types of cancer than the general population*).
- As the fire service does not pay to have airconditioning fitted in the rear of dual cab appliances the rear space can become hot and fetid very quickly.
RFBAQ Innovation Platform
The most important thing in our organisations are our people.
The most important thing that our people have is their health.
- External and Internal Fire Curtains – Internal fire curtains are safer than no fire curtains, but still allow heat into the crew space. By fitting external curtains an air gap is formed that increases survivability. The external curtains can also be deployed individually to give added protection to the specific side of the vehicle being impacted when driving.
- Cab Protection Water / Foam Spray – A stand alone electric pump system activated from within the cab has a separate 40 ltr water tank to pump water through a solid block foam canister to foam the vehicles cab. This light weight innovation could for the first time bring crew protection sprays onto light attack fire trucks. In conjunction with the external fire curtains this will add to the barrier between the fire and firefighters but can also be deployed separately as a last resort defence.
- Internal Air Scrubber – Located in the cab, this system cleans the cabin air through a series of filters and provides a cleaner space by removing smoke and carcinogens.
- Thermal Imaging Camera – Located on the bullbar with the screen in the cabin, this camera allows both passenger and driver to identify fire or other operating vehicles through smoke. In last year's enormous fire season we saw fire vehicles drive into heavy smoke while on the road to escape the approaching fire front. This will give an added level of safety in that instance. The screen also links to a work deck camera and a reversing camera and these 3 views can be easily changed while driving.
- Ambient Heat Alarm – An addition to the vehicle telematics, this innovation sounds an alarm to firefighters on the fireground and shows an alarm on the vehicle for the incident controller. When wearing full PPC on the fireground you do not necessarily notice consistent changes in the ambient temperature. When ambient temperatures exceed 47 degrees celcius for a period of 3 minutes an alarm will sound to recall firefighters back to their vehicle. This alarm will also notify incident control if a number of these alarms are activated. This is a warning of changing weather on the fireground and a prompt to consider drawing crews back to a safer defensive line.
- Over-cab Deflection System – Falling branches and trees kill firefighters. How can we develop a system for a light attack vehicle that is available on the market that provides a level of protection and what level of protection are we willing to accept?
- 40 ltr Drip Torch Fuel Tank – At the rear of the vehicle this tank stops the need to carry and lift drip torch fuel drums, has a safer way of transferring the fuel into the drip torch and is located at the rear of the vehicle away from the crew space.
- Electric Chainsaw with Built-in Charger – This increases safety as the vehicle is now not carrying fuel drums for the chainsaw motor.
- Winch on Bullbar – Currently not available to brigades in Queensland, a winch increases safety by allowing the vehicle to clear a path to drive through. A winch also increases risk without safety and operation training.
- Fridge – Permanently fixed into the vehicle this new design fridge negates the need for fridge slides and drawing a fridge in and out to access the contents.
- To consider and make representation in matters affecting the welfare and efficiency of Rural Fire Brigades and Brigade Members.
- To provide financial assistance and support to Rural Fire Brigades and their Brigade Members.