Archive for May 16th, 2024

Fire service news …lithium-ion battery regulation

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FDNY Commissioner Laura Kavanagh is celebrating the successful Congressional passage of lithium-ion battery regulation, achieved through collaborative advocacy efforts with local, state, and federal partners.

“This bill is the first step in what must be a long-term, nationwide conversation,” Fire Commissioner Laura Kavanagh said. “Technologies like these are evolving rapidly, and public safety agencies must be part of those conversations. We need to work together, share information and ideas.”

H.R. 1797, also known as the “Setting Consumer Standards for Lithium-Ion Batteries Act,” would require the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to issue a consumer product safety standard for rechargeable lithium-ion batteries used commonly in micro mobility devices, including e-bikes and e-scooters, to protect against fire risk.

Fire Commissioner Kavanagh has traveled to Washington, D.C., at least four times over the last two years to meet with lawmakers and advocate for change. Most recently, she met with a bipartisan group of lawmakers on May 7. She then attended the inaugural World Fire Congress on May 8 and joined a panel of experts from fire departments around the world to discuss collaboration, data collection, public education and messaging related to the dangers of lithium-ion batteries.

She also testified before the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commissioner in July 2023: “We reached a point of crisis in New York City,” she said. Lithium-ion batteries have caused approximately 500 fires and killed 24 people in the last two years and continue to be among the top causes of fatal fires in New York City.

A companion bill in the Senate, S.1008, was introduced in March and referred to the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee.

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Springfield Fire Department news

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The Springfield Fire Department is set to unveil its brand new, state-of-the-art fire station.

The department will host a pair of events to formally open the new Station 8, located at 600 Rickard Road. There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony and an open house two days later. The open house will include tours, refreshments, engagement with firefighters and a chance to learn about career opportunities within the Springfield Fire Department.

The ribbon cutting will take place May 30 at 2 p.m. with the open house taking place on June 1 from 9 a.m. to noon. The public is invited to attend both events.

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Orland Fire Protection District history

This from Mike Summa for #TBT:

For TBT-This was the Orland FPD’s Engine 6063, here lettered Engine 5 stationed on 143rd St.  A 1987 Spartan Gladiator/1988 Darley 1500/750. Enjoy and comment.; #MikeSumma; #TBT; #FireTruck; #OrlandFPD; #Spartan; #Gladiator; #Darley; #historic; #vintage;

Mike Summa photo

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