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Awesome Firefighters

William Wood Dunkirk Watch

William Wood Dunkirk Watch
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UK watchmaker William Wood pays tribute to the Massey Shaw, a British fireboat that rescued 600 soldiers stranded on the beach at Dunkirk. The bronze 42mm watch features a face inspired by the boat’s engine order telegraph. Its outer rim is based on the red pipes in the engine room. You’ll find a tiny piece of the actual ship’s engine inside its back.

Res-Q-Rench Firefighter’s Tool

Res-Q-Rench Firefighter’s Tool
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This lightweight hand tool from Task Force Tips is designed for firefighters but has several features that could come in handy for other emergencies. In addition to turning fire hose couplings, it works as a pry tool, a seatbelt cutter, a glass window breaker, an oxygen cylinder wrench, and a residential gas valve shut-off tool. It’s made from durable Nylon.

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Filorosso Fire Belts

Filorosso Fire Belts
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Filorosso’s belts are handmade from reclaimed fire hoses, with buckles and other hardware are made from bright-finish American steel. They make a great gift for first responders or anyone who wants to tribute our firefighters with 5% of proceeds going to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.

Firefighter Duffel Bag

Firefighter Duffel Bag
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Firehouse Projects makes rugged bags from retired firefighting gear. Their largest piece is this 40-liter duffel bag made from recycled materials attached to a sturdy canvas base. It has reflective striping, a quilted lining, an exterior zipper pocket for small accessories, and Velcro on front for attaching patches.

Fire Hose Bench

Fire Hose Bench
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This unique furniture piece from Axes and Hose Co. is a great gift for a firefighter or anyone who appreciates our selfless first-responders. Each bench is handmade from wood, wrapped in recycled fire hoses woven to form its seat. We particularly appreciate the Thin Red Line design. Measures 40.5″ L x 20.5″ W x 20″ H.

Fire Extinguisher Ball

Fire Extinguisher Ball

Elide Fire makes this innovative firefighting device – a ball that can be tossed into a fire to instantly extinguish or reduce its intensity. The ball automatically deploys upon contact with a flame and smothers it with a blanket of non-toxic chemicals. It can also be placed in a high-risk location where it will activate in case of fire.

How a Fire Engine Works

How a Fire Engine Works

Jake O’Neal from Animagraffs creates detailed see-through 3D illustrations which show how things work. In this video, he walks us through the inner workings of a typical fire engine for a look at how firefighters ride inside the truck, its lights and sirens, its powerful water-pumping system, and onboard safety gear.

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Firefighter Lifts Seven Cars with a Battery-Powered Tool

Firefighter Lifts Seven Cars with a Battery-Powered Tool

Firefighters use rescue tools called spreaders to lift and separate vehicles involved in accidents. But can one of these battery-powered tools lift seven cars at the same time? Fire Department Chronicles used a Genesis Rescue Systems EForce spreader to see if it lives up to its rated 15,000 lb. spreading force.

Fire Dept. Donut Shop Coffee

Fire Dept. Donut Shop Coffee
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Run by firefighters and veterans, Fire Dept. Coffee donates 10% of its net profits to help support injured and disabled first responders. They also make these sweet and aromatic brews inspired by donut flavors like vanilla sprinkle, red velvet, blueberry cake, and double chocolate. Dip your favorite donut for bonus points.

Ladder Climbing Races

Ladder Climbing Races

Russian firefighter Artur Prosport shared video of a competition where participants show off their speed climbing a building. Each player must run to the wall carrying a one-story ladder, then use it to ascend three floors as quickly as possible. We imagine this would be much slower if they were wearing their firefighting gear.

Firefighter Bar Tools

Firefighter Bar Tools
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Have a firefighter in the family? These bar tools from Halligan Bottle Openers make a great gift for our valiant first responders. The set includes a bottle opener that looks like a tiny Halligan pry bar, and a corkscrew that resembles a pickaxe. They come with red or black handles, and can be personalized for $10 extra.

Real Firefighter vs. Fake Firefighters

Real Firefighter vs. Fake Firefighters

TV shows and movies take lots of artistic license when it comes to real-world situations. Fire Department Chronicles doesn’t have good things to say about how firefighting is portrayed on screen, so he greenscreens himself into scenes to set the cast straight on all the things they’re doing wrong. More here and here.

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2021 Ford Bronco + Filson Wildland Fire Rig Concept

2021 Ford Bronco + Filson Wildland Fire Rig Concept

To honor first responders who have relied on Broncos for decades, Ford and Filson created a special Bronco Badlands SUV. It’s painted in U.S. Forest Service colors, and packs a rescue skid, fire hose, water tank, and pump. Its seats are made from Filson jacket leather, while its top and cargo divider are made of fireproof ripstop nylon.

IronMan AR Firefighter Mask

IronMan AR Firefighter Mask

Firefighters need every advantage they can get. Sam Cossman of Qwake Technologies met with Adam Yamaguchi of The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation to show off the mask his company has developed which can overlay high-contrast outlines and heat signatures of objects even when they’re obscured by smoke or darkness.

IFEX 3000 Impulse Firefighting Gun

IFEX 3000 Impulse Firefighting Gun

Germany’s IFEX Technologies makes this incredible tool for firefighters, which can smother an inferno in the blink of an eye. It uses compressed air to discharge water or a water/foam combo at speeds up to 400 km/h (~249 mph), making quick work of fires.

Robot Snake Firefighter

Robot Snake Firefighter

(Loud) Engineers from Japan’s Tohoku University and National Institute of Technology are developing a truly unusual firefighting device. The machine self-balances on its water stream and can snake its way into difficult to reach locations as it sprays water on flames.

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