So we continue to tweak and hone in our application of the lessons from the latest fire dynamic research. One of the issues that continues to be “sticky” is the management of flow path. While at FDIC 2014, I had the honor to meet Dr. Michael Reick from Germany. He created a device that has been in use in Germany for over 10 years with reported great success. In fact, they have more than 14,000 units in service and have documented more than 1,200 successful deployments on working structural fires. From the research I’ve been able to do, it seems the device has been so successful, that the insurance companies have been providing the devices to the fire service at no costs.
Below is a photo of the device in operation. It also appears to be so accepted in Germany, that civilians can deploy it. Here’s a video of a hospital fire safety video where you’ll see the nurse deploy it prior to the arrival of the fire department. It’s narrated in German, but you’ll figure it out.
So what do you think? I know there has been some testing done on the device in South Carolina. If its so successful in the Germany, can it work in the US?