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By MagneGrip, Dec 11 2018 01:24PM

MagneGrip Group has successfully completed its annual ISO 9001:2015 (International Organization for Standardization) Surveillance Audit and is certified for 2018-2019.

MagneGrip Group manufacturers and installs vehicle exhaust removal and air purification systems for fire stations and vehicle maintenance facilities. Since 2007, MagneGrip Group has been assessed and approved each year in the following areas: design, manufacturing, assembly, supply, installation and servicing of air cleaning systems. QAS International, an independent third-party organization, conducted the audit. ISO 9001:2015 is an internationally recognized standard that sets forth a set of requirements for high quality product development, improvement and customer satisfaction.

By MagneGrip, Oct 10 2018 02:00PM

MagneGrip Group, manufacturer of fire station exhaust removal and air-cleaning systems, is exhibiting at Firehouse Expo in Nashville, October 18-20. MagneGrip Exhaust Removal Systems and AirHawk Air Purification Systems products will be on display in booth 517. Representatives will be available to answer any questions and demonstrate product features.

MagneGrip Group manufactures air-cleaning systems for every firehouse application to eliminate exhaust fumes and other airborne contaminants that pose critical health risks.

For more information and a budgetary proposal call MagneGrip at 800-875-5440, email info@magnegrip.com or visit www.magnegrip.com.

By MagneGrip, Jul 30 2018 02:54PM

MagneGrip Group is exhibiting at Fire-Rescue International 2018 in Dallas, TX August 10-11, 2018. MagneGrip Exhaust Removal Systems and AirHAWK Air Purification Systems products will be on display in booth 3219. Representatives will be available to answer questions and demonstrate product features.

MagneGrip Group manufactures air-cleaning systems to eliminate exhaust fumes and other airborne contaminants that pose critical health risks. MagneGrip Exhaust Removal Systems and AirHAWK Air Purification Systems are suitable for every firehouse application. They can be used separately or combined, for the most effective protection possible.

For more information and a budgetary proposal call MagneGrip at 800-875-5440, email info@magnegrip.com or visit www.magnegrip.com.

By MagneGrip, Jul 17 2018 05:30PM

From North Pole, Alaska to Florida and communities in between, MagneGrip Group has recently reduced the risk of cancer in fire and rescue facilities. MagneGrip’s point-of-source exhaust capture system eliminates exposure to unhealthy diesel fumes, stops toxins from migrating to other rooms, and keeps the buildings cleaner.

MagneGrip Exhaust Removal and AirHAWK Air Purification Systems are installed in new facilities and retrofit into existing structures as upgrades or replacement systems. An exhaust removal system allows indoor engine checks, in accordance with IMC building codes for operating vehicles inside a building. AirHAWK Air Purification Systems keep air clean in turn out rooms.

Some of the recently completed fire department station installations with MagneGrip Exhaust Removal and AirHAWK Air Purification equipment include:

Montgomery (AL) Fire/Rescue Department

As part of a 14-station project, MagneGrip Group installed Sliding Flexhose Track (SFT) and Straight Suction Rail (SSR) for Montgomery Fire/Rescue Department. The project was completed in May 2018.

St. Petersburg (FL) Fire Rescue (Fossil Park)

St. Petersburg Fire Rescue added a new station in 2018 as part of a 14-station citywide exhaust removal and air purification project that began in 2016. Initially named Fossil Park Station, Straight Suction Rail (SSR) was installed at the new station to accommodate the station design with little space to spare.

Ft. Myers Beach (FL) Fire Department

MagneGrip installed new exhaust removal systems in three stations at Ft. Myers Beach Fire Department. The project was completed December 2017 using Sliding Flexhose Track (SFT). SFT – or “slinky hose” -- is a no loop, expandable, horizontal system that travels with the apparatus all the way to the station door.

Plant City (FL) Fire Department

Plant City Fire Department built two new fire stations, which were completed in May 2018. Sliding Flexhose Track (SFT) and Straight Suction Rail (SSR) were installed. Another new station is planned for late 2018 or early 2019.

Talladega (AL) Fire Department

Using an AFG grant, Talladega Fire Department installed MagneGrip’s Sliding Flexhose Track (SFT) and AirHAWK Air Purification Systems in two stations. The AirHAWK systems were installed with ECM motors, which continuously purify the air by removing harmful gases and particulate 24 hours a day. During non-emergency situations, the motor fan runs at a lower, quieter speed. Then during an emergency run, air changes increase to handle the heavier load of diesel exhaust expelled from exiting apparatus.

Mobile (AL) Fire Rescue Department Crichton Station

In Mobile, Alabama, MagneGrip Group worked with Watermark Design Group on a new fire station. Straight Suction Rail (SSR) was installed at Mobile’s flagship Crichton Station to accommodate drive-through apparatus.

Cleveland (TN) Fire Department

As part of a 5-station exhaust removal project, Cleveland Fire Department installed a combination system, consisting of Sliding Flexhose Track (SFT) and Straight Suction Rail (SSR). Four stations were existing facilities and one station was new construction.

Pigeon Forge (TN) Fire Department

MagneGrip installed Straight Suction Rail (SSR), Sliding Flexhose Track (SFT) and AirHAWK Air Purification Systems at Pigeon Forge Fire Department. The combination system was designed for maximum effectiveness and efficiency in removing diesel exhaust, toxins and particulate. With an ECM motor on the AirHAWK system, air is cleaned continuously, 24 hours a day.

Other recent fire department installations in Tennessee included Athens (TN) Fire Department (Straight Suction Rail) and Baxter Fire Department (Sliding Flexhose Track).

Fort Wainwright Fire and Emergency Services (Fairbanks, AK)

In North Pole, Alaska, Sliding Flexhose Track (SFT) and Vertical Stack Rail (VSR) were installed at Ft. Wainwright Fire and Emergency Services. Vertical Stack Rail (VSR) is for vehicles with vertical stack exhausts. No manual connection is required. As the apparatus enters the firehouse, the stack catcher adjusts horizontally to align the suction rail with the vertical stack exhaust. When the apparatus ignition is engaged, a wireless signal starts the exhaust fan. Upon returning to the station, the fan starts automatically as the apparatus pulls into the bay. All exhaust emissions are drawn through the suction rail and vented outside the building.

University Fire Department (Fairbanks, AK)

Completed in 2017, University Fire Department installed Sliding Flexhose Track (SFT) at two stations. The system has no hanging loops that block access to doors or loading. The expandable flexhose extends and retracts along the track as the apparatus moves forward and back. University Fire Department provides emergency services for University of Alaska in Fairbanks.

MagneGrip Exhaust Removal Systems and AirHAWK Air Purification Systems remove vehicle exhaust emissions and other contaminants in emergency service facilities to reduce firefighter risk for cancer, respiratory and cardiovascular diseases while keeping spaces clean and tidy.

By MagneGrip, May 24 2018 05:00PM

Firefighter cancer is a looming personal catastrophe for each and every fire fighter and is the most dangerous threat to the health and safety of our nation’s firefighters. Cancer has caused 61% of career firefighter line-of-duty deaths sine 2001. By contrast, heart disease has caused 18% of line-of-duty deaths during the same time period. (IAFF data Jan. 1, 2002 to March 31, 2017.)

Multiple studies, including the 2010 NIOSH cancer study, have repeatedly demonstrated credible evidence for statistically higher rates of multiple types of cancers in firefighters compared to the general American population including:

• Testicular cancer (2.02 times greater risk)

• Mesothelioma (2.0 times greater risk)

• Multiple myeloma (1.53 times greater risk)

• Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (1.51 times greater risk)

• Skin cancer (1.39 times greater risk)

• Prostate cancer (1.28 times greater risk)

• Malignant melanoma (1.31 times great risk)

• Brain cancer (1.31 times greater risk)

• Colon cancer (1.21 times great risk)

• Leukemia (1.14 times greater risk)

• Breast cancer in women (preliminary study results from the San Francisco Fire Department)

We are beginning to understand the horrific magnitude of the problem, the challenges involved and the changes required in education, training, operations, medical screenings and personal accountability to effectively address cancer in the fire service.

Yet, the signs of firefighters’ exposure to carcinogens are everywhere:

• Firefighters working in active and overhaul fire environments carry SCBA on their backs but not always masks on their faces.

• Firefighters proudly wear dirty and contaminated turnout gear and helmets.

• Some fire instructors wear their carcinogen-loaded helmets and bunker gear as symbols of their firefighting experience.

• Diesel exhaust, a recognized carcinogen, still contaminates many fire stations— apparatus bays as well as living, sleeping and eating quarters.

• Many firefighters have only one set of gear, which means they are continually re-contaminated from previous fires.

• Some diesel exhaust systems — even when installed — are not used, are used incorrectly or are poorly maintained.

• Bunker gear is stored in apparatus bays where it is bathed in diesel exhaust.

• Bunker gear goes unwashed for months at a time, even after significant fires.

• Many volunteers carry their contaminated gear in the trunks of their personal vehicles resulting in superheating and enhanced off-gassing of contaminants into the passenger compartment and sometimes even into their homes.

• Firefighters put their contaminated gear into the cabs of their apparatus before and after fires.

• Some firefighters still take their contaminated bunker pants and boots into sleeping quarters.

• The interiors of apparatus cabs are not decontaminated adequately or frequently.

• Many firefighters do not take showers immediately following fires.

“Pinpointing the cause of cancer is extremely difficult because firefighters are not exposed to just one agent. They are exposed to multiple cancer-causing agents. Because of the multiple exposures and the multiple routes of exposure — they inhale carcinogens and carcinogens are absorbed through the skin — it is also highly unlikely for firefighters to get only one type of cancer,” said Grace LeMasters, Ph.D., a professor of epidemiology at the University of Cincinnati and the lead author of a 2006 meta-analysis of 32 published studies of cancer in firefighters.

Unfortunately, there is no immediate visible impact of carcinogenic exposure, since the time between exposure to carcinogens and the appearance of malignancies can be 20 years or longer. However, a large multi-institution multi-fire department study is underway to closely track firefighter occupational exposures and health effects. The study will establish the most meaningful correlations yet between firefighting and cancer.

MagneGrip Exhaust Removal Systems reduce firefighter risk for cancer, respiratory and cardiovascular diseases by removing diesel exhaust emissions in the firehouses. With AirHawk Air Purification Systems, ceiling-mounted air filtration units remove hazardous airborne contaminants including viruses, bacteria and mold spores and neutralize gaseous compounds such as carbon monoxide and nitrous oxide.

For information, call 800-875-5440 or visit www.magnegrip.com.

Excerpts from: Firefighter Cancer Support Network white paper, “Firefighter Cancer Fact Check 2017”, Timothy Elliott and Fire Chief “Command Post,” weekly e-news, August 22, 2013.

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