15 - 20 June, Hannover/Germany
VIKING Life-Saving Equipment
Working closely with a Swedish fire service, leading marine and fire safety equipment manufacturer VIKING Life-saving Equipment has developed an important new fire suit that helps to shield fire fighters from harmful contamination.A study of Nordic fire fighters reported on cancer diagnoses among 16,422 male fire fighters from the five Nordic countries. Replicating the results of a major US study currently being concluded, the Nordic study found increased cancer risk among fire fighters compared with the general population. Since protecting people is at the core of VIKING's corporate essence, looking for ways to address the cancer issue for the thousands of fire fighters who wear its products is a natural step. So when Gothenburg, Sweden-based Räddningstjänsten Storgöteborg (RSG), one of Sweden's most respected fire services, invited fire safety equipment manufacturers to help it develop the next generation of fire suits, VIKING didn't hesitate.Firefighters are potentially exposed to a wide range of known and suspected carcinogens through their work. While factors such as shift work may explain some of the increase in diagnoses, it remains a fact that there is a risk of exposure, for example, to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and asbestos. In fact, the increased incidence of cancer, while described by both studies as moderate, is attracting considerable attention around the world.The key idea was to create a suit whose outer shell could easily be removed by the fire fighter after attending a fire, leaving him or her wearing the inner layers as perfectly usable clothing, for returning to the station. In this way, dangerous particles on the outer shell could immediately be removed from close contact with the fire fighter into a «washing bag», this also minimizes contamination of interior surfaces of vehicles and fire stations.
Far from promoting step-by-step improvements to existing products, the company will be showcasing innovative leaps in product development that tackle key firefighting issues.
“VIKING has the advantage of being an international player,” says Vice President Jens Peter Kruse at VIKING. “We develop fire suits for different markets and requirements, so we can bring innovations and practices to Interschutz from all around the world.”
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