Fire Ground Technologies has been endorsed by the IAFF as the
preferred trainer for the Petzl EXO Firefighter Escape System.
Additionally, the Petzl EXO has been recognized as the preferred
escape system for IAFF members. We at Fire Ground Technologies
are grateful for the Union’s endorsement. Fire Ground Tech is
committed to providing firefighters with the most accurate
information, and mandatory comprehensive training programs, so
that both individual firefighters and Fire Departments have to
opportunity to purchase and train on the Petzl Exo Personal
Escape System. We look forward to working with the IAFF in
achieving the goal of keeping our nation’s firefighters safer
than ever before.
careful consideration of the various manufacturers and models of
Personal Escape Systems, the IAFF selected the Petzl Exo
Personal Safety System (PSS) as the preferred Personal Escape
System (PES) for all IAFF Fire Ground Survival Master
Instructors. The Petzl Exo has also been UL tested to meet the
NFPA 1983 standard for escape systems. Petzl in cooperation with
the FDNY developed this system to provide fire fighters with a
state of the art “bail out” device that is capable of rapid
deployment under severe conditions. Purchase and use of this
system requires training from a Petzl authorized trainer. Fire
Ground Technologies has developed comprehensive lecture and
hands on classes to ensure that the student fully understands
the operation of the EXO. The IAFF has endorsed Fire Ground
Technologies (an authorized dealer and trainer for the Petzl EXO
PSS) as the preferred trainer for all IAFF Master Instructors.
Saddle Brook Bail Out System Drill
During the weekend of February 28 and March 1 Saddle Brook firefighters conducted a hands on drill for their new
bail out system. All active members of the department who seek interest in the Petzl bail out system took park in the
practical training over the two day period. Fire Ground
Technologies provided the training equipment and instructors for the course .The training took place at Lodi fire
Headquarters as Lodi had the room and lent out their fire
headquarters for Saddle Brook for the weekend long training.
Firefighters convention a time for shopping, networking
September 23, 2014 2:46 am
By MICHAEL MILLER
attending the annual New Jersey State Firemen's
Convention use the annual event to gear up.
From new trucks to water-rescue gear, the annual
convention draws vendors from across the country
hawking the latest in new equipment.
Sam Squire, of Mays Landing, sells heavy trucks
manufactured by Pierce, based in Appleton, Wis.
Fie said the convention is his biggest source of
new clients in New Jersey.
Squire showed off a new canary-yellow truck made
forthe Seaville Volunteer Fire Company in Upper
"It's a combination pumper and rescue truck.
Fire companies are having to multitask," he
said. "Seaville covers part of the Garden State
Parkway, so they respond to a lot of car
The $625,000 truck features a compartment with
various hydraulic equipment to cut people out of
damaged vehicles. And it has four winch slots to
pull vehicles to safety, he said.
Ridgelield Park Assistant Chief Rodney Wagner
said his volunteer department often buys new
gear when they go to the convention. This year
he bought some water-rescue tools for use on
local creeks and rivers.
"We never needed it before because our waterways
are undeveloped. But now crew teams are
practicing on the river," he said. "We want to
be prepared. This is the time to stock up."
Michael McCarthy, a salesman for Applied Rescue
Technique based in Sandy Hook, Conn., said
departments are always looking to buy new gear
at the convention.
"It's busy this year. We've had a good flow of
people today," he said. "People are buying
water-rescue throw bags, dry suits and
A consulting company called Fire Ground
Technologies based in Pompton Plains travels the
country to provide training to fire departments.
They specialize in firefighter survival and
escape, owner Larry Cohen said.
He trains firefighters to wear a harness over
their turnout gear that can be attached to a
rescue line a firefighter can use to bail out a
window if he or she becomes trapped by a blaze.
The harness is belted into the turnout gear so
it becomes part of the standard equipment, he
"You don't have time to think about it. You
might only have seconds to make a decision,"
East Brunswick firefighter Ron Somrner said.
"Their training teaches you muscle memory, so
you know what to do."
Bargaintown Volunteer Fire Company member Ed
Fugee said his department uses the convention to
network, catch up with old friends and see if
they can find items on their wish list.
"People are always willing to make deals here.
There are some good deals to be had," he said.
But the convention is not all business.
Passaic firefighter Jim Bonelli said he has been
coming to the convention since 1988. It's always
a good time, Bonelli said.
"It used to be more of a volunteer crowd. Now
you're seeing more career guys," he said.
Bonelli's Market, a local favorite in Wildwood.
How does he know?
"I went in there one time and asked," he said.
June 29th & 30th 2013 - Fireground
TechnologiesTo Attend The LT. Joseph
DiBernardo Memorial Foundation 1st Annual
Lieutenant Joseph P. DiBernardo
1st Annual Training Seminar will be
June 29th & 30th 2013 - 8am - 5pm visit
Training From Top Fire Department
Instructors in America
Vincent Dunn - FDNY Retired DIV
Frank Montagna - FDNY
John Salka - FDNY Retired BN 18
Capt. Mike Dugan - FDNY Retired
Capt. Bobby Morris - FDNY Rescue
Capt. Tony Tricarico - FDNY
Retired Squad 252
John O'Conell - FDNY Retired
an introduction by
FDNY Chief of Department Ed Kilduff
* 100% of the proceeds go to the
foundation for the purpose of saving
firefighters lives through training
& the purchase of personal life
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in Aluminum or Steel
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your Petzl EXO and your Gemtor Harness
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GOOD - GOODWILL FIRE COMPANY - WESTCHESTER, PA
saddened to announce the passing of a good friend and a
great firefighter, Chris Good. (Goody). Chris was a sweet
hearted soul who represented the best of the best when it
came to the fire service. Chris loved everything about the
fire service and demonstrated that in his abilities. We met
Chris years ago when Fire Ground Tech trained the Goodwill
Fire Company out in Westchester Pa. It was quite obvious
that Goody had natural abilities on the fire ground. More
importantly Chris was a traditional guy. He led junior
firefighters the way they ought to be, with discipline,
experience, and above all the desire to do the right thing.
After training we always looked forward to Chris leading the
way into the local pub to discuss the day’s training over a
cold beer. Chris, you will be sadly missed and we will
always remember you as what a true firefighter should be.
Our condolences to his family, wife Jessica and his 3 kids,
an 8 year old step daughter, a 3 year old son and 1 year old
daughter along with his company and department.
9/19/2012 - Fire Ground Tech opens office in Massapequa, Long
Because of the large amount of
EXO training that Fire Ground Technologies does on Long
Island, we decided to open an office to accommodate our
clients on the Island. This will allow us to service our
clients with even more quality and professionalism.
Regardless of which location you call our phone number is
still the same.
Call us at 201-206-9387 and we will be more than happy to
answer any and all questions you may have.
We look forward to working with more Long Island Fire
Departments on their "bail out" systems.
Fire Ground Technologies along with Gemtor have designed and
manufactured a lumbar bag specifically designed around the
escape system. While we used the Petzl system as a basis for our
design, the lumbar bag is capable of storing almost any escape
system on the market. The bag provides a reduced profile for the
firefighter while keeping deployment of any system simple and
easy. The materials that were used were requested by the FDNY,
where there are currently 200 units in the field being tested.
FDNY Research and Development has been working with Fire Ground
Tech and Gemtor for over 3 years on this project. The bag is
available for both left and right deployment options and easily
attaches to any class II harness. By affording the firefighter
a more comfortable option, it is more likely that the system
will be worn as part of a firefighter's ensemble. As a
result, Petzl supports our efforts in this new option of storing
the escape system. Fore more information on the "new" Fire
Ground Tech / Gemtor lumbar bag, contact us directly or call
a firefighter needs was all in one spot .....fire trucks, and
vendors packed the Wildwood Convention Center and its parking
"We have everything new that comes out as the vendors get it
they bring it if they have it new its here at the show," said
The New Jersey State Firemen's Annual Convention is one of the
largest shows on the east coast, and it's put on by all 6 fire
companies on the island...
Thompson said, "This event has grown tremendously but fire
fighting has changed we use to just grab a hose and run into a
building not today I was trained at 28 hours today its a 134
hours its a totally different world."
And one vendor, Fire Ground Technologies is proof of how things
have definitely changed.
Larry Cohen said, "If a firefighter were to get trap if they
cant tolerate the heat or smoke they tie off or anchor at the
window and slide down on the rope."
The technology is called the petzl exo and it's used with a
Cohen said, "Both components derived from a 2005 incident with
the NY Fire Department where we lost two members of the dept as a
result its an effort to come out with what we call a bail out
Firefighters were able to see firsthand how it works.
The goal is to get this technique recognized nationwide which is
catching on here in New Jersey and in New York......NBC 40
learned its just another way for firefighters to stay safe.
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Fire Ground Tech Trains the Trainers
Recently Fire Ground Tech Trained members of the
North Hudson Fire Department in the
"Train the Trainer" class on the use of the
Petzl EXO and Gemtor harness. This 3 day class
focused on the use and deployment of the system,
belaying, safety, presenting a power point and
teach backs. After 3 arduous days the students
are now certified to teach their own members in
the use of the Petzl system.
North Hudson was kind enough to allow
fellow brothers from
Hillside and Union to attend. This will
allow both departments to continue their
training in house.
06/10/11 Fire Ground Technologies wins bid for
Bayonne NJ Fire
Fire Ground Technologies is supplying nearly 200
Escape Systems and Gemtor Harnesses to the Bayonne Fire
Department. After much research, the department has elected to
outfit all their members with this equipment. Each member will
do a series of performance slides to insure a level of
proficiency with the system. Once all the members have been
trained, each firefighter will be outfitted with a harness and a
PSS (personal safety system). Good luck to the Bayonne Fire
USES PETZL FIREFIGHTER BAILOUT SYSTEM AT QUEENS BLAZE
Firefighters Escape Close Call in Belle Harbor MYFOXNY.COM -
Two of New York City’s
finest escaped from being trapped in a burning
building along with residents in Belle Harbor,
According to the FDNY,
the fire started in the basement of the three-story
building on the top floors. Many residents lost
everything they owned as firefighters worked to get
this fire out. Two of the firefighters had to
scramble to save their own lives.
“I lost everything, a
new recliner and new clothes," said one resident who
escaped the blaze. The fire was unforgiving and left
residents with nothing.
"They knocked on the
door and told me to leave and I came downstairs,”
said Daniel Dowd lives in an apartment on the top
floor. On his way out, Dowd only had time to grab
his cat. Lou Romas, a friend of Dowd’s, gave him the
clothes he has on now.
“All he had was his shirt and pants on and all she
has is pajamas,” said Romas. “My girlfriend packed
clothes for him."
The flames spread up
the walls inside the burning building and two
firefighters, who were looking for possible victims,
"While we were
conducting operations, there was a partial collapse
on a first floor and he gave a may-day. He was
quickly recovered by the members’ right there," said
the fire chief at the scene.
second firefighter used a service rope and repelled
out of a window.
"Fire is a dangerous
thing,” said the chief. “You never know when a fire
is going to flash forward."
The local Red Cross
arrived to offer aid.
"This is a friend, people who need help,” said
Lomas. “I know how they must feel. They're good
friends of mine, so you have to help out."
The fire is still under
investigation. According to the FDNY fire started in
the boiler room and is does not seem to be
Two firefighters battling a three-alarm Queens blaze made Mayday radio signals Saturday after the floor collapsed on one and the other needed to use an escape rope, officials said.
Fire Lt. Richard Barnes fell through the second floor of a three-story Rockaways building, but managed to hang on by his armpits until firefighters could pull the 22-year veteran to safety, officials said.
Meanwhile, Firefighter Evan Davis called in a distress signal when he was trapped by flames in another part of the building's second floor, officials said.
The eight-year veteran then used his personal escape rope to lower himself out a window, unaware there was an adjacent roof less than 10 feet below.
"He couldn't see his hand in front of his face from the smoke," said 13th Division Deputy Chief James DiDomenico.
The safety rope devices, which include a hook, were issued to firefighters after two Bronx Bravest were killed in January 2005 when flames forced them to leap 50 feet from a burning building.
A dozen of the 138 firefighters who responded to the fire suffered minor injuries.
DiDomenico said the fire started about 10 a.m. near an oil burner in the basement of the building.
PETZL EXO - New Hook Design
Petzl has a new hook design
for the EXO Firefighter Bailout System
19 BFD Members Receive Bailout Training On Saturday March 12th,
a second wave of nearly 20 interior certified members with the
Bedford Fire Department received training on our newly-purchased
bailout harness and descent systems. The equipment is now
mandated in departments across Westchester, and allows for
firefighters to escape from dangerous and potentially life
threatening situations when battling structure fires.
Training for the systems was held by Fire Ground Technologies,
which focuses specifically on the Gemtor harness, and Petzl
descending equipment (both currently in use by the FDNY). The
equipment is proven to work well and last in tough situations,
and includes a hook made of forged steel and 50 feet of Kevlar
roping kept at the waist of the bunker gear.
Each member practiced tying the hook and rope off to structures,
and also performed straight hooks of window sills to simulate
bail out situations. These evolutions were conducted on the
company's two story trailer, and were performed in full bunker
gear with SCBA packs, and eventually blindfolded. After an eight
hour day of training and ten "slides" per each member, 19
members of the Bedford Fire Department successfully received
their training and certification in the new equipment.
view the photos from this training
03/09/11 New Bids Awarded
to Fire Ground Tech
Elizabeth New Jersey Fire Department has awarded Fire
Ground Technologies the contract to supply and train roughly 300
members in the use of the Petzl EXO and the Gemtor 541 fire
service harness. Additionally, the department will be using our
"exclusive" lumbar bag specifically designed for the EXO. Both
the "end user" class and" train the trainer" will be taught to
the members. Training will take place in
Department Training - Long Island, New York
01/10/11 NJ Firefighter
Critical After Bailing From Flashover -
From Firehouse.com -
See Video An Asbury Park
firefighter is in critical condition after he was forced to bail
from a burning apartment that flashed over Monday morning,
according to The Asbury Park Press.
Firefighter Jason Fazio, who
turned 41 today, was transported by medical helicopter to St.
Barnabas Burn Center with second-degree burns and fractured
bones, Fire Chief Kevin Keddy told the newspaper.
Fazio was the acting captain of
his truck company for the shift as crews responded to the
three-alarm blaze in the two-story apartment building at 418
Main Street. The fire completely gutted the second-story unit
and caused fire and water damage to a Mexican restaurant on the
No one was home during the
The 17-year veteran was in a
room of the burning unit when it flashed over. He dove out from
a second story window to escape the flames.
The fire is being investigated
and the cause of the fire is still being determined.
New Bids Awarded
to Fire Ground Tech Fire Ground Technologies wins Firefighter
Personal Escape bid for North Hudson
Regional Fire and Rescue. Approximately 300 members will be
trained and outfitted with the Gemtor Harness and the
Thank you North Hudson!
Fire Ground Technologies is going to ALASKA !
We won the Firefighter Personal Escape bid for Fairbanks
Alaska Fire Department. Approximately 70 members
will be trained and outfitted with the Gemtor Harness
and the Petzl EXO.
Departments Get Trained
Fireground Technologies won the bids for
Ardsley, NY Fire Department in Westchester NY and also
Gordon Heights Fire District in Long Island, NY Congratulations
to both departments
Rockaway, Long Island Signs on
Fire Ground Tech has just been awarded the bid to supply
East RockawayLong Island Fire
Department the Petzl
Gemtor harness. Training will take place at the department's
choice and will be done by the staff of Fire Ground Tech. Our
entire staff are officers and firefighters from the FDNY. 102
firefighters will be trained for the end user class. Thanks to
FD for selecting the best there is for firefighter training
Fire Ground Technologies opens up Long Island to the Petzl Exo
The Nesconset Fire Department has
awarded Fire Ground Technologies the contract to supply and
train their members on the Petzl Exo and Gemtor Fire Service
harness. Training will be done in Suffolk County. We will post
more info as time goes on.
Hazlet NJ Fire Department
chooses Fire Ground Tech to supply and Train their members in
the Petzl EXO and Gemtor Harness
Mark Your Calendar!!!!
September 12,2009 @ 11:00 AM
The Hazlet NJ Fire Department
along with Fireman's Fund Insurance Company and Fire Ground
Technologies will be sponsoring a promotional demo on the Petzl
Exo and Gemtor harness escape system. Fireman's Fund has donated
a substantial amount of money in order for Hazlet FD to supply
and train their members with this firefighter life saving
system. Everyone is encouraged to come see the system and even
take a slide on the EXO and meet some of the professional staff
members of Fire Ground Tech. See you there!
Binghamton NY Fire Department awards Petzl Exo contract
The Binghamton Fire
Department has selected the expertise of Fire Ground
Technologies to supply and Train 116 members of their Fire
Department. After months of research the department opted for
the Petzl EXO in combination with the Gemtor harness as their
personal escape system. The Staff of Fire Ground Tech will be
training each member with the end user class along with some
members taking Train the Trainer. We thank the department for
putting their trust in Fire Ground Tech.
Grange NY Fire Department awards Fire Ground Tech the Petzl EXO
/ Gemtor harness contract
more to follow
Bedford NY Fire Departmentstarts Petzl Exo Training
The first of Westchester's Fire
Departments has begun to train their firefighters on the Petzl
EXO. Approx. 15 members did their certified slides at the
Westchester Fire Academy. The rest of the department will soon
be trained. Fire Ground Tech is the Trainer / Dealer for the
Petzl EXO and Gemtor Harness systems in Westchester County, NY
County NY awards Petzl EXO / Gemtor Harness bid to Fire Ground
Fire Departments, Westchester County NY has awarded the "Petzl
EXO / Gemtor Harness bid" to Fire Ground Technologies. We
appreciate the opportunity to supply and train the firefighters
in Westchester County with the Petzl EXO Escape System and the
Fire Ground Tech
is the leading trainer for the Petzl EXO in the U.S. and the
only "preferred" trainer on the Gemtor harness. We at Fire
Ground Tech look forward to meeting and training Westchester's
firefighters in one of the best Firefighter Escape Systems on
the market. We will post the departments that have elected to
purchase and train on the Petzl / Gemtor system through Fire
Ground Technologies. Good luck !
Tennessee Fire Department Trains on the Petzl EXO / Gemtor
Harness with Fire Ground Technologies
The staff at Fire
Ground Tech has just returned from a great trip to Knoxville,
TN. Nine members of the Knoxville FD participated in a 3 day
Train the Trainer class. Avoiding thunderstorms almost every
day, Knoxville firefighters performed slides on the Petzl EXO
and presented Power Point presentations in order to get
certified to teach the 300 person department. Not only were the
3 days a complete success, but quite a few friendships were
developed. We want to wish the entire Knoxville Fire Department
the best of luck in their training and hope to see ya'll real
soon. Be safe brothers !
(pics and videos
Technologies is pleased to announce that the Knoxville Tennessee
Fire Department has chosen Fire Ground Technologies to train and
supply approximately 300 members of their department with the
Petzl EXO and the Gemtor harness escape system. The staff at
Fire Ground Technologies congratulates the Knoxville Fire
Department on providing its members with the best possible
escape system available.
Technologies The only Petzl Exo Training Company that
exclusively uses FDNY Officers and Firefighters Training, Sales,
Service ... Fire Ground Tech does it all for you. The Leader in
Training Firefighter Personal Bail Out Systems
Saved by Petzl EXO / Gemtor Harness
New York - Nearly
three years after two New York City firefighters jumped from a
burning building and plunged to their deaths, a 24-year FDNY
veteran yesterday became the first to use a widely hailed safety
device to escape from a Brooklyn house fire that almost engulfed
50, of Brooklyn, rappelled away from searing flames that had
trapped him near a fourth-floor window of an apartment building
on Willoughby Avenue, fire officials said.
The fire was
reported at 3:41 a.m. Pollard drove the second unit to arrive at
the scene, Ladder Company 102 from Bedford Avenue.
Technologies was organized in 1997 to fulfill the needs of
modern day Fire Departments. Our goals and objectives are to
teach and relay information to firefighters throughout the
country to help improve firefighter safety, fire ground
operations, and a wide variety of other aspects of learning such
as, preplanning structures, municipal analysis / assessments for
fire protection, through seminars and hands on training
exercises. Fire Ground Technologies provides their clients with
the most comprehensive and informative classes and exercises
PRESS RELEASE - Preparing Yourself for the Petzl EXO Personal
and the Gemtor Harness By LARRY COHEN, LIEUTENANT FDNY
With the much
anticipated, soon to be released, Petzl EXO Personal Safety
System, (PSS) fire departments and firefighters should
understand that there are certain bunker gear concerns, harness
requirements and training issues that need to be addressed in
order for the system to be properly attached and deployed
correctly. FDNY and Petzl have designed this particular system
to be worn on the outside of the firefighter’s protective pants,
and under the turnout coat. The reason for this location is so
it can be easily accessed and rapidly deployed, while at the
same time protected from a fire environment by the protective
coat. Thousands of hours have gone into the engineering and
practical application of this device so that firefighters can
safely exit a hostile environment in a burning structure.