Con-Space News

Posted Friday October 16

For those of you that don’t know, my house burned down last month due to my neighbor leaving a battery charger attached to an old junker car overnight and it woke the dragon at 7:00am Friday the 21st of August.  It was a horrific experience for Katy and I to stand helpless and watch as our family’s  treasures, collected over a lifetime, were reduced to ashes in a matter of minutes. 

But as my friends know, I am generally a glass is half full kind of guy, unless I’m in at the bar then the opposite is true. I digress.  As a volunteer fire fighter and someone who has worked closely with rescue teams, fire departments, and fire brigades for almost 20 years,  I have a pretty good understanding of the roles and responsibilities within the fire service  and the jobs each member of a team performs.  I immediately recognized the elements of the incident command structure and got to see my local fire department up close and personal that day …  What I was not ready for was the powerful effect that fire fighters can have on victims.  As an old cynic, I thought there was nothing that could make me feel better, but I witnessed first  hand real compassion, understanding and genuine caring that came from the guys working our fire.  My daughter had a collection of stones from our time living in the UK , she sheepishly asked one of the guys if  they could have a look for the box when they were up in the back of the house doing overhaul.  About 20 minutes later, she got a tap on the shoulder and turned around to see a fire fighter holding her burned up box.  That small act had a massive impact and gave us the lift we needed and something to smile about during our family’s darkest hour.  To my brothers and sisters in the fire service, your strength, dedication and compassion does not go unnoticed.   I think my mom said it best when she said “the strongest steel must come through the fire” to those of you that live in the fire,  thanks! 


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Posted Wednesday September 30

For those of you who didn’t pick up this August’s edition of Popular Science you missed a really great article on TEEX’s Disaster City.  Written by a New York City reporter/novelist, Lisa Taddeo, the writer takes us through a full scale exercise put on by Texas Task Force 1. Taddeo watches as a Searchcam 2000 is inserted into a car dangling in mid-air searching for victims trapped inside. She also sees the Delsar LifeDetector seismic listening device being used to locate trapped victims. All in a days work for our equipment.

According to Brian Smith, public information officer for Texas Task Force 1, this extensive training exercise takes place once a year and involved over 150 people. Disaster city, which is spread out over 52 acres and cost $100 million to construct, hosts training classes not only for Texas Task Force 1, but for other government agencies like the  Military’s WMD-CST (Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Training), Federal Response Agencies – DMAT and ORE. Their instructors are full time responders located all over the United States — these guys eat, breathe and sleep technical search and rescue. 

The facility has 35 full time employs and Texas Task Force 1 has over 520 members. If Disaster City is any indication, Texas is ready for just about any type of disaster — earthquake, cyclones, hurricanes and rail to name a few. 

Technical Search & Rescue Trailer Coming Soon
It’s not everyday our products —the Searchcam 2000 and Delsar Life Detector, are featured in a national magazine (see the Searchcam in use on page 49).  The reality is, our gear is being used in Technical Search and Rescue training exercises on a daily basis.  If you have a training exercise coming up and require additional gear, click here for more details.

TEEX will be holding their next Disaster Technical Search Specialist Class starting October 12 – 16th. 

Posted Thursday August 27

When CON-SPACE started out, our mission was to help people communicate in hazardous environments.  Our Hardline System was originally developed for maintenance techs working inside aircraft fuel cells.  They had no way of communicating with crew chief on the outside other than banging on the walls or yelling through their masks.
Recently we’ve been focused on communications issues that arise during Hazmat/CBRNE incidents.  Our SRVA and CSVA voice amplifiers allow first responders and hospital workers the ability to communicate underneath Level A, B or C PPE. Crowd control, patient/practitioner, security and inter-team communications are just some of the ways our voice amplifiers are being used. 
Part of addressing our customers issues in mass de-con, it became apparent that PAPRS - Powered Air Purifying Respirators, especially hoods, pose a communications issue.  When wearing a PAPR, it’s difficult to communicate with the person next to you let alone over a radio. We set out to design a headset that could be worn comfortably with standard PAPR hoods and helmets/visor types. 
Once we built some prototypes and took them into the field for testing, we realized that with a minor design change the headset could be used with hardhats, helmets, baseball or bump caps.
 The final product?  A good quality, inexpensive headset that does all of the above – we’re calling it “The Hanger Headset”… when you see it you will know why…