New-era for Shannon Airport Police and Fire Service

first_img Previous articleLimerick Post Show | Limerick is Going for GoldNext articleHudson Taylor confirm Live at Big Top Limerick gig Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Pictured during Branch Handling training are recruits Hilary Cleary, Hospital Co Limerick and Dara Flaherty, Longford Town.Pic Arthur Ellis.Shannon Airport, a Shannon Group company, has become the first airport in Ireland to take delivery of two new state-of-the-art High Reach Extendable Turret (HRET) fire tenders.Shannon has also recruited new firefighters after an exhaustive selection process saw applicants being whittled down from 500 to ten.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The recruits, who began their training on June 24th, will undergo an intensive 12-week training programme which will equip them to begin work in the combined role of airport police and fire personnel.  The recruits are aged between 22 to late 30s and come from a range of backgrounds.Pat O’Brien, Chief Officer Fire & Rescue, Airport Police Fire Service, Shannon Airport said: “It is a new era for the Airport Police and Fire Service in Shannon and we are looking forward to the recruits entering the service. Their training programme is intensive and has benefitted hugely from significant investment in the very latest technology and training aids. Over 500 people applied for just ten positions, which is a testament to the calibre of the team we have assembled.“Our recruits come from all walks of life, including a painter, a panel beater, strength and conditioning coach and paramedic. Some of them travel from Galway, Longford, Limerick, and Clare. Through the selection process, they have proved themselves to be capable of working well in challenging environments, and with people who may be in distress.Commenting on the importance of the investment in new equipment Pat O’Brien, said: “It was of paramount importance to the management team at Shannon Airport to ensure the safety of passengers and staff, and the new fire tenders have additional safety benefits for both airport fire service staff and passengers.Pat explained: “Conventional fire tenders require that firefighters be put into the risk area to fight aviation fires. However, the new HRET appliance reduces this requirement as fires can be extinguished remotely by operating the HRET from the vehicle cab, allowing the application of water, foam and dry chemical directly to the seat of the fire.“The new fire tenders use cutting edge technology and will be equipped with a thermal imaging camera mounted on the HRET to allow firefighters identify the hottest part of the aircraft, key vital knowledge that is needed to suppress and extinguish aviation fires as quickly and efficiently as possible.Expanding on the benefits of the equipment, Mr. O’Brien said: “Also for aviation firefighting, at the end of the HRET there is a piercing nozzle. If you have an internal fire in a cargo hold of an aircraft, rather than commit a team into the risk area, with your thermal imaging camera, you can identify where the heat source is, and you can penetrate the part of the hold where the fire is with the piercing tool.“It literally can pierce through the aluminium of the aircraft. Then you can apply water or foam internally on the fire. It acts like a sprinkler, cooling and suppressing fire. Even if you have to commit a crew to the fire following this, you have already reduced the risk to them by cooling the fire.“Our facilities have advanced to such a high degree we now have outside fire crews coming to train in Shannon and we hope this is an area we can expand on in the future.” Advertisement TAGSClareLimerick City and CountyNewsShannonShannon airport WhatsApp Linkedin Twitter Facebook Shannon Airport “has been abandoned” NewsTransportNew-era for Shannon Airport Police and Fire ServiceBy Staff Reporter – July 24, 2019 353 center_img Sad day for Limerick and Mid-West following Aer Lingus announcement – Mayor Michael Collins Email Shannon Group Focused on Recovery and Rebuilding Urgent action needed to ensure Regional Air Connectivity RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR One of the world’s most unusual aircraft arrives at Shannon Airport Aer Lingus needs to clarify Shannon plans – Crowe Printlast_img read more

Editorial: Trump bailout turns free market upside down

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Houston Chronicle:Americans of a certain age likely remember Tennessee Ernie Ford, a TV entertainer whose musical rendition of a coal miner’s lament, “Sixteen Tons,” sold millions of records in the mid-1950s. Written a decade earlier by a former Kentucky coal miner, “Sixteen Tons” opened with the evocative question: “You load sixteen tons, what do you get?” In his sonorous baritone voice, Ford offered up a doleful reply. What you get when you load sixteen tons of number nine coal, he sang, is “another day older and deeper in debt.”More than a half century later, Texas Rick Perry, the nation’s energy secretary, knows whereof Tennessee Ernie sang. Although Perry can’t admit it, he knows that coal-mining is a dying industry and, despite its proud tradition, a dangerous, dead end occupation for fewer and fewer American workers. Texas Rick knows that, and yet, “bless his little, ol’ pea-pickin’ heart” — as Tennessee Ernie would have exclaimed — he’s now having to warble his own coal-mining ditty.Perry has been ordered by President Trump to prepare immediate steps to keep money-losing coal and nuclear plants from shutting down. One plan under consideration is to require operators of the nation’s electricity grid to buy power or reserve generation capacity from plants scheduled to be retired. Phillip Bump of the Washington Post has compared the Trump/Perry plan to “having a failing grocery store in your neighborhood and the government mandating that everyone do enough of their shopping there to keep the place from shutting down.”Never mind that we consumers will be paying more for our “groceries” under the Trump directive. Never mind that coal is losing out in a power market dominated by cheap natural gas and increasingly efficient forms of renewable energy. What’s important is an ongoing effort by the White House to fulfill an implausible Trump campaign promise to bail out the coal and nuclear industries and to reward the operators who are his cronies. Perry, if he wants to keep his job, can only salute his boss—and betray his oft-proclaimed faith in the free market.Texans can appreciate the irony. This is the erstwhile governor who was so “fed up,” he even wrote a book, an impassioned screed decrying federal government intervention. Gov. Perry would have sneered at the blatant government intervention in the free market that Secretary Perry insists is necessary, and he would have scoffed at the “national security” rationale offered up by the White House.Now, of course, Perry—and we—are at the mercy of a president so ill-informed about the environment that he would reverse the progress we’ve made with natural gas and renewables. If Trump’s unprecedented effort to intervene in the energy market goes forward, whether through mandates or subsidies, then both natural gas and Texas suffers, and so does the rest of the country.More: Perry vs. Texas: Coal bailout will sell out wind and natural gas [Editorial] Editorial: Trump bailout turns free market upside downlast_img read more

Peace Passage Skating Club host annual ice show

first_imgPublicist Jessalyn Aitken says this year was “a fantastic turnout” as the local skaters dressed in Who-like costumes in the spirit of The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. “The props and decorations were stunning,” writes Aitken. “Kelly Basisty joined the club as a guest skater which provided many thrills for the audience – even including a light show with one of his programs.”Basisty is a Fort St. John local who has been skating since he was 8-years-old and currently competes on a national level.- Advertisement -This year’s ice show marked the last for two skaters gearing up for high school graduation – Halla Aitken and Amy Utz.“Both of the girls performed beautifully in spite of the emotion of this fact.”The club thanking is thanking their many sponsors and the attendees who came out to support the show.Advertisementlast_img read more