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New Video: Changing the 4 point Chinstrap on your Pacific F15

New Video: Changing the 4-point Chinstrap on an F15

During fires, your helmet may become soiled with chemical, biological and particulate hazards.This may affect the performance, longevity and comfort of your helmet.

The 4-point Chinstrap on an F15 can be removed for laundering and replacement in under 10 minutes.

In this video we’re going to take you through the process of removing and replacing the 4-point Chinstrap on an F15.

Need more information? Read more about the Pacific F15 Structural Firefighting Helmet.

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Changes to the Underwater Kinetics Torch Holder Clip

Changes to the Underwater Kinetics Torch Holder Clip

In November 2019 the 3AA CPO Underwater Kinetics eLED Torch (UKT10034+) underwent design changes required to gain certification under the revised standard UL913 Edition 8.

These changes resulted in an increase in torch body width of approximately 1mm. This change in size has resulted in the B2066114 Underwater Kinetics torch clip having a firmer fit.

What does this mean for Pac Fire & our customers?
The current clip, B2066114, requires more force to fit to 3AA CPO Underwater Kinetics eLED Torches (UKT10034+) with a manufacturing date after November 2019.

To overcome this issue the torch holder has been adjusted to suit. The updated design, B2066146, will have a slightly larger cavity to accommodate the change in body size of the 3AA CPO Underwater Kinetics eLED Torch. B2066146 will be available in the coming weeks and eventually replace the current model.

The updated B2066146 will continue to fit the other torches in the Underwater Kinetics range (Red Herculite eLED Torch UKT514609-7A+ & 4AA eLED Torch UKT14506).

What products are affected?
B2066114 Underwater Kinetics Torch Holder Clip

>> Technical Bulletin – Changes to the Underwater Kinetics Torch Holder Clip

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New Video: Changing the lighting plinth and replacing the batteries on an F15

New Video: Changing the lighting plinth and replacing the batteries on an F15

The F15 offers a range of lighting options to meet your needs including the Front Plinth eLED torch.

The front plinth torch incorporates Compound Path Optics which improves visibility and torch efficiency.

In this video we’ll walk you through the process of removing the front lighting plinth, replacing the batteries and rotating through the different lighting options available.

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New Video: Changing the wearing height of your Pacific F15

New Video: Changing the wearing height of a Pacific F15 Structural Firefighting Helmet

Your safety depends upon the correct fit of your helmet and proper use of all features and components.

You can adjust the headband on the F15 to allow the helmet to sit higher or lower on your head.

There are three adjustment points: Low, Regular & High.

Follow along with us as we change the wearing height on a Pacific F15 Structural Firefighting Helmet to help achieve the perfect fit.

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Changes to the Underwater Kinetics 3AA CPO Torch

Changes to the Underwater Kinetics 3AA CPO Torch

In keeping with the updates to the standard for intrinsic safety and advancements in LED technology the Underwater Kinetics 3AA CPO torches have undergone an update.

The update includes:
1. A switch of test laboratories from Intertek (ETL) to Underwriters Laboratories (UL) for testing and issuance of the test certificate. Both ETL and UL are international notified bodies and are highly regarded for their ability to test to the UL913 standard for intrinsic safety.

2. A change in standards occurred which required an update in the certification of the 3AA CPO light. The original certificate was issued under UL913 edition 5. This had to be updated to UL913 edition 8, as the edition 5 certificate was being phased out.

3. Several design changes were required to comply with UL913 edition 8, as well as the new release of the ATEX standards in Europe.
i. The plastic enclosure was required to be “static dissipative” so that the light could not accumulate a static charge and cause a spark in a hazardous location.
ii. The LED was updated to latest level of efficiency so that a brightness increase could be achieved without a noticeable increase in power consumption.
iii. The standard required that all electrically conductive elements be separated by 0.5 mm of insulation. The battery cans are made of electrically conductive steel and covered with a layer of plastic for insulation. As the thickness of the plastic insulation did not add up to 0.5 mm, the two battery cells are now encased in a plastic insulative tube.
iv. In order to maintain the outer dimensions of the body of the flashlight the metal liner of the case has been removed in order to make room for the plastic tube.

4. The text of the certification on the torch body is slightly revised:
The original ETL text read:
UK 3AA ELED CPO-AT UNDERWATER KINETICS, POWAY, CA USA
CL I,II, III DIV 1 GROUP A-G, T4 Exia CONFORMS TO UL STD 783, UL STD 913, & CERTIFIED TO CSA STD C22.2 No. 157.
WARNING: RISK OF IGNITION –DO NOT OPEN IN HAZARDOUS LOCATIONS. CHECK INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE USE. DO NOT MIX BATTERIES OF DIFFERENT MAKE OR OLD AND NEW. USE ONLY 3 AA 1.5V ENERGIZER E91, DURACELL MN1500, OR RAYOVAC 815 BATTERIES

The new UL text reads:
UNDERWATER KINETICS, POWAY, CA USA
INTRINSICALLY SAFE (SECURITE INTRINSEQUE)
Ex ia CL I, DIV 1 GP A-D T4, CL II, DIV 1 GP E- G CL III, DIV 1, -20 < Ta < +40°C
WARNING: RISK OF IGNITION – DO NOT OPEN IN HAZARDOUS LOCATIONS. CHECK INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE USE. DO NOT MIX BATTERIES OF DIFFERENT MAKE OR OLD AND NEW. USE ONLY (UTILISER SEULEMENT) 3 AA 1.5V ENERGIZER E91, DURACELL MN1500, RAYOVAC HIGH ENERGY

What does this mean for Pac Fire & our customers?
Both are both Class I, II, III Division 1 groups A-G, meaning that there is no change to the environments that the torches are certified to operate safely in and the UL torch is marginally lighter than the ETL torch.

3AA Torches manufactured after NOVEMBER 2019 have had a few notable design changes. A plastic enclosure for two of the batteries has been added and the metal liner of the torch body has been removed. Please refer to Figure 1 (Original Design) and Figure 2 (Updated Design) below.

Underwater Kinetics 3AA CPO Torch - OLD DESIGN

What products are affected?
Underwater Kinetics 3AA CPO Torch – UKT10034+

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New Video: Changing the Internal Eye Protector on a R6 Helmet

New Video: Changing the Internal Eye Protector in an R6 Series Helmet

Contemporary design meets function – the R6 series helmets are the definition of ‘multi-purpose’. Made for complex rescue situations, helmets in the R6 range sport a modern and compact design that focuses on user comfort and protection.

Follow along with us as we change the internal eye protector on an R6V Dominator Rescue Helmet:

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Reflective trim on Hades & Poseidon firefighting footwear

Changes to the trim on YDS footwear

YDS, the manufacturer of our range of firefighting footwear has made a change to the colour of the reflective material used on their structural firefighting boots.

The yellow reflective material in the Hades and Poseidon footwear will be replaced by silver reflective material.

What does this mean for Pac Fire & our customers?
New stocks of Hades and Poseidon footwear will be supplied with silver reflective trim. Sizes will rollover to the new trim at a different rate – during the rollover period you may find Hades and Poseidon footwear supplied with a combination of different trim colours.

YDS have advised that this modification effects the colour only and there is no material or specification change creating any impact on compliance to the standard AS/NZS4821: 2014.

Changes to YDS footwear reflective trim

What products are affected?
Hades Firefighting Boots
Poseidon Firefighting Boots

>>Technical Bulletin – Reflective trim on Hades & Poseidon firefighting footwear

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New Video: Changing the Comfort Liner and Neck Protector on a Pacific F15

During fires, your helmet may become soiled with chemical, biological and particulate hazards. This may affect the performance, longevity and comfort of your helmet.

You are also putting your health at risk if the Comfort Liner and Neck Protector is not cleaned regularly.

The Headband & Neck Protector on an F15 Structural Firefighting helmet can be removed and replaced in under 10 minutes.

Follow along with us as change the comfort liner and neck protector on the Pacific F15:

Need more information? Read more about the Pacific F15 structural firefighting helmet.

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Dyed-in Helmet Shells & Pacific F3D MkII

Technical Bulletin - Dyed-In Helmet Colour & the F3D MkII

As part of on-going work to improve manufacturing processes, delivery lead times and reduce waste, Pacific Helmets occasionally makes modifications to products.

Certain models of helmets have in the past, been available with dyed-in shell colours. This process means that not only is the helmet painted in the desired colour, but that the colour is impregnated all the way through the composite patrix of the helmet and is visible on the inside as well.

What does this mean for Pac Fire & our customers?
All helmet models will only be available with the standard neutral coloured resin.

The neutral shell will only be visible on the inside / underside of the helmet. The outside remains unchanged with Pacific Helmets high quality, UV stabilised paint to ensure a durable and UV resistant helmet.

Technical Bulletin - Dyed-in Helmet Shells & the F3d MkII

What products are affected?
Pacific Structural Firefighting Helmet – F3D MkII

>>Technical Bulletin – Dyed-In Helmet Shells & the F3D MkII

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Photolume – a low light solution from Pacific Helmets

Photolume - a specialty Paint Finish by Pacific Helmets

Photolume - a specialty Paint Finish by Pacific HelmetsPacific Helmets can customise their helmets shell in over 24 different colours – including some specialty paint finishes. One of those speciality finishes is Photolume. Photolume is a light pastel green finish in the light – when working in a dark environment however, it’s a totally different story.

Photoluminescence is effectively “glow-in-the-dark”. The Photolume effect Pacific Helmets with this paint finish comes from light emitting strontium aluminate based pigments mixed in the paint sprayed on the helmets shell.

It works by way of photoexcitation, a process whereby electromagnetic radiation in the form of photons is absorbed by the pigments and electrons are excited to a higher level of energy in the atoms to the point of emitting light. They can be excited by white light or UV radiation between the wavelength of 200 – 450 nm.

The photoluminescent pigments are harmless, not radioactive nor toxic. They do not store excitation energy and therefore wane in light intensity overtime as the energy dissipates, hence they need to be “recharged” which can take place an infinite number of times. The longer is the photoluminescent pigments are excited by a light source the longer the item will glow, with an afterglow time of generally between 6 to 12 hours long with gradual diminishing brightness.

The benefit of a photoluminescent helmet is it doesn’t require an external power source to emit light in the dark. It glows naturally in low light environments as long as it has been under a bright light to “recharge”. Although it’s light intensity is not as high as a torch, it helps in providing conspicuity in a pitch dark environment where no other light sources are not available.

The helmet pictured with Photolume paint is an R6 Dominator (R6V) rescue helmet. Photolume can be applied to most Pacific Helmets model helmets – a surcharge applies to this specialty finish.

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