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Here is what the International Fire Service needs to know about the NFPA1982 Firefighter PASS Alarm Standard

This provides a contrast and comparison of firefighter PASS/DSU certification standards. The NFPA, IEC-IEX, and ATEX standards are all relevant standards relating to PASS/DSU devices. This information is provided to help the you decide what standard provides the best protection for PASS/DSU users.

  • IEC-IEX is the International Electrotechnical Commission
  • ATEX is European Communities EU Directive.
  • NFPA is the National Fire Protection Association

IEC - developed the IP67 code as a dust tight and liquid immersion general product design standard for any product used in any application in rugged environments. This is not a firefighter specific standard.

ATEX - developed a general product design directive/standard to define its electrical product codes as it pertains to Intrinsic Safety in hazardous environments. This is not a firefighter specific standard.

NFPAdeveloped by NFPA and firefighters. The NFPA1982-2018 Edition Standard for PASS/DSU is a product design standard for firefighting PASS/DSU. It is critical to understand that as well as being a product design standard, NFPA1982 is also an operational standard that defines how the product is used by the firefighter. Also, NFPA1982 is a product performance standard that defines how well the PASS/DSU is required to perform within a firefighting environment. This is a firefighter specific standard.

Table 1 below illustrates the purpose of each standard and its use.

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Loud Audible Alarm alerts to Firefighter Mayday
F 5 NFPA Compliant Stand-Alone Audio DSU for Firefighter Accountability

STAND-ALONE
AUDIO DSU

Loud Audible Alarm alerts to Firefighter MaydayWireless Emergency Signaling for Automated Firefighter EVAC, Evacuation, PAR, and  Mayday
F 5X NFPA Compliant Field Upgradeable Cross-Over  Audio DSU to RF DSU for Firefighter  Accountability

FIELD UPGRADEABLE
CROSS-OVER
AUDIO DSU TO RF DSU

Loud Audible Alarm alerts to Firefighter MaydayWireless Emergency Signaling for Automated Firefighter EVAC, Evacuation, PAR, and  Mayday
FX 5 NFPA Compliant Stand-Alone Audio DSU and RF DSU for Firefighter Accountability, Automated PAR, EVAC, Evacuation, and Mayday

STAND-ALONE
AUDIO DSU - RF DSU

Loud Audible Alarm alerts to Firefighter MaydayWireless Emergency Signaling for Automated Firefighter EVAC, Evacuation, PAR, and  Mayday
F 5 NFPA Compliant Stand-Alone Audio DSU for Firefighter Accountability

Simple Accountability

Loud Audible Alarm alerts to Firefighter MaydayWireless Emergency Signaling for Automated Firefighter EVAC, Evacuation, PAR, and  Mayday
F 5X NFPA Compliant Field Upgradeable Cross-Over  Audio DSU to RF DSU for Firefighter  Accountability

In-Command

First-IN-FX

Loud Audible Alarm alerts to Firefighter MaydayWireless Emergency Signaling for Automated Firefighter EVAC, Evacuation, PAR, and  Mayday
FX 5 NFPA Compliant Stand-Alone Audio DSU and RF DSU for Firefighter Accountability, Automated PAR, EVAC, Evacuation, and Mayday

In-Command

Full-Crew-FX

Stand-alone FX versus Wireless TFX Alarm Monitoring

NFPA Compliant Audible DSU Alarms and NFPA Compliant Wireless Emergency Signaling  Telemetry Alarms for Firefighter Mayday

  • All models of the new “5” series- FX 5, FX 5X and TFX5 are referred to as Standalone because they do not require an SCBA.
  • All models of the new “5” series- FX 5, FX and TFX5 feature a VERY LOUD sound signature.
  • FX 5X is our cross-over model featuring the VERY LOUD sound signature and, with a user field upgrade, will turn the 5X into a TFX5 with all of the features of the Emergency Wireless Signaling and Alarm Monitoring.
  • TFX 5X features the VERY LOUD sound signature along with all of the features of the FX
  • We have two Emergency Wireless Signaling and Alarm Monitoring Systems for you to use with your upgraded FX 5X and TFX 5:
  • In-Command® First-In-FX Accountability System with, or without, In-Command® Tablet - An Android Lite version of In-Command®
  • In-Command® Full-Crew-FX Accountability System for Microsoft Win7
  • Both of these systems can be used together; your First- In crew arrives on scene with the In-Command® First-In-FX Accountability System for the working operational Incident Commander which can then migrate to the In-Command® Full-Crew-FX Accountability System once a dedicated Incident Commander is established.
Loud Audible Alarm alerts to Firefighter Mayday
F 5 NFPA Compliant Stand-Alone Audio DSU for Firefighter Accountability

FX 5 FEATURES:

  • New, Rugged, Stand-Alone “DSU” Personal Alert Safety System
  • Auto-On Activation
  • Motion Sensing
  • Loud Attention Getting Audio Tones
  • Highly visible green LED indicators
  • WE KNOW YOU MAY HAVE AN INTEGRATED DSU
    BUT WHEN EVERYTHING ELSE FAILS
    YOU CAN RELY ON FX 5 STANDALONE DSU

     

Loud Audible Alarm alerts to Firefighter MaydayWireless Emergency Signaling for Automated Firefighter EVAC, Evacuation, PAR, and  Mayday
F 5X NFPA Compliant Field Upgradeable Cross-Over  Audio DSU to RF DSU for Firefighter  Accountability

FX 5X FEATURES:

  • Upgradeable Crossover to TFX 5
  • Purchase and Use Like a FX 5
  • Field Upgradeable at Any Time to the Wireless Signaling Features of a TFX 5
  • Migration Path for Budget Conscience Departments
  • New, Rugged, Stand-Alone “DSU” Personal Alert Safety System
  • Auto-On Activation
Loud Audible Alarm alerts to Firefighter MaydayWireless Emergency Signaling for Automated Firefighter EVAC, Evacuation, PAR, and  Mayday
FX 5 NFPA Compliant Stand-Alone Audio DSU and RF DSU for Firefighter Accountability, Automated PAR, EVAC, Evacuation, and Mayday

TFX 5 FEATURES:

  • In-Range, Telemetry Signal Integrity LED Indicator
  • MAYDAY Signaling: Immediate Notification of MAYDAY to IN-COMMAND®
  • Emergency Firefighter Evacuation
  • MAYDAY Signaling
  • Certification: Intrinsically Safe to UL913
  • High Performance
  • Firefighter Acknowledgment: By Pressing Both Side Buttons, A Manual Acknowledgment is Transmitted
    Confirming Receipt of Evacuation Command or PAR and ROLL-CALL Signals
  • All Fire ground activities logged on IN-COMMAND® software Verifying Each Firefighter has Received PAR and EVAC

New for 2019

Grace In-Command Full View GPS™ FX and TFX® 5GPS

NFPA AUTOMATED EMERGENCY SIGNALING AND
FIREFIGHTER ACCOUNTABILITY SYSTEM WITH OUTDOOR GPS

Features:

  • 2018 NFPA Compliant Emergency Signaling Automated Accountability System with GPS Location
  • Real-time Safety Monitoring with RF MAYDAY, PAR, EVAC
  • Map display of outdoor GPS location of Firefighters and SAR
  • Use with online mapping services such as ESRI and Bing
  • Create cached 'stored' maps of your geographic region
  • Display mapped location while offline, no internet connection needed
  • Import custom SHP and KML layers from your GIS map sources
  • Affix TFX® Micro Repeater to your existing drone or UAV to expand signal coverage

Note: Images and Videos In This Section reference the North American TPASS products. The features and functionality of a TPASS and FX unit are identical, but the FX unit uses special radio frequencies for international use, and is differntiated from the TPASS model in Name and product color.

A Problem exists in Wildland Firefighting. Unlike structural Firefighters, Wildland Firefighters and Search and Rescue Teams face dangers without an SCBA or integrated PASS alarm. The Firefighting industry has demanded a stand-alone accountability solution to pinpoint the outdoor location of a Firefighter in a Wildfire. In-Command Full View GPS™ FX and TFX® 5GPS meet this demand and solve this problem by providing seamless Automated Accountability.

Grace In-Command Full View GPS™ FX can be used with an internet connected mapping service such as ESRI or Bing Mapping. A user can download and create cached maps making it possible to run the system even without an internet connection. Users can also import custom SHP or KML map layers from other GIS sources.

The TFX® Micro Repeater can be attached to a user supplied drone, UAV, or air support to expand signal range by several miles. For smaller areas of operation, the TFX® Micro Repeater can be hung from the user's mobile command tower to increase the coverage footprint.

Eliminate Radio Voice Chaos. In-Command Full View GPS™ FX is an NFPA Compliant Emergency Signaling and Automated Firefighter Accountability system. An Incident Commander can receive Wireless Electronic MAYDAY signals from the Firefighter's TFX® 5GPS. The Incident Commander can also send Electronic PAR Checks and see in real-time when a signal is received and acknowledged by the Firefighter. In the event of an emergency, the Incident Commander can also send an Electronic EVAC signal to one or more firefighters. The Incident Commander can once again see in real-time when the EVAC signal is received and acknowledged by the Firefighter.

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A Fast, Easy, 3 Step Accountability Solution

In-Command First-In-FX Accountability System. When Everything and Time Matters, This is Your 3 Step, 45 Second Firefighter Accountability System

Step 1: Place the Incident Alarm Monitor on the Fireground

Step 2: Turn the Key to Power-Up the System.

Step 3: The System is Active in 45 Seconds.

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Make your system NFPA Complaint for RF DSU Accountability by adding the First-In-FX Tablet for Android Tablet to First-In-FX System.

Automated Accountability makes In-Command® First-In-FX Tablet NFPA RF DSU compliant.

In-Command First-In-FX Accountability Tablet Application for Android Tablets

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Features:

  • Wifi Connect to 45 Second Accountability Kit
  • TFX Alarm Monitoring
  • Automated Accountability
  • PAR Check
  • Roll-Call
  • Evacuation Capability - Cuts Down on Radio Voice Traffic
  • TFX Temperature Alarm
  • TFX Low Battery Notification
  • Online Timer - Rehab
  • TFX Loss of Signal Indicator
  • Incident Logging
  • Android Audio and Visual Alarms
  • Simple to Set-Up and Simple to Use
  • Customer Supplied Android Tablet

When the Full Crew Arrives - In-Command® Full-Crew-FX is Ready for Action

Features:

  • Cuts Down Radio Voice Traffic
  • Automated Personnel Accountability
  • Emergency Distress Alarm Monitoring
  • Evacuation Capability
  • Large Red Flashing Alarm Banner for Personnel in Distress
  • Prioritized Status - Color Coded Grouping of Special Teams
  • Interoperability with Other Departments and Agencies During Mutual Aid Incidents
  • System Monitors over 3,100 Users
  • Display of Manual and No-Motion Distress Alarms, Battery Level, and Rehab Status
  • Complete List of All Active Personnel on Scene
  • Automated PAR and Roll-Call Capabilities
  • Automatic Data-Logging for Post-Incident Analysis
  • Touch Screen Capable
  • Customer Supplied Computer
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Model 950-ASH

950-ASH Arson Investigation Aid

Investigator's Aid For Detection of Hydrocarbons, Accelerants, Petroleum Volatiles, and Various Gases

The Model 950-ASH Investigator’s Aid is a ruggedly constructed gas detection and field survey tool. This unit will detect the presence of hydrocarbons that may be present at the fire scene and is equally effective as a general purpose gas detector

Features

  • Better evidence collection
  • Ruggedly constructed electronic hydrocarbon detection & field survey tool
  • Detects the presence of trace levels of hydrocarbon accelerants and combustible gases
  • Telescoping probe for hard to reach places
  • UV LEDs for visible fluorescence





Lite Trackers®

Features:

  • A bright flashing visual indicator that allows instant recognition of personnel.
  • Utilizes a proprietary light multiplying principle that offers high visibility from all directions a ta distance of up to one mile.
  • Small, lightweight, Easily attaches to clothing.
  • Made of tough industrial grade plastic.
  • This durable material possesses excellent strength and optical qualities.
  • Water resistant and will provide many years of carefree service.
  • Made in USA

Lite Tracker®



Flare Lites





Features:

  • Flameless LED Flares for Emergency Landing Zone Lighting, Road Side Flare, Traffic Control, or Railroad Safety Lighting.
  • Available in many colors which are capable of glow, flash, or strobe actions.
  • Also doubles as a very bright white flashlight.

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Emergency Landing Zone Kit

Features:

  • Designed for medvac and nightflight operations when extra lighting may be necessary on scene at emergency landing zones.
  • This kit includes:
  • 4 red Flare Lites
  • 1 blue Flare Lite
  • 2 Glow Baton 100HDs
  • 7 heavy duty, stand-up base attachments
  • All batteries are included.
  • The kit is packaged in a rugged bright and highly visible neon white tote for easy storage and transport.

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FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions



Stand-alone FX

versus Wireless TFX

Alarm Monitoring



NFPA Compliant Audible DSU Alarms and NFPA Compliant Wireless Emergency Signaling  Telemetry Alarms for Firefighter Mayday

  • All models of the new “5” series- FX 5, FX 5X and TFX5 are referred to as Standalone because they do not require an SCBA.
  • All models of the new “5” series- FX 5, FX and TFX5 feature a VERY LOUD sound signature.
  • FX 5X is our cross-over model featuring the VERY LOUD sound signature and, with a user field upgrade, will turn the 5X into a TFX5 with all of the features of the Emergency Wireless Signaling and Alarm Monitoring.
  • TFX 5X features the VERY LOUD sound signature along with all of the features of the FX
  • We have two Emergency Wireless Signaling and Alarm Monitoring Systems for you to use with your upgraded FX 5X and TFX 5:
  • 45 Second First-In-FX Accountability Kits with, or without, In-Command® Tablet - An Android Lite version of In-Command®
  • In-Command® Full-Crew-FX Accountability System for Microsoft Win7
  • Both of these systems can be used together, your First- In crew arrives on scene with the 45 Second Accountability Kit with working operational Incident Command which can then migrate to the In-Command® Full-Crew-FX Accountability System once a dedicated Incident Command is established.

About Us

GRACE INDUSTRIES

Made In the USA


Made in USA Grace Industries manufactures Firefighter safety and accountability equipment in Fredonia, PA, USA.

We are the leading manufacturer of Fire Fighter Personal Alert Safety Systems (DSU) devices in the world. We feel that when someone's life depends upon our products, we should be directly involved in all steps of the process from design to engineering to assembly of NFPA compliant devices. We take pride in supporting our country and economy by creating jobs and offering superior quality products which are hand tested here in our ISO certified manufacturing plant before leaving the door

Rugged Design

Our journey began in 1974, designing one of the first successful Firefighter DSU alarms. No one experiences more dangerous and extreme conditions than the fire fighter. This has allowed us to transition into numerous industrial applications where harsh environments leave other solutions behind.

We Believe in Best Business Practices

We work hard to establish real relationships with real people. We've worked hard to establish our reputation in the industry. To protect that, we must do what is right for our customers. People's lives depend upon the products we sell, and our distributors are carefully evaluated to ensure they understand our products and systems.

Modular Design

We grow with you!  Our products are used by large metro fire “Full Crew” departments, and equally as often by small “First-In” volunteer departments.   Our latest FX 5X can be  purchased as a stand-alone audio DSU alarm, and with a field upgrade becomes an RF DSU use to with one, or both, of our In-Command®  Full Crew or First-In-FX  Emergency Signaling and Accountability Systems.


In-Command® Full-Crew-FX is designed for metro departments who set-up to run every day with Grace.


In-Command® First-In-FX is quick and easy to deploy supporting the smaller departments who roll with a limited number of crew and rely on a working commander.


So no matter how small or large, and no matter your budget, we can customize a solution that will keep you safe and compliant!

 

Values

  • Producing Quality Products

  • Delivering On Time

  • Continually Improving Our Processes, Products, and Services

  • Attaining Excellence Through Innovation