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Home Bettendorf Firefighters, both union and volunteers, are wearing pink uniform T's this month in support of cancer awareness. Firefighters Matt Lawson and Tom Payne are also leading an effort to sell the T-shirts to raise money for cancer charities. So far, hundreds of T's have been sold and ordered. New Residential Fire Study Shows Effects of Crew Size on Fire Fighting Operations April 28, 2010 A landmark study released by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) shows that the size of fire fighting crews has a substantial effect on the fire service's ability to protect lives and property in residential fires. Click here to read the news release.
Conducted by a broad coalition in the scientific, fire fighting and public safety communities, the study results found that four-person fire fighting crews were able to complete 22 essential fire fighting and rescue tasks in a typical residential structure 30 percent faster than two-person crews and 25 percent faster than three-person crews.
The report is the first to quantify the effects of crew sizes and arrival times on the fire service's lifesaving and fire fighting operations.