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GS The Fresh to Give Out Upcycled Bags to Support Firefighters

GS The Fresh to Give Out Upcycled Bags to Support Firefighters

SEOUL, Nov. 6 (Korea Bizwire) — GS The Fresh, a hypermarket franchise, and 119Reo, a social startup, announced Thursday that they will hold a collaboration event to give out bags made from old firefighter uniforms. 119Reo is a social startup dedicated to recycling firefighter uniforms to produce bags, backpacks and accessories, and donate a certain [...]

Institute Develops VR-based Fire Extinguishing Training Simulator

Institute Develops VR-based Fire Extinguishing Training Simulator

DAEJEON, Sept. 24 (Korea Bizwire) — The state-run Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) announced on Wednesday that it has developed a virtual reality (VR) fire extinguishing training simulator that allows firefighters to be trained in real-like fire environments. The VR training simulator was developed to enable fire extinguishing training using real fire extinguishing equipment. [...]

Gyeonggi Province Develops Fire Helmet with Hands-free Wireless Communication Technology

Gyeonggi Province Develops Fire Helmet with Hands-free Wireless Communication Technology

SEOUL, May 15 (Korea Bizwire) — The Gyeonggi provincial government said Thursday it has developed a fire helmet mounted with a hands-free wireless transmission device that allows wireless communication directly through a helmet while freely using both hands, and is seeking patents for key technologies. The devices can be connected to firefighters’ walkie-talkies to allow [...]

Worrying Number of Suicides Among S. Korean Firefighters

Worrying Number of Suicides Among S. Korean Firefighters

SEOUL, Jan. 8 (Korea Bizwire) — An increasing number of firefighters are choosing to commit suicide. The National Fire Agency (NFA) reported on Tuesday that as many as 56 firefighters committed suicide between 2015 and 2019, which is twice the number of deaths in the line of duty (23 people). Between 2013 and 2017, 47 [...]

Gangwon Province to Offer Meditation Programs for Firefighters

Gangwon Province to Offer Meditation Programs for Firefighters

CHUNCHEON, Aug. 21 (Korea Bizwire) — Gangwon Province will offer programs of appreciation for firefighters who fought the catastrophic fire on the East Coast in April. Gangwon Agricultural Research and Extension Services (GWARES) will invite 7,000 firefighters across the country who fought the East Coast fire and 140 agricultural experts who helped out at damaged [...]

Taihan Electric Wire Announces New ‘Light Line’ for Underground Fires

Taihan Electric Wire Announces New ‘Light Line’ for Underground Fires

SEOUL, Apr. 19 (Korea Bizwire) — Taihan Electric Wire Co., a South Korean electric wire manufacturer, announced on Thursday that it will launch an “RF Light Line” that secures escape routes for firefighters and provides a stable communication environment. Taihan’s Light Line is a type of light-emitting cable that is mandatory fire-fighting equipment and can [...]

1 in 10 S. Korean Firefighters Have Considered Suicide This Year

1 in 10 S. Korean Firefighters Have Considered Suicide This Year

SEOUL, Oct. 4 (Korea Bizwire) — A new survey has revealed that within the past year, more than 10 percent of South Korean firefighters experienced mental stress levels so severe that they considered suicide as a solution. According to data submitted to Rep. Kwon Eun-hee of the Bareunmirae Party, 4,874 respondents accounting for 10.7 percent [...]