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S. Korea’s First Firefighter Labor Union Set to be Inaugurated

S. Korea’s First Firefighter Labor Union Set to be Inaugurated

SEOUL, April 28 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s first labor union for firefighters is set to be inaugurated in the latter half of this year. On Monday, the Federation of Korean Trade Unions held a press conference in Seoul regarding the establishment of a preparatory committee for the inauguration of the nation’s first firefighter labor [...]

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 [...]