Intrinsically Safe Helmet Headlamp – Nightstick XPP-5462RX

Over the last few years I’ve been looking for a more suitable headlamp for my helmets.  The headlamps sold for hiking or other activities aren’t durable enough nor do they have the safety features I wanted.  I finally found a light that would meet all my needs.

The headlamp I chose is the Dicata Nightstick XPP-5462RX.  The light is designed to be worn on a firefighting helmet or hardhat.  It has a low profile so that it can be used with shield equipped helmets so that it won’t interfere with the shield.  I may want to change the light from my Phenix First Due helmet over to a firefighting helmet with a shield if the situation calls for it and not worry whether I’ll have an issue.

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From product instructions

It is intrinsically safe in various hazardous environments reducing the risk of a spark causing an explosion.  The intrinsically safe rating calls for the use of three Energizer AA batteries E91 or EN91 only.  According to the manual those are the only batteries it has been tested with.  The light also meets NFPA-1971-8.6(2013).  The light is waterproof down to 1 meter.  It also has a drop rating of 2 meters.

The headlamp is held onto the helmet by a heavy duty rubber strap.  The strap has two clips that hold the power cord in place.  It feels like it will last for several years if not damaged during use.  The battery pack and lamp housing are made from glass filled nylon polymer and appear the be very durable.  The company says it comes in two colors green which looks lime-yellow to me and red which looks very much orange on my helmet.

TILT

Lamp in tilted position

The lamp is connected to a stainless steel frame with an adjustable hinge.  The angle of the light can be changed if desired.  I found that setting the light to the most advantageous viewing angle then tightening the bolt/nut down so it won’t move works best for me.  Before I did this whenever I turned on the light it would move back to the original position so that I always had to readjust after changing the settings.

LIGHT ON

Light with spot turned on high power

The light uses Cree L.E.D.’s that are rated to a 50,000+ hour lifespan.  The spot light is on the users right with the flood on the left.  There is a separate control button for each light.  The control button sequence for both lights is first press high power, second push low power and third push light off.  Both lights can be on at the same time in the high or low power setting.

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The spot light in high power is 275 lumens with a run time of 6 hours 45 minutes reaching 120 meters.  Low power is 100 lumens with a run time of 25 hours reaching 75 meters.  The flood light in high power is 250 lumens with a run time of 7 hours.  In low power 100 lumens with a run time of 25 hours.  When the spot and flood lights operate simultaneously they put out 310 lumens with a run time of 6 hours reaching 86 meters.

REAR LIGHT

Rear facing green “follow me” light

The battery pack also has rear facing “follow me” light.  The green L.E.D. light is very bright and easy to see.  The control button on the housing allows the user to turn the light to steady on with the first push.  The second push will make the light flash at regular intervals and the third push will turn the light off.

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Replacement strap

In the future more of these headlamps will be added to the other helmets used for rescue activities.  I also plan on having spare straps on hand if we need them.  After using this light I’m very happy with the performance.  Check out the video if you want to see how the light works.  -13

Rescue Memories- Weirdest call ever, mouse concentration camp and the dead Nazi.

Performing the duties of a humane officer can be rewarding and sometimes plain old weird.  I was called for assistance to remove animals from an apartment by the HPD no other details were available at the time of dispatch.  I thought it might be an eviction or abandonment case, was I wrong about that.  I was to meet with an HPD detective.

Once on scene I made contact with the detective for more details.  He informed me there had been a suicide in the apartment that there were birds, cats, mice and fish to be removed and transported to the humane society.  Before we go to the apartment he said I think you should see this then handed me a spiral notebook page in a ziplock bag.  It was the suicide note explaining why the deceased lady was killing herself with the last sentence stating she was going to be with the Fuhrer, Adolf Hitler.

Dam, I thought, with a note like that this is going to be a good one.  I put on my coveralls and rubber boots.  The detective lead me to the apartment door, he unlocked the door then asked me if I had any issues with dead bodies.  I asked if she was still in there, no he said.  I told him I had been a paramedic dead bodies never bother me no matter what state it is in.  He asked me if I could smell it yet.  Just about that time I did, the unmistakable smell of a dead human.

He lead me into the apartment a few steps explained the scene, told me to look for a firearm and to notify him if one was found.  No problem I told him then proceeded to assess the scene to decide how to handle the situation.  The kitchen was on the left with a counter connecting it to the living room.  To the right was the bathroom and the bedroom with a walk in closet.  One of my first observations was the stream of body fluids that was coming from the closet accumulating in a large mass on the bedroom terrazzo floor.

Also of note was what looked like footprints and slide prints in the mass of body fluids.  I said to the detective it looks like somebody tried to run or almost fell in the fluid mass.  He laughed at what I said then told me that the crew moving the body had fled the closet when a cat had emerged from under part of her body.  It had scared them and they ran.  Said they thought she had come back to life.  That gave me something to laugh about.  The detective said there was no reason for him to be there he would wait in his car.

I had no idea how many animals were in the apartment.  The birds, the mice and fish were already contained so I’d leave them for last.  I wanted to catch the cats since they could escape if a door or window was opened.  I was able to catch 7 cats throughout the apartment.  As I was searching for the cats I noticed all of the Nazi posters, videos, flags and other paraphernalia.  That’s really strange I thought the lady who had killed herself was Hispanic.

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Finally satisfied I’ve captured all the cats I head to the bedroom where the birdcages are hanging in front of a window next to the bed.  As I go to remove the first cage I see two little cards with names on them.  One says, “Hitler, my Fuhrer” the other says “Eva Braun”.  What the hell I said to myself.  As I remove the second cage there are two more cards on there marked “Heinrich Himmler” and “Hermann Goring”.  Now it’s getting weird I’m thinking.  I put the birds in the transport then came back for the mice and fish.

I took a few minutes outside to get some fresh air.  The smell of dead humans doesn’t bother me but it was nice to not be breathing it constantly.  I took the time to think how I’d remove the mice yet keep them from escaping.  After a few minutes I went back inside.  I looked over the multiple mouse cages there then something creepy struck me.

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All of the cages were lined up in two rows with interconnecting tunnels with a single cage at one end.  Fish bowls at the four corners.  It had suddenly dawned on me how this looked like an overhead view of a concentration camp.   Then I though the birds must have been the Nazi leaders, the cats the SS and the mice all of those who had been sent to the concentration camps, Siamese fighting fish the camp overseers or guards.  It rose the hair on my arms to think about.  I quickly gathered up the mice into a single cage then put them and the fish into the transport.

That was all I had to do there.  All the animals were accounted for as far as I could tell it was time to leave.  That was the weirdest animal welfare call I can remember.  A Hispanic Nazi woman who killed herself to be with the Fuhrer.  I would have never believed it had I not been there to see it. -13

Rescue Memories- Crab blocks Kmart exit

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I remembered this as I watched a crab cross the street the other day.  Human rescue isn’t the only rescue service I’ve been involved in.  Several years ago when I was volunteering for my own emergency animal rescue I received a call for a crab blocking the exit door at a local Kmart.  On arrival I could see a large group of people gathered at the exit doors but not trying to leave.  The exit doors were opening and closing continuously as a Florida blue crab moved back and forth in front of them.  As the doors would open or close the crab would keep moving in a straight line.  It was funny to see how it had everyone stopped at the exit as if the crab was going to attack or something.  I was surprised no one snatched it up and made a meal out of it.  I threw my hat over it then caught it in a net and took it to a canal next to the store. -13