Archive for the ‘Sustainment’ Category

BCB Launches FireDragon – Solid Bio-Ethanol Fuel Made From Sugar Beets To Heat Rations

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

Visitors to the world’s leading Defence and Security Trade event, DSEI, (12-15 Sep 2017, ExCel, London) will be able to see for themselves a new fuel made from sugar beet which British soldiers are now using to heat their combat rations and warm their drinks.

163 year old Cardiff-based survival equipment manufacturers, BCB International Ltd, have developed the world’s first solid bio-ethanol fuel called ‘FireDragon’. Following extensive laboratory and field trials, the UK’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) decided to replace traditional hexamine fuel tablets with the novel ‘FireDragon’ fuel which is made in Great Britain.

BCB International’s Managing Director, Andrew Howell, said: “Warm food raises a soldier’s morale, energy and concentration levels. Unfortunately, for far too long soldiers were also unknowingly inhaling toxic fumes each time they used hexamine fuel tablets to cook their food in the field.

“FireDragon is a safer and cleaner alternative. The FireDragon fuel boasts many features. It is made from sustainable natural ingredients, it is non-toxic, burns cleanly, can be ignited even when wet and if necessary can be used as a hand cleanser.”

Many Armies worldwide are still issuing their soldiers with hexamine fuel tablets. But as Andrew Howell explained, the British Army’s decision to make the switch to ‘FireDragon’ has encouraged other Armies to rethink their military rations heating fuel: “There is a growing body of evidence about the health risks associated with hexamine based fire-lighting fuels. This combined with the UK MoD’s decision to use a superior alternative, has led to those in charge of combat feeding programmes in other armies to reconsider hexamine’s suitability as a fuel for the future.

“We are currently in discussions with several armies that are interested in integrating ‘FireDragon’ into their operational ration packs.”

The fuel is supplied with a small lightweight cooker which can be packed with three ‘FireDragon’ fuel blocks.

BCB International will exhibit the ‘FireDragon’ fuel on its stand (N5-200).

Barebones Living Pulaski Axe and Folding Shovel Now Available

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

The Barebones Living Pulaski Axe and Folding Shovel we first saw at Outdor Retailer Winter Market are now available. Both designs are inspired by tools used by woodland firefighters.

Pulaski Axe

With a head which combines an axe head and an adze, it’s made from 1055 high carbon steel withand a 21″ Beech wood handle. Additionally, there is a 1/3” solid steel core through the wood handle which secures the head with a tightening hex bolt and connects it to the steel pommel end. The pommel can be used for pounding. The Pulaski also comes with a leather sheath.

Folding Shovel

Weighing in at just over 3.5 lbs, the shovel offered a 3-position (shovel, trenching, and storage positions), folding Manganese head. The Beech wood handle offers a D-style grip.

ORSM 17 – The Muncher From Full Windsor

Friday, July 28th, 2017

Full Windsor came to OR Summer Market all the way from Leeds in the UK to offer their multifunction tools. This is the Muncher, a titanium spork that includes much more.

• Spork
• Serrated butter knife
• Can opener
• Bottle opener
• Peeler
• Fire starter
• Cord cutter
• Pry-bar
• Box cutter
• Flathead screwdriver

Additionally, the Muncher comes in a Hypalon sheath and is packaged with a Ferro rod for fire starting.

Lifestraw Universal

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

We have some better photos of the Lifestraw Universal which will be making its debut tomorrow, at Outdoor Retailer.


This is the packaging for the water filter, designed to be used with many of the popular water bottles.


The 2-stage filter removes 99.9999% of bacteria and 99.9% of protozoa while also reducing chemicals and bad taste or odors.

Barebones Living – Heritage Canteen

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

Barebones Living was one of the vendors at the 2017 National Scout Jamboree. They exhibited several items including this Heritage Canteen.

This 28 oz canteen features double wall construction to keep the hots, hot snd colds, cold. The cap doubles as a drinking cup but underneath there’s a twist spout so even without the lid, there’s no spillage.

Available very soon from

Qore Performance Announces Enhanced Dealer Program With Launch Partner SOARescue

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

Qore Performance, inventors of the IcePlate hard cell cooling and hydration solution, is proud to announce the release of the Enhanced Dealer Program in partnership with SOARescue who is now the Subject Matter Expert for all Fire/Rescue, EMS and Tactical EMS applications for the IcePlate. In this role, SOARescue will be spearheading the already rapid growth of IcePlate into Fire/Rescue, EMS and Tactical EMS applications where end users are in need of a powerful, portable rehab solution.


The expansion of IcePlate applications beyond military and law enforcement has been a vision of SOARescue for some time. “Environmental injury prevention and mitigation is often overlooked in our community. This has partially been due to inadequate equipment and education on the subject. We are incredibly excited about this partnership with Qore Performance, and the opportunity to close a capability gap” says Andrew Rowley, CEO of SOARescue.


The IcePlate will be able to be utilized in many facets of Fire/Rescue and Tactical EMS operations. “We foresee this being an incredible tool in firefighter rehabilitation after a working fire or prolonged extrication. This tool will be utilized under technical rescue gear keeping rescuers cool or warm regardless of the environmental condition(s). The multifunctional design of this amazing device will also allow for tactical medics and operators alike to remain cool and hydrated on extended operations, enhancing their own safety and performance in the process, without expanding the footprint of their kit,” concluded Rowley.

The key to packing all of this capability into small, deployable spaces is the combination of IcePlates and Pelican Coolers. The IcePlate is geometrically optimized for Pelican Coolers and delivers 30% greater storage density over bottled water. SOARescue will use this unique and groundbreaking IcePlate capability to help Fire Rescue EMS personnel bring more relief in less space – an efficiency that will make a difference on rigs already loaded with kit.


Additionally, SOARescue is the first Authorized Service Center for IcePlate. As an IcePlate ASC, SOARescue will be able to offer current IcePlate customers the ability to retrofit their existing IcePlates with Qore Performance’s cross-compatible Quick Disconnect, which allows users to connect their existing Source Hydration hoses and some CamelBak hoses to their IcePlate.

“We are excited about our partnership with SOARescue. They are the type of visionary, high-quality, high character subject matter experts with whom we love to partner,” says Justin Li, Inventor & Owner of Qore Performance, “we couldn’t ask for a better launch partner for our Enhanced Dealer Program.”

The Enhanced Dealer Program capabilities are available from SOARescue immediately. SOARescue stocks IcePlate in all colors and combinations (White/Clear, Desert Tan and Wolf Grey, with or without the cross-compatible Quick Disconnect). If you are in the Fire Rescue EMS space and are interested in finding out how SOARescue can build an IcePlate program for your department, contact:, visit , or call 1-855-4-SOARESQ and use option 2.

Sneak Peek – Lifestraw Universal

Monday, July 10th, 2017

Lifestraw will soon be releasing the Lifestraw Universal.

It’s an adapter kit that allows you to turn your favorite water bottle into an instant water filter. The kit provides caps compatible with the most popular bottle brands including Nalgene, Camelbak, Hydro Flask, Kleen Kanteen, Under Armour, and even Gatorade.

The 2-stage filter removes 99.9999% of bacteria and 99.9% of protozoa while also reducing chemicals and bad taste or odors.

Yeti – LOADOUT Bucket

Sunday, July 2nd, 2017

Yep, it’s an injection molded 5 gallon bucket from Yeti, made from the same material as their durable coolers. It’s not insulated but what it does have, is a grippy rubber bottom and will support a load of 300 lbs. Accessories include a utility belt, an interior caddy and a watertight lid.

This is the Desert Tan version, but there are other colors will be available as well.

Coming this Fall.