Volume 9, Issue 2,                                March/April 2005

Film in the News
Compiled from News Reports Across the World

Window film is a popular item among consumers, and, as such, stories about it pop up almost every day in newspapers across the world. The Window Film staff has compiled a few on this page that we found interesting. To submit articles that you see in consumer or hometown press, please e-mail a link to the story to boleary@glass.com or mail a copy of the article to Attn: Window Film magazine, P.O. Box 569, Garrisonville, VA 22463.

DALLAS—It’s not on windows but it’s still helping to save lives. The staff of the Old Town Dallas Fire Station No. 2 is using widow film in a new way to train the dive team. By applying window film to their diving masks, they simulate low visibility diving during training, part of the effort of the department to prepare and train the team of 50 divers.

“Before we send a firefighter out to pull up at someone’s house, we work with them in a controlled environment,” Chief Richard Lasky told the Dallas Morning News, which ran an article on the fire station’s new dive-rescue tank and other aspects of diver training. “The same goes for a diver.”

According to the article, members of No. 2’s dive team were training at the city pools or a local lake. However, scheduling at the pool had to be done when the pool wasn’t in use by other organizations and both pools are now undergoing renovations. Training at the lake was subject to change according to the weather and lake conditions, as rough water or low visibility might be occur significantly sooner than new divers were ready. Now, the department has its own dive tank and creates scenarios as needs warrant them.

NEEDHAM, MASS.—SearchSecurity.com, a website for Information Technology security professionals, recently gave some editorial space to Force Field Wireless LLC of Sunnyvale, Calif. The company sells, among other products, a copper-aluminum additive that it says can be added to paint or window film to enhance security within a structure. The drawbacks to the additive and the use thereof, as reported on the website, is that when used with window film and paint it not only blocks radio frequencies (such as WiFi and Radio Frequency Identity tags) but also prevents wireless signals such as those for cell phones and personal data assistants from transmitting, too.

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Security film got some promotion recently at a meeting of the board of directors of the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA), according to a post-meeting article on the JINSA website. Guest speaker Fred Burton, vice president for global security and counter-terrorism at Stratfor, a privately-held intelligence company, informed his JINSA audience that the use of ballistic window film is one of the precautions that can and should be undertaken to protect citizens as part of what he calls “enhanced physical security.” The online article reported that he told the board of directors that flying glass kills the most people in a bomb blast, his reason for an increased use in ballistic window film.                                                                                                  WF

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