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Smudge sticks are tightly bound bundles of dried woody, resinous herbs, that are slowly burned as a way to purify and cleanse the air. While the roots of burning a smudge stick, or smudging, is in North American Native purification rites and ceremony, they can be used by anyone to bring the woody smell of the outdoors inside.

If you have a garden, chances are good that you have enough ingredients to make at least one smudge stick. The traditional and most popular herbs used in smudging ceremonies are white sage (Salvia apiana), Cedar (Thuja), Sweetgrass (Hierochloe odorata), sagebrush (Artemisia californica), and mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris). However, in my travels I have noticed that the smudging sticks available vary by region and there seems to be a lot of opportunity to branch out (so to speak) with other woody, resinous herbs including, but not limited to:

Sticks on fire plant

From Left to Right: white sage; cedar and white sage; cedar, white sage, and lavender; white sage; lavender and white sage; white sage bound with two different threads; cedar, white sage, and a very woody and resinous, heady orange-scented thyme (Thymus vulgaris Orange Balsam ); pine and Orange Balsam thyme. Top: Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia Hidcote ). I used two varieties of lavender here, but I can t recall the name of the other.

On Growing White Sage in a Cold Climate: The other day I harvested a large white sage (Salvia apiana) plant that I have been growing in my garden s sandy, dry bed. This plant is on the cusp of hardy in my area (I am in zone 5-5bish and its hardiness begins at zone 6), but this year I decided to free it from life in a pot to see how it did in the ground. Unlike the specimens I saw growing wild in Northern Mexico, my plant grew gigantic leaves, most likely the result of the wet season we ve had. Still, it has a very strong, medicinal odour typical of the plant. I ve left enough in that soil that should we have a mild winter, it just might live through to the next season.

When Choosing and Harvesting Herbs: Please be careful as some herbs even the culinary types don t lend themselves well to burning and can be toxic or set off dangerous allergic or asthmatic reactions in some people. I have often seen common garden sage (Salvia officinalis) used to make smudges. Years ago I tried to burn some and did not like the smell. I have since read that this is not a safe herb to burn despite its safety in a host of other applications. When in doubt, burn a very small amount outdoors, in order to test the smell and indicate whether you might have a problem with a particular herb. I also have a dangerously strong negative reaction to yarrow, so again, please use caution with this herb.

Harvest herbs on a sunny and dry day. Moist herbs will grow mouldy inside the bundle where there is very little air. Pick herbs on the day you plan to use them; resinous herbs tend to dry very quickly and are nearly impossible to wrap tightly once dry. A final note that when harvesting from the wild please leave enough plant behind that it may live on happily and healthfully. Use a sharp knife or clippers to cut stems and never dig up the root.

Choosing String: Remember that anything you use to bind the bundle will eventually burn so it is advisable to stick with natural materials that will not give off a toxic fume or compete with the smudge smells. I try to use as little string as possible to avoid creating a strong burning string smell. I suggest using thin, organic cotton string when you can. Embroidery floss separated into 4 threads (they typically come as 6 threads) is strong enough. Use a single color of string or experiment by mixing colors. I like using a simple color to bind and a subtle colour that compliments the foliage to make the handle. Red is a common colour for ceremonial usage, which is why you will see many commercially sold bundles bound with it.

How to Bind an Herbal Smudge Stick

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The key to making a successful smudge stick is in binding tightly. I liken it to cigar making in that a tight bundle of leaves burns more slowly. I also find that the plant materials shrink as they dry and a loosely tied bundle is more likely to lose bits and pieces along the way or fall apart completely. With that in mind, grasp plants firmly and give the string a tight yank each time you turn or tie.

  • Step 1. Clip herbs into similarly sized lengths. Don t skimp out thick bundles smoulder slowly and are better looking. Pluck off any diseased or ugly leaves. Arrange the stems into a bundle and tie a tight knot around the stem end to secure. Wrap the string around the stems a few more times and then tie another knot to secure.
  • Step 2. Grasp the bundle with one hand and begin winding the string on an angle up to the tip of the bundle. Try to use as little string as possible and pull tightly as you go. I find that large-leaved herbs don t need much binding, while very thin leaved herbs, especially conifers require more winding to prevent the leaves from falling out. You can leave the foliage loose at the end or fold under to keep everything tight.
  • Step 3. Turn the bundle around and begin winding down back to the start, creating a criss cross pattern overtop the first strings.
  • Step 4. You can choose now to either go back up and down again, retracing the path you took with another layer of string, or you can bind off and complete. I find that the pass tends to create a tighter bundle and is a good way to pull in and secure any pieces that got away the first time around. Wind plenty of string around the base of the bundle to create a handle. You can use as much string as you want here since this part will not burn. Tie off and clip any loose strings to create a neat and finished look.
  • Step 5. Set the bundles aside somewhere dry and dark where there is good air circulation. You can hang them using thin wires or Holiday tree ornament hooks wedged underneath the handles. You can also lay them out flat to dry, but here I suggest setting them on top of a screen or very loosely woven basket that is raised up off of any solid surfaces so that air can flow underneath and around the bundles.

Wait until your bundles are completely dry (this usually takes a few weeks at least) before burning them.

How to Use a Smudge Stick

Holding the handle of your smudge stick, light the end (a candle works best), being careful to avoid flyaway ends and falling embers or particularly combustable herbs. Hold the burning end over a clay bowl, ashtray, or other non-flammable container at all times. Allow the stick to burn for a few seconds and when it seems like it is going, carefully, gently blow or wave it to put out the flame. Allow the stick to smoulder for a few minutes; never leave its attendance. To extinguish, smother or crush the smouldering end until it goes out. Try to avoid using this water as this can ruin the stick for further use.

Include directions for use if you plan on giving bundles away as gifts,


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Classes of Fire Extinguisher

Not all fires are the same. If you use the wrong type of fire extinguisher on the wrong class of fire, you can, in fact, make matters worse.

To assist people quickly identify the right type of fire extinguisher, pictographs are used to represent different classes of fire. There are six different classes represented by the letters A, B, C, D, E and F.

These pictographs can be found on all modern fire extinguishers and indicate which classes of fires the extinguisher will work for, or should not be used for.

Fires are normally classified according to the fuel involved, however, any fire that involves energised electrical equipment is always classified as a class (E) until the electrical circuit is disconnected. It is then reclassed according to the type of material that is burning.

Class A Extinguishers will put out fires in ordinary combustibles, such as wood and paper. The numerical rating for this class of fire extinguisher refers to the amount of water the fire extinguisher holds and the amount of fire it will extinguish.

Class B Extinguishers should be used on fires involving flammable liquids, such as grease, gasoline, oil, etc. The numerical rating for this class of fire extinguisher states the approximate number of square feet of a flammable liquid fire that a non-expert person can expect to extinguish.

Class C Extinguishers should be used on fires involving flammable liquids, such as grease, gasoline, oil, etc. The numerical rating for this class of fire extinguisher states the approximate number of square feet of a flammable liquid fire that a non-expert person can expect to extinguish.

Class D Extinguishers are designed for use on flammable metals and are often specific for the type of metal in question. There is no picture designator for Class D extinguishers. These extinguishers generally have no rating nor are they given a multi-purpose rating for use on other types of fires.

Class E Extinguishers are suitable for use on electrically energized fires. This class of fire extinguishers does not have a numerical rating. The presence of the letter â??Câ? indicates that the extinguishing agent is non-conductive.

Class F Extiguishers are suitable for cooking oils and fats, such as the cooking oils and fats usually found in industrial kitchens etc.

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Portable fire extinguishers are generally inspected checked twice per year in accordance with Australian Standard AS1851.


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Vesda Smoke Detection- Aspirating Smoke Detection- Wired Smoke Detector

Vesda Early Warning Smoke Detection

A fire detection system that offers the earliest possible warning of a potential fire.

A system that will ensure business continuity and freedom from nuisance alarms. A system that can adapt to the �unique� characteristics of any given environment.

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With over 50,000 units installed worldwide, the VESDA name has become synonymous with high performance very early warning smoke detection. It is the product chosen when reliable performance is crucial.

How VESDA Works

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This diagram shows the progression of fire growth over time. Note that the incipient stage of a fire provides the widest window of opportunity to detect and control the spread of fire. VESDA can be configured to generate multiple alarms within the incipient stage. VESDA can also be configured to generate an additional alarm (Fire 2) in the advanced stages of a fire. This feature is unique to VESDA and takes advantage of its very wide sensitivity range; thus allowing one detector to monitor the entire progression of fire growth.

VESDA aspirating smoke detection works by continually drawing air into the pipe network via a high efficiency aspirator. A sample of this air is then passed through a dual stage filter. The first stage removes dust and dirt from the air sample before it allows the sample to enter the laser detection chamber for smoke detection. The second (ultra fine) stage has the unique feature of providing an additional clean air supply to keep the optical surfaces within the detector clear from contamination and to ensure the stable calibration and long life of the detector.

From the filter, the air sample is passed through to the calibrated detection chamber where it is exposed to a stable controlled laser light source. When smoke is present, light is scattered within the detection chamber and is instantly identified by the highly sensitive receiver system. The signal is then processed and presented via a bar graph display, alarm threshold indicators and/or graphic display. The VESDA detectors are able to communicate this information to a fire alarm control panel, a software management system or a building management system via relays or a High Level Interface (HLI).

VESDA Product Range

LaserPLUS

The LaserPLUS detector is the core product in the VESDA product range. Like all the VESDA products it detects fire at the earliest possible stage and reliably measures very low to extremely high concentrations of smoke. It has the world�s widest sensitivity range of 0.0015 to 6 obs/ft (0.005 to 20 obs/meter). The LaserPLUS display supports four configurable alarms (Alert, Action, Fire 1 Fire 2) and protects areas up to 20,000 sq.ft. (2000 sq.m).

LaserSCANNER

The LaserSCANNER locates the origin of smoke by identifying the first sector (pipe) with the highest level of smoke and then continues to sample from all sectors to monitor fire growth. The LaserSCANNER also provides four alarm levels for each individual pipe (Alert, Action, Fire 1 and Fire 2) and provides individual pipe addressability and individual pipe settings. It protects areas up to 20,000 sq.ft./5000 sq.ft per sector (2000 sq.m/500 sq.m per sector).

LaserCOMPACT

The LaserCOMPACT offers a simple, cost effective solution for the protection of single and smaller environments that occupy less than 5000 sq.ft (500 sq.m). It offers the same wide sensitivity range as the LaserPLUS and LaserSCANNER – 0.0015 to 6 obs/ft (0.005 to 20 obs/m). The LaserCOMPACT supports three configurable alarm levels (Alert, Pre-Alarm, Fire) and comes in two versions. One version interfaces via relays only (RO), and the other across either relays or VESDAnet (VN).

Remote Displays and Programmers

The VESDA display module monitors and reports the status of a detector. It gives visual representation of smoke levels along with all alarm and fault conditions. For monitoring convenience, multiple displays can be associated with a single detector.

The VESDA programmer is menu driven and allows the user to conveniently configure, commission and maintain their VESDA system, as well as program each individual detector. Only one programmer is needed to support the entire network.

Display and programmer modules can be mounted in a detector unit, separately (connected via VESDAnet) in a single remote mounting box or in a 19 sub rack. A hinged, glass-front sub rack enclosure is also available for mounting up to three sub racks.

VESDA Pipe

One of the key elements in the performance of a VESDA aspirating detection system is the network of sampling pipes that actively transport air from a protected area to the detector. This is why VESDA offers a CPVC, Aspirating Pipe and Fittings package that is UL1887 listed for use in Plenum rated areas. VESDA Pipe will simplify pipe selection and ensure that a quality system is installed every time.

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VESDAnet is a comprehensive fault tolerant closed 2-wire communications loop. It links the detectors, displays, programmers and remote units on a daisy chained loop in a configuration that meets customer requirements. VESDAnet allows for a number of units to be programmed together from one or more locations and automatically detects communication failures.

It also allows for easy interfacing with systems external to the network such as intelligent fire alarm panels and building management systems.

VESDA Software VSM

The VESDA System Management software package allows the user to monitor, configure and control a VESDA system from a central location via a VESDAnet communication loop. Real time and historical events for a single detector, an area, or the entire facility can be collected, processed and presented in either report or graphical format.

VConfig

VConfig is a configuration tool specifically designed to simplify the setup of any VESDA system during commissioning and installation. It is available via a PC Link HLI (High Level Interface) into VESDAnet or directly to a LaserCOMPACT using VESDAlink.

ASPIRE

ASPIRE is a computer software tool for designing and evaluating aspirated pipe system layouts. By simply entering parameters such as pipe length, the number of pipes in use, air temperature, pressure and the type of detector(s) used, the software can calculate a pipe sampling model that will predict the performance of the proposed pipe network.

VESDA Solutions For Every Environment

In environments where down time must be eliminated or minimized:

  • Telecommunications
  • Computer Rooms
  • Hospitals
  • Clean Rooms

In environments where smoke is difficult to detect:

  • Warehouses
  • Atria
  • Aircraft Hangars
  • Cold and Frozen Storage
  • Function Rooms
  • Indoor Stadiums

In harsher environments:

  • Power Stations
  • Mines
  • Public Transport
  • Automotive Operations
  • Paper and Lumber Mills
  • Manufacturing Operations

In environments where appearance is important:

  • Modern Offices
  • Heritage Buildings
  • Cathedrals
  • Museums
  • Archives
  • Art Galleries

VESDA Features

  • The Latest in Laser Technology
  • Patented High Efficiency Aspirator
  • World�s Widest Sensitivity Range
  • Lowest Detectable Smoke Concentration is 0.00023 obscuration/ft.
  • Up to 4 Levels of Alarm
  • VESDAnet Communication – linking detectors and ancillary devices
  • VESDA Software – to help design, configure and manage the system
  • Dual Stage Dust Filtration
  • Low Lifecycle Costs
  • AutoLearn
  • Referencing
  • Air Flow Monitoring
  • Programmable Relays
  • Built In Event Logger
  • Optional Remote Displays
  • Versatile Mounting Options
  • Intelligent Interfacing to Major Fire Alarm Panels
  • Worldwide Listings and Approvals

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Traditional On-Campus Tuition

As part of our commitment to keeping tuition rates competitive, GCU has kept campus tuition costs frozen since 2009. While the cost per credits are listed below, the average campus student pays only $8,300 per year* in tuition after institutional scholarships and grants. Speak with your university counselor for more information about estimating the costs of attending GCU.

*No in-state/out-of-state rates

*Traditional students taking courses in the online format will be charged the regular tuition rates.

*Traditional students are required to take a minimum of nine (9) credits in the traditional campus format.

**$390 graduate tuition is only for traditional daytime students attending master’s programs on the West Phoenix main campus.

It is the policy of GCU to collect and remit sales, use, excise and/or gross receipts taxes in compliance with state and local taxing jurisdiction regulations, which require the university to remit tax where applicable. Regulations vary by student location. Payment of tax is ultimately the student’s financial responsibility to the university regardless of financing arrangements. Per Hawaii requirements: It is hereby stated that students residing in the State of Hawaii will be charged Hawaii General Excise Tax on all transactions. Students living in the District of Oahu will be charged 4.712 percent. Students residing in other Hawaii districts will be charged 4.1666 percent.

Non-Traditional Tuition (Online and Evening Students)

GCU’s non-traditional tuition rates are for students who are interested in pursuing an online degree program or taking evening classes. Speak with your university counselor to learn more about your opportunities for scholarships off tuition through GCU’s educational alliances or to find out about options for continuing education for teachers.

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It is the policy of GCU to collect and remit sales, use, excise and/or gross receipts taxes in compliance with state and local taxing jurisdiction regulations, which require the university to remit tax where applicable. Regulations vary by student location. Payment of tax is ultimately the student’s financial responsibility to the university regardless of financing arrangements. Per Hawaii requirements: It is hereby stated that students residing in the State of Hawaii will be charged Hawaii General Excise Tax on all transactions. Students living in the District of Oahu will be charged 4.712 percent. Students residing in other Hawaii districts will be charged 4.1666 percent.

Overview

Position Yourself for Success

If you currently work in the field of emergency management, fire protection, emergency medical response, law enforcement or environmental health and safety, and you seek a bachelor’s degree to help propel you to the next level of your career, Grand Canyon University’s (GCU) Bachelor of Science in Public Safety and Emergency Management degree was designed with you in mind. This public safety degree program was also developed for individuals who have a desire to pursue a career in the aforementioned fields. This bachelor’s degree program, offered through GCU’s Colangelo College of Business, provides you with a theoretical and applied approach, while ensuring relevance to the homeland security and public safety industries.

Degree Outcomes

Explore Public Safety Fundamentals

The public safety and emergency management degree offers you with an understanding of the fundamentals of emergency management, while providing an interdisciplinary course of study in the skills and practices of emergency planning and management. The Bachelor of Science in emergency management program highlights the application of research methodology; the utilization of communication skills at the personal, professional and public level; and the development of professional skills and knowledge in the fields of public safety and emergency management.

What You Will Learn

Learn Core Topics in Public Safety

GCU’s Bachelor of Science in emergency management degree program provides courses in the following topics:

  • Servant and ethical leadership
  • Individual and group behavior in organizations
  • History and development of emergency management
  • Emergency operations and techniques
  • Processes and principles of mitigation planning for emergency management
  • Disaster response and recovery
  • Terrorism’s impact on emergency management
  • Unique challenges associated with managing projects

Career Outcomes

Take Your Career to the Next Level

After you complete this public safety degree, you may choose to further your education. Choose from a variety of master’s degrees at GCU, including a Master of Public Administration with an Emphasis in Government and Policy, a Master of Public Administration with an Emphasis in Health Care Management, a Master of Science in Leadership and a Master of Science in Leadership with an Emphasis in Disaster Preparedness and Executive Fire Leadership.


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Fire Alarm Training Courses

A carefully constructed suite of courses to fully satisfy the training requirements of anyone involved in the vitally important fire detection industry. Using our tried and tested blend of theory and practical tuition, we will provide you with all the knowledge, skills and qualifications that you will need to design, install, commission and maintain fire alarm systems in a variety of environments. We also have courses to help you understand the fire risk assessment process as well as the legislation and regulations relevant to fire alarm systems.

This training course is suited to installation companies or individuals wishing to improve their skills and develop their knowledge of addressable fire alarms system. This will be of particular interest to installation and fire system engineers, who require a better understanding of integrating fire systems with other equipment, such as access control and fire shutters etc. The training course is recommended for electrical installation companies who are already installing conventional systems.
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On this fascinating training course, you will learn how to carry out the building fire risk assessments that are now mandatory for anyone responsible for business premises – including employers, voluntary organisations, clubs and charities. You will also acquire the fundamental skills needed to recommend, upgrade or fully install fire alarm equipment, as required. There are no prerequisites. The training course is open to all but it will be of particular interest to installers, sales personnel, technicians, engineer, consultants and fire alarm system users.
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  • The number one cause of death related to fires is smoke inhalation. An estimated 50%-80% of fire deaths are the result of smoke inhalation injuries rather than burns. Sometimes it comes down to a well charged 9 Volt battery.

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  • It is now easier than ever for victims to reach 911, However it is now harder than ever for responders to find victims calling from cell phone devices. In California, more than half of the cellphone calls made did not transmit locations to 911 from 2011 to 2013, and it’s getting worse. Last year, about 12.4 million, or 63%, of California’s cellphone calls to 911 didn’t share the callers location

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  • ALL LIVES MATTER

    It is important to us that everyone has the knowledge needed to protect themselves in the case of an emergency. We are here to help any and everyone to prepare for the worst case scenario, as well as to assist in the total recovery process. Sometimes the best measure of rescue is prevention, knowing how to prevent a disaster is one thing, living and recovering from one requires assistance and we are here to help 24/7.

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  • House fires kill and injure thousands of people yearly, and cost many more their valued possessions and memories. Have your home electrical wiring, plumbing (gas), heating, and air conditioning inspected by a professional. Check all of your Appliences, and pay close attention to any Space Heaters that you might have.

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  • KNOW WHAT IS SAFE

    Once you know for certain that you have done everything in your powers to prevent and protect your love ones from any and all catastrophes, you and our full rescue squad can sleep a lot more comfortable knowing that you and yours are completely safe.

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