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Hampshire and Isle of Wight FRS appoint Neil Odin as new CFO

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS) and Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service (IWFRS) have appointed Neil Odin as their new Chief Fire Officer as of 1 January 2018.

Top-level wildfire training

The US State Department for Forestry, Bureau of Land Management and several fire departments from Oregon are in talks with a UK fire and rescue service about training crews in wildland firefighting skills.

Donation to disaster communications charity

A manufacturer of lighting systems and robust cases has donated a range of its products to the Disaster Tech Lab charity, an organisation that provides rapid response communication networks in disaster areas where the communication infrastructure has been destroyed or is non-existent.

AFOA members raise £2000.00 towards The Fire Fighters Charity

The Airport Fire Officers Association’s Chairman Simon Petts and AFOA Committee member Ian Webb handed out a cheque of £2000.00 GBP to The Fire Fighters Charity during the annual general meeting held on 20 September 2017 at the NEC in Birmingham, UK.

It’s all in the installation

A video comparing the performance of two fire-rated doors – with one crucial difference.

High-rise FIRE bag

London Fire Brigade has introduced new kit bags on all its fire engines to help crews carry equipment from appliances to incident scenes. 

Lightweight cost-effective wildland fire kit launched

Bristol Uniforms has launched a brand new range of wildland firefighting PPE, available for wildland firefighters across the globe.

What is coming up in Fire and Rescue Q4 2017?

We are looking for contributors to the next issue of Fire and Rescue Q4 2017. The deadlines for this respective issue are October 23 for editorial and November 3 for advertising.

Adding the 'dread factor' to hazmat training

A new simulation device enables firefighters to train for hazmat scenarios in a realistic manner; Hemmingfire talks to its inventor and one of its supporters about the importance of such training.

Next-generation protection

A firefighter’s protective clothing fabric with a chemical repellent that meets current environmental regulations has been launched.

New Dutch national guidance for decontamination issued

The Dutch national Guidance for Decontamination describes how victims of chemical, biological and radioactive incidents should be decontaminated –either during a large-scale or small-scale incident.

Panther prepares for landing

Paris, Dubai and Vienna to experience the power of the first new Panther 8x8s.

On the fire line

New research using thermal imaging cameras is improving our understanding of how wildfires behave and has the potential to aid firefighters in containment and mop up, reports Michael Davies

Win an Amazon voucher worth GBP100 with the FTE and FTA customer surveys

Fire Trade Europe and Fire Trade Asia & Middle East are redesigning their websites and want to know what matters to you.

New driver trainer truck for Surrey FRS

A driver training vehicle that can be used for conventional truck training and fire appliance training, as well as functioning as an incident support unit, has been developed by Surrey Fire and Rescue Service.

A new direction

A new standards body for the fire and rescue services in England is now under development, reports Joy Flanagan of the Professional Standards Body project.

Next issue of Fire and Rescue magazine

F&R is looking for editorial and commercial contributions for the next issue. See what is coming up and find out how to participate in the next issue.

Drones for search and rescue

ASTM International is proposing three standards to support the use of drones in search and rescue operations.

Offroad wildland fire trucks

Eight ultra-light firefighting vehicles designed specifically for the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning in Victoria, Australia have been delivered as part of a statewide fleet upgrade.

Hose for low-pressure, high-volume operations

New hose is the first ‘true internal diameter’ hose specifically designed for front-line, heavy-duty firefighting.

Industrial fire tender with HRET

Zeeland Refinery in the south west of the Netherlands takes delivery of a new industrial fire truck built by Ziegler.

Belgrade airport firefighters in profile

When the firefighters at Nikola Tesla Airport in Belgrade, Serbia receive an incident notification from air traffic control, they must get to their vehicles, don their PPE and be ready to leave their base in no more than 20 seconds, reports Petar Vojinovic Editor-in-Chief of Tango 6.

Vienna Airport Fire Service awards new firefighting clothing contract

Bristol Uniforms, together with its German distributor Fritz Raschel Feuerschutz, has secured its first ever order from Vienna Airport for its Xflex kit, featuring the very latest Gore-Tex Moisture barrier with the Gore Parralon System.

A win-win concept

A helicopter crash and multiple incidents related to its burning debris set the scene for a new-format multi-agency training exercise in Hampshire, UK, report Jose Sanchez de Muniain and PC Mike Batten.

Waterax introduces Mini-Striker lightweight pumps

A range of lightweight, portable pumps designed to act as initial attack units has been launched by Waterax.

Ziegler launches Z-Cab XL

Firefighting vehicle and technology supplier Ziegler has added a new, roomier option for crew cabins with the launch of the Z-Cab XL. This is designed as a premium option in the Z-Cab range and comes in a number of different versions.

Warwick traffic system upgrades to an emergency pre-emption solution

The city of Warwick, Rhode Island, US, has upgraded its Opticom emergency traffic pre-emption solution that provides priority to emergency vehicles at intersections to improve operational safety and incident response times.

Holmatro introduces new telescopic ram range

Holmatro has launched three lightweight telescopic rams that provide both more length and higher second plunger spreading force.

Subsequent firefighting foam spills within space of one month in Queensland

Two spills of firefighting foam containing PFOA occurred in the Brisbane area of Queensland, Australia within the space of three weeks in April.

IAFC recommends a strategy for mitigating and recovering from disaster

IAFC President and Fire Chief John Sinclair has advised Congress to adopt a comprehensive national strategy to deal and mitigate with disasters and major incidents in the US.

Route cost risk map
Modelling risk for the fire service

Software is launched to help fire departments anticipate and plan resources for future response.

New ultra-high pressure water mist vehicle knocks down fires in under a minute

Ruff Fire Systems Solutions, a manufacturer of high-pressure water mist firefighting solutions, demonstrated its ultra-high-pressure (UHP) fire engine on an open fire, a car fire and a room-and-contents fire during several live-burn scenarios at a Minnesota firefighting college. 

Bushfire public consultation

Standards Australia has released draft revisions to Australian Standards AS 1530.8.1 and AS 1530.8.2 for public comment, closing on 13 June 2017.

The future of thermal imaging

In low light and smoke-filled conditions, thermal imaging can help firefighters safely assess a scene and assist in rescue operations. How do the latest advances improve the effectiveness and safety of this crucial technology? John Graves reports.

Triangle of vulnerability

Public complacency and potential intelligence failures can only embolden already creative and intelligent terrorist organisations that remain focused on the aviation industry argued Dr Dave Sloggett in his address to this year's AFOA conference. Fiona Petty reports.

3M to purchase Scott Safety

3M announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Scott Safety from Johnson Controls for a total enterprise value of US$2.0 billion. 

UK National Operational Guidance consultation for Fires on board vessels has been issued

The official consultation of the (UK) National Operational Guidance has opened for Fires on board vessels. Further information about the National Operational Guidance Programme can be found here

Risks associated with alternative fuels in road tunnels and underground garages

In the future, a large number of road vehicles will not be powered by fossil fuels and due to environmental considerations, much current transportation policy development is aimed at increasing usage of renewable energy sources.

AFOA Conference – sharing ARFF expertise

The Airport Fire Officers Association held its 18th annual conference in January 2017. The leading event for aviation fire service and aerodrome incident response personnel welcomed over 240 delegates from all over the world and from a wide range of organisations. Ann-Marie Knegt reports on some of the highlights.

Airservices Australia awards PPE contract to Bristol Uniforms and Pac Fire

Bristol Uniforms, together with its distributor Pac Fire Australia, has landed a five-year contract with Airservices Australia to supply and maintain its airport firefighter PPE.

Playmobil and London Fire Brigade engage over 400,000 children

Playmobil and the London Fire Brigade have marked the end of a very special year of activity with a £2,300 donation to the Brigade’s charities of choice, having engaged almost 400,000 children in teaching them about fire safety in the Brigade's 150th year.

Training Basis Weeze launches new ARFF/RFF Training Academy

Training Base Weeze, the international training centre for emergency services, has expanded its area of expertise into the aircraft rescue firefighting/ rescue firefighting (ARFF/ RFF) sector. The facility, based on the German-Dutch border, is launching the new ARFF and RFF training academy on 28 April 2017 during a special ceremony.

PFOS and PFOA to be banned in South Australia

Australian state follows Queensland in banning future use of firefighting foams containing certain perfluorinated chemicals and substances.

Fifty shades of red

As the second Fifty Shades of Grey film hits cinemas London Fire Brigade warns of rise in embarrassing incidents.

Explosion kills three and injures seven

CSB deploys to explosion at Packaging Corporation of America Plant.

UK fire brigade under scrutiny

The UK government has commissioned a full statutory inspection of Avon Fire and Rescue Authority - the first of its kind.

NFPA issues safety bulletin on firefighter protective hoods

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has issued a safety bulletin on firefighter protective hoods since they are highly penetrable and expose skin to hazardous and toxic substances.

Earthquake response professionals from Italy win International Firefighting Team of the Year Award

All the fire department teams that responded during the series of earthquakes in central Italy in summer 2016 have now received the Conrad Dietrich Magirus Award 2016. The International Firefighting Team of the Year Award 2016 was received by representatives on behalf of all firefighters who responded to the 2016 earthquake in central Italy.

Magirus upgrades rescue cage for turntable ladder range

Magirus has increased the payload of its rescue cage up to 400 kg. The new RC400-C model (C = Compact) holds up to four people and is available for all standard and articulated turntable ladders with a working height of up to 42 m.

Environmental award for Angus Jetfoam

Angus Fire has been awarded gold at the 2016 Green Apple Awards, for Environmental Best Practice.