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Participate in the Salvation Army's Trek China

The Salvation Army is inviting firefighters to take part in the Trek China taking place from 18 October until 5 November 2018.

Exercise Proactive

Setting up a complex water-relay system to deal with contaminated run-off from a 25m-diameter tank’s bund was part of the unusual scenario of a  training exercise that took place recently at the Dorset & Wiltshire FRS Training Centre, reports Jose Sanchez de Muniain

Contributions sought for Fire and Rescue Q1, 2018

What is coming up in F&R Q1, and how can you contribute? The deadline for the next issue is on January 26, 2018.

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport places order for 18 Panthers

The Royal Schiphol Group has placed an order for 18 new ARFF vehicles from Rosenbauer to improve the effectiveness of its airport fire services ahead of major work to expand the capacity of its airports.

Automatic fire nozzle with higher thermal resistance

A firefighting manufacturer has launched a new automatic fire nozzle with a composite fibre body for greater resistance against extreme heat.

New cutter range from Holmatro

Holmatro has launched its new cutter range, consisting of four main models. Each model is available with Greenline EVO battery technology or with CORE technology (Holmatro’s tool-hose-pump-system).

EASA proposes medical and fitness standard

EASA, the European Aviation Safety Agency, is in the process of developing a Notice of Proposed Amendment (NPA) to propose medical and physical fitness standards for rescue and firefighters at aerodromes.

Breakthrough in firefighting technology to reduce wildland fires

A new digital system which can detect and monitor large-scale fires will revolutionise how firefighters approach wildland fires. It is set to drastically reduce environmental and property damage and protect human lives.

All good in the hood

Bristol Uniforms, a manufacturer of firefighter PPE, has launched a revolutionary new hood which is proven to be 99.8% efficient at filtering harmful smoke particles.

Elite firefighter hub being assembled in Hampshire, UK

A hub of elite firefighters trained to deal with disasters from earthquakes and tsunamis to terror attacks and mass explosions is being assembled in Hampshire, UK.

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.

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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.

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.