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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.

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. 

International wildfire simulation project

Work has recently begun in Europe on the development of a mobile incident command training system that aims to improve firefighters’ response to wildfires, writes Robert Stacey from Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service and the IGNIS project.

Creating the 'thinking' firefighter - From Knowledge to Practice Project

'From Knowledge to Practice' is an international project that aims to develop training based on a scientific approach to fire dynamics in order to promote operational best practice and develop 'thinking' firefighters, write Katherine Lamb and Peter McBride.

IAFC releases guide to fill gap in firefighter physicals

The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) has released ‘A Healthcare Provider’s Guide to Firefighter Physicals to assist healthcare providers in the evaluation and treatment of the health and wellness of firefighters.

Williams Xtreme Fire Training School to launch in the Asia Pacfic

Williams Fire & Hazard Control is bringing its Xtreme Industrial Fire & Hazard Training School to the Asia Pacific Region following a successful run in the USA and EMEA regions. 

North Wales FRS purchases mobile column lifts for fire appliance maintenance

North Wales Fire and Rescue Service has purchased two new Stertil Koni Earthlifts to assist with vehicle servicing and repair operations in its workshop.

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Understanding PPE standards

What are the different standards for firefighters’ PPE and why are there so many different standards bodies? Ivan Rich explains the PPE landscape and explores the latest developments, including the effect of Brexit and the role of the British Standards Institution in Europe.

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Strange particulates in AFFF tanks

The Federal Aviation Administration has issued an alert following disturbing findings that could affect AFFF production or nozzle discharge.

No to privatisation but yes to modernising the UK Fire Service

Fire Minister outlines his vision for a service that 'needs to be fit for the work in the years ahead.'

When are PFOS and PFOA safe?

German Federal Environment Agency (UBA) publishes official safe levels of PFOA and PFOS in human blood.

New intermediate capability vehicle trialled by Hants Fire

A state-of-the-art vehicle is being piloted on the streets of Hampshire in the UK. The Intermediate Capability (IC) vehicle is equipped with cutting-edge ultra-high pressure lances (UHPL) and the latest rescue gear.

Fireboat responds to Long Island fire

Fireboat had been recently supplied by Lake Assault Boats to the Bayville Fire Department in Bayville, New York. 

How much do you pay for yours?

UK Home Office publishes fire and rescue procurement data to encourage collaborative projects, reports Ann-Marie Knegt.

Setting new standards for rescue

Competing in events such as the World Rescue Challenge improves standards for firefighting staff, says Padraig O’Longaigh, manager of Meath County extrication team.

Effective wildfire response

A newly launched firefighting agent that greatly improves the capability of water to douse a blaze is helping firefighters battle wild fires in North America and Europe, reports Thomas Luke.

Avoiding the silo

Hazmat tactical advisor for Hampshire Constabulary (UK) Mike Batten addresses some of the persistent failings in multi-agency response to major incidents.

Two big beasts (and a small one)

North Peace Regional Airport in Fort St John, British Columbia, Canada has taken delivery of two Oshkosh Striker 1500 4x4 ARFF trucks - and a puppy.