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Dermal absorption of toxic chemicals on PPE is elevating firefighters’ risk of developing cancer, according to a new study from the University of Central Lancashire in the UK. But what can be done to minimise this risk? Lotte Debell looks at research and initiatives from around the world and the challenges faced by fire services in getting to grips with the cancer threat.

Holmatro launches 12 bar lifting bags

SPONSORED FEATURE: Holmatro's new 12 bar lifting bag system has been designed for safe and controlled lifting of heavy objects. 

VR app for public safety users

Airbus presented a refined Virtual Reality application for public safety users at Critical Communications World 2018, held in Berlin from 15-17 May.

Tropos launches Able truck range

Tropos Technologies has rebranded as Tropos Motors as it transitions from distributor to manufacturer of low-cost electric vehicles and trucks.

A driver for resilience

The first trial of a European project kicks off this week aiming to increase resilience and to drive innovation in crisis management,write João Dias, Rob Munro and Marion Bonlieu.

Drone training

A training course in drone piloting aimed at public safety personnel has been launched by the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service.

Grenfell Tower repercussions

Government announces it will fully fund unsafe cladding removal in social housing; fire doors also in the limelight.

Two Stingers for northwest England brigade

AT-Stinger appliance successfully completes twelve-month trial with Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service.

Realistic smoke simulation

A smoke simulation feature has been developed for 360-degree imaging software to aid training, emergency planning and incident management.

Fall protection

New line of safety webbing and tapes suited for fire, law enforcement, industrial, military and commercial fall protection has been launched.

Carbon monoxide alarms review

A UK government review into rules that require carbon monoxide alarms to be fitted in homes across England has been announced by housing Minister Dominic Raab.

Become buddy of the year

A new competition for all firefighters in Europe has been launched. Firefighters can now compete to be crowned ‘Buddy of the Year’ in the 2018 Buddy Awards.  

Oil spill contained

Days of extensive clean-up operations have contained 90% of a massive oil spill in Balikpapan, Indonesia.

Oil tank fire off Singapore extinguished after six-hour operation

An oil tank storage fire on Pulau Busing off the southwest coast of Singapore resulted in a six-hour multi-agency operation led by the Singapore Civil Defence Force.

Clean live fire training

Manufacture of the props for South Korea’s groundbreaking emergency training centre begins this month.

Double risk of cancer fatality for firefighters

A Canadian University has released a study which strongly recommends the creation of a firefighter wellness surveillance system to help address soaring cancer rates and other key firefighter health risks.

US state bans PFAS foam

Washington becomes first state in the US to ban fire-fighting foams containing PFASs.

Wearable technology

The rapid development of data-driven technologies has the potential to transform the emergency services' critical decision making and improve both safety and operational performance, write Ian Greatbatch and Iain Houseman.

Series of single-gas monitors

Dräger now offers a new series of personal single-gas monitors called Pac 6000, 6500, 8000 and 8500.

The PPE detox

Decontex is a liquid COdecontamination concept for PPE that could significantly reduce firefighters' occupational exposure to cancer-causing chemicals. MD Tommy Verminck tells Ann-Marie Knegt why he believes the system could save thousands of lives.

Preventing airport vehicle collisions

Fraport and Rosenbauer have developed a new, data-based security system for emergency vehicles at airports, called MSEO (Mobile Services Operational Resource Tracking).

Urban fire truck

Magirus has launched a compact emergency vehicle designed especially for urban environments.

Assessing structural safety

A new partnership has led to a national database of volunteers for post-disaster response in the US.

Lack of UK regulation causing 'alarmingly high' exposure to cancerous chemicals

New research by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has given rise to fresh calls for the UK government to regulate firefighters’ exposure to toxic gases in order to protect them from developing cancer as a result of their occupation.

What is coming up in Fire and Rescue Q2, 2018?

We would like to ask for your participation in the next issue of Fire and Rescue magazine, which will be published at the end of May.

Hazardous opioid exposure protection for responders

DQE, based in Indianapolis, has launched a line of personal protection kits to protect responders from the dangers of ingesting or inhaling opioid substances.

High-performance auxiliary water system for San Francisco

An extension to San Francisco’s emergency fire suppression system has moved one step closer to completion with the selection of a final design for a new high-pressure auxiliary water network.

Adsorbent media for removing PFCs from wastewater

An adsorbent media that selectively captures and removes micropollutants such as perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) from wastewater has received a £1.24 million (US$1.72 million) grant to accelerate its pilot phase.

Washington State progresses Bill to ban PFAS used in AFFF and in personal protective equipment

If the Bill passes both chambers of the legislature, Washington would become the first US state to restrict the sale of fire-fighting foams with PFAS.

Seoul Fire Department takes on turntable ladder

The world’s highest turntable ladder has gone into service with Seoul City Fire Department.

Oxygen Masks for Animals Campaign

All fire engines in Shropshire, UK, will now be stocked with pet-sized oxygen masks following a successful campaign to improve the survival of animals that have inhaled smoke in house fires.

Versatile fire hydrant

A new fire hydrant features an extra port for non-fire related applications.

South Australia bans fluorinated fire-fighting foams

The ban comes into effect from 30 January following the amendment of the Environment Protection (Water Quality) Policy 2015 under the Environment Protection Act 1993. 

Hook lift foam tender for Changi Airport

A hook lift foam tender from Trigen Automotive has just been delivered to Changi Airport in Singapore.

active shooter exercise
Response to active shooter incidents

NFPA fast tracks a new standard as a result of a rise in active shooter and hostile events

Line of fire pumps launched at Intersec

Armstrong has introduced a new line of fire pumps at this year's Intersec in Dubai.

Cordless power to the rescue

Holmatro launches its next generation of Evo 3 cordless rescue tools with battery-powered cutters, spreaders, combi tools and rams.

Spearheading nozzle design

Stewart McMillan from Task Force Tips, one of the pioneers of the modern firefighting nozzle, candidly discusses the state of nozzle technology and the opportunities and barriers for design in the coming years. Rick Markley reports.

A fire simulator on a bus?

Fire brigades in Switzerland are now able to train with XVR Simulation as a result of a new hybrid training concept on a bus.

Major emergency response contract

Tees-based organisation announces multi-million-pound agreement to protect the new Sirius Minerals Mine project in North Yorkshire, UK.

Accredited HRET course launched

The UK HRET User Group has gained SFJ Awards accreditation for its High Reach Extendable Turret Operator and HRET Instructor courses - the first of its kind outside the US.

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.

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.