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Power spikes

A new set of tools based on the science of fire dynamics is set to change the way fires are fought in North America and worldwide, reports Ann-Marie Knegt.

Training provider lands US national USAR contract

A US-based training company has been appointed as the official USAR training provider by FEMA.

Major safety services provider sold

A Danish/ Swedish private equity firm has taken over a major safety, outsourcing and training services provider.

PFOA should be banned worldwide, says white paper

Evidence of efficacy of fluorine-free fire-fighting foam to be presented at UN Stockholm Convention Review Committee meeting taking place this week.

Lightweight ram range

A rescue tool manufacturer has expanded its range of compact lightweight rams.

Become international firefighting team of the year

The submissions portal for the Conrad Dietrich Magirus Award 2018 is officially open. Firefighters from all over the world can send in their case studies, pictures and videos in a bid to become the International Firefighting Team of the year.

Support for responders battling California wildfires

A US-based logistics company has been providing logistics management and transportation of supplies and equipment needed by first responders battling the devastating wildfires in California.

London Fire Brigade uniforms to be tracked with RFID

RFID tags will be used to track the uniforms of London Fire Brigade’s 4,800 firefighters.

New firefighting fabric on show at ESS

A new firefighting fabric for technical rescue and wildland fire operations will be displayed at the Emergency Services Show.

Donation of equipment to moorland firefighters

UK fire crews tackling moorland blazes have received a donation of PPE. 

Industrial off-road fire truck

A flexible, off-road capable, large-tank fire truck designed specifically for industrial use has been launched.

Cameras on light towers

A lighting tower manufacturer has partnered with vehicle camera system suppliers to add cameras to its light towers to improve scene visibility for firefighters.

Dual-beam safety light with auto sensor

A safety torch with dual beam and an automatic light sensor is the latest addition to a range of lighting solutions for hazardous working conditions.

Hydraulic platform for multiple people

A hydraulic platform that can carry up to five people to the ground from a height of 60 metres is among the new products just launched.

Light that cuts through smoke

A torch manufacturer has added four new models to its range for firefighters.

High-volume alerting

A global communications company has delivered more than 50,000 Tetra Pagers to fire brigades and rescue services in a German State.

Vehicle fire detection and suppression

A Swedish company has separated its vehicle fire detection and suppression operations from its core fire safety equipment business to enable it to more closely focus on the long-term continuous development of the vehicle operation.

Women in the fire service

Officers and support staff from East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service attended the Women in Fire Service National Training and Development weekend held at the UK Fire Service College in June.

‘Sticky science’ saves London school from fire

London Fire Brigade has become the first brigade in Europe to use a new glutinous liquid to prevent building damage from fire.

EU rushes to aid Sweden against wildfires

Sweden has triggered the EU Civil Protection Mechanism to combat 80 wildfires, that are raging across the country.

Flexible first response unit

A new first response unit combines a fire truck, an aerial platform, and a rescue ladder in a compact and manoeuvrable format.

National debut

A new fire truck will be introduced to the UK market during the Emergency Services Show on 19-20 September.

Solidarity with London firefighters

In an open letter to London’s Fire Commissioner the German Fire Protection Association has criticised the way firefighters have been questioned during the Grenfell Tower public inquiry.

Approved Document B in focus

The UK government plans a full-scale review into building regulations for the autumn and launches a new consultation. 

Storage tank fire

A fire that gutted two crude oil tanks in Terengganu, Malaysia has been extinguished.

Fast ARFF response

A major airport in the UAE has placed an order for 25 ARFF vehicles.

Poisoned chalice

Germany’s highest court of law finds German fire service liable for AFFF used at incident and dismisses claim of public-office immunity.

ICAFS announces speaker line-up

On 19 and 20 September 2018, international specialists in the field of compressed air foam will come together at the International Compressed Air Foam Symposium (iCAFS) in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Bridge rescue

VIDEO Watch the dramatic rescue of three construction workers working underneath the Woodrow Wilson Bridge in Prince George’s County, Maryland, following a fatal crash.

Small animal pre-veterinary care

The frequent presence of pets at the scene of road accidents and house fires in his home state of Colorado prompted firefighter Michael Davis to develop a training programme for small animal pre-veterinary care for first responders.

Fire helmet assembly line opens in Austria

Firefighting equipment manufacturer Rosenbauer has recently opened a brand new helmet assembly line in Linz-Pichling in Austria.

Lowering the bar

New minimum risk levels for PFAS expected to have major impact on firefighting-foam-contaminated facilities across the US.

Fire Service College improves hydration with ice cubes

The Fire Service College has been pioneering hydration and cooling techniques by providing firefighters with ice cubes.

Take your kit off

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.

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.