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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.

West Sussex FRS blazes a trail with first UK 6x6 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

Developed by German specialist Oberaigner the truck features a 7-tonne chassis combined with off-road capability.

Terberg DTS to launch compact aircraft incident response vehicle

Terberg DTS’s fire and rescue division will launch the latest model in its TACR compact aircraft vehicle range, the TACR4 at the Emergency Services Show in Birmingham (UK) 20-21 September.

Hampshire firefighting tactics to be used in the US

VIDEO: Firefighting tactics devised on the training grounds of Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service in the UK could soon be saving lives on the other side of the Atlantic.

Diverse approach in London

London Fire Brigade has launched an ambitious ten-year plan aimed at making the capital’s fire service the most diverse and inclusive in the country. 

New fire appliances at Cardiff Airport

Cardiff Airport’s Fire Service unveils its three Oshkosh crash tenders.

Confined space rescue and basic bailout techniques

Free training resource for firefighters now available for downloading from the Firefighters Support Foundation.

Opportunity of a lifetime

Industrial and public safety practitioners from Hong Kong, France, Slovakia, Falkland Islands and Greece came together in April for practical fire-fighting foam training. SEE VIDEO

Rosenbauer launches Efficient Technology firefighting vehicle range

Rosenbauer has launched a new vehicle concept called Efficient Technology, or ET for short. The new range brings European fire industry technology to worldwide markets. The ET series is based on lightweight aluminium structural design and can be ordered by fire services in configurations that match their technical demands and operational tactics.

London Fire Brigade adopts Magirus Team cab

Babcock International Group (Babcock), responsible for all fleet management for the London Fire Brigade, has now specified and ordered 53 fire engines via Emergency One UK (E1), the Scottish firefighting technology equipment manufacturer. The Magirus Team Cab will be integrated into all of them.

Oxfordshire FRS cyclists ride 1006 miles for Fire Fighters Charity

A group of dedicated fire personnel recently undertook a grueling cycle ride to raise funds for charity. Riding, from John O’Groats to Land’s End, they were wearing special cycling ‘fire suits’ which were sponsored by Ballyclare, the 18-strong team of riders from the Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service completed a 1,006-mile trek in just 14 days.

Single command and control system for three UK fire services

A new command and control system has gone live for Devon & Somerset, Dorset & Wiltshire and Hampshire Fire & Rescue Services.

Making the grade

New foam concentrates gain US military specification listing.

Compact skid unit

Wildland fire skid unit designed exclusively for utility task vehicles.

Faster, higher, smaller vehicles

The drive to improve efficiency whilst reducing the costs of firefighting is leading to many interesting developments in fire and rescue vehicles and equipment, reports Steve Banner.

AFOA annual conference highlights

The Airport Fire Officers Association’s annual conference that took place in January was declared an enormous success by delegates and exhibitors alike. The speakers came from very different backgrounds but they all had highly relevant messages for both airport and municipal fire services. Ann-Marie Knegt reports on the conference's highlights in the first of a two-part series.

Ground breaking tests to be undertaken on waste fires

The Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) and London Fire Brigade have been working with the Waste Industry Safety Forum (WISH), Wood Recycling Association, Environment Agency (EA) and the Environment Services Association and will undertake ground-breaking waste fire tests.

Arson: sharing intelligence

Lee Howell, Chief Fire Officer of Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service (UK) and independent chairman of the Arson Prevention Forum seeks examples of co-operation between the fire and police community in identifying arsonists.

Seeing in the dark

Essex Fire & Rescue Service orders 80 thermal imaging cameras from Scott Safety.

Swiss Army now fully armed with high volume pumps

The rescue forces of the Swiss Army are expanding their equipment with 26 mobile water supply systems from Hytrans.

Fire and rescue marine response coordination centre ready for action

The new coordination centre will support all UK fire and rescue services attending incidents at sea.

Crash resources

A new ISO standard has been published that defines the content and layout of extrication rescue documents for first responders attending an incident involving a light vehicle.

Nødnett – the Norwegian Public Safety Network – has been officially launched

On 1 December 2015, the official opening of the nationwide Nødnett network was celebrated in Kirkenes in the presence of His Majesty King Harald V of Norway and the Minister of Justice and Public Security, Anders Anundsen. The new countrywide emergency network has been complet­ed.

New high-tech fire and rescue boat for Bergen Fire and Rescue Service

The municipality and the fire department in Bergen (Norway) have been going through a process of future proofing the fire service.  Part of this was the acquisition of a new fire and rescue boat –named the Sjøbrand on Monday 30 November of 2015.

Exercise Durbar: heritage shared

Exercise Durbar not only exercised the multi-agency emergency response to a fire in the summer retreat of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert but will also serve as an exemplary model of preparedness for other high-profile cultural heritage sites. Jose Maria Sanchez de Muniain reports.

Rhizomatic learning in the fire service

The concept behind rhizomatic learning reflects a belief that the learning process never stops, much like the metaphorical roots of a plant. You either continue to grow in knowledge or simply cease to exist, write Sonia Sharmin and Michael Drew from the University of Georgia.

VIDEO:Dubai Civil Defence takes on jetpacks for high-rise response

Dubai Civil Defence has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Martin Aircraft, based in New Zealand, for the delivery of up to 20 jetpacks, which will be used high-rise firefighting operations.

Dealing with hybrid vehicles in accidents

In the Netherlands there are currently an estimated 200,000 vehicles fitted with electric propulsion, accounting for over 2% of the total number of vehicles on the roads – so what can responders do to learn the risks? Richard Mildenberg, Falck Risc, outlines the Dutch approach.

The most dangerous job in the world – Syria’s White Helmets

The Syrian Civil Defence, also known as the White Helmets, operates in some of the most hostile conditions on the planet. Established in 2013, the rescue teams of volunteers have saved thousands from almost-certain death while risking their own lives in the process. Jemma Dempsey interviews the man who set it all up, former army officer and UN security advisor turned Mayday Rescue founder, James Le Mesurier.

Six-year PFOA reprieve for firefighters' protective clothing

Management of PPE that contains restricted chemicals and legal procurement obligations are just some of the issues fire services will need to consider when new PFOA restrictions come into force in Europe.

Tackling the challenge of wildfire training with virtual reality

REPORT: Training institutes in France, Portugal, North America and Australia have created new mitigation strategies for coordinating large-scale responses to wildfires by using virtual reality simulation training at all command levels, reports Ivo Verhoef.

The fire service has to take the lead in the fight against avian influenza

COMMENT: The fire service has to take on a leading role when it  comes to the response to avian influenza, write Ken Burris and Christina Crue of Witt O’Brien’s.

Training for shipboard incidents

SEE VIDEO New simulator enables emergency crews to train for incidents in compliance with STCW advanced fire fighting courses. 

Set and match

Ensuring all your PPE is compatible is critical for ensuring the safety of the wearer, writes Philip Tasker, UK Sales Director, Bristol Uniforms.

What is all the new fuss regarding C8s as still present in some AFFFs and in fire fighting clothing?

Find out in the Huffington Post article: Welcome to Beautiful Parkersburg, West Virginia, Home to one of the most brazen, deadly corporate gambits in US history.

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A portable cooling approach for heatstroke

Caervest is a new technology that delivers rapid core body cooling to victims of heatstroke, cardiac arrest and other conditions. 

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service opts for compact vans to spread the safety message

Fire chiefs in Scotland have drafted in a new fleet of 17 fuel-efficient Mercedes-Benz Citan small vans to help spread key safety messages.

São Paulo Fire Department
São Paulo Fire Department takes on new firefighting garments

PBI Max, an outer shell material, has been selected as the fabric for the firefighting kit of the firefighters of São Paulo, Brazil.

Los Angeles Fire Department
Los Angeles Fire Department – ever @theready

Los Angeles Fire Department has successfully used social media as a serious emergency management tool, reports Jennifer Miller.