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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.

Actual size AFFF particulates
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.