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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.

core body cooling
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.

Shortcuts and firefighters’ clothing don’t mix

If you are clear about your legal responsibilities in providing protective clothing for your firefighters then you could be in the minority, writes Philip Johnson of UK firefighters’ clothing supplier Flamepro.

Government reports lowest number of fire deaths ever

New figures released on August, 20, 2015 show that fire deaths in England have continued to fall, with 6% fewer deaths than last year.

Large dry powder fire extinguishers – safety alert

The UK’s Health and Safety Executive warning follows operating failure of multiple extinguishers during a recent incident.

Tunnel emergencies for English-speaking firefighters

The International Fire Academy in Balsthal, Switzerland is now offering an intensive training course for firefighting operations in road and railway tunnels in English.

Ditch the dirty kit!

A pioneering new movement that provides practical steps to reduce exposure to contaminants and incidences in cancer is growing in Sweden, reports Jose Maria Sanchez de Muniain.

Dutch Safety Regions choose virtual training system to enhance incident command training

Following an official tender for delivery and installation of a virtual training system, the Safety Regions Kennemerland and Zaanstreek-Waterland have selected RescueSim as their virtual training tool of choice to further enhance their incident command training courses. 

Cambridgeshire FRS adopts high-tech PPE solution

Following a rigorous tender process, Cambridgeshire FRS has signed a 10 year contract with Bristol Uniforms for the head-to-toe supply of firefighter PPE, including its latest XFlex design coats and trousers, which is planned for a spring 2016 roll-out.

Did you see the new Panther at Interschutz?

Whirling street dancing, flashing lights and loud fanfare welcomed the fourth generation of one of the world’s most successful ARFF vehicles.

Visions through the Halo – the new helmet-mounted TIC

F&R Q2 TASTER: As news breaks out about a new helmet-mounted tic Ann-Marie knegt speaks to halo thermal imaging's James Brooks about how the tool will enhance fire operations.

Tactical Advance

F&R Q2 TASTER: Task Force Tips’ Rod Carringer shares his perspective on nozzle performance with Class A foam solutions in different tactical situations during structural firefighting scenarios.

Fire and Rescue Q2 has been published – enter our picture competition and win Ian Dunbar’s latest book

Fire and Rescue will exhibiting at Interschutz in Hall 27, stand M26. Come and visit us to pick up your 3D glasses so you can see our very special 3D advertisements in this issue. Together with Holmatro (Hall 26, stand H30 and Open-air site FG, stand L12/3) we are also giving away 10 copies of Vehicle Extrication Techniques, written by International Rescue Expert Ian Dunbar.

An international standard for search-and-rescue dogs

ASTM International has established a common standard that would enable the evaluation of different organisations’ certifications.

Arizona firefighters prepare for major disasters

Several fire departments meet for a series of regional response task force drills.

Free 'Basic forcible entry' training available from the Firefighters Support Foundation

The Firefighters Support Foundation’s latest training course is now available, addressing the physics of levers, forcible entry tools, residential vs commercial construction, door size-up, thru-the-lock methods, and conventional forcible entry. 

Firefighting with C6 foams

Solberg announces UL and ULC (Canada) certification for its Arctic AFFF and Arctic AR-AFFF ATC foam concentrates.

New training facilities for London Fire Brigade complete

$9.8m project is the largest modernisation programme for LFB in over a century.

Kent firefighters use the latest firefighting techniques to save a period property

CASE STUDY: Firefighters have been praised for their professional handling of a serious fire at a large Georgian house in Thurnham, near Bearsted (UK), on Friday March 20.

Avon Fire & Rescue Service hosts international search and rescue conference

Delegates from around the world gathered in Bristol (UK) to discuss the coordination of the response to international disasters like earthquakes, flooding and volcanic eruptions.

Call for editorial for the Interschutz issue of Fire and Rescue

Interschutz is around the corner and Fire and Rescue will be present at the show in Hall 27, stand M26. The next issue of Fire and Rescue will be distributed from our stand, and we invite organisations and individuals to send in editorial for this very special issue.

Bringing science to the streets

UL Fire Firefighter Safety Research Institute (FSRI) releases new course - Residential attic and exterior fire hazards.

Winners of International Firefighting Team of the Year (Rio de Janeiro) visit FDNY

As the winners of the international Conrad Dietrich Magirus Award, firefighters from Rio de Janeiro fly to New York City to visit the fire department/the 2015 competition begins on March 30: register at www.world-of-firefighters.de.

Update – CAA and EASA regulations and standards

During the AFOA conference (Dublin January 20-21, 2015) a regulatory update was provided by Neil Gray (Principal RFFS Inspector – Civil Aviation Authority). CAA priorities for 2015 include a transition process that sees in-scope aerodromes moving from compliance with the requirements of CAP168, to compliance with Commission Regulation (EU) 139/2014 (EU Rules).

ARFF matters – a report on the Airport Fire Officers Conference

The 14th annual Airport Fire Officers association Conference held in Dublin in January brought together ARFF professionals from all over the world. Ann-Marie Knegt was at hand to report the highlights of an event that is growing in prestige – and attending delegates – every year.

Spartan Motors builds ten new apparatus for the Detroit Fire Department

Spartan Motors through its subsidiary Spartan Chassis, recognised the Detroit Fire Department (DFD) during a celebration on the company’s campus in Charlotte, Michigan for the continued commitment of the DFD throughout the city’s resurgence. Daryl Adams, Spartan’s recently appointed President and Chief Executive Officer, was joined by Detroit Fire Commissioner Edsel Jenkins for a ceremonial presentation during the Pure Michigan Celebration, which resulted in the company donating $10,000 to the Detroit Fire Department.

Welsh firefighters opt for YDS Crosstech boots

YDS, a manufacturer of footwear for the emergency services and the military, have been awarded the contract to supply all Welsh firefighters with YDS flame retardant leather Crosstech fire boots.

Training for ARFF and industrial sectors – onshore and offshore

With 14 aviation rigs and six foam tenders the International Fire Training Centre in Durham Tees Valley Airport is well known in the ARFF world – but it is also gaining a strong reputation in the offshore, marine and industrial sectors. Business Operations Manager Gary Watson spoke with Jose Sanchez de Muniain about all the latest developments.

BA units or BA buses?

A BA van or BA unit generally describes a vehicle that is laid out for the transportation and/or rehab of breathing apparatus. Not so in Switzerland, where a BA van is a first-response vehicle that is used as a personnel carrier, writes Dr Holger de Vries, a freelance fire engineer from Germany.

Twente Safety Region in the Netherlands orders 1,028 sets of protective firefighting clothing

Delivery of the first firefighters' sets of protectivewear is expected to start in March 2015.

Mozart Airport increases its ARFF capability

ICAO Cat. 9 airport takes delivery of third Panther which brings the combined total of fire fighting power to 33,600 litres of water, 4,700 litres of foam and 1,000 litres of powder.

PPV manufacturer offers free interactive courses

The downloadable courses have been put together by Leader and EducExpert and are designed to assist in positive pressure ventilation training.

Major ship fire tackled by multiple Cobra cutting extinguishers

TECHNOLOGY IN ACTION: Units from four different regional fire & rescue services attended to a major ship fire at the fishing harbour at Scheveningen, NL. Report from Stafbrandmeester Robin Jonkman of Amsterdam-Amstelland Brandweer.

FLIR thermal imaging cameras help Mühldorf county fire department deliver better firefighting services

Thermal imaging cameras (TIC) for firefighters used to be bulky, expensive and generally unobtainable for small voluntary fire departments, of which the German state of Bavaria has so many. With the latest developments in thermal imaging technology, TICs like FLIR’s K50 camera, have become extremely attractive and affordable, even for small fire brigades. The fire department of the German city of Mühldorf has recently acquired FLIR’s latest thermal imaging camera for firefighting operations.

Ultra high-pressure skid for pickup trucks

TECHNOLOGY: The new Firelite Transport FTUHP-400 series ultra high-pressure (UHP) skid unit from Kimtek features the FoamPro Turbo Stream high-energy firefighting system from the FRC Corporation.

Fire fighting foams: the essential truths

OPINION: Fluorochemicals give firefighting foams some amazing capabilities and without them they simply don’t work as well – if at all, writes David Plant, Global Product Manager, Fire Fighting Chemicals, Angus Fire.

New range of compact hand pumps from Holmatro

Holmatro has launched a new range of compact hand pumps to drive a variety of hydraulic rescue tools during different operations, ranging from vehicle rescue to emergency response. Made of high-grade aluminum and equipped with a fiberglass reinforced handle, the new pumps are lightweight but robust.This makes them easy to carry and protects them from damage.