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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.

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.