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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.

Fire Aid – the new non-profit alliance to promote sustainable fire service aid all over the world

Fire Aid is a new organisation in the fire and rescue community. It is an alliance of UK non-profit organisations and services, with a mutual interest in providing ethical and sustainable  projects and donations of fire and rescue aid and training, to those in need of such assistance, writes Alf Wilson, Fire Aid Steering Group Member.

High-tech Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 4x4 heads for the hills

Major incidents in one of Britain’s most ruggedly beautiful areas will now be managed from a specially adapted 4x4 Mercedes-Benz vehicle.

Scott Safety acquires ISG/Infrasys

Scott Safety, a Tyco business, has acquired ISG/Infrasys, a leader in the design of thermal imaging cameras. 

Benbecula and Stornoway airports receive the first of a series of new crash tender deliveries for Scottish airports

Airport operator HIAL has launched the first of 20 new state-of the-art fire tenders following a multi-million pound investment.

Case study: new PPE requirements for Lübeck Fire and Rescue Service

When firefighters of Lübeck Fire and Rescue Service in Germany are deployed, ensuring their safety is the top priority. Since autumn 2013, the protective clothing worn by its 1,000 firefighters has been providing even higher performance protection following an extensive review, which led to the selection of new garments containing the DuPont Nomex fibre.

Top of the game for Gatwick Fire

In the spotlight – exclusive interview: Fire and Rescue speaks with Barry Alderslade, Deputy Airport Fire manager at London Gatwick Airport, about life at the sharp end.

Accolade presented at All Wales Continuous Improvement Community National Conference

The National Issues Committee (NIC), which is made up of the three Welsh Fire and Rescue Authorities and Services was recognised for its outstanding change and leadership at the All Wales Continuous Improvement Community National Conference 2014 and its inaugural awards ceremony held at the SWALEC stadium in Cardiff. 

Realistic training for tunnel fires

Starting next year firefighters can train under realistic conditions in a subway fire simulator at the Hamburg Fire Brigade Academy, writes Nils Schiffhauer.

Solberg’s fluorine-free foams awarded further certification

Re-Healing Arctic AFFF and AR-AFFF foam achieves Underwriters’ Laboratories of Canada certification.

Hot on resilience

The Fire Service College (UK) and Training 4 Resilience have launched a new collaboration – plus The FSC has also launched a new mobile carbonaceous training unit. John Hall, training director for the College, and Beverley Osborne, senior partner from Training 4 Resilience, outline the exciting new developments.

Leader presents its new range of search equipment

Leader, based in France, has introduced a new generation of search equipment designed for technical search specialists by technical search specialists. 

New Ebola guidelines for emergency departments published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) has been working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Emergency Nurses Association to establish procedures to help emergency personnel evaluate and manage emergency patients suspected of possible Ebola infection.  

Hampshire firefighters crowned World Extrication Champions at WRC 2014

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service has been crowned World Extrication Champions at the world’s biggest rescue challenge competition, the World Rescue Challenge 2014, held from October 9-11, at the Fire Service College, in Moreton-in-Marsh, UK.

Sneak preview of F&R Q4: rapid intervention vs rapid extrication

Rapid intervention is a term that is often used when talking about extrication. In my experience, it seems to mean different things to different people and is often confused with rapid extrication (the rapid removal of a casualty from a vehicle for medical or safety reasons); something very different in my view, writes Ian Dunbar, rescue Consultant for Holmatro.

Warwickshire Fire & Rescue equips it frontline trucks with a new vehicle stabilisation system from Paratech

Following extensive trials, Warwickshire County Council's Fire and Rescue Service (UK) has become the first UK brigade to acquire the new Paratech ‘Supporter’ Vehicle Stabilisation System from Vimpex. Twenty-five sets were purchased allowing a pair of ‘Supporter’ struts to be carried on all front line vehicles.