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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.

Can you hear it roaring? The new Rosenbauer Panther has been announced

Rosenbauer, the leading fire industry supplier, will bring a new generation of its Panther ARFF crash tender onto the market. The latest Panther 4x4 and 6x6 models will make their debut next year at the Interschutz Trade Fair in Hanover, while the launch of the PANTHER 8x8 version is planned for 2017. 

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service takes on Ford Courier vans

The smallest vehicle in the Ford Transit range, the all-new Ford Transit Courier, has landed a new role with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS).

Highlights of the World Rescue Challenge 2014 in pictures

The World Rescue Challenge 2014 was held from October 9-12 at the Fire Service College at Moreton-in-Marsh, UK. Organised by the World Rescue Organisation, the event hosted teams from over 30 nations simultaneously. Fire and Rescue was there and here you can see an overview of some of the highlights.

Manchester Airport Fire Service takes six new Oshkosh Striker crash tenders into service

Manchester Airport’s Fire Service has officially unveiled six brand new state-of-the-art Oshkosh Global Striker vehicles, supplied to the airport by Oshkosh’s UK distributor Terberg DTS, as part of a £4.2million investment into the airport fire operation.

Asia Pacific firefighters go back to foam school

Solberg’s annual fire fighting foam fire school event declared ‘a big success’.

Fighting fires using positive pressure ventilation - guidance published

UK Department for Communities & Local Government and Chief Fire & Rescue Adviser release generic risk assessments.

The UK Fire Service College becomes Coldcut Cobra Academy

Cold Cut Systems announces collaboration with the Fire Service College and Northamptonshire Fire & Rescue Service.

Dealing with chemical accidents at fixed facilities

The US Chemical Safety Board seeks clarification in the Emergency Response Guidebook.

Bulgarian Fire Brigade takes on Bobcat utility vehicles for remote area operations

Megatron, a dealer for the Bobcat and Doosan ranges of equipment in Bulgaria, has won an order for 70 Bobcat 3400D multi-purpose utility vehicles from the Chief Directorate Fire Safety and Civil Protection for the Ministry of the Interior in Bulgaria.

Fire joke of the week: old men rule!

On a dark night, just outside a small town, a fire broke out inside the local chemical plant. Before long it explodes into flames and the alarm goes out to fire departments from miles around. After fighting the fire for over an hour, the president of the chemical plant approaches the incident commander and says: ‘All of our secret formulas are in the vault in the centre of the plant. They must be saved! I will give $50,000 to the engine company that brings them out safely!’

Global online voting under way for the International Firefighting Team of the Year

Fire brigades from seven different countries are in competition to win the international Conrad Dietrich Magirus Award. Votes can be cast at www.world-of-firefighters.com and the winners will travel to the Fire Departmentof New York (FDNY.

Merck facility takes delivery of three new Rosenbauer appliances

Three specially-designed Rosenbauer vehicles were put into operation at the Merck company in Germany. One universal pumper with a Stinger extinguishing arm has been stationed at both the Darmstadt and Gernsheim locations, and Gernsheim also received a B42 hydraulic platform. 

Mayor of London’s attempts to ‘lock out’ striking firefighters are blocked

Plans to lock out striking firefighters, preventing them from returning to work after a strike, have been voted down by the London Fire Authority.

High volume pumps deployed to extinguish major tyre fire in factory

The city of Tianjin is a costal metropolis in the north of China, and with a population of more than 14 million people, it is the fourth largest city in China. In January 2014, a major fire broke out at the CST Tyre factory. The company CST is specialised in the production of tires and other rubber products. A HydroSub1200 (HS1200) was delivered to the Tianjin Fire Service in 2011, and was deployed to feed approximately 10 fire trucks simultaneously during the fire.

New Nomex 3DP fabric tested on DuPont Thermo-Man

DuPont recently put its new Nomex 3DP fabric to the test on DuPont Thermo-Man. Over 60 firefighters and industry professionals were invited to witness the results at an exclusive event on the site of TOTAL Bitumen in the industrial town of Brunsbüttel in Germany. Hosted in conjunction with the German association of safety engineers (VDSI), the event saw DuPont demonstrate the latest Nomex solutions and put each garment through its paces.

The new Pierce Velocity is pretty in pink to promote cancer awareness

Pierce Manufacturing (Oshkosh company) has delivered one of its Velocity pumpers to Prince George’s County, Maryland Fire/EMS Department (PGFD) in Largo, Maryland. Nicknamed ‘Courage’ through a contest conducted through the department’s social media outlets, it is one of six Pierce apparatus recently purchased by the department.

Upgraded training facility for Dallas Fort Worth ARFF firefighters

The DFW Airport Fire Training Research Center (FTRC) has undergone a complete 21st century transformation in the way Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighters (ARFF) train, writes Michael Foster, Assistant Fire Chief/Training.

Official opening of LNG training facility

Falck Risc to open its new LNG training centre at the Maasvlakte in the Netherlands.

Lake Havasu Fire Department in Arizona takes delivery of five Velocity apparatus

Pierce Manufacturing has supplied four Velocity pumpers and one 105-foot heavy-duty ladder.

Large-scale testing!

Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) in the UK has conducted a bulk foam exercise in order to test new equipment now capable of dealing with a major incident in the area, writes James Bladon, Corporate Communication Manager, AF&RS.

Calling all UK emergency services – let's create a digital coalition

West Midlands Fire Service is developing 999eye as an interim step into the digital future, explains Matt Wroughton, Emergency Response, Technical and Operational Support Directorate, WMFS.

Setting the gold standard for lone worker safety

An increase in the use of lone workers by Dorset FRS in the UK drove the service to assess associated risks and examine technology that could reduce those risks. Jose Sanchez de Muniain spent a day with hydrant technicians and home safety advisors seeing at first hand why a solution was necessary.

Confined space rescue: big tips for handling small spaces

Jacob McAfee, Assistant Chief at the USAF Plant 42 Fire Department in Palmdale, California, USA, higlights the challenges confined space rescue responders face and how to tackle them.

Fatality during confined space entry - lessons learned

The International Association of Oil & Gas Producers issues a safety alert following a fatality in May in a construction/rig repair yard in Singapore.

Interview: International honour and a trip of a life time

Fire and Rescue speaks to Salvatore La Sala, the Team Leader of the International Firefighting Team of the Year from Palermo, which won the coveted Conrad Dietrich Magirus Award. The firefighters from Palermo rescued 15 people from a collapsing building. In May they travelled up to New York to visit the FDNY for a trip of a life time.

A new dawn for wilderness rescue in Quebec

Jean-Thomas Bilodeau-Fortin from the Quebec Emergency Management Organisation highlights how the authority restructured its wilderness rescue operations so the vast province is now covered for response to the most remote areas.

Preview of Fire and Rescue Q3 - why clean PPE matters

Edward Shepherd, Service Operations Manager for Bristol Uniforms, emphasises why having clean fire kit is so important, and how firefighters can protect themselves from the consequences of coming in contact with ultra fine particulates.

Case study: Scott Safety supplies gas detection equipment to Devon and Somerset FRS

In December 2011, Newcastle-Under-Lyme Borough Council was fined for endangering people's health after carbon monoxide leaked from a gas boiler at a community centre. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted the local authority after firefighters found extremely high levels of carbon monoxide escaping from the flue in the loft and evacuated the building. Sections of the flue had come apart and the potentially lethal gas had built up and started to flow through an open trapdoor into a storeroom off the main hall.[1]

Rosenbauer launches two new sets of gloves for firefighters

Rosenbauer's new Safe Grip 3 set of gloves provide heat and flame resistance for firefighting operations, while the new Rescue II set has been designed for technical assistance purposes. 

International fire service nonprofits partner to support mental health

The International Fire Relief Mission and Emergency Ministries will work together to address firefighter mental-health stressors in developing countries.

In profile: Stansted Airport Fire and Rescue Service is ready for action

Dr Dave Sloggett reports on the unique and challenging environment in which the fire and rescue team based at Stansted Airport (London) in the United Kingdom operates. Not only is the airport FRS geared for receiving the most prolific people in the world, the team is also extremely well geared for dealing with plane hijackers.

Aircraft down – are you ready?

An estimated 55% of aircraft incidents happen off airport property and regardless of whether these incidents occur on airport property, multiple agencies and fire departments may be involved and a coordinated.

Good news - fire deaths continue to fall

Official UK statistics reveal fire deaths fallen by 40% in last decade - 5% fewer deaths than last year continue the trend.

CONFERENCE REPORT: ‘The 2013 Boston Marathon: How the Multi-Discipline, Multi-Jurisdiction Approach to Planning for the Marathon Affected the Response to, and Recovery From, the Bombings’

As presented by Kurt N. Schwartz, Undersecretary for Homeland Security and Emergency Management in the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS), Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, during NFPA 2014 Conference and Expo.

West Midlands Fire Service chooses PPE after extensive testing procedures

Today’s firefighters attend an increasingly complex range of scenarios.  Whether it is small house fires, flood and water rescues, car accidents or tackling large industrial fires, firefighters need turnout gear that both protects from heat and flame and is comfortable to wear.  But what exactly do firefighters look for in their turnout gear?