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Scott Safety introduces SCBA for firefighters and industrial responders

Scott Safety has now announced the launch of a new range of breathing apparatus. The new range aims to provide ultimate comfort, reliability and performance for professional fire services and complete protection for firefighters and others needing IDLH protection working in the oil and gas markets around the world.

Aircore foam and water mist turbine innovation launched at 150 years Magirus

Last week Magirus, based in Ulm, Germany, launched a multitude of new innovations as part of the celebrations of its 150-year existence. Hemmingfire will be revealing all these new products over the coming weeks as well as in Fire and Rescue magazine Q3 with a full report. One of these new developments was Magirus Aircore, a high performance turbine for firefighting operations.

Metro Fire Chiefs appoints new officers and board members at its annual conference

The Metropolitan (Metro) Fire Chiefs Association, a section of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) held its 2014 annual conference in Baltimore, Maryland May 31 – June 5. 

Smeal Fire Apparatus acquires LTI assets

Smeal Fire Apparatus has announced that is has acquired the assets of LTI, including LTI ladders, platforms and tractor-drawn aerials, Squrt and TeleSqurt boom-ladders and Snorkel articulating aerial platforms.

Rio de Janeiro Fire Brigade opts for new PPV fans for combined ventilation techniques

France-based, Leader has won the tender issued by the fire brigade of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) for the supply of 40 ventilation kits.

Toledo Fire Department purchases virtual incident response training simulator

To further enhance its training courses and allow in-depth training for any type of incident, the Toledo Fire and Rescue Department (USA) has purchased and implemented the RescueSim virtual incident command training platform. The agreement follows an extended testing period of the simulator throughout the first quarter 2014.

Watch the 3D video of the Metropolitan Fire Brigade’s (MFB) new state-of-the-art training facility in Craigieburn

The MFB is building a specialised emergency services learning and training facility in Craigieburn, Melbourne (Victoria, Australia), which will ensure a safer and more capable MFB and the ongoing protection of the Victorian community.

Preview F&R Q2: Should there be an international standard for vehicle extrication?

F&R asked three different professionals active in the rescue industry what their thoughts were on standardising extrication procedures internationally.

Fire & Rescue Q2 PREVIEW: Floodfighters Conference

Floodfighters – SAR to Resuscitation took place 26 March in Poole, UK, bringing a rich feast of cutting-edge knowledge to an expert audience: here is one of the presentations from the day. ‘2013, 60 years on from 1953 – lethal storms and sea surge, how are we doing in flood rescue response?’ Deputy Chief Fire Officer Roy Harold, Norfolk FRS.

Full-scale live fire exercise with over 50 firefighters takes place this weekend in the Dartford Tunnel

On Saturday 10 May seven fire engines and specialist vehicles from the west of the county along with colleagues from Essex Fire and Rescue Service will be called to the scene between 10pm and 2am to test the emergency services and other partner agencies response to a major incident in the tunnel, which crosses the River Thames in England.

Plans for new Incident Command Development Centre in Muscat, Oman

The primary function of the ICDC will be to provide Incident Command training to all emergency services and first responders in the GCC across the three main levels of command, operational, tactical and strategic.

UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute introduces online learning in partnership with NIST and FDNY

“Scientific Research for the Development of More Effective Tactics” is a free online course that is the culmination of full-scale field experiments performed on Governors Island by the Fire Department of New York, NIST and UL.

Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service purchases 54 new thermal imaging units

Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service is the latest UK Brigade to opt for the ISG X-Series thermal imaging camera.

The London Fire Brigade announces preferred bidder for critical fleet management contract

Babcock International Group  is the preferred tenderer on the multi-million contract to manage London Fire Brigade’s (LFB) fleet. 

Dutch Zaanstreek-Waterland fire brigade chooses TenCate Millenia fabric for its new turnout gear

The protective materials from TenCate will be used in 800 new firefighting ensembles and supplied in partnership with the LHD Group in Germany. 

FireDos breaks into the market

The news is out – there is a new manufacturer of monitors in the fire fighting market.

Airport firefighters cross the Channel from Bordeaux to train in England

Refresher training takes place at Durham Tees Valley airport. 

Fire department mergers - not for the faint hearted! A Californian perspective

Like anywhere else in the world the past six years have not been kind to local government agencies in California, and this includes fire departments, writes Chief Stewart Gary.

Kenbri Firefighting and Rosenbauer deliver eight AT3 structural and rescue pumpers to the Dutch Air Force Command

Kenbri Firefighting has recently delivered eight structural and rescue pumpers to the Dutch Air Force Command (CLSK), which will be deployed at airbases all over The Netherlands. 

New Hong Kong Fire mobile training unit is brought into operation

At the beginning of February the Hong Kong Fire Services Department began operating a mobile training facility from Haagen, a manufacturer of firefighter training products and complete training systems, a cooperation partner of the LHD Group.

Ian Dunbar's rescue blog: working with multiple agencies

With very few exceptions around the world, extrication is not carried out by a single agency. There will usually be technical rescue, medical rescue and police personnel on scene. In addition to this, specialists may also arrive whether this is to isolate electricity, operate heavy lifting equipment, carry out collision investigation or maybe even an air ambulance to evacuate a patient. Having an on-scene working relationship is one thing, but isn't a training or preplanning relationship at least equally important?

Magirus delivers 67 Light Forestry Vehicles to Bulgaria

A second delivery of 67 medium Forestry Vehicles will follow in March under a contract worth 16 million Euros.

A shared interest in arff: a report from the Airport Fire Officers Association's conference

Part one of our coverage of the airport fire officers association conference that took place january 15-16 in dublin (ireland), by F&R editor Ann-Marie Knegt.

Fire and Rescue Q1, 2014 has been published

Click here  or on the cover to read Fire and Rescue Q1, 2014. In this issue we are featuring the following topics: fire behaviour, thermal imaging cameras, tactical ventilation, a report on the AFOA Conference, foam and its true cost, a new hoselayer truck for the CFA, confined space rescue, foam procurement, global training,  flood and storm response.

Vehicle test: the Multicar M31

Steve Banner took the latest Multicar M31 to the road to review the latest firefighting package available with this off road vehicle and to see if the chassis/cab combination is fit-for-purpose for use by the fire service.

Inland sea
Working the floods in Southwest England – in pictures

A week in the Somerset Levels, by HVP Capability Officer Carl Haslam, National Resilience Offices, The Fire Service College, UK

TEEX - creating a global community

The Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service has firmly established its Cooperative Learning Centers all over the globe, providing access to tailor-made training with an emphasis on responder safety.

Sneak preview of F&R Q1: The true picture of thermal imaging cameras

Can you tell the difference between a basic thermal imaging camera and a ‘high performance’ firefighting thermal imaging camera? Ann-Marie Knegt speaks with David Little, CEO of ISG Infrasys.

What happened during the September Colorado floods – report of a multi-agency disaster response operation

EXCLUSIVE - Tim Dorsey, Deputy Chief at West County EMS and Fire Protection District reports on a storm system that started to impact north central and central Colorado on September 9-10, 2013.

West Midlands Fire Service trial a cinemizer controlled quadcopter for search and rescue

In a recent fire service exercise, Operation Carnage, West Midlands Fire Service evaluated a new way of flying their quadcopter using the ZEISS cinemizer OLED head-mounted display in order to get a real birds-eye view of the proceedings. 

NZFS Announces Christchurch Fire Station Redevelopment Plans

The New Zealand Fire Service is to build seven new fire stations in Christchurch to meet the known and emerging needs of the city and its communities.

Great Barrier Reef
Foam: the cost – and still counting!

All fire fighting foams have to some degree or other an unacceptable impact on the environment when released in an uncontrolled or regulated manner. Roger A. Klein looks at the disposal, remediation and lifetime costs of fire fighting foam.

2013 - a busy year at Heathrow Airport

New PPE, new Panthers and new foam – not to mention two aircraft incidents – means 2013 has been particularly busy for Heathrow’s Airport Fire and Rescue Service (AFRS), writes Graeme Day, Fire Service Compliance Manager, Technical Standards and Assurance.

Panther crash tenders - now designed to fit Volvo Euro V engines

They are already in operation in Bremen (DE), Linz (AT) and Lyon (FR) and the next versions are to be stationed at airports in Riga (LV) as well as Auckland (NZ), Cologne-Bonn and Dortmund (DE). The trucks in question are Panther crash tenders, which have a Volvo engine installed for the first time.

Ultra-high pressure technology with piercing precision

A delivery to Mojave Air and Space Port as well as a new product that delivers increased fire extinguishing capabilities – Ann-Marie knegt catches up with PyroLance president Bill Ballantyne.

Palermo Fire Department named ‘International firefighting team of the year 2013’

Firefighting teams from many countries have been competing for the title of International Firefighting Team of the Year’ in recent months. The winners were announced during an awards ceremony in Ulm, Germany, on Friday evening, November 22nd. Palermo Fire Department (Italy) was presented as the winner and was able to take the prestigious award home. The runner-up was Botosani Fire Department (Romania), while Mooskirchen Fire Department (Austria) celebrated third place.

Rescue of Personnel from Height on Tower Cranes - guidance from the UK’s Construction Plant-hire Association

Revised guidance covers the rescue of authorised persons on site: primary duty for ensuring rescue resources are available rests with the organisation controlling the site of the tower crane.

Less heat, no stress

At FRI International (Chicago) Fire and Rescue met up with Todd Herring, VP Fire Service Sales for Tecgen Xtreme apparel.Tecgen Xtreme apparel supplies a lightweight breathable single layer garment that offers high flame and radiant heat protection. Ann-Marie Knegt decided to find out why more and more fire departments were adding it to their ‘tool’ inventory.

Fire and Rescue Q4 has been published!

Our market-leading international publication covering emergency response is available to read online.

Lead instructor Jim Grove, and Editor of Fire and Rescue Ann-Marie Knegt.
Preview of Fire & Rescue Q4: Pioneers at West Midlands Fire Service Academy

West Midlands Fire Academy is leading in the study of the effects of wind-driven fires. Ann-Marie Knegt visited the facility and donned fire kit to experience the behaviour of compartment fires.

New guidance for fire departments published by UK Government

One guidance document deals with fighting fires at venues where large numbers of the public attend for the purposes of entertainment and the other with fighting fires in places of lawful detention.

Preview of Fire and Rescue Q4: Mayhem on rails

Sinisa Jembrih, Zagreb Fire Department (Croatia) together with Boštjan Triler and Primož Štraus from Zavod vizija varnosti report on an impressive international railway exercise that took place in Slovenia.

Road-rail vehicles protect Belgian railway tunnel

The Zaventem and Vilvoorde fire services in Belgium are operating on unusual terrain with their new rescue pumpers with all-wheel drive and track traveling device.

Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service invests in Scott thermal imaging cameras.

Thermal imaging camera technology has dramatically progressed since the first prototypes in 1992. What were initially expensive, bulky, weighty and temperamental pieces of equipment have evolved into essential tools that are small, lightweight and affordable.

FEMA Releases the NIMS Intelligence / Investigations Function Guidance and Field Operations Guide

Guidance for using and integrating Intelligence / Investigations Function while adhering to the concepts and principles of the National Incident Management System doctrine.

Rosenbauer presents first Euro VI firefighting appliance

Following the initial presentation of Euro VI models by truck manufacturers at the IAA in Frankfurt, Rosenbauer has now introduce its first low-emission fire appliance  with the latest exhaust emissions technology, the AT-design rescue pumper on an MAN TGM all-wheel chassis.

B-Fire 450
Lights, camera, action!

Rovereto and Schio Fire Departments (Italy) provide the actors for aerial platform video demonstration.

All new Oise Fire and Rescue aerial platform vehicle debuts at French Firefighters Congress

Oise Fire and Rescue department unveils 32-metre aerial platform truck equipped with an Allison automatic transmission at the 120th French Firefighters Congress in Chambéry, Rhône-Alpes.

Frankfurt am Main firefighters bring new structural pumper fleet from Rosenbauer into active service

Mid-October saw the festive handover by Rosenbauer of several new HLFs (structural pumpers) to the Frankfurt am Main Professional Fire Service. The trucks are part of a comprehensive replacement program, involving the acquisition of 19 vehicles, during which the entire HLF fleet will be switched to Rosenbauer ATs by the end of the year.

London Assembly to investigate amphibious vehicle fire

The London Assembly is launching an investigation into the response to a fire on board an amphibious vehicle cruising the river Thames on 29 September.