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Foam manufacturer Solberg introduces environmental warranty

Warranty stipulates Re-Healing foam will not be restricted due to the presence of organohalogens and will not be banned by regulators or government entities for a range of environmental issues.

Peachland Fire Department acquires WASP (Wildfire Automated Suppression and Protection) Trailer

Peachland Fire and Rescue Service, located in the Province of British Columbia, Canada, acquired a new state of the art piece of equipment that could help protect the community from structural damage in the event of a future wildfire.

Fire and rescue services in New South Wales switch to environmentally-responsible class A and B foam

Solberg's Asia-Pacific division has been awarded a multi-year contract by the New South Wales (Australia) Government for the supply of firefighting foam.

Vertical ventilation course
Vertical ventilation and suppression tactics in single family homes - online training

New course by UL’s Firefighter Safety Research Institute is the culmination of work carried out under the 2010 Department of Homeland Security Assistance to Firefighter Grant Program.

Kitten getting oxygen
Video: firefighter rescues a kitten and brings it back to life

Watch the amazing video of a firefighter from Fresno Fire Department (USA) who strapped a Go-Pro camera to his helmet during a house fire. He found a little kitten unconscious in the basement while searching the house. Great footage, and the cat is now suitably named Lucky.

Port Arthur
Williams Fire & Hazard Control to open new 70,000-square-foot facility in Port Arthur, Texas.

Facility to include industrial response training centre and incident response team as well as custom-made response equipment.

USFA annual report on firefighter fatalities in the United States

81 firefighters died while on duty in 2012 - two fewer than in 2011: heart attacks still the leading cause of death.

32 Argentinean fire trucks equipped with thermal imaging cameras

Cameras from Orlaco will enable forest wildland fire fighting trucks to scan the terrain and avoid obstacles.

Roaring Panthers at the Blue Danube

Following a purchase in 2011 Blue Danube Airport Linz has again opted for Rosenbauer with a second Panther 6x6 crash tender.

Gas tanker wagon explosion in Bulgaria injures 11

The most likely cause of the explosion was a gas leak from a ruptured hose which ignited as gas was being transferred to a lorry – SEE EXPLOSION VIDEO

Safe confined space entry and work

NFPA 350 draft is now open for your input.

Time to review your mass casualty decon strategy

US Army research centre offers free online source for first responders that includes tactics, techniques and procedures on mass casualty decon.

Rescue 3 Europe appoints new training provider

Red One Ltd, part of Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service in the southwest of England, will work with commercial customers and rescue/emergency agencies to offer a wide variety of skills and competencies.

Free reference card compares NFPA 704 ‘diamond’ and OSHA GHS labels

They may look similar but the numerical rating of severity of hazards are different in each system - opposite in fact.

Keeping it cool under heat stress – key recommendations for the prevention and treatment of heat related illness

The Country Fire Authority (CFA) in Victoria, Australia, conducted extensive body monitoring trials, using the latest technology in order to assess the physical and mental effects of heat stress on firefighters in action. Based on the results the CFA was able to make several essential key considerations for the treatment and prevention of this life threathening condition, writes Peter Langridge, health and wellbeing officer for the CFA.

Incendio de superficie en tanques de almacenamiento

Enrique Suárez Díaz, bombero del Ayuntamiento de Ferrol e Instructor de Bomberos, expone un sistema de organización para la puesta en funcionamiento de medios de gran caudal (article in Spanish).

Ready for emergencies in the high seas?

Exclusive interview with  The Central Command for Maritime Emergencies - including what happened during the most serious maritime disaster in German waters since World War II.

Inside view – when the Danube flooded

By John Maczko PhD, Director of OPS Armadillo Hovercraft Rescue & Response Support Unit, Hungary.

ICAO announces new ARFF foam testing and foam certification criteria

The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) confirms the changes to the International Standards and Recommended Practices, Aerodrome Design and Operations (Annex 14, Volume 1 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation) which take effect from 15 July 2013.

Russia continues the reform of its fire service with an investment of 6.8 billion dollars

The Russian fire service is on the verge of big changes due to the recent adoption of new federal state program Fire Safety in Russia until 2017, which is being driven by the Russian Government.

Oil, wind and fire

A new $1.5m offshore emergency response training facility in Newcastle International Airport (UK) is now busy with its first intake of students – Hemming Fire finds out why Offshore Training Newcastle is already promising to be a success both nationally and internationally.

Harmonising fire protection requirements for all helicopter operations

Do you have a view? The UK Civil Aviation Authority wants to hear from you.

Education key to passive fire protection improvements says ASFP

The vital role of passive fire protection in protecting both building occupants and firefighters is highlighted at the Association for Specialist Fire Protection’s AGM, held at the Cabinet War Rooms in London in June.

Tait Communications donates critical comms to West Volunteer Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services.

The equipment will replace the radios lost in the disaster and support ongoing relief efforts in the West community following the devastating fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas.

UL introduces Firefighter Safety Research Institute

A team of experts with access to UL’s leading infrastructure, equipment and vast knowledge will collaborate with fire departments and agencies around the world.

The no frills crash tender that doesn’t compromise on safety

Steve Banner visited the Plastisol factory in The Netherlands, where he saw the newly launched Kronenburg MAC CT012 crash tender, which offers a no frills firefighting proposition, especially popular with emerging markets.

Why the right ARFF training matters

In the last F&R issues relating to non-technical skills were highlighted. In the second installment of the ARFF training series Zoltán Szilvási focusses on core technical elements.

Video: test drive of Rosenbauer's new AT fire truck

Watch the video of Rosenbauer's new Advanced Technology vehicle.

Extraction systems help to protect firefighters against vehicle exhaust emissions.

A firelighter’s profession is to protect lives, property and the environment of our community, but who protects our firefighters? Kellie Murphy from Auto Extract Systems reports on how vehicle emissions extraction systems can help save lives.

New INSARAG accredited USAR team for Spain

Many countries have specialized operational units for responding to major structural collapse incidents, universally known as Urban Search and Rescue teams. Fully operational and equipped USAR units exist in 20 European countries, two in the Middle East, two in the Pacific region and four in Asia, and in the USA there are 28 Task Forces located around the country. writes George Potter.

Fight or flight

In this first installment of a two-part series on cooperation between flight crew and fire crew, Zoltán Szilvási addresses non-technical-skills, including communication, decision making, leadership, and the associated regulatory training issues.

Why rapid response combined with mobile water mist applications is the way forward

A rapid response to any fire is vital, but this is especially so at a motor racing or rally circuit where fuel and speed create a highly dangerous scenario. For this, the rapid deployment of firefighters and equipment is of paramount importance,  writes Olaf Hempel, Sales Director, Advanced Firefighting Technology (AFT).

European expert consensus leads the way for smoke inhalation treatment

European Society of Emergency Medicine (EuSEM) endorses algorithms calling for empiric treatment of smoke inhalation victims in the emergency room and at the scene.

HK$2.88 billion (US$371.5m) Fire Services Training School for Hong Kong

Mott MacDonald has been named building services design engineer by China State Construction Engineering (Hong Kong) Ltd for the development of the new Fire Services Training School (FSTS) in Tseung Kwan O, Hong Kong.

County Fire Authority of Victoria carries out body monitoring study to record vital signs during firefighting operations

Equivital, the brand for mobile human monitoring solutions for hazardous worker applications, has been involved in a national research study in Australia, investigating how best to manage heat stress in Australian firefighters. The study was devised to demonstrate how early warning of the onset of heat related injury can be given by wearing the state-of –the-art Equivital EQ02 LifeMonitor during firefighting operations.

ASTM Standards for Accident and Disaster Control published

The new compilation is now available on CD-ROM.

Protecting fire crews against cancer

As a long term contributor and advocate in fire rescue industry, Acting Chief David Michaels of the City of York Fire Rescue Services in York, Pennsylvania has seen an important need to protect firefighters from the dangers of exposure to the cancer causing components of diesel exhaust in a fire station. Due to this hazardous exposure found within the fire station, unfortunately, firefighters are in a high-risk group of getting cancer.

Afghan ARFF personnel in transition

The ARFF Services of Afghanistan's airports and airfields have been controlled by foreign military or civilian personnel since 2001 – but that’s all about to change, writes Miquel Moita.

Dual purpose clothing – for road and fireground

Bristol has designed ground breaking firefighter PPE for use by members of fire crews using motorcycles to gain rapid access to fires in congested or remote locations where normal fire response vehicles would have difficulty gaining access.

Public and private

To combat the effect of budget cuts, brigades are increasingly finding innovative ways to ensure their communities continue to receive the best possible service, reports Ann-marie knegt.

Heavy rescue – how to achieve a stable rescue scene

The team approach to road traffic collisions does not just apply to cars, but also to trucks. Whilst the approach is the same in terms of the pre-determined phases, the process is far more complex, requiring more knowledge and equipment, writes Ian Dunbar, rescue consultant for Holmatro.

 

Carcinogenicity of diesel fumes – how will it affect the industry?

How bad are engine exhaust fumes for your health? Dr. Roger Klein explains the consequences for the industry, based on the recent report published by the WHO.

An easy upgrade

Picture this scenario: a car has gone through the wall on the 4th floor of a parking garage and is precariously balanced on the edge, the occupants – a mother and a two-year-old toddler – are still trapped inside, writes Irakli West, Northern Europe Regional Manager for Paratech.

Chocks and blocks

At the FDIC in Indianapolis Kenbri Fire Fighting’s range of cribbing systems attracted a lot of interest – Ann Marie Knegt went over to find out why.

Video: engineered US fire truck drives around on two wheels

Our commercial manager Kelly Francis visited the Only Essex Stunt Show where she saw this US fire truck driving round on two wheels. We sincerely hope that this way of driving will not be adopted as standard practice by the fire and rescue service, because there might be a slight fire hazard involved. Amusing and amazing all the same.

Win-win for Teesside

A UK fire brigade is capitalising on its expertise to offer its experience to the industrial sector – and profits are being invested in community safety initiatives, writes Ann-Marie Knegt.

Crash Recovery System now also available for Android

At the end of 2011, Moditech Rescue Solutions, specialised in development and implementation of mobile information systems for emergency responders, introduced the Crash Recovery System (iCRS) for devices running on the iOS operating system. After an intensive period of development, the CRS is now available for devices operating on the Android platform.

Project EU Modex

Specialised response teams from 27 member states and five participating nations of the EU are preparing to test the capabilities of the European Civil Protection Mechanism, writes Ann-Marie Knegt.

Don’t spoil a good story by telling the truth

Simon Webb responds to the issues raised in the article “Flickers and Foam” by Mike Willson published in Fire and Rescue, 2ND Quarter 2012.

Exercise Shannon – see the video and read our report!

Exercise Shannon was a major UK multiagency exercise that took place in the south coast home of multiple top tier COMAH sites on 4-5 May. Jose sanchez de Muniain reports.