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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.

Cyanide in house fires – be aware

Atmospheric monitoring study reveals dangerous levels of cyanide in house fire smoke – by Nic Lacey, Crew Commander at the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, UK.

Video: Positive Pressure Attack

In this video crews initiate PPA by first taking ample exhaust where the fire is already exhausting. Observe the area at the attack entrance above the cone of air from the fan. This area is called the barometer of interior conditions. If this area does not clear of thick smoke or flame the fire and building circumstances does not support safe PPA. If this area clears attack crews have enough exhaust to safely use PPA and make there way to the fire area with little smoke impeding their progress.

Push me pull you

Ziegler Croatia, Daughter Company of German Ziegler has recently delivered a new vehicle specifically built for tunnel evacuation. The new truck was specifically built upon the request of the BINA Istra Fire Department in Croatia, writes Sinisa Jembrih, from Zagreb Fire Department, Croatia

“Merkur” Tunnel rescue vehicle, the world premiere with two heads

The world’s first electric drive tunnel rescue vehicle “Merkur” with two driver cabs has now been officially launched. Firefighter from all over the world experienced the “Merkur” live during a simulated fire rescue in the Croatian Ucka Tunnel on Friday the 29th of June.

Spanish firefighting in focus

The Unidad Militar de Emergencias (UME – Military Emergency Unit) was created to support civilian emergency services in extreme cases and it has proved itself time and time again against a backdrop of a civilian service paralised by unique working conditions – but could it be under threat? George Potter reports from Spain.

Rihanna evacuated from hotel after fire in lift shaft

Pop superstar Rihanna was one of 300 guests evacuated from a hotel on Whitehall Place, SW1 after a small fire in a lift shaft. 

Guidance for aircraft incidents for municipal firefighters

F&R provides a rare glimpse into how West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service District Commander Peter Martin put together Fire and Rescue Service Operational Guidance - Aircraft Incidents: a document that had not been updated for over a decade.

Going inside – strategies to eliminate risk during interior firefighting operations

Paul Grimwood highlights the risk factors that impact on survivability during interior firefighting operations. When firefighters are deployed to the interior of a fire involved building for fire attack, search and rescue operations or as support to crews working ahead or above them, there are several risk critical factors that may impact upon their ability to survive such a hostile environment

Facing new extrication challenges – new vehicle technology (NVT)

New vehicle technology (NVT) can seem intimidating, since not all rescuers can afford the latest tools with extra cutting performance. Aaron Heller, Fire Captain of the Hamilton Township Fire District #9 and co-owner of On Scene Training Associates, emphasizes that NVT is in no way insurmountable with a basic set of rescue equipment, and the right extrication procedures and strategies.

Exercise Shannon - exclusive preview

A major UK multiagency exercise is to take place in the south coast home of multiple top tier COMAH sites on 4-5 May.

Risk aversion in the fire service: report released today

The 2008 Galston Mine Incident report provides an independent assessment of the circumstances surrounding the death of Alison Hume who fell down a disused mine shaft in Galston on 26 July 2008.

ARFF and the control and rescue gap: why risk assessment is not risk aversion

Aviation rescue and fire fighting (ARFF) is characterised by a different timescale and set of priorities to normal civilian fire fighting. Time is of the essence. It is essential to minimise the delay between controlling the fire and carrying out any rescue of passengers and crew. The overall operational window is short by other fire fighting standards, writes Roger Klein.

Israeli Fire Service integrates 26 new Ziegler trucks into its fleet

During a festive ceremony the Israeli Fire Brigade officially incorporated 26 new Ziegler water/foam tenders Type TLF 20/30-3 into its fleet.

Break and enter – fire services switch to tactical forcible entry tools

Modern buildings are designed to keep people out – making the job harder for the fire service to get in. Luckily, manufacturers are coming to the rescue by launching dedicated tool sets that open doors and break locks with accuracy.   

Game changers in ARFF technology

Ann-Marie Knegt visits the Royal Dutch Air force Training Academy to see a newhigh-tech ARFF vehicle that could influence future ICAO and NATO standards.

FEMA: breaking the repetitive disaster damage scenario

FEMA/Commonwealth share costs of steps taken during rebuilding that will lessen impact of future disasters

Department of Homeland Security (US): 2012 preparedness grants for major disasters

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano has posted FY 2012 grant guidance and application kits for seven DHS preparedness grant programs totalLing over $1.3 billion.

Increasing efficiency – the case for rapid response vehicles

Through effective vehicle conversions, fire services can allocate resource dependent on the task and rationalise their operations.  Andy Harris, specialist vehicle sales manager at UK company Bott, explains how.

Fire fighting machines

Remote controlled vehicles have now attended over 50 UK hazardous materials incidents in the last five years, writes QnetiQ Senior Project Engineer and Technical Lead for Project GHOST, Kenneth A Pink.

New nozzle hose solution saves time and manpower during response

Fire brigadier Herbert Fettweis of Duesseldorf, Germany has developed the new ICONOS nozzle hose for safe and cost effective firefighting of waste dump fires, and wildfires. Herbert designed the hose because in his experience valuable manpower was often wasted during these types of incidents, where people were just simply standing somewhere while pouring water down on the same spot. 

New rescue pumper for South Australia County Fire Service

Fraser Engineering, based in New Zealand, has recently delivered a new rescue pumper to the South Australia County Fire Service. The vehicle is now operational in Morphett Vale, located in the suburbs of Adelaide, and is based on a CFS Iveco Eurocargo Pumper.

Firefighters urge caution during ‘severe cold weather’

‘We’ve recently heard of people putting heaters and hairdryers in their beds to stay warm and this is a disaster waiting to happen” – Dave Brown, Assistant Commissioner for Operations and Mobilising, London Fire Brigade.

Melting SCBA facepiece lenses

NIST releases report into ‘what is often considered the weakest component of a firefighter’s ensemble in high heat conditions.’

Fire Protection Research Foundation publishes report on CAFS

‘Capabilities and limitations of compressed air foam systems (CAFS) for structural firefighting’ includes a summary of a workshop held in December at the Montgomery County Public Service Training Academy, Rockville (MD).

CSB recommendations from propane explosion result in life-saving change

Statement by Chairman Rafael Moure-Eraso marks five-year anniversary of the tragedy that claimed the lives of two responders and two propane technicians (safety video also available).

Merino wool makes a comeback in the firefighting industry

For centuries wool had been the fibre of choice for clothing worn by soldiers, police, firemen and search and rescue teams because of wools natural protective properties and its versatility over a wide range of extreme environments but over recent years these benefits have been forgotten, that is until now.

Hong Kong takes delivery of a specially adapted aerial ladder platform with crane

Italian-based company, CTE has delivered a new aerial ladder vehicle that also carries an Effer crane to Hong Kong Fire Brigade.