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Fatal explosion in St Louis, Missouri

The US CSB sends a three-person investigation team to the Loy-Lange Box Company to assess incident that killed three and injured four on 3 April.

Update on the CSB's Assessment into Fatal Explosion in St Louis, MO, US

The US Chemical Safety Board’s three-person investigation team arrived onsite at the Loy-Lange Box Company to begin its assessment on Thursday 6 April.

Large fine for UK care home

A care home in Burnham-on-Sea in the west of England has been fined £100,000 (US$125,000) for breaching fire safety regulations at a house used for staff accommodation.

Dupont and Chemours agree to settle PFOA lawsuits

A multi-million dollar deal will be used to settle 3,550 lawsuits in Ohio and West Virginia.

Time to RISE

The SP Sweden research institute has merged with two other state-owned organisations.

Cuxhaven new centre
Maritime Safety and Security Centre Cuxhaven

Germany’s new maritime safety and security centre is officially opened.

Innovation in code administration

The US-based International Code Council has launched an award for public safety creativity in the built environment.

Falck to open new training and research centre in 2018

Falck will be opening its new training centre on the Maasvlakte in 2018. The facilities are set to be transformed into an international, knowledge centre for public and industrial fire brigades, the offshore, maritime sector and wind industry.

Falck Fire Services UK announces new multi-year contract wins

Falck Fire Services UK has signed three new contracts of up to five years at the Wilton International site in Teesside, UK, an industrial and petrochemical complex in the UK.

UK consultation launched for National Operational Guidance – Industry

The draft document provides details of the hazards and control measures required for firefighters working in a wide range of industrial sites and premises.

Firefighting exam in virtual reality

Following formal approval by the Dutch Safety Institute the Dutch firefighting exam has been carried out for the first time using the Rescuesim software, and with great success.

Bristol Uniforms expands

PPE clothing manufacturer Bristol Uniforms has significantly expanded its managed services department recruiting several new members of staff and substantially increasing the capacity of its service centres.

Lighting webinars

Manufacturer of lighting systems Peli Products is introducing regular free-to-attend webinars on its product ranges.

Offshore Experience

Virtual reality emergency simulation company helps Offshore Experience set sail in Rotterdam.

Vader extinguisher

European Commission issues alert regarding dangerous fire extinguisher.

London Fire Brigade premieres BBC VR film of terrifying Christmas blaze

A new BBC virtual reality film depicting a terrifying Christmas Day fire was given its UK premiere on 14 December 2016 at the London Fire Brigade’s new pop-up museum in Lambeth. 

Stuttgart Airport has taken a Magirus Superdragon X8 into operation

Stuttgart airport took delivery of the Magirus Superdragon X8 in July 2016. The 52-tonne vehicle, with 8x8 powertrain and four-axle, based on an Iveco IM52X8 chassis, is equipped with a twin power pack using Iveco Cursor engines and Allison 4500R fully automatic transmissions.

New emergency comms radio system at Munich Airport

Motorola Solutions has received an order to implement an update and extension of its existing TETRA digital two-way radio system at Munich Airport.

Fiskville foam contamination - Government response

The Government response to the parliamentary committee report into the contamination of the CFA firefighters' training college at Fiskville with PFCs was tabled in November in the Victorian Parliament, Australia.  

Contamination summit

A special summit is to be held in Australia in 2017 to help develop ‘nationally consistent standards for environmental contamination’.

NFPA report cites great needs with US fire departments

The fourth Fire Service Needs Assessment Survey has revealed significant shortages in staffing, training, facilities, health, wellness and equipment.

AFOA and the IFE create new aviation working group

The inaugural meeting of the Airport Fire Officers Association (AFOA) and the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) Aviation took place at Gatwick Airport Fire Station in October. The aim of the meeting was to create the first Special Interest Group for Aviation in the UK.

Personal radiation monitor with Bluetooth connectivity launched

Flir Systems has announced the launch of the Identifinder R100 personal radiation detector, the latest addition to its Identifinder R-Series handheld radiation security solutions. 

Naval Academy acquires simulators for its new training centre

The official opening ceremony for The Centre for Integrated Management and Monitoring of the Coastal Zone was inaugurated by Boyko Borisov, the Prime Minister of Bulgaria on 6 August 2016.

First portable water mist unit to achieve third party accreditation

Surefire’s Ultraguard is the first portable water mist unit to achieve third party certification to LPS 1655, BRE Global’s dedicated fire performance standard for personal protection systems (PPS). A PPS is a domestic fire suppression system designed to protect a specific risk, typically vulnerable people who are at greater risk from a fire in the home.

‘Ramp-up’ alert tones can help reduce stress on firefighters

New research has been released that examines long-term health effects suffered by emergency responders indicates that ‘ramp-up’ alert tones can help reduce stress on firefighters.

Fire evacuation design

The Division of Fire Safety Engineering at Lund University, Sweden launches an online course.

New Panther 6x6 roars for the US market

The Rosenbauer Panther is being introduced to the US at the annual conference of the ARFF Working Group, Frisco, Texas, 18-20 September.

Flashover alarm launched at Emergency Services Show

Protection for firefighters in flashover situations could be improved by the  warning system.

Building design must respond to risks posed by balcony fires

BRE Global advises careful consideration must be given to materials and structural design to mitigate the risk of fire spread.

Fire and Rescue and Industrial Fire Journal at the Emergency Services Show and Sapeur Pompier

F&R and IFJ will be exhibiting at the Emergency Services show, held on 21-22 September at stand D32 in hall 5.

Airfire for firefighters

Honeywell introduces a range of safety footwear for rescue operations.

Multi-skilled disaster response

A five-man multi-skilled team has been tasked with training Tajikistan’s emergency services to be prepared for any disaster.

US Air Force buys C6 foam

The US Air Force has awarded a US$6.2 million contract to replace fire fighting foam used in fire vehicles with an environmentally responsible foam to reduce the risk of possible contamination of soil and groundwater. 

New JESIP doctrine

The UK's Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Programme publishes second edition of The Interoperability Framework.

Live burn at Newcastle International Airport Training Academy

VIDEO: Live simulation of an engine fire on an aircraft in Newcastle International Airport - watch the Panther in action.

Entries now open for the International Firefighting Team of the Year Award

Do you have what it takes to become the International Firefighting Team of the year 2016? 

VR headsets provide car crash experience

UK brigade adopts VR headsets as part of road safety virtual reality project. 

Hazmat instructor training

The US Department of Transportation has awarded the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service US$500,000 to provide instructor training.

New partnership for hydraulic firefighting and rescue platforms

Rosenbauer International sets up a joint venture with CTE. 

Mutual aid – call for research participation

International research project launched by Kappetijn Safety Specialists and JOIFF into different mutual aid models for large-scale incidents in high-risk industries.

Environmental Management of Firefighting Foam Policy Explanatory Notes

Download the explanatory notes to the new Operational Policy of the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection Operational Policy of Queensland.

Queensland publishes new operational policy for firefighting foam

Highly restrictive environmental management requirements effectively ban aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF).

DuPont to pay US$5.1 million in damages

Second payout for contamination with C8 chemicals.

Fire in Mississippi gas processing facility

CSB deploys to fire at Enterprises Product Partners in Pascagoula, Mississippi.

Promoting the LPCB brand

BRE Global opens office in the Middle East.

Williams Xtreme Fire Training School

Williams Fire & Hazard Control will once again host its Xtreme Industrial Fire & Hazard Training School at the Gesip Fire Training Facility in Northern France, 25–29 September 2016. 

Charles McGill made an MBE after 50 years of protecting community

A man who is like a grandfather to many at Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service is being made an MBE as he marks 50 years as an operational firefighter. 

Creativity is in the air! Time for Peli Photo Contest 2016

Peli Products, global manufacturer of tough protector cases and advanced lighting systems, has announced its yearly International Photo Contest for professional and amateur photographers.

NFPA’s Firefighter Fatalities report shows a decline in on-duty firefighter deaths in 2015

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has released its annual U S Firefighter Fatalities report, which showed that a total of 68 firefighters died while on duty in the United States in 2015. This represents the fourth time in the past five years that the total number of deaths has been below 70. The number of deaths of volunteer firefighters was the second lowest total ever reported, with 32 deaths.