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Amerex buys Solberg Scandinavian

Amerex, a manufacturer of hand portable extinguishers and fixed special-hazard fire suppression systems, today announced that it has completed the acquisition of Solberg Scandinavian AS, one of the largest independent firefighting foam agent manufacturers in Europe.

Charging for attending false alarms – serious impact in the UK predicted

The Fire Industry Association (FIA) warns that if the Fire and Rescue Services charge to attend false alarms, as proposed in the new Localism Bill, it could have a serious impact on fire safety in England and Wales.

Cumberland County (Tennessee) celebrates its new CORP25 land mobile radio network solution

Together, the PlantCML CORP25 digital trunked-radio access solution and Zetron’s digital Acom console are providing Cumberland County with improved 9-1-1 dispatch functionality, enhanced radio coverage, and true interoperability among the public safety agencies it serves.

Jacking of flat bottomed storage tanks – safety notice

The UK Health and Safety has issued a warning in conjunction with The UK Petroleum Industry Association, Tank Storage Association and EEMUA regarding the tank jacking operations.

Protective clothing to get more expensive

DuPont Protection Technologies announces global price increases.

Sembcorp selects RescueSim for its Virtual Emergency Response Training

Sembcorp Utilities has selected the RescueSim Emergency Response Training platform as one of its training tools to prepare its incident response teams. A continuous focus on Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) lies at the core of Sembcorp’s business. As a leading supplier of essential utilities to major international companies at one of the UK's largest and most important manufacturing sites, Wilton International, any incident can result in disruption to operations. Preventing incidents from occurring and effective response if incidents do occur is a core part of Sembcorp’s strategy of managing HSE risks associated with its activities.

First new Oshkosh Striker crash tender sold to Redmond Fire and Rescue

Oshkosh Airport Products Group, a division of Oshkosh Corporation today announced that its first new generation Oshkosh Striker aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF) vehicle has been sold to Roberts Field, Redmond Municipal Airport (RDM) in Redmond, Ore. The new Striker 3000 model will be placed into service at RDM in early fall 2011. The new Striker was unveiled last April at the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC).

Bay Search and Rescue trains Dublin Civil Defence in the use of Hagglund ATERV's (All Terrain Emergency Rescue Vehicles)

Gary Parsons, Station Officer and Paul Calland, Deputy Station Officer of Bay Search and Rescue based at Flookburgh and Milnthorpe (UK), have recently traveled over to Dublin, Ireland, at the invitation of Acting Chief Civil Defence Officer John Moriarty. The Cumbrian team was contacted by Dublin Civil Defence which have recently acquired a Hagglund for Flood and Snow Rescue operations. After accrying out extensive research the Civil Defence Force found out that the Bay Search and Rescue has the most experience in operating these vehicles.

Disaster response challenge - opportunity in the UK

This two-day event has been running since 2004 and gives participants a unique opportunity to experience firsthand the issues and decisions faced by the British Red Cross international emergency response unit (ERU).

Preview of 2nd edition of tunnel fire safety Handbook

The second edition of ‘The Handbook of tunnel fire safety’ is in preparation now and is expected to be published by ICE Publishing (Institution of Civil Engineers) during 2011. 

Deepwater Horizon report – in short

Summary of the report by the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill and offshore drilling

Campaign launched to warn first responders of CO hazards

The International Association of Fire Chiefs has joined Masimo and the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) to announce the launch of "The Silent Killer," an educational campaign aimed at raising awareness of the duty-related dangers of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning and reducing the known risk factors that unnecessarily kill or injure fire fighters each year.

Application period opens for US Department of Homeland Security fire prevention and safety grants

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced that the application period for the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) programs Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) grants opened at 8 am EST on Monday, January 3, and will close at 5 pm EST on Friday, February 4, 2011.

Preparing for terrorist attack

New technology means that prevention and decontamination plans involving substances such as Anthrax and toxic gases can be accurately set up for airports and railways stations. Jose Sanchez de Muniain talks to Raymond Andrieu of HyGie-Tech.

New foam labelling system ready to fly

Foam for ARFF operations: why we need the Environmental Impact System and Qualified Products List, by Roger A Klein, Cambridge.

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DNV develops new Offshore Standard for floating wind turbine structures

In order to support faster progress in the offshore floating wind industry, DNV and key players are developing a common design standard. The conclusions from this joint industry project will provide best practices on principles and technical requirements and guidance for design, construction and in-service inspection work. 

New monitor from Akron Brass

CSB commends ICC on preventing future tragedies due to indoor purging

US Chemical Safety Board chairman Rafael Moure-Eraso has issued a statement regarding the International Code Council’s decision to prohibit indoor purging with an emergency amendment to the International Fuel Gas Code and the International Residential Code.

FDNY - prepared for any incident

Chief Del Re is the Fire Department of New York’s Chief in Charge of the Haz-Mat Group, believed to be the most robust and hazmat-capable response group in the USA, if not the world. Since the tragic events of September 11, FDNY’s hazmat capabilities have expanded tremendously both to reflect the lessons learned in terms of public protection and personnel safety as well as response to the post 9/11 challenges. Chief Del Re talks exclusively to Jose Sanchez de Muniain.

Public sector cuts result in job losses at JDC

Cuts in public sector budgets are resulting in job losses at John Dennis Coachbuilders (JDC). The Guildford-based fire engine manufacturer will be making around 45 people redundant at the end of November 2010.The redundancies will include shop floor workers as well as office staff.

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Welcome to the latest exciting issue of Industrial Fire Journal, where you will notice an increased focus on fire engineering and the latest thinking in fire prevention, detection and of course suppression or extinguishment. Of course that is not to say we are neglecting to bring you important reports on active response as well, and you’ll notice some high-profile case studies and reports in this issue, including the story of the birth of a new firefighting team for an aluminum smelting complex in Abu Dhabi, and the latest research on silo fires and firefighting techniques.

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Malaysia Airport group orders 21 Rosenbauer Panthers

Rosenbauer, the Austrian manufacturer of firefighting vehicles, has received a contract from the UMW Group for the supply of 21 aircraft rescue firefighting (ARFF) vehicles to the Malaysia Airport Holding Berhad (MAHB). The order, which has a value of

North American expansion for Marioff

To serve a growing customer demand Marioff Oy (part of UTC Fire & Security) has expanded its North America operations by adding technical support and customer service capability in Ashland, Massachusetts.


Kingfell awarded LPS 1048 accreditation

London-based fire engineering company Kingfell plc has been awarded LPS 1048 certification by the UK’s foremost fire accreditation organization, the Loss Prevention Certification Board.

Last call for companies to register chemicals

The European Commission is reminding companies that they must register the most widely used or most dangerous chemicals by the deadline of 30 November this year. Registration is one of the milestones of REACH, the EU Regulation on chemicals and their safe use.

Major evolution of FM fire protection standards

FM Global, one of the world’s largest commercial property insurers, has rolled out significant modifications to its fire protection standards with the introduction of a new Property Loss Prevention Data Sheet 2-0, Installation Guidelines for Automatic Sprinklers and a revised version of its Data Sheet 8-9, Storage of Class 1, 2, 3, 4 and Plastic Commodities.

Car blaze drama part of world first

A car was dramatically set on fire in a car park in a ‘world first’ test scenario at Warringtonfiregent to help develop safety standards at European and international levels, that will ultimately save lives.

Cybertech FAST provides rapid audio search of recorded conversations

This audio search tool cuts the time taken to search and review audio content in over 30 languages

'Dry water' could make a big splash commercially

An unusual substance known as "dry water," which resembles powdered sugar, could provide a new way to absorb and store carbon dioxide as well as provide a safer way to store and transport potentially harmful industrial materials, scientists reported today at the 240th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society.

Europe’s largest civil resilience exercise comes to a successful end

Exercise Orion has run for three days at Fort Widley on Portsdown Hill (UK) and during that time more than 800 crew and support staff have simulated the devastation and chaos resulting should an earthquake strike the UK.

Hawaiian firefighters honoured

Captain Charles J. Metivier, Rescue Operator Kalani Abreu and Rescue Specialists Roy Constantino and Francisco Garcia of Fire Rescue 3 of the County of Kaua’i Fire Department have been honored with the 2010 International Benjamin Franklin Fire Service Award for Valor. Battling unfavorable weather and unforgiving terrain, these heroes—who had been a team for only five days—turned a deadly situation into a dramatic rescue, saving the lives of three men on two different ridges.

No hitches during mutual aid exercise in Chicago

A first-of-its-kind mutual-aid training exercise designed to demonstrate the feasibility of dispatching, mobilising and deploying hundreds of emergency vehicles and personnel during a state-wide incident came off without a hitch last week during a timed demonstration broadcast live over the Internet.

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Chemguard acquires Williams Fire and Hazard Control

Chemguard, a producer of firefighting foam concentrates and foam systems, has acquired Williams Fire & Hazard Control as a wholly owned subsidiary.

$1.4 million prize for demonstration of rapidly-deployable,
highly efficient methods for cleaning up crude oil on the ocean surface

The X PRIZE Foundation has launched its sixth major incentive competition, the $1.4 Million Wendy Schmidt Oil Cleanup X Challenge.

New SATRA-certified firefighter's suit trialled

A special suit designed for firefighters attending incidents by motorcycle has been tested and certified by SATRA. Designed by Bradford-based Universal Carbon Fibres Limited (UCF), this protective garment meets both EN 13595 part 1 (a motorcycle standard) and the firefighters' clothing standard EN 469, and is thought to be the first suit ever produced that meets both requirements. 

Conquering Snowdon in full BA For The Fire Fighter Charity And Help For Heroes

Awe-inspiring, exhilarating and challenging, a recent Snowdon climb in aid of The Fire Fighters Charity and Help for Heroes was a test of fitness, determination and, unusually, Draeger breathing apparatus (BA).

Northern Ireland fire & rescue crew commander receives highest accolade for bravery – the Queen’s Gallantry Medal

Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) Crew Commander Gavin Miller from Limavady Fire Station has received the Queen’s Gallantry Medal, one of the highest civil decorations awarded in the UK for exemplary acts of bravery. 

NFPA announces sharp decrease in US firefighter deaths

For the first time in three years, the number of on-the-job firefighter deaths in the United States has dropped below 100. The National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) annual Firefighter Fatality Report (PDF, 267 KB), released in June at the NFPA Conference & Expo, shows a sharp drop in the number of fatalities in 2009.

IFJ and F&R announce partnership with ICAFA

Industrial Fire Journal and Fire and Rescue magazine will be promoting the correct use of CAFS (Compressed Air Foam Systems) by supporting ICAFA. From now on readers will see regular updates and features on this organisation and new developments in CAFS technology on the website and in the print versions.

Reducing the cost of procuring Fire and Rescue Service vehicles and specialist equipment

Firebuy, a specialist body established by the Department for Communities and Local Government to support procurement of kit by Fire and Rescue Services, has cost nearly twice as much to set up and run as the total savings it claims to have delivered.

Facilitating a safety culture

At the end of April, just ten days after explosion and fire erupted on Deepwater Horizon, President Obama directed the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a thorough review of the event and to report, within 30 days, on what additional precautions and technologies, if any, might be required to improve the safety of oil and gas exploration and production operations on the outer continental shelf. Carol Debell reports.

3M launches Facebook page 3M Novec 1230 Fire Protection Fluid, at NFPA 2010

Fire suppression industry invited to join the discussion

Buncefield latest: company convicted of health and safety breach

Motherwell Control Systems 2003 Ltd, which is in voluntary liquidation and was not represented, has been convicted of the offence at St Albans Crown Court, the Health and Safety Executive said.

Over 4000 products at your fingertips – visit FTA and FTE online!

In an exciting extension to the Hemming online fire portfolio the 2010 editions of FireTrade Europe and FireTrade Asia & Middle East are now published on the web providing easy access to over 4,000 companies selling active and passive fire equipment.  Easy to use and full of up-to-date information, these directories offer the most comprehensive guide available to manufacturers and suppliers in this sector.  Click here to discover just how easy it is to find the products you are looking for from a supplier located near you. and

Carol Debell
Publisher Fire Portfolio, Hemming Information Services