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FIRE/EMS stand down: priority survival notification, confined space and Technical Rescue

 The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) through their Safety, Health and Survival Section are urging all fire chiefs and officers to immediately issue a stand down in their departments due to two separate, but similar confined space rescue incidents that nearly took the lives of several firefighters. During a stand down, personnel are directed to postpone non-emergency tasks to focus on critical safety training.

Northrop Grumman awarded Department of Homeland Security contract

The US Department of Homeland Security has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation a contract to design, develop, conduct, evaluate and provide operational support for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) regional preparedness exercises.

Approved Cables Initiative gains further political support

Newly re-elected MP for Wrexham, Ian Lucas, spent some of his pre-election campaign visiting Prysmian’s factory in Wrexham, North Wales and confirmed his backing for the ACI in the process. Prysmian is a lead supporter of the ACI and is at the front of the fight against non-approved and counterfeit cables.

Oshkosh joins Commerce Secretary Locke in China and Indonesia for Clean Energy Trade Mission

The Fire and Emergency segment of Oshkosh Corporation is participating in the first Cabinet-level trade mission of President Obama’s administration to China and Indonesia. The May 15-25 trade mission is designed to advance the export of leading U.S. technologies in this rapidly growing region of the world.

Iridium announces “Test Your Satellite Phone” week

Global mobile satellite communications provider Iridium Communications Inc. has announced the launch of its fourth annual “Test Your Satellite Phone” (TYSP) Week initiative, reminding users to make sure their satellite phones are ready to deploy at a moment’s notice when natural or manmade disasters strike.

FABIG event: Innovations for the Prevention, Detection, Control and Mitigation of Fires and Explosions

A FABIG meeting on 'Innovations for the Prevention, Detection, Control and Mitigation of Fires and Explosions' will take place on 15 and 16 June 2010 in London, Aberdeen and via webcast.

Fire & Rescue 2010, 29-30 June

Fire & Rescue, the UK’s official exhibition and conference for the fire and rescue industry, will take place at the Harrogate International Centre from 29 – 30 June 2010. Hosted in partnership with the Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA), the Fire Protection Association (FPA) and the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE), Fire & Rescue 2010 will provide industry professionals with a focused opportunity to see and test the latest products and services and learn about recent industry developments free-of-charge.

Fire service rollout achieves another major milestone

Scotland's eight fire and rescue services have become the first in the UK to begin operating a new state-of-the-art digital communication system. Airwave, now operational in over 1,100 fire service vehicles and 368 fire stations in Scotland, is part of a UK-wide project to provide the fire and rescue service with the equipment needed to respond to major emergencies including terrorism. When fully rolled out in July 2010, Airwave will be the new national communications service for the FRSs of England, Scotland and Wales.

Moditech Rescue Solutions shows product information system for a safe and fast vehicle extrication

Moditech Rescue Solutions will be one of the exhibitors for the six day event, being held from June 7th to the 12th. With the theme of “Know What’s Inside”, Moditech will be showcasing the different solutions available to emergency responders that can be used on-scene to access technical specifications of the involved vehicles in traffic collisions. This knowledge is becoming more and more important, in particular because recent incident reports show that rescuers are nowadays frequently struggling with new vehicle technology issues. Among those, hybrid and electric vehicles are a real hot-topic.

Eurotunnel protected by Water Mist

FOGTEC Fire Protection is equipping the Eurotunnel with its water mist fire fighting technology, making an important contribution to tunnel safety. The full-scale fire tests recently performed for this project have been the largest ever of their kind.

Learning the ropes

Estonian and Hampshire firefighters have been working together to develop the rope rescue skills of the Eastern Europeans. For one week three firefighters from the Estonian fire service worked with the Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service rope rescue team learning new techniques and different approaches to support this important area of work.

Passive Fire Protection Federation launches safety seminars

The Passive Fire Protection Federation (PFPF) has announced a series of seminars on built in fire protection, to be held at venues around the country.  The seminars, which begin on 25th May with a “breakfast briefing” at the Building Centre in London, aims to promote better understanding of a range of issues relating to residential and commercial properties and current regulations governing fire safety.

Honeywell introduces universal, remote I/O module for Safety Manager

Honeywell today released a universal remote input/output (I/O) module for its Safety Manager platform that allows process manufacturers to integrate more safety devices while simplifying installation and maintenance.

Gulf of Mexico disaster in pictures: oil dispersants released from aircraft

U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules aerial spray aircraft maintainers from the 910th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Youngstown-Warren Air Reserve Station, Ohio, remove the ground load station after refilling a C-130 with oil-dispersing chemicals on the runway of the Stennis International Airport, Miss., on May 9, 2010. Members of the 910th Airlift Wing are in Mississippi to assist with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The 910th AW specializes in aerial spray and is the Department of Defense’s only large-area fixed-wing aerial spray unit. (U.S. Air Force video by Staff. Sgt. Prentice Colter.)

Ferrara opens expanded delivery centre

Custom fire apparatus manufacturer Ferrara Fire Apparatus, Inc. has finished the expansion and renovation of its new fire apparatus delivery centre.

Bronto Skylift to present new technologies at Interschutz

Bronto Skylift, a leading manufacturer of truck mounted aerial platforms, will be exhibiting a whole host of interesting equipment at its stand B & C 120 at the Interschutz trade fair in Leipzig on 7- 12 June 2010

Gulf of Mexico slick could match Exxon Valdez spill in less than two months

The US Coast Guard says it has found a new leak beneath the site of last week's offshore drilling rig explosion, adding that five times as much oil was leaking as previously estimated.

Alexium Technology shortlisted for next generation firefighters’ ensemble for US Air Force Emergency Services

Alexium has been selected as one of three candidates to provide the chemical protective suit component for the Modified Joint Fire Integrated Response Ensemble (“JFIRE”) for the US Air Force Fire Emergency Services. 

Strategic super alliance of EADS and Alcatel-Lucent

EADS Defence & Security and Alcatel-Lucent have signed a strategic alliance to provide advanced broadband solutions to the US public safety market – and the cooperation may eventually be expanded to worldwide markets and other frequencies.

New book sets out fundamentals of risk management

IRM, together with publishers Kogan Page, today launched a new book by IRM Director and examiner Paul Hopkin on ‘Fundamentals of Risk Management’. 

How to operate safely a tunnel: Definition of Minimum Operating Requirements

Road tunnels are becoming more and more complex to operate, due to important increase of safety provisions in new or renewed tunnels in recent years: installation of Automatic Incident Detection systems based on video analysis, installation of complex ventilation systems operated with support of wind velocity measurements from anemometers, etc.

Buncefield explosion may have damaged environment for decades

An explosion like an "earthquake" at the Hertfordshire oil depot in Buncefield (UK) may have damaged the environment for decades, St Albans Crown Court (UK) has heard.

Chinese prime minister speeds up rescue efforts

While rescuers are still looking for survivors in the earthquake hit area of Yushu county, in the remote Tibetan mountain area, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao promised to rebuild a quake-hit region.

Presentations: Fourth International Symposium on Tunnel Safety and Security, 2010

We present the majority of the presentations from the Fourth International Symposium on Tunnel Safety and Security, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, March 17-19, 2010, edited by Anders Lönnermark and Haukur Ingason, of SP Fire Technology, Sweden.

Leader

The good news is that both Industrial Fire Journal and its sister publication Fire & Rescue are going fully digital in the next few weeks (in addition to our print versions, worry not), so look out on our website (www.hemmingfire.com) for our new e-books. “What are you talking about? You’ve been publishing your magazines in pdf format for a long time.” Yes we have, but we felt that having an e-book would heighten the reading experience as well as increase the ease of accessibility to our world-renowned titles. Oh, and have we mentioned that we are also sending out an e-newsletter on a regular basis? If you haven’t already subscribed to this free service, visit www.hemmingfire.com and sign up, it’s quick and easy. The e-newsletter will alert you to when our new titles have been published, so you can enjoy the content even before the magazines hit desks. And of course the e-newsletters contain plenty of additional news and features that will keep you abreast of the latest firerelated developments. Jose Maria Sanchez de Muniain, Editor. 

ATCO Power Muskeg River Plant takes on Groveley gas detectors

Hazard detection specialist Groveley Detection has shipped its 600th gas detection aspirator. Groveley has supplied its gas detection aspirators (sampling systems) to oil, gas and energy installations around the world since 1993, monitoring smoke, flame and toxic gases. This unit - to be installed at ATCO Power’s Muskeg River cogeneration plant in Alberta, Canada  will monitor a gas turbine enclosure for potential methane leaks. It is the latest aspirator of five supplied to ATCO Power in Canada for gas turbine monitoring. 

Going places

Frequent contributor to our fire magazines Kevan Whitehead is joining the International College of Management and Engineering (ICEM) in Muscat in the Sultanate of Oman, as Head of Marketing and Business Development.

ETC receives acceptance for the ADMS Advanced Disaster Management Simulator from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Environmental Tectonics Corporation's Simulation Division has received acceptance for the delivery of ADMS to the Saudi Arabian Civil Defense.  ETC's contract was awarded in December of 2008 for 3 ADMS simulators which have now been installed at three training institutes in Saudi Arabia:  Riyadh, Dammam and Abha.

Chambrelan opens UK office

After having supplied heavy duty slides to the UK for the last twenty years, Chambrelan, the French based sliding systems' manufacturer, announced earlier  that it will be launching a UK operation that aims to deliver its popular range of heavy duty slides currently being used throughout the Fire, Defense and Blue Light Industries.

Access a natural disaster and extreme weather searchable information centre

Ebrary, a leading provider of digital content products and technologies, has announced that it has created a publicly available research center featuring hundreds of important government documents related to natural disasters and extreme weather.  The site is available at http://site.ebrary.com/lib/disaster/home.action.

Fire and Rescue Q1 has been published!

Download the PDFs of Fire and Rescue Q1 (2010) on our website .
 For the latest know-how and intelligence on a new fleet of vehicles for Munich Fire and Rescue Service, glass management during extrication, the truth behind protective properties of fire turn-out gear, LNG response, international views on the use of AFFF and AR-AFFF foams, and an exclusive report on the use of High Volume Pump Units, please click the link below.

FEMA and IAFC test new resource management system

The IAFC (International Association of Fire Chiefs), in partnership with FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency), is working to develop a stakeholder-driven resource-management data system. The system—the IMAS Resource Data, Dispatching and Demobilization (RD3) System—will support the American emergency-response community by automating resource-management activities associated with intrastate mutual aid.

Firefighters worldwide unite for 9/11 Tunnel to Towers race

On September 26th 2010 members of the fire community across the UK will join fire fighters across the world for the New York Tunnel to Towers Race, in memory of Stephen Siller – just one of the heroes who died in the in the devastating 9/11 attack.

OBITUARY: Jens Peter Larsen

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Jens Peter Larsen. Mr. Larsen had been a member of the airport rescue and firefighting service since 1977 – of which he spent the first 23 years in the Danish Air Force.

Comment and News

Please let me introduce myself. My name is Ann-Marie Knegt and yes, I am Dutch by name and by nature. I take over as Editor from Jose Maria Sanchez de Muniain (who as his name suggests is half Spanish), although Jose will continue to work on F&R as the Managing Editor. An international team for an international publication, and that is a message we can’t underline enough in this magazine, in which we aim to bring the global

Equivital LifeMonitor to be used by Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service to improve fire fighter training safety

Hidalgo Limited has announced that the Equivital Physiological Monitoring system has been chosen for use by Cambridgeshire Fire & Rescue Service (CFRS) in an effort to improve fire-fighter safety.

Rotary and fixed wing emergency responder communities set to meet at Asia-Pacific conference in Malaysia.

Recent humanitarian and environmental disasters across the Asia-Pacific region have prompted a massive response from the International community to help deliver humanitarian aid and assistance to countries affected by tsunami’s, earthquakes and wildfires.A new exhibition and two day conference that will bring together those involved in providing aerial support during humanitarian and environmental disasters, as well as other types of relief, will take place on 27-28 October 2010 at the Crowne Plaza Mutiara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

LION launches Lion Connects

LION, worldwide suppliers of firefighter equipment and protective clothing, has launched an interactive social media community for first responders.

Safety Media launches fire safety app

Safety Media, working with Speech Bubble, has announced the launch of the Fire Safety iPhone App.

Balcan BELL throwline averts diesel spillage distaster

An emergency life-saving throwline designed and manufactured by UK based Balcan Engineering, which is normally used to rescue people from water, ice and mud helped avert a diesel spillage disaster, which threatened to contaminate Lake Michigan in the United States.

CSB Deploying Investigation Team to Fatal Explosion at Kleen Energy Power Plant in Connecticut

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has deployed a seven-person team to the site of a fatal explosion at the Kleen Energy Plant in Middletown, Connecticut.  The team arrived on site midday on Monday, February 8.

NFPA awards 2010 Warren E. Isman Educational Grant to Chautauqua County Hazmat Team

The National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Fire Safety Educational Memorial Fund Committee has selected the Chautauqua County Hazardous Materials Response Team from New York as the recipient of the 2010 Warren E. Isman Educational Grant.

Should sprinklers be compulsory in all new homes?

The Welsh Assembly has voted in favour of making sprinklers mandatory for all new homes in Wales, but the Passive Fire Protection Federation believes this may cause problems, writes Chairman David Sugden.

MoD and DfT selects Soteria for SAR-H programme

Today the Ministry of Defence(MoD) and the Department for Transport (DfT) have selected Soteria as the preferred bidder for the Search and Rescue – Helicopter (SAR-H) programme.

Bill Jackson
Speaker biography: Bill Jackson, Head of Estates, National Library of Scotland

ill Jackson MRICS is Head of Estates at the National Library of Scotland. He is secretary of the National Fire Protection Association Cultural Resources Committee producing Fire Safety Codes for Cultural Properties; and UK representative for the International Association of Museum Facility Administrators.

Apollo Fire detectors chosen for Ministry of Finance, Abu Dhabi

The project to upgrade the building’s fire detection system was awarded to Telectron, who have operated in the UAE for 35 years.

Allan MacPherson
Speaker biography: Allan MacPherson, Chief Engineering Technical Specialist, FM Global

Allan has worked for the last 20 years for FM Global in their Loss Prevention Engineering Department.  FM Global is the world's largest commercial and industrial property insurance and risk management organization specialising in property protection.

Andy Mattock
Speaker biography: Andy Mattock, National Fire Safety Manager, B&Q

Andy manages fire safety for B&Q on a national basis and tends, apart from policy issues, to view the duties from an auditor’s perspective.

Ian Gough
Speaker biography: Ian Gough, Technical Advisor, BAFSA

Ian Gough joined the fire service as a Fire-Fighter in 1972 and served in the West Midlands, Leicestershire and Northamptonshire Fire & Rescue Services.

Nick Groos
Speaker biography: Nick Groos, Chairman, International Fire Sprinkler Association

Nick Groos is a mechanical engineer and began his career in the fire sprinkler industry with the Viking Group back in 1989.  Currently based in Luxembourg, he is employed by Viking as its International Group Vice President.