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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.

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.

Fiskville final report published

Firefighters that have trained at Australia’s Fiskville CFA Training College are entitled to redress after being exposed to chemicals that can cause cancer, a Victorian parliamentary committee has found. SEE VIDEO

LASTFIRE expands

International safety research group LASTFIRE opens its membership to emergency responders and suppliers.

Europe’s biggest rubber mountain is burning down

A fire that started a week ago in Europe’s biggest tyre waste site spread to around 80% of the facility’s 114,000m2 within a matter of hours.

Calls for single, unified EU facade test

The European Association for Passive Fire Protection is urging the EC to replace the patchwork of facade fire tests in force across the EU with a single unified test.

Capita to deliver its emergency services dispatch solution to Tasmania

Capita partners with Fujitsu Australia to deliver a unified emergency services computer-aided dispatch system to the Tasmanian Department of Police, Fire and Emergency Management.

High aspirations

Honeywell Analytics completes acquisition of Xtralis.

Pemex DG visits the site of Wednesday's deadly explosion in Mexico

The large explosion occurred at 15:15 local time on 20 April at the Pemex’s Petroquimica Mexicana de Vinilo facility in Coatzacoalcos in the Gulf state of Veracruz, Mexico.

Culture shift

Risk management and oversight in Gulf of Mexico ‘still inadequate’, says US CSB.

IFJ Spring 2016 has been published

The market-leading international publication covering response and fire protection for high-risk industry is available to read online. Or you can download it here. Would you like to submit an article for the next issue?

Task Force Tips acquires Amkus Rescue Systems

Amkus will nevertheless maintain its own identity, said Task Force Tips.

Tyco’s new fire training academy opens in Singapore

Techxchange Academy to provide practical hands-on training to industry.

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Dangerously close: explosion in West, Texas

VIDEO: The CSB’s new safety video includes a 3D animation of the fire and explosion at West Fertilizer Company as well as interviews with CSB investigators.

Two portable water mist fire extinguishers have arrived in space!

The portable fire extinguishers took 18 years to be developed by the Colorado School of Mines and ADA Technologies.

Streamlight’ Survivor torch awarded ATEX and IECEx safety ratings for use in Zone 0 environments

Streamlighta manufacturer of torches for fire and rescue professionals, announced that its updated Survivor right-angle personal torch now features ATEX and IECEx safety ratings for use in Zone 0 environments. The new model was recently redesigned with a new, compact bezel, and also includes two plugs that allow users to customise the torch’s beam with smoke-cutting lighting options.

Fighting the toxic environment of fire with ISO standards

Providing International Standards to help minimize the human consequences of fires is therefore a primary role of ISO/TC 92/SC 3, the ISO subcommittee dealing with fire threat to people and the environment writes Sandrine Tranchard, communications manager for ISO, the International Standards Institute in Switzerland.

Orlaco introduces Cornereye – a new camera monitor system for trucks

The new Cornereye camera monitor system provides a view on blind spots around trucks, and is a vision system that combines digital technology with an application solution. With an advanced HD monitor and a robust camera, Orlaco is offering a vision solution that covers a field of vision that satisfies the criteria of vision classes V and VI.

Antonio Benedetti steps down as Magirus CEO

BREAKING NEWS: CNH Industrial announces senior management change at Magirus, the vehicle manufacturer based in Ulm, Germany.

Motorola Solutions buys the UK’s public safety comms network operator

The largest private operator of a public safety network in the world will be acquired for US$1.2 billion (£817.5 million).

Guano happens

Offshore installations provide birds with a perfect landing spot but if left undisturbed guano build up can reduce the safety of helidecks. 

Sharpeye detectors installed in Latvian power plant

Riga Power Plant selects the 20/20MI and 40/40I Sharpeye optical flame detectors for fire protection. 

BRE Global’s new standard puts spotlight on fire risks to ‘vulnerable’ people

LPS 1655*, the latest Loss Prevention Standard from BRE Global, introduces the UK’s first fire performance benchmark for Personal Protection System (PPS) equipment.

New free Post-Blast Response training video from the Firefighters Support Foundation

The Firefighters Support Foundation’s (FSF) newest training program, Post-Blast Response is now available free of charge. 

Take off for the new generation Panthers

Five months ago, the fourth generation of the Rosenbauer Panther made its debut at Interschutz. First to take the crash tender on was the Changi Airport Group of Singapore. The Changi Airport Group  has been voted the ‘World’s Best Airport’ three times in a row and also has two Rosenbauer rescue staircases in its vehicle fleet. 

Falck Safety Services UK adds construction safety training to its portfolio

A leading safety training firm is building on its portfolio of services on offer with the introduction of new health and safety courses for construction personnel.

VIDEO: London Fire Brigade teams up with Playmobil to instill fire safety principles in children

VIDEO: Call the fire station! London Fire Brigade is celebrating its 150th anniversary and is introducing children to what the fire service gets up to, and teach them about fire safety. Starring their favourite characters from the Playmobil fire brigade range of playsets, this sing-a-long stop-motion video will educate children on what London’s finest  do in the line of duty. 

Lower Austria Fire Brigade purchases new refuelling system for vehicles and helicopters

Mobile refuelling for helicopters and vehicles is now available to the fire Brigade in Lower Austria following the delivery of two 5,500-litre joint fuel systems by WEW. Westerwälder Eisenwerk in Germany is a company that provides specialist tank containers and swap tank solutions for transporting and storing liquids, gases and dry bulk.

New transport skid offers ultra-high pressure extinguishing power for UTVs

Kimtek has announced the introduction of a new Firelite Transport UTV model, the FTUHP-UTV-205. Due to recent popularity of its FTUHP-400 ultra-high pressure truck-based skid unit series, the Vermont-based company developed the ultra-high pressure version specifically for UTV owners.

Honeywell announces new industrial safety business unit

Honeywell has announced the formation of Honeywell Industrial Safety, part of Honeywell Automation and Control Solutions and comprised of Honeywell’s safety products businesses: Honeywell Safety Products, Honeywell Analytics, Honeywell Specialty Safety and City Technology.

‘Uber for fire engines’ launched in London

The London Fire Brigade said today that it has launched its new state-of-the art mobilising system for handling 999 calls in the English capital.

Fire Service College has been announced as First Pro Board European Accredited Centre

The Fire Service College (FSC), one of the main fire training providers in the UK, has become the first centre in Europe to achieve Pro Board accreditation to certify to the US based National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standards. The NFPA is a world authority on fire prevention and safety.

Surrey fire and rescue service
Surrey FRS adopts new fleece-lined coats for winter

Survival and protective equipment specialist BCB International has supplied Surrey Fire and Rescue Service with fleece-lined coats for general operations during winter time.