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Exova Warringtonfire extends smoke and toxicity testing capabilities

FIRE TESTING NEWS: Warrington laboratory builds second burn chamber and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometer in light of new standard for rolling stock.

The latest Holmatro pump models feature new whisper mode for lower emissions and noise

Holmatro introduces a new function on three pump models in its Spider range. The new Eco whisper mode minimises noise and fuel consumption.

NFPA appoints Michele Steinberg as the new manager of its Wildland Fire Operations Division

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has named Michele Steinberg manager of its Wildland Fire Operations Division, and announced that Thomas Welle and Faith Berry have also joined the Division staff as senior project manager and associate project manager, respectively.

Terberg DTS takes Ecopol aviation foam up in its product range

When considering aircraft fire incidents or airport environment firefighting challenges, Ecopol is rapidly becoming a best selling fluorine-free foam for the aviation industry. Available exclusively in the UK from Terberg DTS Fire & Rescue Division, Ecopol aviation firefighting foam is acknowledged as one of the original fluorine-free firefighting foam concentrates in the world.

New filling station for automatic refilling of powder extinguishers

Italian manufacturer, Vanzetti has developed Totem Auto Bag, an advanced filling station for achieving the automatic refilling of powder extinguishers. By exploiting the components and concept of the extinguisher production units, it enables the operators to get the most of the extinguisher maintenance. Top-of-the-range among powder filling units, the station allows to achieve the automatic filling of the portable extinguishers from 1 to 12 kg and the wheeled ones by means of an optional kit.

European passive fire protection professionals meet in Dublin

Chief Fire Officer Pat Fleming, chair of the Chief Fire Officers’ Association in Ireland, offered a warm welcome to members of the European Association for Passive Fire Protection (EAPFP), who met in Dublin on 26-27 November, 2014, to discuss issues affecting the fire protection sector across Europe.

New Secunet III airbag protection cover from Holmatro

TECHNOLOGY: Holmatro has launched a new all in one solution to neutralize the impact of an accidental airbag explosion after a road traffic collision. 

Team Leadership in High-Hazard Environments

LEARNING ZONE: A new book tackles safety performance in high-hazard environments where time and other constraints (as well as impacts) can be exaggerated. 

Keeping a 'SharpEye' on the Kashagan Field

INSTALLATION NEWS: The Kashagan Field, in the Kasakhstan's zone of the Caspian Sea, has invested in over 2,000 SharpEye Triple IR Flame Detectors.

Vopak contract win for Cleveland Fire Brigade Risk Management

Cleveland Fire Brigade’s growing risk management company wins three-year contract to provide round-the-clock emergency support at Vopak’s Teesside Terminal at Seal Sands (UK).

Rio de Janeiro Fire Department: International Firefighting Team of the Year 2014

The winners of the international Conrad Dietrich Magirus Award were announced at a formal awards ceremony held November 21 at the Congress Centrum in Ulm, Germany.

Leading fire fighting foam manufacturers respond to’s report on The Madrid Statement

‘Short-chain (C6) Fluorotelomer-based AFFF Foams are neither bioaccumulative nor harmful.’

Safety professionals gather in Cheshire for the RescueSim User Conference

The RescueSim User Conference 2014 saw a gathering of industry, defence and emergency response professionals from around the globe engaging in animated group discussions, interactive workshops and best practice presentations during a packed day programme. Organised by VSTEP and hosted by the Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service at their headquarters and training centre in Winsford, the conference welcomed over 60 RescueSim users from 9 different countries on October 30, 2014. 

Peli Products introduces the 9480 Remote Area Lighting System

Peli Products has announced the 9480 Remote Area Lighting System (RALS).

Virtual training in the battle against Ebola

Crimedin, the research Center in Disaster and Emergency Medicine in Italy, has started the Dutch simulation software XVR to prepare medical professionals for deployment in Ebola treatment facilities, which Save the Children Foundation is currently building in Sierra Leone. Crimedin has incorporated virtual reality simulation in an Ebola pre-deployment induction course.

Portable gas detection – how one company’s sensor revolutionised safety

VIDEO: Global gas sensor manufacturer City Technology is one of the latest companies formed as part of City University in London to be featured in a new video series. 

Demand for Ebola protection impacting on supply channels

US manufacturer prioritises PPE for healthcare and emergency responders in preparation for Ebola scenarios.

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Worldwide scientific community unites to highlight that PFASs substances are persistent and harmful – which includes C6 fluorinated AFFF foams

The Madrid Statement documents widespread scientific consensus regarding the persistence and potential for harm of poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs), and lays out a roadmap to gather needed information and prevent further harm.

Research reveals that the UK FRS could save millions on the procurement of PPE

Fire and rescue services across the UK could save millions in taxpayer cash by improving the way it sources and purchases firefighting clothing and equipment says research published by the Department for Communities and Local Government.

Swedish and UK CBRN specialists form partnership

CBRN Academy/Swedish Rescue Training Centre AB and Lutra Associates Limited form partnership offering strategy, doctrine and equipment advice and realistic training for CBRN, hazmat, civil and disaster relief.

Solberg introduces foam concentrate test kits for compliance testing

Three different types of compliance testing are offered: Foam Quality Analysis, Proportioning Verification or US Coast Guard Foam Quantity Analysis.

Course on visual alarm devices introduced by Hochiki Europe

Aimed at mechanical and electrical professionals, end users and architects, the free CPD course has been designed to provide essential information on EN54-23, the European standard that became mandatory at the beginning of the year.

Three-part webinar series by industry experts

Organised by Siemens, the free webinars will focus on fire and life safety codes and standards.

Peli introduces new Peli ProGear 2380R LED rechargeable light

With a variety of uses in mind, Peli Products, a leader in the design and manufacturer of portable lighting systems and high-performance protective case solutions, has introduced the Peli ProGear 2380R LED rechargeable torch.

New seminar and research project announced by the IWMA

International Water Mist Association (IWMA) has announced a new seminar called: Fire Protection with water mist. It will take place on November 20, in Lund, Sweden, at the Lund University. The event will be held in Swedish and the programme is out now and can be viewed on the IWMA homepage.

Chassis from France, body and firefighting equipment from Austria

At today’s Congrès National des Sapeurs-Pompiers de France in Avignon (France) Rosenbauer introduces a fire fighting vehicle on a Renault truck for the first time.

New York Museum of modern Art features water monitors!

Anti-pirate robotic nozzles made by Unifire debut in project Design and Violence.

Vehicle extrication - are we moving too fast?

“I feel the need. The need for_______.”

FDNY training academy reopens following outbreak of MRSA

The academy closed following the hospitalisation of several probationary firefighters.

Fire protection for Royal Navy

INSTALLATIONS NEWS: UK Ministry of Defence's ultra-modern combat ships to be protected by Tyco Fire & Integrated Solutions.

Open path gas detectors for BP

INSTALLATIONS NEWS: BP selects Spectrex SafEye 700 Series Open Path Gas Detectors to protect its hydrocarbon storage GDH facility at Fronting, near Montpelier in France.

Merino wool glove liners for increased dexterity and better temperature control

True North Gear, manufacturer of the FR clothing line DragonWear, is introducing its new Squall Fire Resistant Glove Liners. The Squall FR Glove Liners, blended with Merino wool and flame resistant rayon, have been designed to wick away moisture. 

Regional Fire Department of Legnica (southwest Poland) takes delivery of new firefighting pumps

Delivery from Dutch manufacturer BBA took place during the annual 'Firefighters' Day' on July 4. 

GexCon launches next generation of fire risk modelling with the release of FLACS-Fire

GexCon, a manufacturer of dispersion, explosion and fire modelling software, has annouced the release of its new software package, FLACS-Fire. Tailor-made for the oil and gas, processing, and industrial segments, FLACS-Fire combines usability with an ability to generate detailed models of jet and pool fires.

Hot work on tanks containing biological or organic material

Chemical Safety Board issues warning following tank explosion which killed a worker at the Omega Protein facility in Moss Point, Mississippi, on July 28, 2014.

NY Fire Department adds Plymovent vehicle exhaust removal system to improve firefighter and EMT health

The North Tonawanda Fire Department has replaced its existing exhaust removal system with the Plymovent award-winning Magnetic Grabber in all of its stations. Situated near the Niagra River and Erie Canal, the North Tonawanda Fire Department required an exhaust removal system that would withstand the harsh weather conditions of Western New York. 

University College London to undertake in-house life-safety risk assessments

UCL (University College London) has become the first academic institution to undertake in-house life safety fire risk assessments underpinned by third-party certification.

Greek Fire and Rescue Service purchase 105 thermal imaging cameras.

Manufacturer ISG Infrasys’ Greek partner wins tender to supply ISG E-Series E380 thermal imaging cameras. 

EU project seeks to drive innovation in crisis management for resilience

Demonstration programme DRIVER (DRiving InnoVation in crisis management for European Resilience) brings together 37 organisations from civil protection, emergency management, research and industry for jointly developing solutions for improved crisis management.

Average response time to fires in dwellings in England unchanged from last year – but increases for fires in ‘other buildings’

UK Department for Communities and Local Government releases report: Fire Incidents Response Times: England, 2013-14.

Firefighters to use sophisticated modelling techniques to improve fire prevention

A new way to keep our most vulnerable communities safe from fire is being developed by universities in Sheffield, in collaboration with frontline firefighters.

The deadly consequences of combustible metal dust

CSB Chairperson Rafael Moure-Eraso issues a comment urging OSHA to issue comprehensive combustible dust standard for general industry following explosion in China.

‘Unprecedented’ £5m’s worth ($7.5m) of firefighters’ clothing gifted to International Fire and Rescue Association

Clothing donated by Ballyclare will be transported to Mexico, Argentina, Paraguay, Albania and Bosnia to support under-funded fire brigades.

Hand protection for firefighters

Bristol Uniforms to launch new range of structural fire fighting gloves at Emergency Services Show 2014, 24-25 September.

Guelph Humber University research selects merino wool as the best base layer choice

Firefighters experience many stresses, strains and challenges when performing firefighting duties in personal protective equipment.

Final report on AL Solutions metal dust explosion and fire that killed three in West Virginia

CSB renews call for OSHA combustible dust standard and releases safety video on the accident.

Leak into Elk River – Freedom Industries ‘did not have a rigorous inspection programme for these chemical storage tanks’

CSB finds no record of inspections on chemical storage tanks; leak in bottom of tank contaminated the supply of drinking water for 300,000 residents in nine West Virginia Counties.

Chesil Beach implements new flood alert system

Chesil Beach is located in Dorset, on the South Coast of England. The shingle beach is approximately 14 miles long and it is part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. The Chiswell settlement and the southern neck of Chesil Beach have been flooded many times and this is well documented. Many sea defence systems and flood drainages have been constructed at the Portland end of  Chesil Beach to try to alleviate the overtopping and flooding problems.

Prestigious award for Deltair self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) research and design team

Self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) designed by Avon Protection for the fire service industry, has been recognized with the Gold Industrial Designers Society of America, International Design Excellence Award (IDEA) for research relating to the Deltair product development.