Industrial Fire Journal - Fire & Rescue - Hemming Group Ltd
Royal visit marks 40th anniversary of UK's Fire Service College

HRH The Princess Royal, Patron of the Firefighters Memorial Trust, marked the 40th anniversary of the Fire Service College by officially opening its new accommodation at a ceremony in Moreton-in-Marsh.

Foam manufacturer introduces foam system upgrade programme

Initiative by Solberg enables companies to replace fluorine-based foam concentrates in foam/water sprinkler systems for class B fires with UL-listed and FM-approved fluorine-free foam.

Reducing fire risk at waste management sites – consultation on UK draft Fire Control Guidance

‘There is an urgent need to issue guidance – our industry keeps suffering serious fires’ – Waste Industry Safety and Health Forum.

Second acquisition in one month for Smeal Fire Apparatus

US-based Smeal Fire Apparatus (Smeal) announced that the company has purchased US Tanker Fire Apparatus (UST),  as of July 1. The acquisition expands Smeal’s product offering to include stainless steel custom and commercial tankers, tenders, and other apparatus. Smeal already offers a full line of custom and commercial pumpers and a large selection of aerial apparatus models.

Intrinsically safe interface solutions for E2S sounders and beacons

E2S has published a complete guide for easy specification and installation for their range of intrinsically safe sounders, beacons and combination devices. The guide is based on the ATEX certification but in general the guidelines apply to other intrinsic safety standards including NEC and IECEx

Rosenbauer opens its new production plant

Following a 12-month conversion and adaptation phase, Rosenbauer has officially opened its new vehicle production plant. The central element in the Plant II Leonding now consists of two new, synchronized production lines for Panther ARFFs and AT municipal fire trucks.

New Monnex powder facility for Angus Fire now open for business

Following a major investment in the Monnex Powder production plant, newly independent fire company Angus Fire International formally opened its enhanced facility on April 17, 2014.

New fire retardant lifejacket launched at Seaworks 2014

The new Crewsaver Fire Retardant Lifejacket is the result of intense research, development and testing in collaboration with the UK fire brigades.

Mitch Hubert joins Solberg

The Solberg Company, a manufacturer of firefighting foam concentrates and systems hardware has appointed Mitch Hubert as Vice President, Global Product Development.

Newest generation Striker selected by Administracion Nacional de Aviacion Civil of Argentina.

Oshkosh Airport Products Group has announced that the Administracion Nacional de Aviacion Civil of Argentina (ANAC) purchased 25 newest generation Oshkosh Striker 6 x 6 Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) vehicles. Seven Striker ARFF vehicles are on duty at airports in Buenos Aires and across the country, and 18 more are on order for delivery in Summer 2014.

New LNG Training facility for Falck Risc

Falck Risc in the Netherlands, provider of education and training in preventing and fighting incidents in the industrial sector and for public services, has extended its services with a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Training facility on the Maasvlakte near Rotterdam.

South Wales FRS takes on lightweight wildfire garments

PBI’s specialist TriGuard protective fabric is a core element of the new wildland garment developed for South Wales Fire & Rescue Service.

More Effective Tactics course launched based on Governors Island tests by FDNY

UL Firefighter Safety Research (FSRI) Institute has announced the release of More Effective Tactics – a free online course that is the culmination of the full-scale field experiments performed on Governors Island by the Fire Department of New York, NIST and UL.

Safer Systems delivers free chemical emergency response smartphone app.

Safer Systems, a leading chemical emergency response solutions provider has announced the debut of Safer Mobile Response, a smartphone and tablet supported application integrating the 2012 Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG2012) with the power of Google Maps, Google Traffic, and live weather updates and forecasting.

Birmingham International Airport FRS signs full-service contract for the supply of new Bristol Xflex garments

The signing of a 5-year lease agreement with Birmingham International Airport will see the airport’s 64 firefighters being equipped with new, state-of-the-art, head-to-toe protective clothing from July this year.

Al Davis named TEEX Deputy Director

Al Davis has been appointed Deputy Director of the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX).  His appointment was approved by The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents.

North Fire becomes Rosenbauer UK

Rosenbauer International AG has signed an agreement to acquire a 75% stake in the British partner firm North Fire plc, based in Holmfirth in West Yorkshire. The company has annual revenues of approx. € 3.5 million and around 10 staff, and has been the distribution and service partner for personal protective equipment, components, aerial appliances and municipal vehicles from Rosenbauer. 

Cincinnati Fire Department adopts award winning high-rise fire technology – HEROPipe

Elkhart Brass has received an order from the Cincinnati Fire Department (CFD) for its high-rise firefighting technology, the HEROPipe system. The order will be delivered to CFD by late June 2014.

LHD Group to supply 800 LION V-FORCE garments to Zaanstreek-Waterland Fire Service in The Netherlands

The contract between the Zaanstreek-Waterland Fire Service and the LHD Group GmbH, based in Cologne, was signed in Zaanstad, The Netherlands on 14th April. The deal encompasses the supply of 800 special LION V-Force protective firefighting garments over a period of four years.

US Chemical Safety Board releases its preliminary findings into West Fertilizer explosion

Lack of regulation at all levels of Government results in lack of protection for communities at risk from Ammonium Nitrate storage facilities.

Watersafe Search and Rescue Team helps save the day at mud and obstacle sporting event

WUKSART deployed five swift water rescue technicians with throw lines and a nine-metre Reach & Rescue pole with a flotation collar on the end that could help competitors out of the water if required.

Dräger helmet wins design award

The Dräger HPS 7000 helmet wins prestigious iF Product Design Award 2014.

Statoil awards new foam contract to Solberg

The Solberg Company will supply foam concentrate to onshore and offshore installations under a new multi-year frame agreement.

New hydraulic platform for BP Gelsenkirchen

Bronto Skylift deliver a 44-meter hydraulic platform to petrochemical plant BP in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.

New Scorpion HL offers 600 Lumen output and three user-selectable programs

Streamlight's Scorpion HL weighs less than five ounces and features a rubber-armored sleeve to provide a sure grip.

SP Fire Technology inaugurates new premises

SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden expands its facilities by 1000 m² with 30 office rooms and a new laboratory.

IFJ Spring issue front cover
Industrial Fire Journal, Spring issue, has been published

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VSTEP and VectorCommand bring integrated multi-agency response simulation platform to market

VectorCommand, a designer of operational command support software for the emergency services and the oil and gas industry, and VSTEP, developer of emergency response training simulators, have announced an exclusive partnership to integrate their products and offer enhanced emergency response training.

Lithium battery fire danger in the skies

Growing concerns* regarding battery fires on board aircraft means a new Technical Standard Order** from the Federal Aviation Administration is imminent. Jose Sanchez de Muniain speaks with Joe Ashton of AmSafe Bridport about why lithium batteries are of particular concern and what can be done to mitigate the risk.

Valve failure due to freezing water caused fatal release of high expansion foam

The results of an Air Force Test Center commander-directed investigation report on the fire suppression system incident that occurred at King Hangar have been released.

Dr Sthamer– Hamburg launches Moussol APS 1x3 Premium

Dr Sthamer – Hamburg, a leading firefighting foam manufacturer has announced the global launch of its latest product Moussol APS 1x3 F-0 Premium, AR-AFFF 1x3 firefighting foam especially formulated and developed for the petrochemicals and storage tank industry, it is designed for use at 1% induction on hydrocarbon fires and at 3% induction on alcohol/polar solvent fires.

E2S Warning Signals – new catalogue available

SPONSORED FEATURE - Download your copy of the entire E2S catalogue today, featuring audible and visual signalling and control devices for hazardous areas, fire and industrial applications and wide area signalling. E2S products are assessed and certified to international standards for compliance in both hazardous area and industrial applications, with IECEx, ATEX, GOST-R, INMETRO, UL, VdS and FM product certification.

Compact and lightweight, new LED torch

Peli Products, a manufacturer of high-impact protective case solutions and portable lighting systems, has unveiled the latest addition to its range of products, the 3315 LED Zone 0 light.

NFPA receives grant from State Farm for wildfire preparation efforts

Nature is both beautiful and dangerous. As more and more people choose to live in and around the forests and grasslands of the USA, the challenge of preparing communities for the devastation of wildfire becomes more complex. To help communities prepare residents for the possibility of a wildfire, State Farm® is providing funding to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Wildland Fire Operations Division. Local organizations will receive monetary awards through this grant to support and implement wildfire risk reduction projects.

Cheshire Fire Authority and VSTEP renew partnership for virtual incident training

The Cheshire Fire Authority and VSTEP renew their partnership for training of fire and rescue personnel through use of the virtual incident management platform RescueSim.The partnership reconfirms RescueSim as the virtual training software of choice at the high-tech Cheshire Fire Authority training centre in Winsford.

Recess Monkey
‘Beep beep smoke alarm sound!’

Get into that weekend feeling with NFPA’s new fire safety tunes aimed at kids – and don't miss the world’s first gold plated smoke detector medallion as worn by Recess Monkey.

International Fire Training Centre installs advanced simulator

Environmental Tectonics Corporation's Simulation Division (Orlando, Florida) has delivered to the Serco International Fire Training Centre (IFTC) in Darlington an Advanced Disaster Management Simulator (ADMS) system. 

Kore Kooler Rehab Chair back in production

A popular solution for reducing heat stress is now back in production thanks to a new agreement with manufacturer DQE (Fisher Indiana).

Berlin Fire Service takes delivery of the last two Mercedes Benz Vario chassis

Rosenbauer stopped building the Vario in September 2013 - the small truck was popular with many fire departments because of its flexibility and capacity for modifications.

New high-rise fire alarm control panels gain approval from the City of Chicago

Fike receives City of Chicago approval for high-rise applications for its CyberCat 1016 and 254 control systems. 

Fixed fire fighting foam system results in tragedy at a US Air Force base

US Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigates the cause of an incident that killed one man and injured three others.

Activation of CO2 fire extinguishing system leads to worker’s death – UK foundry fined £245,000 ($320,000)

Safety failings led to employee dying of carbon dioxide poisoning whilst working in a cellar.

California should ‘establish a more rigorous safety management regulatory framework for petroleum refineries’

US Chemical Safety Board to vote on draft regulatory report following Chevron refinery fire that endangered 19 workers and sent more than 15,000 residents to the hospital for medical attention.

California’s refineries follow a ‘patchwork of largely reactive regulations’

In a draft report released to the public this week, the US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) proposes recommendations for substantial changes to the way refineries are regulated in California.

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service rewards long service and celebrates success in a special achievement award ceremony

The life-saving actions by a group of police officers and firefighters during a house fire in the grounds of Stroud School (Romsey); together with the quick thinking of a member of the public which saved a young boy’s life from a fire in Waterlooville, were just two of the winners at last week's Celebrating Success event. 

New dates announced for fire door inspection training

In the wake of recent concerns about the fire resistance of doors with defects, BRE and the Door and Hardware Federation (DHF) have announced two new training dates for their fire door inspection training course.

Ziegler and Holmatro sign exclusive partnership agreement to distribute rescue tools for the German market

From 01-01-2014 the company Albert Ziegler GmbH, located in Giengen an der Brenz, will take up the exclusive representation of Holmatro rescue equipment in Germany.

Industrial Fire Journal, Winter issue, has been published

AND IT LOOKS GREAT! The market-leading international publication covering response and fire protection for high-risk industry is available to read online.

Affordable Care Act call to action from IAFC

Rep. Lou Barletta (R-PA) and Senators Mark Warner (D-VA) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) worked together to introduce bipartisan legislation (H.R. 3685/S. 1798) to exempt fire departments from a requirement to offer health insurance to their volunteer firefighters and emergency medical personnel.

There is hope yet - one in four Brits would date a firefighter

It seems the public perception of our heroes in uniform is a far cry from reality according to an online survey released by, the dating site that helps those in uniform find love.