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German fire brigade training adopts semi inflatable rescue boat from Survitec

The German fire brigade has selected a 5.1m class semi rigid inflatable rescue boat from Survitec Group for use at its firefighter training school in Kassel, central Germany. Supplied with a complete trailer system, the boat can be easily towed behind a brigade vehicle. The boat will be used primarily for training on rivers and lakes but, if required, it is ready to be deployed in a real life emergency. 

Partnership project to reduce wildfire risk in Northumberland

Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) and the Northumberland National Park have begun work on a project to help reduce the risk of wildfires in the county.

Coming up in the next issue of Fire and Rescue magazine

We are looking for editorial contributions for F&R Q1, 2014, which will have extra distribution at FDIC 2014. Organisations and individuals wishing to submit editorial should get in touch with the editor, Ann-Marie Knegt ( For advertising enquiries contact Kelly Francis (

Emergency vehicle conspicuity system now has extended performance life

Rennicks UK's vehicle conspicuity system – comprising of Nikkalite Flexible Crystal Grade Microprismatic sheeting – was first launched last year. However, the company has now technically verified a 10-year performance life when converted by a Gold level partner.

WS Darley starts comprehensive emergency services development program in Nigeria

WS Darley of Itasca, Illinois (USA) has started an extraordinary partnership with Lagos (Nigeria) state officials to strengthen the emergency response capabilities of the rapidly growing West Africa city-state.

New hot spot detection system prevents vehicle fires in highway tunnels

The new Hot Spot Detector system from SICK can prevent catastrophic vehicle fires in highway tunnels and help avoid loss of life, freight and vehicles as well as the immense cost of closure and reconstruction. 

NIOSH Respirators User Notice: Chemical Warfare Agents

Firefighters should take note that The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has issued a Respirators User Notice stating that an error was made during recent testing of SCBA that calls into questions the ability of some SCBA to meet NIOSH and NFPA standards for protection against chemical warfare agents.

Ziegler launches 'Z-Cab Evolution’ for Euro VI chassis

The well known Z-Cab is available in the new generation of vehicles in an integrated version and in a modular design.

High-volume pump delivery for the Bavarian Ministry of Interior

Hytrans Fire Systems handed over delivery of three HVPs (CombiContainer6500 and HydroSub150 combinations) to the Bavarian Ministry of Interior in June, and work is underway to fulfill delivery for three further units. 

New President for Akron Brass

Akron Brass Company appoints Sean Tillinghast as president. 

NCEC announces partnership for chemical emergency response service in China

The new service by UK National Chemical Emergency Centre (NCEC) and China’s National Registration Centre for Chemicals (NRCC) goes live in December and aims to help companies comply with China's regulations on the safe management of hazardous chemicals.

Two confirmed dead in explosion in refinery in Antwerp

No more reported missing, said Total’s production director Stanny Serrien.

CAA presentation
UK Civil Aviation Authority sets out future foam policy

Proposed idea for a Qualified Product List is dropped in favour of a recommendation around fluorine-free foams. 

SecuredSolar protects firefighters against electrical hazards caused by photovoltaic solar panels

Recently firefighters across the world became alarmed at the prospect of battling blazes in buildings topped with solar panels, which can create new risks of roofs collapsing, an inability to gain footing and even potential electric shock. Basically the problem is that responding personnel cannot just turn off electricity as they would do in buildings. The panels go on to produce power as long as daylight enters.

Inmarsat works around the clock to support Télécoms Sans Frontières (TSF) in the Philippines

Inmarsat-sponsored organization Télécoms Sans Frontières (TSF) is continuing its critical battle to provide emergency phone and broadband services in the worst hit regions of the Philippines following the recent typhoon.  Directly supporting the Philippines’ Government, the United Nations and other aid agencies, TSF is deploying Inmarsat’s mobile satellite services to connect medics and emergency first responders as millions of Filipinos struggle to access medical help, food, water and shelter.

NFPA introduces free mobile app for news and updates on fire safety

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has announced the release of its new mobile application ‘NFPA News’ for use with the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android operating systems. The free app, now available for download on iTunes and Google Play, provides the latest happenings in the fire, electrical and life safety industry and allows users to access resources related to breaking news, code development updates, public safety information, social media updates, and multimedia in one easy-to-use to package.

Dr. Bruno Kübler, senior partner of the nationwide active Insolvency Law Firm KÜBLER.
Ziegler acquired by China International Marine Containers Group

Insolvency administrator Bruno M. Kübler has sold the business operations of the global fire truck manufacturer Ziegler to the stock market listed Chinese commercial vehicle and logistics group CIMC (China international marine containers group ltd.) All jobs have been preserved and all locations remain in operation. A two year highly intensive and intricate restructuring process took place during the insolvency period, preceding the transaction. Ultimately Ziegler was able to regain market leadership in Germany, and is enjoying the highest order intake level in the last 10 years. The number of employees in the company is currently equal to pre-insolvency levels.

Preview of Fire and Rescue Q4: Mayhem on rails

Sinisa Jembrih, Zagreb Fire Department (Croatia) together with Boštjan Triler and Primož Štraus from Zavod vizija varnosti report on an impressive international railway exercise that took place in Slovenia.

The annual Airport Fire Officers Association Conference 2014 returns to Dublin

January 14-16, 2014 will see the return of the Annual Airport Fire Officers Association Conference, held at the SAS Radisson Hotel, Dublin, Ireland.One hundred and forty seven delegates attended last year’s event supporting the opinion that this has now become the acclaimed and foremost aviation fire and rescue seminar in the annual calendar.

Peli to launch new products at world's largest safety and security trade fair

The spotlight will be shining on the 33150Z0 LED torch during next week's A+A fair 2013 in Düsseldorf.

Workplace injuries – Health and Safety Executive changes mandatory reporting process

Changes to the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) 1995 aim to clarify and simplify the reporting requirements.

Iveco Magirus introduces new logo

New brand intends to reinforce the company’s strong position in the fire market.

Hochiki Europe introduces Luminaire Recess Adaptor for its emergency lighting range

Hochiki has announced availability of a recess adaptor for its FIREscape range of emergency lighting luminaires.

New online store for Ballyclare

Ballyclare has opened a new and improved online store that caters for workwear and PPE needs and is now available in the ‘Products’ section at  

UK Civil Aviation Authority subsidiary launches firefighting foam testing service

CAA International will oversee firefighting foam performance tests and provide certificates of conformity for foam concentrates.

‘Fire-safe’ cigarettes are major contributor to 30-year low in smoking material fire deaths

According to a recent report released by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), 540 civilian deaths in the United States were attributed to smoking material fires in 2011, a 30 year low that is well down from 1980 levels. In 2011, there were an estimated 90,000 smoking material fires resulting in $621 million in direct property damage.

Willard Marine receives massive order for rescue boats

Willard Marine, a 56-year-old builder of composite and aluminum boats, has recently taken orders to build rescue boats for the Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS), US Military Sealift Command (MSC) and Maersk Lines Ltd.

Firefighter Suzanne Enghed scores two gold medals at the 20th World Police and Fire Games

Vimpex is proud to have sponsored the World’s Toughest Female Firefighter, Suzanne Enghed, as she struck gold yet again - taking the top prize at an international competition to recognise the best of the best in the Police and Fire Service.

Product news: power unit from Resqtec Zumro

Resqtec Zumro introduces a new power unit to the market - the 3SR is launched during China Fire 2013.

Call a lift engineer – not us!

London Fire Brigade announces that councils and businesses will face tough new penalties if they persistently call 999 to deal with non-emergency lift call outs.

Ludwigshafen am Rhein, Germany - LPG tank explosion

16 firefighters injured, 3,000 residents evacuated.

Electric and hybrid vehicle response - training

The NFPA and Moditech Rescue Solutions team up to support the safety of emergency responders in the EU and US with access to the latest safety resources and training on electric and hybrid vehicles.

BSI sets out new specification for a fire risk management system

Until now there has been no holistic management system available that looks at fire safety across the entirety of an organization. 

International Association of Fire Chiefs seeks clarification on volunteer firefighters under Obamacare Act

How should volunteer fire department personnel be accounted for under new US federal healthcare legislation?

Industrial Fire Journal Autumn 2013 has been published!

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

Key fob causes truck to explode

Explosion wrecks vehicle and causes havoc in neighbourhood.

Firefighters competing
UK National Breathing Apparatus to be sponsored by Draeger Safety UK

18 teams will compete at the Fire Service College against stringent nationally recognised standards to find best BA team of the year.

Fire and Rescue Q3 has been published

Read the the most respected international firefighting magazine online. In this issue we feature an exciting range of new developments from across the globe, including; heatstress trials; how the FDNY used high volume pumps in the aftermath of Sandy; a new fire training centre for Melbourne; response to the Danube floods; confined space rescue; firefighting in manholes; review of the Safer Aviation Conference; new crash tenders; scene lighting; potassium aerosol grenades and much more..

Copyright infringement lawsuit filed by three standards development organisations.

Lawsuit aims to stop copying and uploading of copyrighted standards by

Conrad Dietrich Magirus Award: What country has the best fire department in the world?

Applications for the international award can be submitted until September 8 at The winning team will fly to New York City to visit the fire department (FDNY).

Akron Brass launches waterflow indicator

Akron Brass introduces the patent pending HydroFX Flow Indicator, the latest innovation in handline nozzle accessories. When on the frontline, the nozzle operator visually can see when water flow levels have reached a low or potentially dangerous condition providing the firefighter with added safety protection. Do you know your flow?

Barack Obama’s order to improve chemical facility safety and security welcomed by CSB

Executive order should result in action and assist community members and emergency responders in helping to prevent and respond to chemical incidents.

New wet cleaning process for firefighting clothing delivers improved results

Bristol’s PPE managed services, widely used by fire & rescue services, the ambulance service and industrial customers, has been substantially enhanced by the introduction of a new wet cleaning process which yields improved cleaning results. A 3-year development and trials evaluation, involving both Miele and Kreussler, has led to the introduction of a radically changed wash programme.

DuPont indicates it may sell its Fluoroproducts business - 13 years after 3M pulled out of the same market

Company says it is exploring strategic alternatives for its Performance Chemicals segment.

Has OSHA listened to the US Chemical Safety Board?

A public meeting in Washington will consider whether the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has adequately implemented seven key regulatory recommendations issued by the CSB.

Lukas P 630 SG offers twice the opening and closing speed of its predecessors

Lukas has introduced a new mobile power unit for simultaneous operation of two hydraulic rescue tools. The P630 SG combines a light weight and maximum power in a unique way and also features a turbo function to speed up rescues considerably, making it a valuable tool for all responders who need to change locations quickly.

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Students aim to make new flame retardant for polystyrene - using genetically modified bacteria

University of Leicester students aim to use DNA to create an alternative flame retardant for expanded polystyrene, in their entry to the international iGEM competition.

Wanted: the world's best firefighting team

The international Conrad Dietrich Magirus Award rewards outstanding fire services around the globe / exclusive trip to New York to be won / enter at

7th annual CBRNE conference, 10-11 July, London – receive £300 off the conference price

Momentum is fast building for the 7th annual CBRNE Europe conference, which will feature a line-up of key military and industry speakers to examine the latest developments and challenges faced by the CBRNE community.