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UK PPE supplier rebrands as Ballyclare

The announcement signals the beginning of a new era for the provider of protective clothing and equipment, and follows the acquisition of Cosalt Workwear earlier this year by entrepreneur David Ross.

New operational firefighting glove from Rosenbauer offers increased comfort and protection

Rosenbauer has launched the Safe Grip 3 operational glove. Which the company says is a further advance on the Safe Grip 2, the new glove offers improved protection characteristics, optimised wearer comfort and attractive design.

The only directory of passive and active fire equipment for the European market has been published

Firetrade Europe 2013 is published annually and covers 30 European nations.

Terberg DTS signs major distribution deal with Oshkosh Corporation

Specialist vehicle supplier Terberg DTS (UK) Ltd has announced that it has signed an agreement with North American vehicle manufacturer Oshkosh Corporation to act as its UK and Ireland representative for airport firefighting and rescue (ARFF) and industrial vehicles.

Fire and Rescue Q2 2013 has been published

Fire and Rescue Q2 has been published. In this issue we are featuring the following subjects: Helmets what is your flavour; Hazmat; gas tight suits; CFA invests in satellite technology; Exercise Alcourse; ARFF training; International Firefighting team of the Year Award; Changes to NFPA 412; The CAFS pioneer; PPV in high-rise fires; Talking TICS; USAR- Hungary focus; Rescue: glass management To read the latest issue, click here or on the cover.

Rosenbauer signs out of court settlement for restitution in relation to the firefighting cartel

Rosenbauer and two other manufacturers have signed a settlement agreement with the German municipal umbrella organisations providing for out-of-court restitution in connection with the firefighting vehicle cartel in Germany.

US Chemical Safety Board root-cause investigation of West explosion continues.

As other agencies wrapped up their on-site investigations into the ammonium nitrate explosion at West Fertilizer in West, Texas, the US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) announced its work to examine all aspects of the tragedy will continue in the town of West, at the Western Regional Office in Denver, and at the agency’s headquarters in Washington, DC.

New training centre for Melbourne’s Metropolitan Fire Brigade

Haagen has been selected as the fire training design expert for Melbourne’s Metropolitan Fire Brigade (Australia) new state-of-the-art training centre - SEE VIDEO

Total cost of fire up 38 percent from 1980 - NFPA report details $328 billion impact of fire

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) released an updated report on the Total Cost of Fire in the United States. It can be seen from the report that the total cost of fire in 2010, adjusted for inflation, is 38% higher than in 1980, while its proportion of U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) has declined by roughly one-third.

CSB deploys to a massive explosion and fire at fertilizer plant near Waco, Texas.

A large investigation team from the US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) is deploying to the scene of a massive fire and explosion at the West Fertilizer Plant located in West, Texas, north of Waco.

Rosenbauer launches a new short firefighting boot range – Twister-cross

With its new Twister-cross, Rosenbauer has launched a short boot with a Class C shaft. The boot is suitable for all firefighting and rescue operations and has EN 15090:2012 F2A HI3 CI AN SRA certification instead of the 280mm shaft length stipulated in Austria by ÖBFV-RL KS – 06. The new boot meets the requirements of both countries’ fire and rescue services. In fact, it differs from all other fire service boots because it is shorter than conventional boots.

Metro Chiefs Association meets in Phoenix and appoints new board members and officers

The Metropolitan “Metro” Fire Chiefs Association, a section of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) held its 2013 annual conference in Phoenix, Arizona, April 5-11. Approximately 110 Metro chiefs from Canada, China, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States attended the conference and elected the section’s 2013-2014 officers and board members. Chief Bob Khan and the Phoenix Fire Department staff hosted the conference.

New campaign focuses on reducing cancer deaths by installing emissions extraction systems in the fire station

Ryan Pennington of ViewsFromTheJumpseat.com, and Kerry Falzone of Plymovent Corporation have joined forces to create a campaign focused on the importance of hooking up an exhaust extraction hose in emergency service stations. ‘Every minute firefighter's and EMS are risking their lives to save ours, we need to stress the importance of protecting them in their stations,’ commented Pennington.

Draeger Safety UK is awarded major BA contract

Draeger Safety UK will supply breathing apparatus (BA) and associated equipment to both Northamptonshire (NFRS) and Buckinghamshire (BFRS) Fire and Rescue Services.

Fire brigade Amsterdam-Amstelland calculates risks with QlikView

QlikTech a leader in business discovery – user-driven business intelligence (BI) has announced that the fire brigade Amsterdam-Amstelland has deployed QlikView to map the risks in the region and proactively respond to those risks. QlikView serves as the basis for a risk profile, that combines 600,000 objects in Amsterdam (buildings, rails, roads) and possible incident types (house fires, traffic accidents, carbon monoxide poisoning). 

Fire and Rescue Q1 2013 has been published!

Fire and Rescue Q1 2013 has been published. Click here or on the cover to read it.

Iveco flies as aviation sector grows – new mid sized crash tender launched

A new range of mid-sized crash tenders is hitting the runways. Ann-Marie Knegt went to see the new face of aviation safety.

Have you booked your place?

This year's Reebok Firefighting Foam Seminar will again be held at the Reebok Stadium Conference Centre, 18-19 March 2013, Bolton, Greater Manchester (UK).

Mott MacDonald appointed on new HK$2.88 billion Fire Services Training School in Hong Kong

Mott MacDonald has been named building services design engineer by China State Construction Engineering (Hong Kong) Ltd¹ for the development of a new HK$2.88 billion Fire Services Training School (FSTS) in Tseung Kwan O,Hong Kong. The new school will replace existing facilities in the Pat Heung area of Hong Kong.

Play the new online game designed to teach families to prepare for emergencies

‘Disaster Hero’ is introduced by The American College of Emergency Physicians.

North West Fire and Rescue Services award framework contract for boots to YDS

Goliath Footwear has been awarded a framework contract by Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service on behalf of North West Fire & Rescue Services to supply YDS Crosstech fire boots.  YDS is Europe’s largest manufacturer of police and military footwear and owns Goliath Footwear in the UK.

Iveco Magirus receives largest order in its history – 80 crash tenders from the Dragon 2 TEP range for the airports of Brazil - worth 53 million euro

Iveco Magirus Brandschutztechnik, a manufacturer firefighting vehicles has been awarded a contract to supply Brazil’s airports with 80 ARFF trucks from the new Dragon 2 TEP (Twin Engine Powerpack) range worth a total of 141 million Brazilian Reais (app. 53 million Euro). The vehicles will be used in 27 airports of Brazil to meet the requirements that will mainly emerge from the increased passenger numbers and air traffic that is expected during the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. This order represents the biggest contract for ARFF Vehicles in Iveco Magirus’ history.

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service has appointed Bristol Uniforms as its new supplier for structural fire kit

West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service (WYFRS), one of the country’s largest fire services, is adopting Bristol as its new partner for the supply of its next generation structural fire kit. The new kit for West Yorkshire’s 1300 firefighters is being rolled out during January.

Provisional presentation line-up for the Fifth International Firefighting Foam Conference announced

The Fifth International Firefighting Foam Conference (March 18-19, 2013) held at the Reebok Stadium, in Bolton, Greater Manchester, is promising to surpass former versions of the event with an exiting and high-profile range of speakers, who will be presenting on a range of topics that will greatly enhance the knowledge of every firefighting professional.

Final CSB report into fatal 2011 explosion and fire that fatally injured five workers in Hawaii.

The US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board will hold a public meeting on January 17  to present the findings from its investigation into the April 8, 2011, explosion and fire that killed five workers at a storage facility used by Donaldson Enterprises (DEI) near Honolulu.

New control centre at Zurich Protection and Rescue enters successful operation

November 12th 2012 saw Switzerland’s largest emergency call centre enter operation at Zurich Protection and Rescue (SRZ). A new control centre network now serves a large part of the north of Switzerland and is one of the most technically advanced in the world. Frequentis systems are in use at the new SRZ facilities.

Ziegler reports full order book and is gaining back fire market share

Just under one year after filing for insolvency, the fire engine producer Ziegler is now reporting full order books again. As communicated by insolvency administrator Bruno M. Kübler, senior partner and name patron of the insolvency firm KÜBLER with nationwide operations, the Ziegler Group also managed to overcome the damage to its reputation caused by the anti-trust proceedings. As one of the former German market leaders, Ziegler has now regained almost all market shares that had previously been lost.

Avon Fire and Rescue Service is adopting a green fleet in order to become more environmentally friendly

Avon Fire and Rescue Service is adopting a green fleet in order to become more environmentally friendly. Two electric cars are the latest tools being used by Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) in a bid to become greener and cleaner.

Swedish and Norwegian fire research institutes join forces

SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden and the Norwegian Research Institute SINTEF have signed an agreement to establish close collaboration between SP Fire Technology and SINTEF NBL AS, a wholly owned subsidiary of SINTEF.

Capita preferred bidder for acquisition of Fire Service College

Capita plc announces that it has been recommended by the UK's Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) as preferred bidder for the acquisition of the Fire Service College. 

Scott Safety releases the Sigma 2 Type 2 SCBA set

Scott Safety, a manufacturer of respiratory and other PPE equipment, has announced the launch of the Sigma 2 Type 2, a low-cost SCBA solution that provides high levels of respiratory protection in a simple and cost effective package to meet the new standards required by the latest amendment of the Marine Equipment Directive.

METRO project provides safer underground railways

Congested roads and railways render underground transport systems more popular. But more tunnels lead to greater risks of serious accidents where it can be difficult to evacuate travellers in a short time. Now the results of the three-year research project METRO are to be presented.

Babcock awarded fleet management contract with the UK’s largest Fire and Rescue Service

Babcock International Group has been awarded a critical contract with London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA) to manage and maintain their fleet of vehicles and equipment over an 18-month interim period during which LFEPA will be running a full competition for the services. The contract has been entered into following the recent deterioration of LFEPA’s arrangements with its existing supplier.

Flour-filled extinguishers found in China

In Chengdu, police officials recently seized almost 10,000 fake fire extinguishers, according to Weird Asia News.

Accident scenario tests airport response time

Passengers can rest assured that were there to be an accident at Luxembourg Findel airport; they would be in safe hands, if a recent exercise is anything to go by, writes Lyndon Dennis, RFF Shift Controller at Airports Company South Africa.

US Defense Fire Academy awards new simulator contract to ETC Simulation

Environmental Tectonics Corporation's (ETC) Simulation Division, based in Orlando, FL, has been awarded a contracted by Adayana Government Group for the US DoD Fire Academy, based at Goodfellow Air Force Base, to expand their Advanced Disaster Management Simulator (ADMS).

Deepwater Horizon incident: update

US Coast Guard approves plan to secure containment dome following sheen reports in September.

Severe concerns over the proposed closure of 17 fire stations and 600 job cuts within London Fire Brigade

The Fire Brigades Union has expressed grave concerns over proposals by the London Fire Brigade to close 17 fire stations and slash around 600 jobs.

Tyco reveals plan for a new operational facility for Williams Fire & Hazard Control

Tyco Fire Protection Products, a business unit within Tyco, will be building a new operational facility in Port Arthur, Texas, USA. The new 70,000 square feet facility will be dedicated to supporting the Williams Fire & Hazard Control. The new site will house offices for administrative, engineering, and manufacturing functions supporting their portable and systems-based fire protection equipment and Williams' firefighting response team and training program.

New standard for fire suppression systems in engine compartments of buses and coaches published

SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden has developed a new standard for fire suppression systems in engine compartments of buses and coaches. This work has been carried out in part on behalf of the National Road Authority in Sweden. The objective has been to construct a model of an engine compartment where stakeholders can evaluate the firefighting performance of different suppression systems in a well-defined and objective way. The new standard SP method 4912, edition 3 has just been published. 

Schiphol Airport and VSTEP win ICT project of the year

Award presented during the 7th Computable Awards Show for the RescueSim Virtual Airport Incident Management simulator.

Warwickshire FRS adopts new Vimpex lighting system

 Warwickshire Fire and Rescue service has taken delivery of two new Canguro SceneStar LED Lighting units from Vimpex Limited.

New mobility solution for responders delivers optimal interoperability

Tiburon, a provider of integrated public safety solutions, has launched a new mobility solution that delivers real-time dispatch and CJIS data to low-cost iPad devices. For the first time the power of situational awareness and total mobility is available to all public safety professionals in the field.

Civil Aviation Authority moves forward with qualified product list for foam

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is seeking comments on its proposal to establish a Qualified Product List (QPL) for aviation fire fighting foam.

Caltex refinery takes delivery of a high capacity response truck from Rosenbauer

Rosenbauer has supplied the Australian minerals group Caltex with a special foam pumper equipped with new extinguishing technology. The giant vehicle has been deployed to protect a petrochemical complex consisting of a refinery and a large tank farm near Sydney. Moreover, due to the fire loads and differing fire risks on site, first and foremost the vehicle has to be capable of emitting the largest possible volume of extinguishing agents in the shortest possible time.

Cold Cut Systems appoints UK distributor

Primetech has been appointed supplier and installer of the coldcut COBRA Cutting Extinguisher system that is revolutionising the way that fires are tackled in over than 30 countries.

Hochiki acquires Kentec Electronics

Fire detection manufacturer Hochiki Corporation Japan will acquire the entire stock of Kentec Electronics Ltd.

CSB deploys to fire and explosion at a Chevron Refinery in California

A seven-member investigative team from the US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) is deploying to the scene of an explosion and fire that occurred Monday at the Chevron Refinery in Richmond, CA.

Seen at FRI International – Super Vac SV 3 Rescue Saw

Super Vac from Fort Collins, CO was showcasing the SVC3 Power Pro Cutoff Saw at FRI International in Denver ( 3-4 August 2012). 

CAFS for ARFF – important step forward

The UK Civil Aviation Authority’s proposal for CAFS on airport fire vehicles has been given the green light by the International Civil Aviation Organisation.