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A UK first for new ARFF training programme

Scottish regional airport operator HIAL pioneers a new way of training airport firefighters.

A green strategy

The US-based Coalition for Responsible Fire Protection continues to make inroads since its inception around a year ago: a European chapter is planned and some tangible projects promise to define what being ‘green’ will mean in practice for the fire industry, writes Jose Sanchez de Muniain.

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NFPA issues alert notice on self-contained breathing apparatus

SCBA facepiece lenses may undergo thermal degradation when exposed to intense heat.

FIA launches nationwide campaign to reduce false alarms

The UK-based Fire Industry Association’s new website is dedicated to reducing false alarms.

European Parliament adopts resolution on eCall

Vehicles equipped with the eCall system to automatically contact the emergency services in the event of a crash.

Patented new aerial firefighting system to debut in Arizona test drop on July 28

Caylym Technologies International has announced the scheduled demonstration of new Guardian System, introducing a new capability for fighting wild fires from the air, and particularly at night.

SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden assists Transport for London in investigating the effectiveness of bus fire suppression systems

Transport for London (TfL) has commissioned SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden (SP) to study the effectiveness of bus fire suppression systems. There is currently a lack of information concerning the performance of bus fire suppression systems in real bus fires that have occurred in the TfL fleet. The proposed study will review all recent fire incidents in TfL buses with installed suppression systems.  The results of this review will be reported back to TfL  to help  provide  recommendations concerning updated system specification.  

New procedural guidelines at VdS

July 1st 2012 sees the introduction of new procedural guidelines for approval and certification by Germany's independent fire testing laboratory.

Shelters and tents deployed to area devastated by earthquake in Italy

Beginning in the early hours of the 20th May, Emilia Romagna, one of Italy's most agriculturally productive areas was devastated by a series of earthquakes.  Reaching up to 6.0 in magnitude, the quakes have caused significant damage to the region's cultural and residential areas, destroying churches, historic buildings and a large number of houses leaving a reported 14,000 people without homes.

Student’s ‘Emergency Stretcher’ invention could prove a lifesaver

A portable rescue stretcher to allow firefighters to more easily haul unconscious or injured people out of danger has been designed by a former Shropshire student from Newport – with input from Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Streamlight introduces new light designed for smoke filled environments

Streamlight, a provider of high-performance flashlights, introduced a new version of its innovative Knucklehead work light, the Knucklehead Spot. The new light, featuring C4 LED technology, penetrates dense smoke, fog and mist with up to 11,000 candela to give first responders a superior level of visibility at a fire or accident scene.   
 

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service adopts new waterwall storage unit for fighting remote fires

CINTEC America, manufacturer of structural masonry retrofit strengthening, repair, and preservation, as well as Blast Mitigation has launched the Hexagon Water Dam, a waterwall water storage unit developed to meet the needs of the South Wales Fire and Rescue Service (UK) to fight remote fires. The inflatable waterwall dam is designed to provide additional rapid water storage for firefighting appliances where main water supply is unavailable.

New technology a hit for arff

The UK Civil Aviation Authority, along with specialist safety experts and a number of airport operators have taken part in tests to determine the effectiveness of Compressed Air Foam Systems (CAFS) on aviation fires. The trials, carried out at the test facility of the risk-control company, CNPP, in Vernon, France in May 2012, will feed into the current ICAO and EASA work on CAFS.

European Aviation Safety Agency visits UK’s International Fire Training Centre

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the European Union’s centrepiece organisation for the promotion and delivery of aviation safety recently visited the International Fire Training Centre (IFTC) at its Teesside operation.

Cosalt’s Workwear Division relocates to new premises

The move to the new offices enables Cosalt to consolidate its business departments and to build on recent successes such as the contract to supply a fully managed service to North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service. The new premises are located in Stockport in Cheshire.

DNV and KOGAS announce research and development agreement for LNG

DNV has signed an MOU with Korea Gas Corporation (KOGAS), South Korea’s state-run gas corporation, to cooperate on research and development in the LNG sector. While this is DNV’s second MOU with KOGAS, following the first in 2010 to cooperate on EHSQ issues, DNV is the first international risk management organisation in Korea to cooperate with KOGAS on research and development projects in the LNG sector.

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service signs partnership with Bay Search and Rescue

This week, Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service in the UK has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Bay Search and Rescue which specialises in providing 24/7 emergency response to incidents in involving quicksand and mud flats.

Changi Airport and Singapore Civil Defence sign mutual aid agreement

Changi Airport Group (CAG) and the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) have announced the formalisation of a partnership that will foster closer collaboration between both organisations in the areas of emergency preparedness.

Fire testing experts widen global network

Fire safety testing company Exova Warringtonfire brings Mississauga laboratory (near Toronto) into its global network.

Automatic fire sprinklers can help UK drought crisis

The Business Sprinkler Alliance (“BSA”) is calling on UK businesses to install automatic fire sprinklers as an active measure to save billions of litres of water every year, in advance of the water crisis talks being held by environment secretary, Caroline Spelman, on Monday, 20th February with utility companies, environmental NGOs and farming groups to discuss how to mitigate the impact of persistent dry conditions.

Daimler and Rosenbauer receive largest fire engine order ever

620 Actros chassis ordered by Rosenbauer are destined for Saudi Arabia.

NFPA partners with Legoland Florida to teach fire prevention and safety

NFPA will be the official sponsor of "The Big Test", an acrobatic, comedy show in which a cast of real characters goes through a series of hysterical antics as they try to become volunteer firefighters.

Hydrogen safety research opportunities

Funding opportunities released for PhD studies – topics include modelling of the Buncefield explosion.

Children’s books to promote fire safety in schools

Dave Fanning created Phil the Fire Engine in a bid to help educate young children about the dangers of fires and how they start.

Lion acquires Haagen and BullEx to offer responder training equipment and resources

As an international manufacturer of protective equipment for first responders, Lion has announced that Haagen Fire Training Products and BullEx Digital Safety, manufacturers of fire and safety training systems and centres, are joining the organisation.

Garmont and Vibram launch a freeride skiboot for ski rescue crews

Because safety and comfort are a must for ski instructors, ski-lift workers, rescue and safety crews working in ski resorts, Garmont has partnered with Vibram to introduce a protective and high-performance ski boot for professional resort workers, called the Garmont Delirium FR 130+  which features a Vibram X-POWDER sole.

Scientists launch world’s most advanced crowd simulation and evacuation software

Scientists at the University of Greenwich have released the next generation of their evacuation and crowd simulation software, buildingEXODUS.

Foam in focus – 1st National Foam Forum and Workshop on Fire Fighting Foam

Industrial Fire Journal reports on the 1st National Foam Forum and Workshop on Fire Fighting Foam that was held as part of the Contaminated Site Remediation Conference ‘CleanUp 2011’ in Adelaide, 11th September 2011.

Final decision on Reno Fire Science Academy agreed – it will close on December 31

The University of Nevada, Reno Fire Science Academy in Carlin is to close After years of exploring options to sustain the long term financial viability of the University of Nevada, Reno’s Fire Science Academy, a recommendation to cease the Academy’s operations in Carlin, Nev., has been approved by the Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents.

New research reveals impact of severe catastrophe in China on world supply chain

A study commissioned by FM Global, one of the world’s largest business property insurers, reveals that a natural catastrophe in China on the scale of the 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami would have an even more severe impact on supply chains, given China’s critical role in global manufacturing.

New marine firefighting kit meets the latest MarED standards

An all-new range of marine firefighting PPE, designed to meet the introduction of upgraded European MarED standards from December 2011, has been introduced by Bristol Uniforms (UK).

Russia in reform

The Russian Government is considering implementing a massive two billion dollar reform in the national system of fire service, writes Eugene Gerden from Moscow.

Fire Chiefs say new cigarettes could save one life every five days

A revolutionary new type of cigarette could save one life every five days in the UK by cutting the number of fires caused by smoking, according to the London Fire Brigade.

Enter Peli Products photo competition – judged by Gary Eastwood

Peli Products is announcing its 2011 Peli Photo Competition. This time juried by award-winning photographer Gary Eastwood.
The competition takes place at www.facebook.com/PeliProducts  and is open to all Peli products users from anywhere in Europe.
Participate in this contest by clicking on the “Photo Competition” tab.

European disaster response - more efficient, simpler, leaner?

As the EU, and the world, faces an increasing number of disasters, Italian EPP member Elisabetta Gardini is calling for more effective and coordinated disaster management and simplification of the "too bureaucratic" European Civil Protection Mechanism.

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Cat litter used to help catch arsonists

Forensic scientists at Anglia Ruskin University have revealed a novel tool that could be used to help catch arsonists – cat litter.

Preventing inrushes at underground mines

The Health & Safety Executive (UK) releases a safety alert following recent inrush of water and material at Gleision Mine in South Wales which resulted in the deaths of four miners.

Hummels Wharf Fire Company unveils 9/11 memorial

Hummels Wharf Fire Company in Pennsylvania revealed its tribute to the people who lost their lives during 9/11 at the recent anniversary of the atrocious attacks.

NFPA and CPSC warn consumers to immediately stop using pourable gel fuel

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with nine manufacturers and distributors, announced a voluntary recall of all pourable gel fuels made or sold by these companies.

Albert Ziegler GMBH declared bankrupt, “but has good chances to continue”

Albert Ziegler GMBH has been declared insolvent by a German court. Sollicitor Bruno M Kuebler has been appointed as the provisional liquidator, and the wages of the 1,000 employees are guaranteed by the insolvency fund for the next three months. 

Free pizzas with NFPA Fire Prevention Week 2011

Domino’s Pizza is teaming up with fire departments to help spread the message about home fire safety.

Nationwide emergency alert system test for the USA

The first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System will take place November 9, 2011 at 2pm (EST).

$2.5m fire and gas instrumentation order awarded to Sierra Monitor

The Middle East order for gas and flame detection represents the largest single order in the company's history.

Lorry on fire in M4 Brynglas tunnel

Traffic chaos as smoke billows from the Brynglas tunnels at Newport, Wales (UK).

Source: BBC

Hummels Wharf Fire Company unveils plan for 9-11 Memorial

The Hummels Wharf Fire Company in Pensylvania has revealed an artist’s rendition of the 9-11 Memorial that is being built at the local fire station. The memorial will include a glass enclosed archived steel beam from the World Trade Center, some archived soil from the Flight 93 Memorial site in Shanksville, PA., and an archive piece of limestone from the Pentagon. 

Florida’s Failure to adopt CSB recommendation ‘unacceptable’

Florida’s inaction and failure to adopt a CSB recommendation to provide federal-level workplace protections for state and municipal public workers is an ‘unacceptable response.’

Guide for emergency lighting central power systems

Gent by Honeywell has released a new CPD guide on the design and application of emergency lighting central power systems.

Spectacular new website for IFJ, F&R, FTA and FTE

Our new website for Fire and Rescue, Industrial Fire Journal, Fire Trade Asia Middle East and Fire Trade Europe, www.Hemmingfire.com is packed full of fire-friendly features, including RSS feeds, links to our fast-growing social media, video, photo gallery, company profiles, equipment data, up-to-date industry information, as well as in-depth analysis and latest news. Oh, and did you know the industry's most popular light-hearted take on the fire world is back? Yes, Fire Mad has returned!

New Multifunctional Support Vehicle for the Fire Service of Middelburg-Vlissingen

The Middelburg-Vlissingen Fire Service in the Netherlands has taken delivery of a unique multi-functional truck, which combines a powder and a CAFS unit in one.