Industrial Fire Journal - Fire & Rescue - Hemming Group Ltd
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s a fire extinguisher!

Iconic fire extinguisher balloon prepares to fly as part of 200th anniversary celebrations.

Fire Trade Europe 2018 has been published

The only passive and active fire equipment directory for Europe is out now – read it online.

Dangerous substances at work

A Europe-wide campaign launched this week to raise awareness on dangerous substances includes an e-tool, database, case studies, infographics and animated films.

Safe workplace for all

The world's first international occupational health and safety standard has been published.

Passive fire protection training

The Association for Specialist Fire Protection is introducing a passive fire protection training programme in April – the first of its kind in the UK and Ireland. 

Lawsuit over groundwater contamination in Minnesota settled for US$850 million

The legal action was launched in 2010 by Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson, alleging widespread water contamination caused by the dumping of millions of pounds of industrial waste containing perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) in the ground and water in the east metropolitan area of the Twin Cities for more than 40 years from the 1950s.

High-hazard collaboration

A guide to joint industry, regulator and union groups that work in the high-hazard process sectors in the UK has been published by the COMAH Strategic Forum.

Online safety source for firefighters around the world

The Institution of Fire Engineers has launched a firefighter safety database to enable firefighters and others to learn from past incidents and to help prevent injury or loss of life in the future.

Over 40 million fire extinguishers recalled in US and Canada

Massive product recall of Kidde extinguishers follows numerous cases of limited or failed activation.

Midland Resource Recovery explosions - update

More details have been released about two explosions that occurred within weeks of each other, resulting in the deaths of three workers at a facility in Philippi, West Virginia, US.

Water-mist winner

The International Water Mist Association’s Young Talent Award has been won by James Patrick White for his thesis, Measurement and simulation of suppression effects in a buoyant line fire.

Really big flow

A mutual-aid exercise in the New York-New Jersey area has broken a new Guinness world record with the help of an Inundator Super Pumper demo unit.

Fine imposed for uncontrolled release of toxic substances

A steel company has been fined GBP930,000 (US$1.2 million) after the release of toxic and flammable substances from its site in Scunthorpe, England.

Panthers for Gibraltar Airport

Three new 6×6 trucks and one 4×4 Panther will be delivered in early 2018, all incorporating Euro VI engines. The three 6×6 Panthers are to include the ‘Stinger’ high reach extendable turret and rear-steer axles to ensure maximal efficiency in deployment and ability.

Magirus supplies trucks to Chilean firefighters

Magirus has completed two large orders for 100 fire engines from Chile’s national fire department, the Junta Nacional de Bomberos de Chile.

Less than 12 months left to comply with EU chemicals legislation

The UK Chemicals Stakeholder Forum has published new guidance documents for registrants, downstream users and article producers in how to comply with the REACH 2018 deadline.

Grenfell Tower tragedy

The high-rise building that was engulfed by fire in the early hours of today (14 June) had not been fitted with sprinklers during a major refurbishment project completed in 2016.

Queensland offers firefighters free bloodtest as part of PFOA study

Firefighters in Queensland worried about exposure to toxic chemicals in firefighting foams can now access free blood tests after the Queensland Government signed a policy in May offering the tests as part of a study into the long-term effects of the PFOS and PFOA.

Thermal imaging camera integrated in mask

An in-mask thermal imaging intelligence system has been launched by Scott Safety. Scott Sight integrates a lightweight thermal imaging camera into the mask’s display, providing a hands-free thermal view at all times.

Fatal explosion in St Louis, Missouri

The US CSB sends a three-person investigation team to the Loy-Lange Box Company to assess incident that killed three and injured four on 3 April.

Update on the CSB's Assessment into Fatal Explosion in St Louis, MO, US

The US Chemical Safety Board’s three-person investigation team arrived onsite at the Loy-Lange Box Company to begin its assessment on Thursday 6 April.

Large fine for UK care home

A care home in Burnham-on-Sea in the west of England has been fined £100,000 (US$125,000) for breaching fire safety regulations at a house used for staff accommodation.

Dupont and Chemours agree to settle PFOA lawsuits

A multi-million dollar deal will be used to settle 3,550 lawsuits in Ohio and West Virginia.

Time to RISE

The SP Sweden research institute has merged with two other state-owned organisations.

Cuxhaven new centre
Maritime Safety and Security Centre Cuxhaven

Germany’s new maritime safety and security centre is officially opened.

Innovation in code administration

The US-based International Code Council has launched an award for public safety creativity in the built environment.

Falck to open new training and research centre in 2018

Falck will be opening its new training centre on the Maasvlakte in 2018. The facilities are set to be transformed into an international, knowledge centre for public and industrial fire brigades, the offshore, maritime sector and wind industry.

Falck Fire Services UK announces new multi-year contract wins

Falck Fire Services UK has signed three new contracts of up to five years at the Wilton International site in Teesside, UK, an industrial and petrochemical complex in the UK.

UK consultation launched for National Operational Guidance – Industry

The draft document provides details of the hazards and control measures required for firefighters working in a wide range of industrial sites and premises.

Firefighting exam in virtual reality

Following formal approval by the Dutch Safety Institute the Dutch firefighting exam has been carried out for the first time using the Rescuesim software, and with great success.

Bristol Uniforms expands

PPE clothing manufacturer Bristol Uniforms has significantly expanded its managed services department recruiting several new members of staff and substantially increasing the capacity of its service centres.

Lighting webinars

Manufacturer of lighting systems Peli Products is introducing regular free-to-attend webinars on its product ranges.

Offshore Experience

Virtual reality emergency simulation company helps Offshore Experience set sail in Rotterdam.

Vader extinguisher

European Commission issues alert regarding dangerous fire extinguisher.

London Fire Brigade premieres BBC VR film of terrifying Christmas blaze

A new BBC virtual reality film depicting a terrifying Christmas Day fire was given its UK premiere on 14 December 2016 at the London Fire Brigade’s new pop-up museum in Lambeth. 

Stuttgart Airport has taken a Magirus Superdragon X8 into operation

Stuttgart airport took delivery of the Magirus Superdragon X8 in July 2016. The 52-tonne vehicle, with 8x8 powertrain and four-axle, based on an Iveco IM52X8 chassis, is equipped with a twin power pack using Iveco Cursor engines and Allison 4500R fully automatic transmissions.

New emergency comms radio system at Munich Airport

Motorola Solutions has received an order to implement an update and extension of its existing TETRA digital two-way radio system at Munich Airport.

Fiskville foam contamination - Government response

The Government response to the parliamentary committee report into the contamination of the CFA firefighters' training college at Fiskville with PFCs was tabled in November in the Victorian Parliament, Australia.  

Contamination summit

A special summit is to be held in Australia in 2017 to help develop ‘nationally consistent standards for environmental contamination’.

NFPA report cites great needs with US fire departments

The fourth Fire Service Needs Assessment Survey has revealed significant shortages in staffing, training, facilities, health, wellness and equipment.

AFOA and the IFE create new aviation working group

The inaugural meeting of the Airport Fire Officers Association (AFOA) and the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) Aviation took place at Gatwick Airport Fire Station in October. The aim of the meeting was to create the first Special Interest Group for Aviation in the UK.

Personal radiation monitor with Bluetooth connectivity launched

Flir Systems has announced the launch of the Identifinder R100 personal radiation detector, the latest addition to its Identifinder R-Series handheld radiation security solutions. 

Naval Academy acquires simulators for its new training centre

The official opening ceremony for The Centre for Integrated Management and Monitoring of the Coastal Zone was inaugurated by Boyko Borisov, the Prime Minister of Bulgaria on 6 August 2016.

First portable water mist unit to achieve third party accreditation

Surefire’s Ultraguard is the first portable water mist unit to achieve third party certification to LPS 1655, BRE Global’s dedicated fire performance standard for personal protection systems (PPS). A PPS is a domestic fire suppression system designed to protect a specific risk, typically vulnerable people who are at greater risk from a fire in the home.

‘Ramp-up’ alert tones can help reduce stress on firefighters

New research has been released that examines long-term health effects suffered by emergency responders indicates that ‘ramp-up’ alert tones can help reduce stress on firefighters.

Fire evacuation design

The Division of Fire Safety Engineering at Lund University, Sweden launches an online course.

New Panther 6x6 roars for the US market

The Rosenbauer Panther is being introduced to the US at the annual conference of the ARFF Working Group, Frisco, Texas, 18-20 September.

Flashover alarm launched at Emergency Services Show

Protection for firefighters in flashover situations could be improved by the  warning system.

Building design must respond to risks posed by balcony fires

BRE Global advises careful consideration must be given to materials and structural design to mitigate the risk of fire spread.

Multi-skilled disaster response

A five-man multi-skilled team has been tasked with training Tajikistan’s emergency services to be prepared for any disaster.