Residential structure fires can create immeasurable amounts of dioxins as well as other hazardous substances.

Dioxins – the most hazardous substance in structure fire environments

Post-structure fire settings, especially those where plastics, synthetic materials, or household products made with polyvinyl chloride (PVC) have burned, are where extremely hazardous and carcinogenic chemicals are created. One chemical in particular,…

Pre-fire planning

Fate favours the prepared. No matter the industry whether military, fire service, or business the difference between success and failure can be a short phone conversation, radio transmission, even seconds to make a decision that may mean life or death…

Turbolöscher BASF Antwerp at Wetteren train derailment with chemical spills.

The power of turbine response systems: watermist for effective cooling and firefighting

Industrial fire brigades are showing increasing interest in turbine firefighting systems: turbines that generate a powerful watermist with very fine water droplets. The technology is already being used successfully by many industrial fire brigades for industrial incident scenarios, such as…

Integration of innovation and technology and USAR coordination in major disasters
The Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Coordination Mechanism introduced by the United Nations International Search and Rescue Advisory Group (INSARAG) is critical for international disaster response, to provide effective and efficient tactical operations to lessen victim mortality.  The INSARAG Coordination…
A fire and rescue service incident commander communicates his brief to first responders during an exercise.

Developing non-technical skills in emergency response

Training for emergency responders (ERs), specifically technical training, is centred around ensuring responders in the public and private sectors are safe, effective, competent and confident in their response to incidents. But what about skills that aren’t ‘technical’?  After reviewing training…
Emergency lifting with levers – Part 1

In many emergency situations firefighters will need to lift large weights to perform the rescue of injured people. The manoeuvres we use must be done safely, quickly and efficiently since the time we have to release the injured is limited. …

Outthink Wildfire – Part 3
To effectively reduce the threats from wildfire the government must increase resources for vegetative fuel management on public land. For more than a century, the US government has invested heavily in fire suppression infrastructure and workforce to ensure that most…
The Wedge: aggressive goal setting

The most crucial aspect of our work isn’t the finish line – it’s the aim. Goals are often designed with good intentions but poor technique. The Wedge is a free and open-source programme to aggressively enable the fire service with…

The future of fighting wildfires is drones

From California to Turkey to Australia, wildfires, also known as bushfires, are everywhere – and they’re increasing in both frequency and intensity. In 2020, over 10.2 million acres of land were affected by wildfires in the United States alone, compared…

Food on the Stove is changing the culture of health in Washington, D.C. firehouses

Food on the Stove is a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit organization founded to promote healthy lifestyle management among firefighters. With programmes ranging from healthy cooking demonstrations to partnerships with local farms that supply food to firehouses, this firefighter-operated and focused organization…

Major rail incidents – how prepared are you really?

It is true that rail travel globally is officially the second safest mode of transport behind the airline industry (fatalities per billion passenger kilometres – Source: European Union Agency for Railways), but evidence from many major rail incidents has shown…

Firefighting PPE in the mining industry

Paul Gibson, International Sales Manager for MSA Bristol, a global leader of cutting-edge firefighter protection, talks to Matt Campbell, Emergency Services Principal at Rio Tinto in Australia, about the role of Emergency Responders in the mining industry and their specific…

Firefighter safety, 30 years in the making

Safety. Comfort. Unless both are built into their protective clothing, no firefighter will be able to perform the tasks demanded of them. But how do you achieve that? For technical textiles specialist Otego, the answer lay in FIRESHIELD, a fire…

Portable hydraulic rescue tools 60 years on

Firefighters, police forces and urban search and rescue teams need the best tools for their demanding jobs. Saving lives and effective extrication is all about functionality and reliability of equipment. Hydraulic-powered tools first came to the fire and rescue service…

Thermal imaging: breaking down the scan – Part 2

In Part 1 of our article, we discussed the importance of proper interpretation of the image along with understanding the key attributes of thermal imaging. We also discussed some ‘behavioural problems’ that occur during a scan such as failing to…

The blood of firefighters, the first line of defence

Firefighters have been unaware of the toxicity of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) chemicals: although the National Health and Nutrition Study (NHANES) has been testing Americans’ blood for PFAS chemicals since 1999.1 The programme of studies is designed by the US…

Firefighting with foam: approaching the transition to fluorine free

The flammable-liquid challenges that have existed in the high-hazard industries for over a century are still there today. Moreover, they are not going away in the short term, no matter how quickly we can achieve a carbon-neutral world. Foam, in…

Always-on communication for emergency services

The Middle East is no stranger to natural disasters, even if the types of emergency change over time. For example, increasing climate variability and a fast-growing population crowded into a tiny portion of the region’s surface area, have seen more…

Outthink Wildfire – Part 2
Outthink Wildfire™ is a comprehensive strategy from the National Fire Protection Association that lays out five key policy changes that need to be made at the federal, state, and local levels in the US to end wildfire destruction over the…
Setting the scene

Most of us can walk around our own homes in the dark with relative ease, but when you’re navigating somewhere you have never been before it’s a whole different story – especially if you’re against the clock and lives are…

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