Foam transition is not as simple as “Foam Out / Foam In” – it must be assured that all components of the system are compatible with each other. Images supplied by Author / Contributor

Cleaning fire extinguishing systems that have been contaminated by fluorine foam agents

The issue of cleaning fire extinguishing systems that have been contaminated by fluorine foam agents is more complex and requires some explanation, resulting in considerations that must ultimately be decided by every…

Fire Fighter: saving a celebrity in firefighting history

Fire Fighter, the world’s most award-decorated fireboat, sailed into Boston Harbor this June in celebration of NFPA’s 125th Anniversary. This trip was a new kind of ‘rescue mission’ for the fireboat, and the 13-hour, 140 nautical mile trip to Boston…

A large industrial area with specific risk profile: when it hits the fan, joint preparation is the strongest. Photos courtesy of BASF, Evonik, Port of Antwerp-Bruges and Antwerp Fire Service. All rights reserved to original owners

Partners join forces in network for industrial firefighting in Antwerp port area

The port of Antwerp-Bruges is an economic player on a global scale. Maritime, industrial, logistics and utility activities make a major contribution to the Belgian economy at both local and national level. Companies that orientate themselves on a global scale…
London Fire Brigade drone capability – from inception to the future

From December 2017 to September 2018 the London fire brigade investigated and implemented a drone capability mainly from recommendations after the tragic events of the Grenfell Tower fire in June 2017. In this time the team and capability was built…

Some turnouts may incorporate active posture design improvements to help firefighters achieve maximum flexibility. Images supplied by Author / Contributor

Fitting advice: how to size your crew for turnout gear from head-to-toe

Selecting new turnout gear is a big decision for fire departments. No matter what gear you’re sizing up, it’s critical to properly size firefighters for optimal safety, comfort and performance.  Properly fitted bunker gear is the first line of defence…

Propulsion systems in light vehicles

The propulsion systems that vehicles now carry have to be friendly to the environment and Firefighters must know how to work on them safely in vehicle fires and be able to rescue people with security in traffic accidents. Since that…

Selecting and using a thermal imaging camera for wildfire – Part 2

A thermal imaging camera (TIC) like any other item of firefighting equipment has limitations. This together with the misinterpretation of the displayed image and the failure to follow standard practices and procedures could result in the inability to identify and…

Neptune Aviation Services repurposes regional jets for airtanker role

In 2017, Neptune Aviation Services replaced the last of its tanker-configured former US Navy, Cold War Era P2V Neptunes with a more modern fleet of British Aerospace (now BAE Systems) built BAe 146 regional jets. Neptune acquired the aircraft from…

Donations – An Essential Guide: Part 2

Donations of Emergency Services equipment to the Global South come from all kinds of sources and contain a variety of brands. Donating entities collect whatever they can and bundle goods into shipments that ideally fit the needs of the recipient. …

PFAS waste disposal in the fire service – Part 1
Cement kiln incineration offers an environmentally sustainable solution. Class B AFFF (aqueous film-forming foams) contain fluorochemicals now generically known as PFAS (perfluoroalkyl substances). Disposal of large volumes of PFAS-contaminated liquid waste remains a major problem, as well as potentially a…
Era of enduring risk: how insurers can better manage year-round wildfire risk 
There used to be a discrete, four-month span from late summer through early fall, when big wildfires could be expected to flare – a wildfire season, not so different from the hurricane season on the East and Gulf coasts, or…
Carriage and storage of ADR Class 3 within the dangerous goods supply chain 

This feature provides an updated insight into probably the largest ADR category of packaged (and bulk) dangerous goods carried on the British road network – flammable liquids; and, crucially for firefighters, it explains what measures must be in place at…

Cleaning up PPE

Since the pandemic, it has been well documented that firefighters’ personal protective equipment (PPE) needs to be thoroughly and consistently cleaned after use to protect firefighter health. They need to be cleaned of bacteria and viruses such as Covid-19 but…

Reducing PFAS levels in firefighters by blood and plasma donation
Historically firefighters have been occupationally exposed to perfluoroalkyl substances such as PFOS, PFHxS and PFOA in AFFF firefighting foams. Many have subsequently been found to have high blood levels of these PFAS molecules. A recent landmark study1 has shown that…
Advanced hybrid firefighting solutions for major fire hazards

Firefighting technology is constantly advancing. This case study illustrates the latest technology in mobile firefighting equipment developed by FireDos for class B high hazard fire scenario applications, including tank storage facilities, refineries and other oil and petrochemical related industrial fires.…

Well prepared for the heat of the moment
In the harbour of Rotterdam you will find the unique and realistic training centre of RelyOn Nutec Fire Academy. Public and industrial firefighters from all over the world come to this centre to train as they fight. History and organisation…
A true revised mindset on vehicle rescue and extrication

In looking over my career in emergency services, both as a provider and as an educator, involved with vehicle rescue, much of the tool evolutions or the methodology of how we have made space to disentangle injured vehicle occupants has…

Tools to help responders to do their work safely

In my first article I wrote about my project and dream to establish ‘one’ uniform standardized global way of providing information for first and second responders, regardless of technology, means of transport… so that they can do their job safely…

Donations – An Essential Guide

Firefighters around the world may share a common commitment, but they don’t all have the resources to get the job done.  To address this issue, Emergency Services personnel from developing nations often reach out to departments in the Global North…

The transitioning to fluorine-free foams

You know that Aqueous Film-Forming Foams (AFFF) have been used for decades in the fire service. In the United States, the transition over to fluorine-free firefighting foams is now occurring.  ‘The delay in taking action appears to have been caused…

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