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Fire Prevention Week is 3–9 October 2021! This year’s theme is: Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for 99 years, has announced Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety as the theme for Fire Prevention Week, 3–9 October 2021. From beeps to chirps, this year’s…

Firefighters win landmark Covid discrimination case against fire and rescue service

Firefighters have won a discrimination case against a fire and rescue service, having successfully argued that forcing firefighters with disabilities to use annual leave or TOIL when shielding amounted to discrimination. The case is thought to be the first where…

Water pollution prevention vital after huge industrial blaze

Drainage and wastewater specialist Lanes Group has been supporting firefighters and the Environment Agency as they dealt with the aftermath of a huge industrial blaze. The company deployed jet vac tankers to help prevent contaminated water entering surface water drains…

NFRS exercise with partners will test high-rise evacuations

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service will be carrying out a major training exercise, along with a range of partner organisations, at Pleasley Vale Business Park on Sunday, 26 September. The exercise, involving Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service, Leicestershire Fire and…

Egypt set to host EDEX 2021 this November

The Egyptian Armed Forces have announced the second edition of the international defence and military industries exhibition – Egypt Defence Expo (EDEX 2021), which will take place from 29 November to 2 December 2021, at Egypt International Exhibition Center under…

Chief Fire Officer of Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service announces his retirement

Chris Davies, Chief Fire Officer of Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service has announced his intention to retire from his role in April 2022, bringing to a close his distinguished 37 year career. Since joining South Glamorgan Fire…

County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service invest in Dräger mechanical cleaning systems to protect firefighter health

County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service (CDDFRS) has implemented Dräger’s Cleaning Solution as part of its new state-of-the art decontamination facility, designed to ensure optimal cleaning and disinfection of firefighter equipment.  The initiative will not only help protect…

Bronto F61RPX for the Royal Dutch Navy

Korps Marinebrandweer, the fire brigade of the Royal Dutch Navy in Den Helder, Netherlands, has taken delivery of a Bronto F61RPX aerial fire and rescue platform. The unit was delivered by Bronto Skylift’s local distributor, Kenbri Fire Fighting B.V. and…

BMT Fire & Rescue acquires Innovative Firefighting Solutions

BMT Fire & Rescue in Oss is to take over Berlicum’s Innovative Firefighting Solutions (IFFS). The two fire engine specialists are joining forces, with IFFS to retain its name and employees. ‘We’re taking this step based on our conviction that…

Power meets multifunctionality: Magirus presents the brand-new Wolf R1 tactical robot

Following the successful 2014 launch of the AirCore TAF35 firefighting robot and the 2020 launch of the TAF60 firefighting robot, Magirus is now taking the logical next step in the field of robotic, remote-controlled firefighting and emergency vehicles. The new…

NFPA to host Keeping Hazardous Environments Safe conference, a full-day online programme focused on industrial, chemical and emerging tech topics

On Tuesday, 5 October the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) will host Keeping Hazardous Environments Safe, a conference for those who work in industrial settings, the chemical and petrochemical sectors, emergency management, plant operations, occupational health and safety, code enforcement, the fire service and the…

Pierce Manufacturing completes ownership interest in Boise Mobile Equipment

Pierce Manufacturing Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK) company, has announced that it has completed the purchase of an ownership interest in Boise Mobile Equipment (BME). This investment will facilitate greater collaboration between Pierce and BME within the wildland fire market. Furthermore, Pierce…

Engaging the public during Fire Prevention Week

Tuesday, 21 September 20212pm Eastern TimeLive discussion on the NVFC’s Facebook Page The theme of this year’s Fire Prevention Week, taking place 3–9 October, is ‘Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety’ and focuses on educating the public on the different sounds…

Firefighter union leader tells MPs that ‘governments for decades’ at fault on fire safety

Fire Brigades Union general secretary Matt Wrack has told a cross-party committee of MPs that ‘governments for decades’ have been responsible for reducing emphasis on fire safety, in a session on post-Grenfell building rule changes yesterday. He said there had…

IRMP Consultation report presented to Fire Authority

On Monday. 13 September, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Authority (TWFRA) met to consider the outcomes of the eight-week public consultation carried out on the Services’ Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP) 2021-2024. The Authority approved the introduction of three…

FDNY adds 25 names to Memorial Wall for deaths related to World Trade Center illnesses

The FDNY added the names of 25 members who died of illnesses related to their work in the rescue and recovery efforts at the World Trade Center to the FDNY World Trade Center Memorial Wall at an outdoor ceremony held…

Oshkosh Airport Products ‘Road Rally’ sets off for next wave of events

Oshkosh Airport Products, LLC, an Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE: OSK) Company, announced today the next stops in the 2021 Road Rally featuring the revolutionary new Striker Volterra ARFF hybrid electric vehicle (HEV). After the completion of stops along the Western Coast of the…

Building a safer tomorrow: how a commitment to risk mitigation can help protect insurers, homeowners and communities from the growth of wildfire

Dr Arindam Samanta and Michele Steinberg Rising temperatures, prolonged droughts, changing precipitation patterns, and regional wind events are turning wildfire ‘seasons’ into a year-round phenomenon. In 2020, more than 58,000 wildfires burned nearly 10.3 million acres in the United States,…

Fire Chiefs officially welcome new staff to the Service

At a special awards evening at De Vere Cranage Estate recently, 10 firefighter and community apprentices, two High Potential Development Scheme (HPDS) graduates and 12 migrating on-call to whole-time firefighters were officially welcomed into their new roles with Cheshire Fire…

Fire Department Service Announcement

Bulletin #36, monitoring PFAS exposure in fire service personnel There is growing awareness and concern for the fire service and their exposure to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). This concern has led to several research efforts to study and better…

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