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‘Lives likely lost’: fire control staff call for public support to halt service closure 

Firefighter control staff are calling for the public to back them as a meeting of councillors decides whether to close the entire fire control service in Cornwall. Firefighter control staff handle calls from the public, provide safety guidance and deploy…

Streamlight introduces the Dualie 3AA Color-Rite light

Streamlight Inc., a leading provider of high-performance lighting tools, recently introduced the Dualie 3AA Color-Rite in September 2022. An intrinsically safe, high-performance LED flashlight that provides the option of bright, white light or high CRI light with Streamlight’s Color-Rite Technology…

Mayor Eric Adams and Acting Fire Commissioner Laura Kavanagh announce the death of EMS Lieutenant Alison Russo-Elling

Mayor Eric Adams and Acting Fire Commissioner Laura Kavanagh today announced the death of FDNY Emergency Medical Service Lieutenant Alison Russo-Elling, a 25-year-veteran of the FDNY who was stabbed and killed Thursday afternoon while on-duty at EMS Station 49 in…

Cheshire Fire Authority appoints new Chief Fire Officer

CFA Chair, Councillor Bob Rudd, announced the appointment saying: ‘I am delighted to announce that Cheshire Fire Authority has appointed Alex Waller as Chief Fire Officer, following the retirement of Mark Cashin. Alex and the other candidates followed a rigorous…

Firefighters prepare to run London Marathon in full fire kit, in aid of The Fire Fighters Charity

Firefighters from across the UK are set to run this year’s London Marathon in full fire kit and heavy breathing apparatus sets, to raise funds for The Fire Fighters Charity. Luke Pritchard, who works for Kent Fire and Rescue Service,…

Rethinking sales in emergency services to reach the world

by Evelyn Morrison Today’s Emergency Services world is increasingly complex. Changes brought on by climate, migration and other factors have led to increased strain on departments who face increasing threats from fire, disaster and everyday emergencies. More countries are in…

New data reveals extent of EV fires with fire stations receiving more than 700 callouts in last five years

A new study from health and safety training provider CE Safety has looked into the increasing issue of lithium battery fires. A freedom of information request was submitted to all 50 fire and rescue services for the relevant data but…

Initiatives to improve high-rise fire safety #3

Initiative 3: The Fire Safety Mark The Fire Safety Mark initiative borrows from some great work that has been done in the food-safety industry in the UK. The Food Safety scoring scheme is a visible indication of performance that can…

Initiatives to improve high-rise fire safety #2

Initiative 2: International Stair Descend Day – 19 May 2023 Launched at the 7th International Tall Building Fire Safety Conference in May 2022, the International Stair Descend Day (ISDD) is an initiative to encourage all residents, occupants and tenants to…

Initiatives to improve high-rise fire safety #1

The Tall Building Fire Safety Network (TBFSN) has 1,500 members in 28 Countries around the World. TBFSN’s mission is to share information and best practice on all aspects of high rise/tall building fire safety. In support of this mission, and…

Multi-role Mercedes-Benz Unimog adds flexible, ‘go anywhere’ capability for Cornwall Fire & Rescue Service

Fire officers in Cornwall have responded to the increasing frequency of wildfires and flash floods by commissioning an extreme off-road Mercedes-Benz Unimog that can be kitted out to tackle both types of incident and much more besides.   The ultra-high mobility…

Dräger launches connected multi-gas detector to further improve firefighter safety

Dräger, an international leader in the fields of medical and safety technology, has launched a mobile gas detector, the X-am 2800; which connects with Dräger’s Gas Detection Connect cloud solution, to automate the real-time sharing of live data regarding gases…

Elkhart Brass hires a Municipal Product Manager

Safe Fleet – Fire, EMS and Industrial (FRC, FoamPro, Elkhart Brass, ROM) – is excited to announce the addition of Brad Bay as the Municipal Product Manager at Elkhart Brass. In his new role, Brad will be responsible for achieving…

Safe Fleet hires a Southern Regional Sales Manager

Safe Fleet – Fire, EMS, and Industrial (FRC, FoamPro, Elkhart Brass, ROM) – is excited to announce the addition of Matt Butcher as the Southern Regional Sales Manager. In his new role, Chris will continue to build and strengthen relationships…

Don’t suffer in silence

A fire service has teamed up with mental health charities to try and support those in crisis among the cost-of-living crisis. Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS) have revealed all 17 of their community fire stations are dedicated…

Dying 2 Drive well under way, teaching young people vital road safety lessons

Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service’s popular road safety event Dying 2 Drive is now well underway, teaching young people vital road safety lessons again this autumn. The roadshow is being delivered at four locations across the service area:…

Success on a life-changing course

An aspiring firefighter who was at a career crossroads has praised a fire-service-led course for putting his life back on track. For Nathan McVeigh, white water rafting and giving back to the community were two things that didn’t usually go…

Survitec unveils new military-grade inflatable fast rescue boat for emergency services and first responders

Global Survival Technology leader Survitec has introduced a new lightweight design inflatable rescue boat capable of rapid single-point inflation to meet the unique demands of waterborne search and rescue operations by the emergency services. The Survitec 420 GP/GPM FR (Fast…

Acting Fire Commissioner Laura Kavanagh appoints Kwame Cooper as Department’s Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

Acting Fire Commissioner Laura Kavanagh has announced the appointment of Dr Kwame Cooper as FDNY’s new Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer (CDIO). Dr Cooper, who will serve as a member of the Commissioner’s executive leadership team and will hold the…

Cornwall fire service control operation to be scrapped

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service is set to scrap its entire control operation on money-saving grounds, in a move first revealed to fire control and officials on 14 September. Firefighter control staff handle calls from the public, provide safety guidance…

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