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Grenfell Inquiry: Grenfell driven by ‘agenda of deregulation’

The Fire Brigades Union lawyer for the inquiry has placed central importance on the ‘agenda of deregulation, privatisation and marketisation’ as causing the disaster. Martin Seaward said that an agenda ‘which encouraged companies to behave recklessly towards building safety’ was…

Llanwrtyd Well Fire Station celebrates 20 years of co-responding

Llanwrtyd Wells Fire Station, in the heart of Powys, is an on-call Fire and Rescue Station crewed by members of the local community. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the station providing a co-responder service, in partnership with the…

Don’t miss out! Register by 10 December to become an NFPA Member and vote at the 2022 Technical Committee Meeting

The deadline for becoming an NFPA Member and have voting privileges during the 2022 NFPA Technical Meeting is this Friday, 10 December. While all NFPA stakeholders are encouraged to share their voices during the public comment/input/debate phases of the standards…

Recommendation made for the next Chief Fire Officer

On 2 December, the Appointments Committee of the Combined Fire Authority met to consider candidates for the post of Chief Fire Officer at Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service. The Committee recommended that the current Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Craig Parkin,…

Finnish company Kesla starts sales of a fire-extinguishing tractor trailer

The Finnish company Kesla Oyj is known for several forest technology and material processing products, for example forest trailers for tractors. In recent years, tractor equipment has become increasingly versatile and now Kesla is launching a trailer concept with fire-extinguishing…

NFPA releases Drone Knowledgebase and encourages US fire departments to provide local insights to help inform best practices

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has created a Drone Knowledgebase to help more than 29,000 fire departments in the United States improve existing public safety drone programmes or to establish new drone initiatives. Drones have become a key instrument…

FC hacker to share inside track on how cyber criminals think at Intersec 2022

Intersec, the world-leading emergency services, security and safety event, will welcome ethical hacker Freaky Clown (FC) for the first time in the Middle East as a headline speaker at the event who will give deep insights into the world of…

Sneak peek into Hazmat 2022’s line-up as the early-bird deadline approaches

NCEC’s Hazmat conference is the ultimate forum for hazmat professionals to share experiences and gain knowledge with like-minded specialists working in the chemical-incident industries. Now in its 13th year, the event draws upon the knowledge and experience of a broad…

Thames Valley Fire Services celebrate collaboration achievement

Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Services gathered at the historic Blenheim Palace to showcase one of the successes of their ongoing collaborative partnership to deliver increased efficiency and effectiveness for the communities they serve across the Thames…

Reflecting on GESA’s first year: a roundtable with our advisory council

December marks the end of GESA’s first full year of operations, and what a year it has been! Among the accomplishments we’re most proud of is the establishment and growth of the GESA Global South Advisory Council (AC) – a…

Lack of fire-risk standardisation leaves wind industry exposed

A lack of standardisation for fire-risk assessments is leaving the wind industry exposed, a report by Firetrace, a leading provider of fire-suppression technology with systems in place across 35 countries in five continents, has found. An effective fire-risk assessment (FRA)…

The revolution in the firefighting world: the TRIGGERFLOW nozzle

The TRIGGERFLOW is an automatic nozzle with trigger. Ideal for pulsing, the trigger allows complete control of the nozzle without the need to move the hands. One hand holds the firefighting nozzle and controls the flow rate with the fingertips,…

MSA advocates for health and wellbeing of firefighters and communities

At MSA, it is our mission to help protect the first responders and ensure that they, their families and communities live in health and safety. While on duty, fire and rescue services face high variability of working environment conditions. The…

Resiliency: Preparing for and Bouncing Back from Difficult Calls

Wednesday, 9 December 20212pm Eastern TimeHosted by: The National Volunteer Fire CouncilPresented by: Hersch Wilson This webinar will discuss how firefighters can emotionally prepare for difficult calls and how we can ‘bounce back’ from the bad ones. The webinar is…

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service Receive People Insight’s Outstanding Workplace Award 2021

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service (DFRS) has been awarded People Insight’s Outstanding Workplace Award 2021 for achieving a top-quartile score of 89% for employee engagement in the Service’s recent bi-annual Cultural Survey (CS). People Insight present the ‘Outstanding Workplace Award’…

Easy-to-use and versatile foam-dosing system: LEADER MIX 2000

Designed and patented by the R&D team of the LEADER company, the LEADER MIX 2000’s unique venturi system automatically achieves an accurate induction of all types of foam concentrate (fluorinated, fluorine-free, alcohol-resistant) to mix with water. Whatever the viscosity of the firefighting foam…

Perimeter Solutions hosts Rep. Dan Newhouse, State Rep. Tom Dent at Pasco, WA manufacturing site

Perimeter Solutions (NYSE: PRM), makers of PHOS-CHEK long-term fire retardant and other high-quality firefighting products, recently welcomed Congressman Dan Newhouse (R-WA), and Washington State Representative Tom Dent (R-Moses Lake) for a tour of its manufacturing facility in Pasco, WA. The…

Recruit firefighters to hose run the height of Everest for charity

On Friday, 3 December 2021, Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service’s newest firefighters will attempt to run lengths of hose from the pier head of Mumbles to Tesco car park in Swansea Marina for charity. The latest class…

Why choose a BATFAN 3 Li+ firefighting battery fan?

Each year, more and more firefighting stations choose the battery fan for its lightweight and compact design, its low noise level in operation, its low level of maintenance but above all for its autonomy in the field. Our BATFAN 3…

Thermal imaging camera (TIC) is a vital tool for any fire department

Ergonomics, compactness, resolution and sensitivity of the sensor, along with resistance to high temperatures are important criteria for a firefighting Thermal Imaging Camera. However, temperature and vision are also important for a firefighting TIC, and that’s why LEADER has chosen…

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