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Nomex Nano Flex laminates: dedicated to high-performance protective gear

Alpex Protection is a medium-sized manufacturing company located in Saint-Chamond, in the Loire Department, south-east France. Alpex is a specialist in technical textiles, with a dedicated range of waterproof and breathable fabrics for protective gear. It currently employs 45 people…

The Apple Fire, California: a photo montage courtesy of Johnny Lopez

The Apple Fire was a wildfire that burned during the 2020 California wildfire season in Cherry Valley south of Oak Glen and north of Beaumont and Banning in Riverside County, California in the United States. The fire ignited on Friday,…

Firefighters on the PFAS front

Firefighters have been on the front lines of firefighting foams containing PFAS chemicals for decades. Yet, they have not been informed and could still be unaware of PFAS toxicity issues. When the Foam Exposure Committee (FEC) began testing for total…

Hot new hood! FlamePro announces new particulate hood

FlamePro, a British manufacturing specialist of life-saving garments for firefighters, has developed a new particulate flash hood, which provides increased protection from cancer-causing particles whilst also being more comfortable than other hoods on the market. The hood has been designed…

Storm Christoph is on the way

Storm Christoph will bring heavy rain to parts of Cambridgeshire over the next few days, and severe weather warnings have been issued. Heavy rain and flooding is likely from today (Tuesday), and throughout Wednesday and Thursday. We’re encouraging everyone to…

The crucial role of digital radio communications in the firefighting industry

Across the country, Fire and Rescue Services continue to play a crucial role in mitigating the risk from fire and other emergencies, in parallel with the responsibility they take for the health, safety and welfare of their employees. As Fire…

Microsoft Stories podcast: episode 9 – Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service

In the ninth episode of the Microsoft Stories podcast, Chief Fire Officer Chris Davies QFSM, Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service (MAWWFRS), discussed how MAWWFRS is using the latest technology to help its firefighters at incidents and in…

CMA successfully completes 2020

The Critical Messaging Association, a global association of stakeholders in alternative communications, has had a successful year. Success is defined primarily by the expansion of market access for member companies and increased recognition of specialized communications in times of particularly…

Oshkosh Airport Products introduces upgraded features on Oshkosh Striker ARFF Vehicle

Oshkosh Airport Products, LLC have announced that the company has introduced an upgraded Oshkosh Striker ARFF vehicle featuring an optimized cockpit, updated body styling and advanced mobility, speed and precision. Vehicle enhancements include a new ergonomic cockpit layout for an…

Fire Standards Board publish the first Fire Standards for England

The first four Fire Standards for fire and rescue services in England are to be published on www.firestandards.org on 16 February 2021. This is a monumental announcement, building  upon and driving professionalism within our sector. These initial Fire Standards have…

Home fire safety in lockdown

Residents can get quick home fire safety advice as more people are indoors and the risks are higher during the current lockdown. Cleveland Fire Brigade has an online Safer Homes check that you can take to ensure measures are in…

FDNY Fire Commissioner Nigro announces 5% decrease in fire deaths for 2020

Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro today announced the city had 63 civilian fire deaths in 2020, 5% fewer than in 2019, when 66 people lost their lives in fires. This marks the 15th consecutive year there have been fewer than…

40th anniversary of New Cross fire: Fire Brigades Union comment

On the 40th anniversary of a fire during a house party in New Cross, South East London, that killed 13 young black people, the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has called the incident a ‘tragedy’ that takes on new relevance in…

Advanced Mobile Location: a game-changer for emergency services

Countries around the world are implementing AML, a technology revolutionizing emergency response. And saving lives. Every second counts in an emergency. As response time is key to determining a successful outcome, emergency services must act rapidly and make the most…

Atlantic Emergency Solutions acquires Finley Fire Equipment

Pierce Manufacturing Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation company, announced today that Atlantic Emergency Solutions, Inc. has acquired Finley Fire Equipment Co. Inc., serving Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia. The acquisition includes Finley Fire Equipment’s existing four service locations with plans to…

Institution of Fire Engineers approves NFPA CFPS credential as key component for IFE membership application

The Membership Application Assessment Panel (MAAP) of the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) has determined that the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS) credential will now be recognized as a major component for IFE membership. The…

Bulletin #6 from the Foam Exposure Committee: C6 firefighting foams

There are vast differences in firefighting foams and, unfortunately, the Safety Data Sheets (SDS) are relatively generic. Military Specification (MilSpec), AFFF, AR-AFFF and C6 products are of the most concern because of their known high toxicity. One Foam Exposure Committee…

Emergency communications in the 21st century

Over the past decades, our world has seen an astonishing technological transformation. This revolution has changed our lives and allowed us to have more tools and resources, making it easier to access and exchange information with just one click. If…

Fire service bosses pull out of Covid-19 agreement

Fire and rescue service employers have unilaterally scrapped a groundbreaking agreement with the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) which had enabled firefighters to assist the NHS and care-sector response to Covid-19. Negotiations over health and safety measures for firefighters delivering high-risk…

The Fire Fighters Charity joins forces with front-line charities to launch national wellness campaign

Last year marked a year like no other for UK front-line staff as they battled to keep the nation safe. With the colder weather here to stay and the arrival of a new strain of Covid-19, emergency-service teams are feeling…

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