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Festival of Rescue to astonish crowds on Newcastle and Gateshead quaysides

On 17 and 18 of September spectators on both the Newcastle and Gateshead quaysides will be in awe of the 2021 UKRO Challenge – Festival of Rescue being hosted by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS). The free,…

Chief Fire Officer to retire

The Chief Fire Officer of Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, John Buckley, is to retire in April 2022 after 26 years of service. John Buckley joined as a Firefighter back in 1996, having transferred from Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service…

UK firefighters marking 9/11 twentieth anniversary with minute’s silence

UK firefighters and control staff are today commemorating the 9/11 tragedy with a minute’s silence across the country, at fire stations, fire controls and other fire service workplaces. They are falling silent at 13.46 – the time in the UK…

NFPA highlights four ways 9/11 changed the world of fire and life safety

As the 20-year anniversary of 9/11 approaches this Saturday, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) highlights four ways that day changed the world of fire and life safety, shedding light on how the fire service, first responders, and others now do their…

FeuerTrutz: experience fire protection with a rich supporting programme

It will be that time again just a few weeks from now: finally the chance to attend a trade fair again, to network in person, learn about new developments and talk about industry trends! The fire protection community will meet…

Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service launch Wholetime Firefighter recruitment drive

Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service is seeking applicants for Wholetime Firefighters, with a recruitment process launching at 9am on Thursday, 9 September. Chief Fire Officer Chris Davies said: ‘This is an exciting opportunity for people to join…

NFPA 2022 Call for Proposals now open!

This year marks NFPA’s 125th anniversary, with the celebrations culminating in the return of the NFPA Conference & Expo in Boston! To help us make this Conference & Expo the best yet, we are looking for speakers who are passionate…

RBFRS is now recruiting Fire Cadets! Could you be one of them?

Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) is now recruiting the next group of Fire Cadets for the new academic year. Fire Cadets is a youth initiative for young people between 12 and 16 years old and is run by…

National fitness and wellness charity challenge launched to support emergency services

In celebration of Emergency Services Day which takes place this year on 9 September, emergency services teams and those that support the blue light community are being encouraged to register to take part in a month-long fitness and wellbeing charity…

Cummins L9 powers forest firefighting fleet

A fleet of TATRA FORCE T815-7 firefighting vehicles with 4×4 all-terrain capability, powered by the Cummins L9 engine, is being deployed in the pine forest areas of north-east Germany, where the intensity and frequency of fires has increased in recent…

Firefighters attacked on call out in Sunderland

On Tuesday night (7 September) at 20:31, a crew from Marley Park Community Fire Station responded to reports of a wheelie-bin fire in the Carley Hill area of Sunderland. Whilst trying to locate the incident on foot, they were pelted…

Long-range drone Avy Aera tested to fight wildfires

The go-ahead has been initiated for test phases 2 and 3 to detect wildfires with the long-range drone Avy Aera. The Veluwe Forest Fire Committee (VBC) and Avy are jointly investigating the use of drones for the early detection of…

Meet our animal rescue team and their 14-tonne vehicle

When Doris the iguana leapt onto a Northamptonshire firefighter’s helmet in a desperate bid to escape a house fire earlier this year the resulting picture went viral. Behind the headlines though was a message worth reinforcing – it’s not just…

New wildland firefighting suit unveiled by FlamePro sets new PPE benchmark for the industry

Wildland fires are an increasing threat in the UK. They’re high-risk, difficult to manage and create a set of very particular circumstances for firefighters battling the blaze. And with wildland call-outs measured in days, rather than hours, fire services need…

New training for firefighters launched to combat fire cancer threat

New training for firefighters aims to fight the cancer threat to them from fires, by taking aim at the toxic substances that fires produce.  UK firefighters surveyed as part of University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) research were four times more…

An 81m aerial platform for the Lotos Refinery

Lotos Straż, a fire service of Grupa LOTOS in Gdańsk, Poland has received an 81m Bronto F81HLA aerial platform, making them the owners of one of the highest firefighting platforms in the European Union. The Bronto F81HLA is the newest addition to LOTOS…

New report reveals impact of burn-out and poor work-life balance

The Emergency Services Show, NEC, 7–8 September 2021 A new 18-month study of over 10,000 front-line workers highlighting the critical state of poor staff mental health across the emergency services sector will be launched at The Emergency Services Show at the NEC in Birmingham…

Fire Marshals arrest suspect for setting fire at 18th Avenue Feast of Santa Rosalia

Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro announced today that Fire Marshals have arrested Adnan Ali Hussein, 28, for allegedly using an ignitable liquid to set fire to a ticket booth during the 18th Avenue Feast of Santa Rosalia in Brooklyn on 24 August 2021. ‘Arson is not only a serious crime but…

Fire Department Service Announcement

Bulletin #35, PFAS blood testing for firefighters Because firefighters have been occupationally exposed more to PFAS than the general population, knowing their PFAS blood levels can help in the study of this important issue. The National Health and Nutrition Examination…

Kansas deploying Fire Department personnel and equipment to Louisiana to provide support in wake of Hurricane Ida

The Kansas Division of Emergency Management (KDEM), along with the Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) and Kansas Forest Service (KFS), is coordinating the deployment of personnel and equipment from five Kansas fire departments this afternoon to Louisiana to…

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