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Help keep hydrants in your neighbourhood healthy

Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) is on a mission to encourage the people of Kent and Medway to help keep hydrants healthy in their local area. Located all over the county, fire hydrants provide firefighters with access to a…

Submit your nominations for the NVFC Fire Service Achievement Awards by 29 January

The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) recognizes achievement in the volunteer fire and emergency services through its annual awards program. Nominations for the Lifetime Achievement Award, Chief James P. Seavey Sr. Health and Wellness Leadership Award, Junior Firefighter of the…

Debating the future of fire safety for 2021 and beyond

While 2020 presented the social-housing industry with some of its toughest challenges to date, particularly in relation to Covid-19, it also offered significant opportunities for evaluation and improvement, particularly with regard to how fire-safety systems are implemented, managed and maintained…

NVFC releases toolkit to help fire-service leaders create healthy, high-performing departments

The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC), in partnership with the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance, launched the Psychologically Healthy Fire Departments (PHFD) initiative to support firefighters and EMS providers and create healthy, successful departments. A…

Bulletin #5 from the Foam Exposure Committee, 8 January 2021

Firefighters have become much more aware of the perfluorinated chemical compounds used in  firefighting foams. PFAS are used in all Aqueous Film-Forming Foam (AFFF) and pose a threat  to firefighter health, safety and life. In addition to exposure at incidents,…

Fire service steps up to 2020 challenges

Despite 2020 bringing unprecedented challenges due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service has continued to deliver vital services to the residents of Cambridgeshire. While maintaining an effective emergency response, staff have been delivering safety advice and supporting…

London’s firefighters attended two animal rescues a day in 2020

Firefighters rescued two animals a day during 2020 – a big increase on the previous three years, according to new figures from London Fire Brigade. London’s firefighters attended a total of 755 animal rescues last year – the equivalent of…

Firefighter PPE manufacturer celebrates business growth with string of new appointments

FlamePro, a British manufacturer of life-saving garments for firefighters, is celebrating a string of recent appointments within the firm, following recent business success. The specialist FR PPE provider has recently welcomed four new recruits over recent months: Vicki Jackson has…

National Operational Guidance consultation

The consultation for the National Operational Guidance for Fire survival guidance has now commenced. The consultation will close at midday on Friday, 5 February 2021. The document has been created to guide fire-control personnel when providing fire survival guidance to…

Sottish Fire and Rescue issues frozen-water warning

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) is warning communities across Scotland to stay clear of frozen water as temperatures drop. The national service is urging the public to be aware of the risks of going onto, or allowing children…

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