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NFRS apprenticeship programme gets positive OFSTED result
Apprentice firefighters in Nottinghamshire are receiving good-quality training, according to the first Ofsted inspection since the programme started in September 2019. The report on Nottinghamshire and City of Nottingham Fire and Rescue Authority’s programme published today (Tuesday, 20 April) follows…
Foam Exposure Committee: the never-ending problems of Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF)
A total of 2,337 sites in the US have been identified with PFAS contamination. Testing will reveal far more.1 There are 704 military sites in the US that contain PFAS, ‘a number that continues to rise’.2 Fire departments and military…
Edwards announces strategic agreement with ADRF to resell Emergency Responder Communication Enhancement Systems
Edwards has announced a strategic agreement with ADRF, a leading provider of in-building distributed antenna systems (DAS) and repeaters for public safety and commercial radio frequencies, to provide Edwards’ customers with mission-critical, Emergency Radio Communication Enhancement Systems (ERCES) for first…
County Durham and Darlington FRS is the latest to deploy the new FireWatch Mobile App
Infographics today revealed that County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service (CDDFRS) is the latest UK FRS to roll out the new cross-platform FireWatch Mobile app. The announcement follows on from other fire and rescue services recently confirming their…
FlamePro wins major Capita tender to provide PPE for Ministry of Defence over next 10 years
FlamePro, a British manufacturing specialist of life-saving garments for firefighters, has been awarded a £4m contract by Capita to provide its firefighting PPE for the Ministry of Defence (MoD) across the next decade. The competitive tender, part of Capita’s contract…
Cradlepoint sets 5G bar again with new R1900 Ruggedised Router for vehicles
Cradlepoint, the global leader in cloud-delivered LTE and 5G wireless network edge solutions, today announced its new R1900 Ruggedised 5G Edge Router, powered by a Cradlepoint NetCloud subscription service that includes cloud-delivered software, endpoints, training and support. The R1900 router…
Ain’t no mountain high enough – Craig to take on highest UK peaks for charity
A Northamptonshire Fire & Rescue Service worker will try and scale six of the highest mountains in the British Isles in just four days for The Fire Fighters Charity. Craig Smith is taking on the 5+1 Peaks Challenge after his…
Another huge fire at a self-storage warehouse: why are these buildings unprotected?
A fire that destroyed hundreds of rented units at a three-storey self-storage warehouse in Manchester has once again brought into sharp focus the wider impact of fire and the vulnerability of unsprinklered buildings. About 125 firefighters and 25 fire engines…
Zico expands sure-grip tool mount line-up
Ziamatic Corp. (Zico), an international leader in tool-mounting solutions, has announced an exciting new addition to their popular SURE-GRIP line of multipurpose mounts – the SURE-GRIP XL. Models SG-VM-XL and SG-VM-XLS are a bigger, better, faster and stronger way to…
Mayor De Blasio and Fire Commissioner Nigro preside at Medal Day Ceremony
Mayor Bill de Blasio and Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro oversaw the FDNY Medal Day Ceremony on Wednesday, 14 April at 11am at Pier 17 – South Street Seaport in Manhattan. At the ceremony, awards were presented to FDNY Firefighters,…
Breakthrough technology for firefighter search and rescue now a reality from MSA Safety
Over the decades, milestones in firefighter safety technology have included the open-circuit breathing apparatus, flame-resistant fabrics, thermal-imaging cameras and Bluetooth communications. Today, global safety equipment manufacturer MSA Safety Incorporated announced the availability of LUNAR, a new multi-purpose search and rescue…
Perimeter Solutions partners with 10 Tanker Air Carrier to fight Mexico wildfires
Perimeter Solutions partnered with 10 Tanker Air Carrier, a world leader in aerial firefighting, to set up operations in Laredo, Texas to provide support to agencies in Mexico that work to extinguish and prevent the spread of active wildfires. Through…
Redtronic launches the brand-new Star-M1 R65 Directional

Redtronic are a UK manufacturer that specialise in designing vehicle warning and safety solutions for emergency and safety services. Today, Redtronic have launched the brand-new Star-M1 R65 Covert LED Directional, which is an industry first! The Star-M1 is an extremely…

A major new report evaluates Fire Extinguishers in the UK
A major new report has been published that considers the role of a fire extinguisher in human terms, identifying the gap between policy assumptions and the evidence from real fires. It examines the implications arising from this and makes a…
The first ever Silvflame Event 2022
Silvflame Emergency Services and Industry Show 202220–21 July 2022Day 1: 9:00am to 5:00pmDay 2: 9:00am to 4:00pmRegistration opens at 8:30amAt The Fire Service College Moreton-In-Marsh Silvflame Ltd will be unveiling our new wildfire protection system with a live demonstration. There…
Foam Exposure Committee Bulletin #18: Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF) is not ‘safe as soap’
The fire service has always been told that AFFF is as ‘safe as soap’ to use in their communities and for their firefighters. It is actually not. This is now evidenced by nationwide PFAS water-contamination issues. AFFF should not hit…
FLIR Systems launches radiometric version of Boson thermal-imaging camera module
The Boson camera core represents the best in FLIR high-performance uncooled thermal-imaging technology within a small, lightweight and low-power package, and now FLIR partners and customers will have the option to purchase radiometric versions that can capture the temperature data…
Super vac launches new website redesign to showcase full line of ventilation equipment
Super Vac, one of the leading manufacturers in fire ventilation equipment, has redesigned its website, supervac.com, to better promote its full line-up of ventilation equipment for firefighting and industrial applications. With dual product lines and the largest breadth of ventilation…
Facebook Live discussion: International Firefighters’ Day – coming together in solidarity
Join the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) and volunteer fire-service leaders from across the globe for a Facebook Live discussion in honour of International Firefighters’ Day on 4 May. Panellists will discuss the importance of the volunteer fire service around…
Federation to develop strategy to tackle tomorrow’s risks today
The Fire Sector Federation is developing a strategy to help predict the key evolving fire-safety risks over the next 20 years and link them to action needed now to best mitigate future impacts. Developed in partnership with the National Fire…

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