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MEP Miapetra Kumpula-Natri calls for EU and national policy on energy-efficient renovations to improve fire safety
MEP Miapetra Kumpula-Natri (S&D, Finland) joined Fire Safe Europe in asking EU and national policymakers to ensure the surge of energy-efficient renovations in the EU also improves fire safety. Speaking at an event organised jointly with Fire Safe Europe and…
New ANSUL 3×3 Non-Fluorinated Foam concentrate for Class B fuel fire suppression
Johnson Controls, the global leader for smart, healthy and sustainable buildings and architect of OpenBlue connected solutions, is setting a new standard in fire suppression with the launch of ANSUL NFF 3x3 UL201 foam concentrate. This new, patent-pending, Non-Fluorinated Foam…
Panasonic doubles down with latest-generation TOUGHBOOK 33 detachable notebook
Panasonic has doubled down with its latest generation of the popular TOUGHBOOK 33 rugged notebook by delivering 40% faster performance, double the memory and double the storage of its predecessor, all at a similar price point. Available immediately, the updated…
RapidDeploy and OnStar to provide California 9-1-1 centres with real-time crash data
RapidDeploy, a cloud-based emergency response platform, announced that it will supply every California 9-1-1 centre with real-time Automatic Crash Response notifications through a first-of-its-kind agreement with General Motors’ OnStar. Beginning in May, a majority of Telecommunicators at over 400 public…
Astutis celebrates ten years of transformative leadership and learning
Astutis, an industry leader in workplace health, safety and environmental training, is celebrating its ten-year anniversary, having reached the impressive milestone of partnering with more than 100,000 customers across 3,000 organisations in 180 countries. All in the name of helping…
Planning application for new fire station at Worksop approved
Bassetlaw District Council has approved Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service’s planning application for a new fire station in Worksop on the Vesuvius development site off Sandy Lane. The new building will replace the existing station on Eastgate, which was built…
Norfolk Fire invest in drones to gain vital advantage on blazes and rescues
Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service has invested in drone technology to give a bird’s eye view of incidents, which will help firefighters and officers when tackling large blazes and performing rescue missions. The drones can also be used to assist…
A rare survivor from the London Fire Brigade sells for £10,750
In 1965, Greater London Council ordered six Commer Cobs to be used as BACVs (Breathing Apparatus Control Vehicles). DYC32C ended up, at least to start with, in Bromley. It remained with the Fire Brigade until 1977, when it was sold…
The firefighting family – HAIX’s history of supporting firefighters with dedicated fire boots
Many companies claim to be a ‘family business’, but few can be as confident when they say this as global functional footwear expert HAIX, now led by the third generation of the Haimerl family. And while HAIX supports wearers across…
NVFC mourns passing of long-time CEO Heather Schafer
Heather Schafer, the National Volunteer Fire Council’s (NVFC) chief executive officer, passed away suddenly on 15 March. Heather had helmed the organization, which also marked its 45th anniversary on 15 March, for 27 years and the NVFC saw dramatic growth…
Covid-19 reinforces need for national reform of fire service
The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the practical implications of outdated and inflexible working arrangements in the fire service, reinforcing the need for national reform, a new report has said. In his annual assessment of England’s fire and rescue services, Her…
All fired up! FlamePro announces the launch of first-of-its-kind fire kit
FlamePro, a British manufacturing specialist of life-saving garments for firefighters, has announced the launch of a first-of-its-kind fire kit, having worked with its suppliers to bring new, innovative technologies to the market. The new Valiant structural fire suit represents a…
AFOA seminar on Overcoming Impacts of Covid on Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting Services
The devastating effects of the global pandemic on the air-travel industry are well known. The Airport Fire Officers Association (AFOA) invites members and associates to attend its online seminar on Thursday, 25 March in which a panel of speakers will…
International Fire Fighter at FDIC International, Indianapolis 22–24 August 2021
The team at International Fire Fighter magazine and MDM Publishing are looking forward to returning to their first international trade show since the pandemic. We will be in Indianapolis from 20 to 25 August for FDIC International and look forward…
Enter the Going Above and Beyond Prize Draw for your chance to win over €12,000 worth of FLIR Firefighting TICs and more
Like those who serve, FLIR is 100% committed to providing powerful public-safety solutions and supporting firefighters and first responders with innovative and reliable thermal imaging that covers every angle – from the air, the shore, or right in the midst…
PIMPing up your Mayday
Jerry Young, a Fire and Rescue Technician, recently undertook a training session which focused on the Mayday procedures and came up with an acronym that he found useful to remember the requirements when calling a Mayday. Jerry asked International Fire…
On-call firefighter inspires daughters to achieve their goals
‘As a mother of daughters, I really want them to know they can do whatever they want to do in this world. Whether that’s being a firefighter, or being a princess, or both – because I like to think I…
Serving Others
Regular contributor to International Fire Fighter, Dr Asa Don Brown is a masterful speaker, consultant and inspired author. He has written a poem titled ‘Saving Others’ and we are delighted to publish this for him across our network of websites…
London Fire Engineers to fundraise for Macmillan Cancer Support
London Fire Brigade Fire Engineering Group (FEG) members have committed to walk a combined 1,000 miles in March to fundraise for Macmillan Cancer Support Over the past year a number of the team have been directly impacted by cancer and…
Metro Chiefs renames Annual Lifetime Achievement Award after long-time Executive Secretary Russ Sanders
The Metropolitan ‘Metro’ Fire Chiefs Association Board of Directors has unanimously voted to rename their annual Lifetime Achievement Award the ‘Russell E. Sanders Lifetime Achievement Award’ in recognition of Sanders’ leadership and continuous contributions to Metro Chiefs and the international…

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