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Fire Safety Forum 2021 online event: Global Approach to Fire & Life Safety
The Fire Safety Forum, presented by the Institution of Fire Engineers GCC UAE Branch, is launching six weeks of virtual international best-practice conferences running from 3 March to 7 April 2021. Taking up the Forum’s theme ‘A Global Approach to…
Oh deer! Rescue mission after fallow deer ‘misjudges gap’ between tree and post
A team of rescuers used hydraulics to prise a tree and concrete post apart to free a deer who was stuck after ‘misjudging the gap’. RSPCA animal rescue officer Rachel Edwards was called to Bear Lane, Reading, on 14 February…
Fire Department Service Announcement: Bulletin #11 – FAA and DoD action in AFFF, February 19, 2021
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act of 2018 requires the conversion from AFFF to fluorine-free firefighting foams by October 4, 2021. The Department of Defense (DoD) must, according to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), complete conversion to fluorine-free…
These boots are made for working: how smarter work boot choices support wearer health as well as safety
Simon Ash, UK Sales Manager at HAIX, shares how selecting the right safety footwear can reduce the risks of musculoskeletal disorders. Imagine a pain that worsens with every step – an unforgiving aching or stiffness and the feeling that your…
Perseverance on Mars: Gore facilitates successful Mars Rover landing
W.L. Gore & Associates (Gore) joined countless scientists and space-exploration enthusiasts in celebrating the successful landing of the Mars 2020 Mission’s Perseverance Rover on the Red Planet. Today’s development follows a successful launch last July from Cape Canaveral Air Force…
Wildfire Log: a wildfire recording tool from Moors for the Future Partnership
Moors for the Future Partnership, in partnership with Dorset County Council and Natural England, have developed a tool that can be used by multiple organisations and individuals to input wildfire data into a single database. Called the Wildfire Log, the…
Going above and beyond – FLIR is giving away a comprehensive set of firefighting thermal-imaging cameras to aid fire-brigade missions
Between 4 January and 31 March FLIR firefighters in the EU, UK, Norway and Switzerland have the chance to enter the ‘Going above and beyond’ competition to win over 12,000 EUR of FLIR firefighting thermal-imaging cameras (TICs) for their department.…
Water and soap – a life saver
Right now, the whole world is focused on hand hygiene. Water and soap have always been the best way to clean hands. For firefighters, hand hygiene has always been a critically important issue. After firefighting activities carcinogenic materials are present…
Join Smart Firefighting and FirstNet Authority for a free virtual roundtable – ‘Innovative FirstNet-enabled solutions you can depend on’
Join us on 24 February to learn about ongoing interagency efforts in the area of location-based services for public safety and catch a live demo of the newly released Z-Axis solution from FirstNet, built by AT&T. Representatives from the First…
TFT releases new Radius monitor
Valparaiso, IN, USA: The new TFT RADIUS is an easy-to-install, deck-mounted monitor that elevates above the top-mounted equipment to get the stream where it counts. The above-deck mounting is ideal for apparatus where below-deck extension tubes do not fit. The…
Home Office Ministers thank Fire Service for vital work in Coronavirus fight
Fire and rescue services and Police forces will continue to play a crucial role in protecting the NHS and saving lives following the Prime Minister’s announcement of a third national lockdown, Home Office ministers said during recent calls with emergency…
Safety first for firefighters
All six fire services across the East of England have signed up to a new agreement designed to keep emergency crews and the public safe near high-voltage electrical equipment. Electricity firm UK Power Networks created a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)…
Clarience Technologies Acquires ECCO Safety Group (ESG)
Clarience Technologies has acquired ECCO Safety Group (ESG), a worldwide leader in audible warning equipment and emergency lighting for commercial and emergency vehicles and home to brands like ECCO and Code 3. Terms of the transaction have not been disclosed.…
Phoenix Fire Department at Sky Harbor International Airport adds Striker 8×8 to fleet
Oshkosh Airport Products, LLC, have announced that the company has completed delivery of a new Striker 8x8 ARFF vehicle for the Phoenix Fire Department at Sky Harbor International Airport in Arizona. The ARFF team at this FAA rated Index-E airport…
You are invited to join the NFPA Facebook Live event – Outthink Wildfire
This is a new initiative aimed at significantly lowering community wildfire risk by 2050. In recent years, the United States has suffered a relentless tally of losses due to wildfire, a trend that experts predict will only continue to grow.…
Fire service pays tribute to much loved and respected colleague
Staff across Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service have been paying tribute to on-call firefighter Danny Granger who sadly died in hospital yesterday evening after a four week battle with Covid-19. Danny, aged 52, had served at Cottenham Fire Station for…
Be extra careful at home this half term
People across the West Midlands are being urged to be extra careful at home this half term especially during Chinese New Year (12 Feb), Valentine’s Day (14 Feb) and Pancake Day (16 Feb), to ensure their lockdown celebrations don’t end…
Meet the crew specially trained to rescue animals across Kent
To many, animals are like members of the family, or crucial livelihood for farmers, which is why animal rescue emergencies are as important as any other for Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS). Its dedicated animal rescue unit (ARU), based…
FAIRA board approves AAAtraq services to support all member districts in becoming ADA compliant
The Fire Agencies Insurance Risks Authority (FAIRA) in California and Nevada is enhancing support for its members by joining forces with AAAtraq, a service that helps subscribers to reduce the costs and time to understand, achieve and maintain ADA compliance.…
FBU responds to government building safety announcement
Responding to the government's announcement of further measures to tackle the building safety crisis, the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has accused the government of taking a ‘piecemeal and patchwork approach – designed to shield itself from responsibility’. Matt Wrack, FBU…

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