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The Fire Fighters Charity reaches £1,924 at halfway point of national challenge
A month-long charity campaign which aims to boost the nation’s health and wellbeing is now at its halfway point, with donations pouring in. Over the past two weeks, the Blue Light Get Active Challenge has tasked individuals with clocking up…
Firefighters’ cancer risk to be identified through new national database
Researchers at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) have created a new nationwide database to assess the potential link between exposure to fire toxicants and the increased occurrence of cancers and other diseases among firefighters. Known as the UK Firefighters…
Mann McGowan further strengthen commercial team with the appointment of Tim Foster
Mann McGowan, one of the pioneers in the passive fire-protection industry for over 40 years, is delighted to welcome Tim Foster to the position of Sales and Marketing Manager. Tim (pictured right) brings UK and Export success in the firestopping,…
Leading European fire boot company teams with Venari group UK
As a leading world player in the design and manufacture of high-quality protective footwear for the fire and rescue sector, it is only natural that Jolly Scarpe SpA should associate with only the best distributors and agents worldwide to extend…
APD launches cutting-edge Maps technology to support seamless emergency services response
Pioneering mapping technology has been launched to optimise emergency services’ response to incidents and enable blue-light teams to reach locations rapidly with pinpoint accuracy. APD Maps is a cutting-edge cloud-based software platform which supports emergency services to deploy the right…
E-FORCE battery tools for more speed and flexibility
Weber Rescue Systems is proud to present a new series of battery-driven rescue tools. The next generation of E-FORCE tools benefit from new and innovative technical features for even more efficient use. The two most significant improvements are the new…
6×6 Hilux Fire & Rescue: new chassis, new possibilities and now in-service
Prospeed Motorsport Limited (York, UK) have developed a 6x6 Hilux for supply to Fire & Rescue vehicle manufacturers. These builders then create body conversions to meet the specific requirements of their customers. The 6x6 Hilux offers an enormous 3,000Kg payload,…
Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service (MAWWFRS) has upgraded its aerial rescue provisions
On Monday, 4 January 2021, three brand new Turntable Ladders were made operationally active by MAWWFRS and went on the run at Morriston, Aberystwyth and Haverfordwest fire stations. Group Manager Ricky Woodhead said: ‘We’re delighted to bring in these state-of-the-art…
Virtual business safety advice
It is fire-safety business as usual as Cleveland Fire Brigade goes virtual to give vital advice and support during lockdown. Businesses, care homes and other organizations can get what they need to ensure they comply with all the latest regulations…
Siemens’ Cerberus PACE Compact extends capabilities in public address voice alarm
Siemens Smart Infrastructure has launched a new compact version of its Cerberus PACE Modular system, further extending the range of applications in which the public-address voice-alarm (PA/VA) solution can be employed. Together, Cerberus PACE Modular and Compact offer a comprehensive…
Critical Communications World postponed to 3–5 November 2021
Message from Tim Willoughby – Managing Director MA Exhibitions: With international travel restrictions certain to impact into the spring, Critical Communications World 2021 has been rescheduled to 3–5 November of this year. The event will still take place at the…
TFT releases new Master Force nozzle
Valparaiso, IN, USA: The new TFT Master Force series of nozzles are dual-pressure automatic high-volume monitor nozzles that automatically adjust to give you the greatest flow rate, reach and impact force with your available water supply. Incorporating TFT’s innovative technology,…
Secutech India to open its doors in September 2021
A significant platform that brings together safety and security industry players under one roof, Secutech India 2021 is set to be held in September at the Bombay Exhibition Centre, Mumbai. The edition will be a hotbed of strong business opportunities…
Ballyclare’s new ProTec range brings higher standards of protection
Ballyclare has extended its Category III ‘Life-Saving’ workwear range by launching a new and innovative range of multi-hazard protective workwear designed to meet the needs of wearers in a wide variety of emergency-services applications. The new Ballyclare ProTec range includes…
MSA Safety acquires UK firefighter PPE manufacturer Bristol Uniforms
Global safety equipment manufacturer MSA Safety Incorporated (NYSE: MSA) today announced it has acquired UK-based Bristol Uniforms (‘Bristol’) in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $60 million. The acquisition strengthens MSA’s position as a global leader in fire-service PPE products…
Bulletin #7 from the Foam Exposure Committee: PFAS at additional sites
Fluorinated firefighting foams known as Aqueous Film-Forming Foams (AFFF) are being identified nationwide as a water contamination source issue. The Foam Exposure Committee (FEC) lists possible contaminated areas that have yet to be addressed on a national level: 27,184  …
FlamePro: how often should you replace your fire kit?
Firefighting kit has a number of functions; it protects crew members in a wide range of situations and makes them instantly recognisable in an emergency. Replacing your kit at the right time keeps you safe and comfortable, no matter what…
An informed population is a safer population
Tsunamis, hurricanes, wildfires, terrorist attacks or even the current challenging situation we are experiencing: a pandemic. These are some of the emergency situations where rapid and effective communication with citizens becomes crucial and potentially life-saving. How can the authorities alert…
Nomex Nano Flex laminates: dedicated to high-performance protective gear
Alpex Protection is a medium-sized manufacturing company located in Saint-Chamond, in the Loire Department, south-east France. Alpex is a specialist in technical textiles, with a dedicated range of waterproof and breathable fabrics for protective gear. It currently employs 45 people…
The Apple Fire, California: a photo montage courtesy of Johnny Lopez
The Apple Fire was a wildfire that burned during the 2020 California wildfire season in Cherry Valley south of Oak Glen and north of Beaumont and Banning in Riverside County, California in the United States. The fire ignited on Friday,…

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