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Starting top left and going clockwise. Paddington Rail crash (UK); LPG freight incident, Weyauwega, USA; Gulf rail network route; Grayrigg train derailment (UK).
Major rail incidents – how prepared are you really?

It is true that rail travel globally is officially the second safest mode of transport…

Rio Tinto Emergency Response Team donning PPE.
Firefighting PPE in the mining industry

Paul Gibson, International Sales Manager for MSA Bristol, a global leader of cutting-edge firefighter protection,…

The aluminized outer shell reflects up to 90% radiant heat, and the aluminised vapour barrier prevents the remaining infrared from penetrating the suit.
Firefighter safety, 30 years in the making

Safety. Comfort. Unless both are built into their protective clothing, no firefighter will be able…

Ogura BC-300BL Combi Tool can cut, pull, spread and squeeze/crush metal structures.
Portable hydraulic rescue tools 60 years on

Firefighters, police forces and urban search and rescue teams need the best tools for their…

Optical view of a firefighter conducting a scan prior to the firefighters making entry for VES.
Thermal imaging: breaking down the scan – Part 2

In Part 1 of our article, we discussed the importance of proper interpretation of the…

Studies will need to be constructed to consider what PFAS-containing firefighting foam does when covering or coating Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Independently tested PPE contained more PFAS in the PPE textiles than as required by National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards according to a recent study.
The blood of firefighters, the first line of defence

Firefighters have been unaware of the toxicity of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) chemicals: although the…

The fire performance of fluorine free foam is trusted by municipal fire brigades across the world.
Firefighting with foam: approaching the transition to fluorine free

The flammable-liquid challenges that have existed in the high-hazard industries for over a century are…

Increased bandwidth can be provided by satellite when cellular coverage is poor.
Always-on communication for emergency services

The Middle East is no stranger to natural disasters, even if the types of emergency…

Outthink Wildfire – Part 2
Outthink Wildfire™ is a comprehensive strategy from the National Fire Protection Association that lays out…
The Portable Scene Light is a bright 5,300 lumen, portable and collapsible flood light that offers a run time of 4 hours when set to high intensity.
Setting the scene

Most of us can walk around our own homes in the dark with relative ease,…

MSA Bristol’s XFlex PPE and RescueFlex jacket with Gallet F1 XF helmet.
MSA Bristol: Expert protection from head to toe

The new year marked a new era for two of the most respected and well-established…

Effective leadership is one of the keys to successful recruitment and retention of volunteers.
Trends in recruitment and retention: factors that impact Volunteer Fire Service staffing

Recruiting volunteer firefighters and EMS providers in the United States is a complex issue because…

Training using water at a major Australian airport.
Now AFFF is defunct, what’s the way forward?

As fluorosurfactants termed per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) used in firefighting foams since the 1960s…

USAR Team Portugal, loaded basket with equipment ready to deploy.
Getting in service quickly to provide help is the mission; making it happen is the challenge

The fire service today takes on more responsibilities and provides more special services than it…

Prior to Covid-19, this was your typical groups for apparatus training in large gatherings. Will we ever get back to this intimate level of training? That question remains…
Training during and after the pandemic: what some feel may be the new norm

As we started 2020, the pandemic was just getting a grip on the world and…

Outthink Wildfire™ is a comprehensive strategy from NFPA that lays out five key policy changes that need to be made at the federal, state, and local levels in the US to end wildfire destruction over the next 30 years.
Outthink Wildfire – Part 1
A bold new plan from NFPA calls for ending the destruction of communities in the…
3D technology and firefighter training

The global pandemic is generating changes to our daily lives that no one imagined could…

Illuminating smoke conditions and the fireground.
Illuminating the scene

One of the easiest tasks to overlook at emergency incidents is providing adequate scene lighting.…

Fire alarm control room under construction that shows a fire alarm panel and integrated system controls.
Fire-alarm systems: what you need to know about pre-incident planning and response

Responses to fire-alarm activations are common occurrences for fire-department personnel. Having knowledge of building fire-protection…

Post crash fire at a WRC event. Even without technology concerns, depending upon the type of motorsports, hazards can be significant if not addressed properly.
Today’s personal protective envelope for motorsports response – Part 2

The ramifications of hybrids and electrics in motorsports is a significant concern. These vehicles bring…

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