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Three fans on the platform aimed towards the staircase. In the back, the inlet opening can be seen.
PPV as a support for firefighting in subways

Positive pressure ventilation (PPV) fans are widely used by the fire service during firefighting operations…

MSA Bristol’s social-distancing sizing mat.
Fit for action

Roger Startin of MSA Bristol looks at the importance of high-quality, well-fitting PPE and how…

Types of vehicular stabilization

Due to new technological advances in automotive engineering, both mechanical and electronic, and with the…

The risks of heat stress on a firefighter cannot be underestimated, it can leave your firefighting crews tiring more quickly.
How to choose structural firefighting gear that reduces the impact of heat stress

A firefighter needs to evaporate about 1 litre of sweat per hour to be able…

Remember, these are not numbers, but the faces and names of our brothers and sisters and their families left behind.
Post-traumatic stress disorder killed our firefighter… or did it?

This article is not to diminish the effects of post-traumatic stress on our brothers or…

Using high quality Class A foams, firefighters can create temporary protective blankets of protection on homes, vegetation and other surfaces, improving firefighter safety by giving them additional time to focus on active parts of the fire.
Despite advantages of using Class A foam to battle wildfires, use is down – that needs to change

The frequency and intensity of wildfires is on the rise around the world, and companies…

Response to last lap crash at 2019 Daytona 500.
Today’s personal protective envelope for motorsports response – Part 1

Ever since the late 1990s when hybrid vehicles took to the streets globally, we have…

Providing live fire training can be valuable for learning fire behaviour, flow paths, water mapping, thermal imaging and so on.
Organizational success for your next target hazard

As everyone across the world is watching, we are just past 12 months of dealing…

Figure 1: The items first ignited and associated percentage of cases.
Recommendations to reduce fire fatalities

From the previous phase of this work a number of recommendations were made to reduce…

Comparing the two types of fire service TIC’s: Situational Awareness vs Decision Making.
Thermal imaging: breaking down the scan – Part 1

Firefighters must be trained to properly evaluate fire incidents based on training and by incorporating…

The growing use of the drone supported by the international association IEDO

For several years, the drone or UAS has been integrating firefighters and police teams into…

Team work is a vital aspect of firefighting. We must reply upon one another during these times. Image courtesy of West Corners Fire Department, Endicott, New York
The stigmatization facing first responders

In 2020, first responders were cheered, revered, heckled and jeered. The intensity of the year…

Hartford Fire Department personnel from multiple companies work together to deploy hand line at a working structure fire.
‘To Serve and Be of Service’

The fire service has changed dramatically over the course of the past 50 years. In…

Raising the bar for Fire Service sUAS (drone) pilots

Your agency recently purchased a small unmanned aircraft system (sUAS), commonly referred to as a…

Figure 1. Fuel reduction burn, at the rear of my property, conducted in 2018 by State Gov. Department.
Preparing communities for evacuation – Saving time and exposure to risks

Running a business and living in rural Australia, having just made it safely through our…

Fire suits need to be properly laundered to ensure they are cleaned of any harmful substances, such as particulates, chemicals and asbestos.
Five ways to protect firefighters from harmful particulates

Firefighters know that there are many more risks to their health than fire and heat…

Air Traffic Control can greatly help with a birds eye view of the airport.
Airplane fires

From a Captain’s perspective, there are challenges flying an aircraft and managing a fire but…

Underwater and marine training for the oil and gas and maritime industry.
Fire and Emergency Responder training during pandemic times and beyond

As a result of the pandemic, we have seen a ripple effect on the global…

Firefighters wearing Drager breathing apparatus.
Optimising workshops

This article discusses best practice in equipment maintenance workshops within fire stations. It addresses fundamental…

If you wear your little sleep as a badge of honor you won’t be wearing it for very long.
Directives for firefighter wellness: Making the best job a healthier one

The hefty goal of this article is to eliminate chronic disease from the fire service…

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