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TFT works with firefighters around the globe to understand the essentials of water flow and how to select the best tools for their needs.
Hard hitting nozzle types – Fact from fiction

Task Force Tips has engineered a test method to accurately measure the impact of a…

CFA has trained 350 new career firefighters that have been deployed to strategically important stations in metropolitan growth areas and regional urban centres.
Capability is key

Australia’s Country Fire Authority (CFA) is one of the world’s largest volunteer firefighting organisations with…

The sample sewing department has a step-by-step process for developing and thoroughly testing every single new product. Three samples are made here for every piece of clothing, in a range of sizes.
S-GARD – Firefighter protective clothing made in Germany

We would like to introduce you to a manufacturer that in recent years has become…

Is the existing A and B plan still relevant?
Extrication Planning – Part 2

In the previous article we looked at the initial stages of extrication planning and focussed…

Commissioning of large scale purchases takes time with planning and coordination to achieve the end results of proving the capacity and design of the equipment meets the expectations of the clients.
Buying high value equipment – The in’s and out’s of the procurement process

So, you’re in the market to make a purchase, maybe a large purchase at that.…

The SuperTanker has the unique capability to be anywhere in the world in 24 hours or less with one fuel stop.
Powering Global SuperTanker to suppress extreme wildfires

Wildfires are an unfortunate reality in California, and the Western United States. Larger and more…

Firefighters training on vehicle extrication after extinguishment in Chowchilla, California.
A look into the past and the future of advancements in the firefighting industry

Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “We are not makers of history. We are made…

Commando – 24” PPV fan using High Flow Jet Technology generating expanded area Jetstream.
PPV – Arm yourself with knowledge

Positive pressure ventilation (PPV) has become a very common practice in the fire industry, and…

Firefighter monitoring the atmosphere after a structure fire.
Knowing your atmosphere

While some of us in the fire service are fortunate enough to have a dedicated…

The benefactor of a near-miss will sometimes look at their outcome as resulting from luck. And sometimes it is.
Learning from near-miss events

Near miss, close call and near escape are a few of the terms used to…

ICAO requires a static tilt capability of 28° or 30° depending on whether the water tank capacity is greater than or less than 4500 litres.
Buying an aviation rescue firefighting (ARFF) vehicle

On 19 November 1987, I commenced my career in the field of Aviation Rescue and…

The Calco-team of Avebe and instructors at the final training day at the Spinel training center.
The connecting link between company and emergency services

The Netherlands accommodates about 400 companies that fall under Seveso regulations according to their risk…

Firefighters demonstrate teamwork during a training exercise aboard the USS John F. Kennedy.
The strains of ineffective leadership

As anyone who has ever donned a set of turnout gear and saddled-up on a…

The best policy is to lobby manufacturers for donations of ex-demo products or items with slight flaws that have no bearing on performance or safety.
Donations: An essential guide – Part 2

Following on from the first part of this article in the previous issue, in addition…

Live video streaming from bodyworn cameras worn by first responders at the scene significantly enhances the situational awareness of command teams in charge.
Protecting the protectors: ensuring firefighter safety with live video

A new law, the Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill, is currently passing in the…

The need for more multi-agency training

Seldom if ever, is vehicle extrication carried out by a single agency. In every single…

SS Sansinena after explosion. USCG report 16732/71895.
A crude oil tanker exploded – Why is that unusual?

On August 15, 2018 an explosion rocked the VLCC Desh Vaibhav. The vessel had just…

Following UL FSRI’s “Close Before You Doze” burn demonstration, the bedroom behind the closed door shows little fire damage compared to the charred hallway. Below, the bedroom behind the closed door shows only a small amount of char around the doorframe.
It’s time to change the way the public thinks about fire safety

As a result of open floor plans and synthetic furnishings and building materials, house fires…

Toba in rough weather Desember 2000.
Fire protection of containers at sea

As new ships out of the dockyard boast ever greater capacities, container ship fleet sizes…

The plan must be communicated across all agencies to ensure safe and efficient working.
Extrication Planning – Part 1

Vehicle extrication is an extremely complex discipline which requires a high level of skill, knowledge…

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