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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…

U.S. Navy firefighters completing live burn training comparable to that of their paid-on-call comrades. U.S.
The decline of the suburban American paid-on-call fire service

For generations, the American paid-on-call firefighter has faithfully stood as a civic sentinel, tirelessly safeguarding…

Queen Mary visits the factory in 1943.
Bristol Uniforms past and present

Today, Bristol Uniforms is a global leader in the design and manufacture of PPE for…

Works great on wet or dry surfaces and is 25 times safer than using a ladder alone.
Ladder lockdown is making the worlds most dangerous tool safer

My name is Troy Kumprey and I am the founder of Ladder Lockdown. I’d like…

It is vital that radio coverage is reliable and secure for front line firefighters.
LTE to 5G: Future-proofed critical communications for public safety

Public Safety organisations have always relied on high-quality critical communication voice services, built on specialised…

We experience the primary stress of our work. But, our families experience this stress through us.
When the loss isn’t gone

As is typical, much of what we learn regarding mental health in our field finds…

Personal protective gear must be prohibited in areas outside the apparatus floor.
The firefighter cancer epidemic: Protect yourself and your crew

Over the past few years, it has been increasingly clear that the fire service is…

Firefighter gross decontamination of self and gear immediately post exposure.
Surviving the fire service – what we know

The fire service has evolved into an “all-hazards” provider of service to protect the public…

Damaged hose is a frequently donated item and often with couplings that the FD don’t even use.
Donations: An essential guide – Part 1

It’s a sad fact that less privileged Firefighters often reach out to developed nations asking…

The Power of Heat: understanding thermal severity in regards to the fire environment.
Common misconceptions of thermal imaging use – Myths versus Facts

The fire service has been using thermal imaging cameras successfully since the 1990’s. Many lives…

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