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Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service attend car fire.
In safe hands

Regulations and standards keep firefighters safe and provide reassurance that Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is…

Firefighters training with AFFF on an aircraft fire.
Researchers received a $1.5 million grant from FEMA to study firefighter occupational exposures to “PFAS chemicals”

Researchers are investigating current exposures to PFAS chemicals, including from aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF) and…

Transitional fire attack prior to making entry.
Using geographic information systems (GIS) and analytics in the fire service

Some of the most important tools for fighting fires include advanced protective gear and state-of-the-art…

2020 Model Chevrolet Bolt engine bay.
Operational concerns involving Electric and Hybrid Vehicles at vehicle related incidents – Part 1

One of the largest concerns today dealing with vehicle related incidents revolves around the electrification…

Fig. 1: Tank farm fire at Deer Park, Texas, USA.
Use of foam for firefighting in tank farms of the oil and petrochemical industry – Part 1

Tank farm fires in the oil and petrochemical industry do not occur often. When they…

How will the structure and external parts of a building be competently risk assessed?
The Fire Safety Bill 2020: Will it deliver safer blocks of flats?

The Fire Safety Bill 2020 is the result of the Government’s promise of “implementing and…

The sacrifices and safety of front line workers including firefighters, EMS and law enforcement have been applauded the world over.
The response community is feeling the effects of COVID-19 now and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future

At the very end of December 2019, the World Health Organization office in China received…

Specific fire scenarios in a large pump pit give specific demands for water and foam.
Risk-based dimensioning of industrial fire services in the Netherlands
Industrial firefighting is a highly specialised area of incident response and differs in many ways…
Flammable product in 205 litre steel drums.
Flammable liquids held in a depot, warehouse, production plant or within the supply chain

When a team from the Fire and Rescue Service are called to an incident at…

AH-1 Cobra, Attack Helicopter.
Back to basics – The importance of the point man during ground emergencies

Say what you want about ARFF operations but for the majority of my career I…

More safety against fire – EmiControls presents an innovative way of fire protection with water mist turbine

The Italian company EmiControls has been working on innovative fire protection solutions worldwide since 2011.…

Solar image showing loop-like magnetic field structure erupting from the sun carrying ionised gas.
Space weather: The modern natural hazard

Since the dawn of the ‘Space Age’ in the late 1950s, we have become increasingly…

Focusing on back health is the key to long and active career.
Workplace safety, performance and back health

In the emergency services, safety and performance must be top-level. Many factors play a role…

Consultants who practice what they preach ensure that their recommendations have a tangible impact. Above, the consultants put on their fire gear and show how the principles they taught are put into practice.
Who does the fire and rescue service call when they need help?

Your Service has come under the spotlight because of a major incident. The government is…

Rapid Intervention Vehicle at Riffa Fire Station.
Focus on Bahrain Civil Defence

Des Tidbury QFSM, Advisor to Civil Defence, Bahrain Ministry of the Interior. illed with excitement…

Thermal imaging – understanding high and low sensitivity

This short article is an attempt to clarify a few misconceptions in regard to fire-service…

Home oxygen therapy is prescribed to patients with long-term cardiac or respiratory conditions, and is delivered in a variety of forms, including liquid oxygen in pressurized containers, an oxygen concentrator that filters oxygen from the surrounding atmosphere, or compressed gas in cylinder form.
Home oxygen fires claim a life every four days in the US, new study reveals

Fires involving oxygen in the home are a serious public health issue in many countries…

In Massachusetts fires are investigated by a combination of firefighters and police officers. The fire chief is required by statute to investigate every fire in their jurisdiction. Chiefs may turn to the State Fire Marshal’s office for help depending on circumstances. Fire investigators assigned to the Massachusetts State Fire Marshal’s Office are members of the Massachusetts State Police.
NFPA fire investigation standards help to identify JPRs and fire causes

In the mid-1970s, salty old fire investigators would work their way through the smoky ruins…

Understanding the impact of asbestos on the fire protection industry is vital.
Asbestos risks for firefighters

Asbestos was once extensively used in construction materials to strengthen roof shingles, concrete, piping, wall…

Steve Hirsch (left) taught a class at a regional fire school in Galena, Kansas, last summer, and ended up learning some important recruitment and retention lessons from Galena Volunteer Fire Department Chief Bill Hall (right).
The fire service family

From the time I was old enough to go to the fire station, it has…

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