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Comparing the two types of fire service TICs: 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…

Removing the perceived admin burden may enable greater technology adoption.
Should firefighters think differently when it comes to drone use?

Numerous international case studies exist highlighting the innovative use of drones to aid the tackling…

An overview of Grundon's Hazardous Waste Transfer Station.
Tackling the post-fire clean up and the hazards of hazardous waste

While the immediate impact of any fire will be devastating, it is the way an…

ADR / IMDG Carriage & Warning Labels (c) 2020 www.labeline.com.
The hazards of Oxygen, oxidising agents and organic peroxides

For the firefighter, and emergency services understanding Oxygen, its properties and those of its compounds…

Orbital deployment of the Gyrochute is the long-term goal in order to arrive at any landing site within a few hours.
Wise networking

There’s an old adage that says, ‘no news is good news’. But when disaster strikes,…

The Apple Fire in San Bernadino, California in the OroraTech Wildfire Monitoring Service with the satellite map layer provided by Sentinel data with the hotspot detection and clustering from multiple satellite sources.
OroraTech transforms wildfire detection and monitoring from space

This summer, a record-breaking heatwave in the Arctic Circle has caused wildfires that will leave…

Weber Rescue’s E-Force battery powered hydraulic rescue tools.
Vehicle rescue provision – a new approach to rescue

They say that having a near-death experience can change a person’s perspective and that’s what…

SOPHIE – BTTG’s female test manikin.
The evolution of PPE for the world’s female firefighters

Roger Startin, Joint Managing Director of Bristol Uniforms, looks back on the history of female…

Fig. 3: Water motor with proportioning pump.
Use of foam for firefighting in tank farms of the oil and petrochemical industry – Part 2

Part One of this article described the typical incident scenarios at tank farm fires and…

Figure 1: Fire-related fatalities in Great Britain
The causes of fire fatalities and serious fire injuries in Scotland

Fire fatalities in Great Britain have gradually been decreasing over the last three decades but…

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