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Deputy Fire Chief John Sokol at Firehouse Expo offering free autism training to all attendees.
What you don’t know can hurt you!The First Responder vs. Autism

This article is not intended to be a replacement for first responder autism awareness training;…

PF1: The Pathfinder Search and Rescue Way-finder puck is about the size of a small smoke detector. It uses smart technology to track the movement of firefighters inside a building. A propriety tracking sensor which is about the size of a quarter, is attached inside each firefighters’ helmet and communicates with the unit.
The Pathfinder – Search and Rescue way-finder system

The International Forum to Advance First Responder Innovation was established in 2014. The Forum is…

A specialized wind tunnel in WPI’s fire lab is helping researchers better understand wildfire behavior.
Why we need more support for wildland fire research

The threat to people and property from wildland fires is increasing, fueled by a combination…

Live video can help commanders take action “in the moment” that can save lives and minimise damage.
Live streaming video – A new depth of situational awareness

In Europe, 2 million to 2.5 million fires are reported per year, resulting in up…

What is your size-up? 18 wheeler accident involving several hundred gallons of alcohol.
Sizing-up hazmat incidents

In the world of fire and emergency services, hazardous materials incidents have some of the…

Revised Station configuration (Cross-hatched areas represent additions and remodeled areas.)
Understanding policy and procedure: A must for station design

A synergetic relationship between policy and design are extremely important in the layout of Fire Stations. The article will address this relationship and the effects on the long-term health of the firefighters that live and work there.

Firefighters standing by to extinguish fire at California Conference of Arson Investigators seminar in San Luis Obispo, California.
Cross-over trainings: A unique approach to unifying the fire service

If all the fire service divisions within a fire department can combine their training, education,…

All genuine PPE suppliers will adhere to appropriate international standards.
Trust in PPE

With a host of firefighting PPE available on the international market, varying in cost and…

The UK Government will still wish to deploy its expertise in support of foreign policy. UK AID is still likely to support deployable capability following crisis or disaster in the form of its Search, Rescue and Medical teams.
International collaboration is never the wrong answer…

As the UK draws closer to an uncertain Brexit, the prospect of many existing international…

Dauntless Air Fire Boss completes a drop as part of a recent training exercise.
How optimized initial attack strategies are winning a new wildfire war

Around the world, wildfire behavior is changing. In the U.S., climate change, unhealthy forests and…

The HRET demonstrating articulated flexibility when reaching over obstacles.
High Reach Extendable Turrets (HRET) – Beyond airports

The high reach extendable turret or HRET as known in the firefighting industry greatly enhances…

University of Portsmouth’s Centre for Simulation Health and Care.
Realistic multi-agency training and exercising

Realistic training is an often-used phrase in the emergency services. Most would define this as…

Gary Carroll and Diesel taking part in a search and rescue exercise on a rubble pile.
Scotland’s hottest fire dog is set to go viral

Diesel will tell his fans about how he works to protect Scotland’s communities and it…

The Coppel Store Fire – Culiacan.
Fire service reform – A global issue

In 2014 I received an enquiry from a man claiming to represent a large corporation…

Kayla Kuhlman, Chemist & Quality Manager performing a low expansion foam test.
Offsite laboratory tests recommended by NFPA 25

The National Fire Protection Association Standard for the Inspection, Testing and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire…

Firefighters are in the fight with a huge fire in refinery.
An overview of the Tehran Fire Department

With the recent disaster in Tehran where 16 firefighters were killed in the line of…

Time spent in the heat of a fire is now closely monitored.
Fighting back on heat stress

Heat stress is especially life-threatening for firefighters and remains the number-one cause of firefighter casualties.…

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service’s AT Stinger, with the second unit set for delivery in autumn 2018.
The UK fire appliance helping to change the face of firefighting

Over the past few months, one fire and rescue service in the UK has been…

Screens preserving victim dignity while protecting first responders work space.
Preserving victim dignity while protecting first responders

Throughout the world each year, hundreds of first responders die or suffer serious injuries due…

LNG being loaded into ship’s fuel tank.
LNG in your Port

I have written about Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) in the past. Earlier, I discussed the…

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