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Think patient stabilisation rather than our historic ‘immobilisation’ approach.
The team approach to vehicle extrication: time for change

The team approach to vehicle extrication is nearly as old as I am, which begs…

A firefighter was killed and equipment damaged following this collapse at St Pancras Way, London on 1 October 1978.
Stabilisation prior to the attendance of specialist crews

Operational crews attending incidents in the early stages face numerous challenges in stabilisation and monitoring…

GexCon are the developers of the FLACS CFD Explosion and Dispersion modelling software.
Piper Alpha and 30 years of explosion software modelling development

Piper Alpha is always there, always at the back of your mind. It led to…

Substation fire – Choosing the correct transformers fluids is pivotal to the safety of the wider environment.
The growing threat of the world’s ageing transformer fleets

An underground fire which led to a partial evacuation at Newark Liberty International Airport on…

Every day hundreds of First Responders respond to crashes, car fires, and other emergencies on our roadways. The Safety Committee can help facilitate the need for training when we identify risks.
Creating an effective safety and health committee

Firefighters and First Responders across the World are susceptible to multiple elements that can cause…

Capitol Hill meeting, July 2017, announcing the launch of One World For Life.
The one world of the fire service

In over 35 years in the fire service I have had the pleasure of travelling…

Fire in a wind turbine 28.08.2016 in Isselburg, Germany.
Fire safety in wind turbines – there is more to know

Wind power is an important and growing source of renewable energy in Europe. Due to…

Asbestos roofing tiles represent a risk in terms of asbestos exposure and as a fall hazard.
The risks posed by asbestos to firefighters remains

Despite its use being outlawed in the UK in 1999, (five years ahead of the…

Efficient Cleaning like with the TopClean M should be state of the art today.
The hidden risks of firefighting

Firefighters live with risks by managing them effectively but the fact that these risks include…

Transponder installs in as little as five minutes to enable emergency vehicles to broadcast alerts. Also provides R2R™ (Responder-to-Responder) communication.
HAAS Alert is helping eliminate the #1 danger for first responders

A new tech company is working to help first responders avoid collisions through direct communication…

The standout feature of the system is remote-controlled ladder, master stream, lights and outriggers.
Under remote control

Utilizing state-of-the-art wireless remote controls, fire truck operators can carry out their duties with newfound…

Fire risk map assessing forest fire risk for population, assets and transportation network for Croatia (Copernicus EMS 2018 EU, [EMSN041] TILE11000: Population, Assets & Transportation Network at Risk Map – Forest Fires Risk Assessment (Overview)).
Copernicus EMS: helping firefighters from space

Copernicus Programme’s satellite-based information and mapping services can help in every step of the emergency…

Photo 7 – Confined spaces are found on all vessels.
Maritime terrorism on ferries and the land-based firefighter – Part 2

In Part One of this article we looked at some of the smaller commuter ferries…

“Alternative water supply resources” – In this photo provided by US Fire Pump you’ll see a high volume industrial pumper being supplied by their ERADS (Emergency Response Aquatic Deployment System) in a situation where the water source is not accessible by the larger, heavier vehicle. This system allows for a high volume water supply to continuously feed apparatus allowing for better placement and less hassle of trying to draft.
LNG and LPG Fires – The importance of selecting the right equipment!

Fighting LNG and LPG fires is not a simple task. Completely extinguishing these fires could…

UK Fire and Police teams working together
Blue light collaboration in control rooms – how far should it go?

The current political and financial pressures have lead all public bodies throughout the United Kingdom…

Proper water supply preplanning can ensure that all master streams will discharge at maximum efficiency.
Important considerations of water supply preplanning

Water Supply Preplanning is more than just knowing general hydrant locations and putting the “wet…

Aerones’ AX8 in flight after dropping a 60kg life-raft to mock casualties for skybound rescuer’s “Life Saving – The Future” video campaign.
The drone revolution: saving lives quicker and safer

Drones are increasingly used for search, but drones are capable of much, much more! This…

Figure 1 – Fire in a gas bus conducted as part of a reconstruction for the Swedish Accident Investigation Board
New risks for vehicles with alternative fuels

Fires in vehicles that are powered by alternative fuels when they are in underground facilities,…

The Crane Sling and accompanying devices are intended to be used by professionals fully trained in the relevant rescue and manual handling techniques.
A growing challenge for the emergency services

In the UK the number of plus size individuals being rescued by the fire service…

Active recovery methods such as foam rolling accelerate the recovery process.
Firefighter health and fitness: A comprehensive approach

Dedicating yourself to a lifestyle of health and fitness is more than just “working out.”…

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