MSA Safety

MSA introduced one of the first firefighting thermal imaging cameras over a decade ago. In the years following, we’ve refined TIC design through innovation and expertise, delivering several successful generations of market-leading TICs. Our state-of-the-art cameras help you in various…

Bullard

Thermal imagers manufactured by Bullard are designed to endure the harshest environments to meet the demanding needs of firefighters. The Company introduced its first high-resolution thermal imager to the fire service market in 1998 with the innovative Bullard TI. Today,…

Being in the right place at the right time

As a photographer I usually find myself in a studio or on location undertaking photographic commissions which have been pre arranged well in advance. On the night of December 13th 2013, I was in my 14th floor apartment in the…

If only humans came with handles – the undiscussed cause of back injuries

Anyone who has been in the Fire and EMS industry for more than a couple years typically knows of a few staggering statistics concerning the high back injury rate of prehospital providers. There have been studies conducted starting in the…

Building Consensus on Capitol Hill

In 1987, a former firefighter named Curt Weldon was elected to the U.S. Congress. A member of the Marcus Hook Volunteer Fire Department, the former fire chief turned federal legislator represented a congressional district on the outskirts of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.…

The fine line of amateur pyrotechnics

The Fire and Rescue Service worldwide is well versed in the need for operational intelligence. Tragedies are all too common were firefighters and other emergency responders have lost their lives as they fought fires not knowing the significant risks that…

Whether they be called volunteers

Let’s face it, the basic response to any emergency, albeit fire, emergency medical service (EMS) or rescue is simply the firefighter. Certainly the hardware necessary to meet a challenge, whether it is motorised apparatus, pumps, powered equipment or simply hand…

Firefighting FoamAdvancements … Then & Now

It is often said that in order to shape the future you need to look back and understand the past. A colleague of mine recently asked: “when and what was the last great innovation in firefighting foam?” I have to…

Fire performance of Electric Cables

Electrical cables are frequently blamed by the media and fire authorities as the cause of building fires however it is often not the failure of the cable which starts a fire but the misuse of the cable by frayed or…

Petroleum Storage Tank Facilities – Part 1

In today’s fire service we tend to focus our pre-planning and training for the “bread and butter” operations that we encounter daily. These “bread and butter” operations are generally single and double residential structure fires, multiple family structure fires, hi-rise…

The Stealth Killer of First Responders Part 1

Flawed situational awareness is one of the leading contributing factors in first responder near-miss and casualty events. Complicating this problem is that most first responders know very little about what situational awareness is, how they develop it, how they lose…

Vessel Fire Plans

In my previous article entitled, ‘Shipboard Basics’ I mentioned that one of the first things a firefighter should do when boarding a ship for a fire or emergency is to secure a copy of the vessel’s Fire Plan. I indicated…

MSA Thermal Imaging Cameras

MSA introduced one of the first firefighting thermal imaging cameras over a decade ago. In the years following, we’ve refined TIC design through innovation and expertise, delivering several successful generations of market-leading TICs. We continued this commitment to the fire…

Flir Systems Thermal Imaging Cameras

FLIR is a brand that has been well-known in the fire fighting sector for many years. Last year, the company re-entered the equipment market with its new FLIR K-Series range based on its proven detector technology; and thanks to economies…

Scotland’s seamless transition to a national fire and rescue service

It’s been an exceptional period of change for those of us working in the emergency services in Scotland. We have marked the inaugural year of the newly formed Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS), established on 1 April 2013. The…

See how UK fire and rescue crews tackle major incidents

Find out how the UK’s fire and rescue services have been responding to new demands with tighter budgets by visiting The Emergency Services Show at the NEC in Birmingham, UK this September. Open to all ranks throughout the fire and…

Stacker Trailer Improves Water Rescue Response Time

It is no secret that in an emergency situation, mere seconds cans save lives. This small town company had a big idea for a custom-built water rescue trailer that can help improve emergency response time and efficiency, ultimately saving lives.…

The application of fireground intelligence

Firefighters need fast, reliable communications with clear audio, better safety systems and situational awareness to help them plan their response and be ready for the unexpected. This article examines current capabilities and looks forward to the collaborative technologies which will…

Guardians of the Mackintosh:

Firefighters save world-renowned building in Glasgow from a devastating blaze Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) crews were hailed as heroes after battling for hours to prevent an intense fire at the famous Mackintosh building in Glasgow city centre from…

The Team Approach to Road Traffic Collisions

In my previous article I spoke about the role of the Incident Commander at an RTC or Extrication Challenge but also touched on how important the team approach is. As I have stated, for the Team to be effective there…

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