Global Progress on PPE Standards

Delegates from around the globe helped to ensure that international standards for PPE took a significant step forward when they met in Sydney at the end of July. More than 40 representatives from 12 countries and a further 30 observers…

New State of the art Fire Behaviour training centre

The Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service (DSFRS) Academy’s Fire Behaviour School is based at Exeter International Airport, UK and in summer 2013 a new state of the art Fire Behaviour training facility was constructed. The Fire Behaviour School…

The Stealth Killer of First Responders: Part 2

In the previous issue we discussed the definition for situational awareness and shared some examples for how situational awareness can be impacted. In this installment you will be provided with ten situational awareness best practices. This list was developed based…

Firefighting Foam – Making Water Wetter

As a largely misunderstood firefighting tactic, the use of foam has at times been confusing to the fire service. The result is that many municipal brigades/departments have just avoided the use of foam, especially Class A foam and have transitioned…

The push for clean PPE and Healthy Fire Fighters

In the past decades, firefighters have been glorified for their tough and dirty exteriors that demonstrate their heroic efforts to fight fires and save lives.Soot covered turn out gear often served as a badge of honor, illustrating how courageous these…

Russian Helicopters Airborne Fire Brigade

As skyscrapers increasingly dominate city skylines across the world, firefighters are being equipped with helicopters to fight blazes in built-up urban centres. In 2013 about 90,000 people died in fires across the world with the problem being most acute in…

The Millennials are Coming

From fighting fires to onboarding Millennials, times are changing. Embrace the changes. Over the past 30 years, I’ve had the opportunity to visit fire services in more than 75 countries around the world. It’s always humbling to meet with our…

Video Fire Detection – A New Affordable Solution

UK Fire losses have substantially increased over recent years and are now regularly exceeding £1 Billion per year. Proposed budget cuts across the UK Fire Service will see large reductions in fire-fighter posts, appliances and the closure of Fire Stations. In…

Thermal Imaging Cameras – the Future of Firefighting?

The price and way we use thermal imaging technology is changing significantly. What does that mean for the firefighting industry, and how could these developments aid firefighters? Thermal imaging technology has been incorporated as an everyday tool for most fire…

Airport firefighting – protection and training for unique hazards

They happen rarely, but when they do, air accidents at or near airports present rescuers and firefighters with particular challenges which are quite different from those met daily by structural firefighters. Despite the media coverage given to mid-air aircraft accidents,…

There’s No LNG In My District … Think Again!

Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) has been in use for many years. In the past it had been more common in Europe and Asia than in the USA but that is changing rapidly. Large LNG ships have been loading in Africa…

Are You Ready for the Next Disaster?

This article aims to answer one simple question and that is,“How do I prepare my department or organisation to respond to the next natural disaster that will affect my country or community?” Basically your organisation needs to follow some accepted…

Leadership and Lifelong Learning for Officer Development

The competent fire officer must be guided in their decision-making by a combination of knowledge, skill, and experience. As a means to enhance experience and support professional development, fire service leaders should embrace the concept of Lifelong Learning. The modern…

New Car Technology: Part 1

“The cars we are cutting up in the junk yards aren’t the cars that are crashing on the highway”  This is the first of two articles on new car technology. Firefighters in the fire service today have more demands placed on them…

Crucial role for FloodSax on the emergency frontline

The sandless sandbags are so easy to store on the appliance yet can be used in so many ways at emergencies from soaking up leaking fuel from crashed vehicles to diverting floodwater away from homes and businesses and even as…

Fire and Ice

We all know what a danger fire can be. But have you also considered what a danger ice can be? If your station is in an exposed area or on a steep incline, chances are you’ll have to be on…

Drugs and alcohol and what is it to the Fire Service?

How often have you been involved in a nasty incident when you suspect it was caused by a drunk or drugged driver? Have you ever had the same thought about a colleague when turning up for a shift? That’s the…

Trends in High Volume Pumping

Trends in the fire industry are slow but persistent. When I started in this industry some 30 years ago, in the USA, a 1000 GPM (4000 LPM) pump was most popular. Over the years, this has risen to 1250 GPM…

Rotterdam-Rijnmond Fire Brigade chooses TEXPORT

At the end of 2013, the product quality that TEXPORT® delivers won over yet another prestigious client in Europe: the Rotterdam-Rijnmond Fire Brigade (Rotterdam urban region). The toughest challenges in the tendering phase were seeing whether the suits could survive…

Continued Global Growth For PBI

PBI Performance Products is enjoying continued growth across Europe as more fire and rescue services specify the company’s outer fabrics as the preferred choice to protect their firefighters. PBI fabrics are internationally renowned for their exceptional flame resistance and thermal…

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