Confined Space Rescue Operations

Rescue operations place special demands on the Emergency Response Team (ERT). The ERT must balance the complexities of site management with the intricacies of victim management to stabilize an effective and efficient manner while maintaining the safety of responding personnel.…

Innovations in Breathing Apparatus – Fit for Operational Effectiveness

Breathing apparatus (BA) has come a long way over the years. Some things however never change. Without breathable air, the danger to life is extreme and immediate. The use of self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) is therefore absolutely essential when it…

Training Simulators: Risk-Free, Realistic and Programmable

Today, simulators are being used in an ever-increasing number of areas, particularly when real-life training would be overcomplicated, excessively expensive, ecologically untenable, or simply too dangerous. Emergency responses by the fire services most definitely fall into this category. With this…

Inside Task Force Tips

The month of June saw a very busy trade show schedule for the team at MDM Publishing. The “silly season” of events started with Interschutz in Germany followed immediately with Firex in London and then straight across to Chicago, USA…

Counting the Uncountable…

Walking around the exhibition halls at several large fire service conferences this summer reminded me of how big ‘fire’ is and the number of dollars spent every year protecting lives and property from fire loss. Fire trucks and hoses, pumps…

Uncovering the Chemistry Behind the Forty-Year Relationship

As any firefighter will know, understanding the cause of fire is a crucial factor in identifying potential improvements in fire safety and prevention. The UK’s fire brigades are the primary responders to chemical, biological and radiation incidents across the country…

The Strategic And Operational Benefits Of Personal Emergency ID

After saying goodbye to his wife that damp, cloudy Tuesday, Bob got into his truck, sipped his coffee, and started to drive to work in a neighboring town about half an hour away. To Bob, it seemed like a pretty average,…

The Bulletproof Spirit – Part 1: Emotional Survival Training to Insure Wellness

What was the worst call you have ever been on? How many different ways did that call and so many others adversely affect your health and wellness, your relationships at home, how you perceive your job and the community, and…

Innovation In Early Wildfire Detection: Robots That Monitor The Forest 24/7

As governments and firefighters attempt to switch spending and efforts from wildfire suppression to prevention, the often overlooked detection stage is seeing a technology revolution that is making a difference. The economic, social and human costs of wildfire are staggering…

Work-related Stress and Mental Health Issues in the Fire Service

Once upon a time the leading cause of absence from work was musculoskeletal complaints: bad backs, bad joints and the like. Not any longer. Although still number one, musculoskeletal impairments are closely followed by mental health problems, many but not…

Krusepak – Innovative and Proactive in Increasing Firefighter Safety

The fire service has always prided itself on attempting to be proactive versus reactive. So many issues are still being evaluated and trained on that sometimes it seems impossible to remember everything. One of the areas that we must continue…

The BADAXX – Innovation Ensures the Advancement of Fire and Rescue Service

It seems almost every aspect of this industry has kept pace with changing technology, from breathing apparatus and bunker gear, to communication equipment and incident management systems. But what about the most common tools we depend on? Firefighters have used…

FLIR Systems

FLIR Systems is adding the K2 and K65 to its industry-leading lineup of K-Series thermal imaging cameras that provide firefighters with the capability to see through smoke, locate and rescue victims, identify hot spots, navigate safely, and stay better oriented during response missions. Extremely affordable thermal imaging for firefighters The K2…

Dräger

A trusted and loyal partner to the fire and rescue service for generations, Dräger’s ATEX and UL approved thermal imaging technology is used by firefighters across the globe. The Dräger range includes its UCF 6000, UCF 7000 and UCF 9000 – a thermal imaging portfolio equipped…

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…

Scott Safety

As a world leading provider of advanced thermal imaging equipment to the fire industry, Scott Safety prides itself on its unique ability to enhance the performance and operability of its thermal imaging cameras well beyond their core and most basic…

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,…

The New Carmichael Cobra 3 Airport Firefighting and Rescue Vehicle

The United Kingdom’s most diverse manufacturer of firefighting and rescue vehicles Amdac Carmichael Limited was established from humble beginnings in Worcester (UK) in 1849. In 1947 it supplied its first fire-engine and under the leadership of various international companies Carmichael…

Fire Apparatus Crashes Involving Firefighter Fatalities

Fire apparatus are designed to get equipment and firefighters safely to a blaze so that firefighters can help put out a fire and deal with other life-saving situations. While, according to National Fire protection Association (NFPA) statistics, fire apparatus crashed…

Biogas-powered Buses and Decision Making During Incidents

All over the world, new alternative fuels are emerging to replace fossil fuels such as gasoline and diesel. The overall benefits are great but with new fuels and technical solutions, new risks emerge. The first responders face new situations that…

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