Welcome to the June 2016 Edition of International Fire Fighter Magazine

It is hard to believe that this is Issue 50 of International Fire Fighter, it only seems like yesterday that we were taking the tentative steps to launching it. At the time International Fire Fighter became our third title, behind International…

Planning for catastrophic disasters

The hallmarks of catastrophic disasters are death and destruction, large scale disruption of communities and businesses, the displacement of populations and public anxiety. Often they occur with little to no warning, overwhelming the capacity of institutions and the community to…

Monitoring practices of firefighter safety when working in the heat

Firefighters work hard, in environments characterised by high levels of ambient and radiant heat. To further add to their thermal strain, urban firefighters wear heavy, impermeable protective clothing in a range of operating conditions. Despite structural firefighting PPC being designed…

No smoke without fire water: it’s time to close in on pollution containment

It’s a surprising fact that the most likely environmental damage caused by fire at an industrial site is not actually a result of the fire itself, but the water that is used to fight it. It’s not air pollution or…

Ensuring fire fighter safety in emergency responder scenarios

Fire and rescue personnel can face serious danger in a variety of situations but particularly when they find themselves separated from their colleagues due to circumstances beyond their control, or when they are off duty and respond in a personal…

Offensive fire attack – Variables that interfere with the fire gases outlet: Part 1

Offensive fire attack, or transitional attack, is an increasingly technique used in Fire Services around the world with some differences based on the degree of training and the equipment used. That is why we have set out to analyse the…

Multi-agency (Integrated) CBR capability

The importance of M during major events cannot be under estimated in this world of terrorism and hazardous substances emergency agencies need to train to the same standards and continually exercise their skills. It is not just the formal interaction that…

Making the attack positive

Positive Pressure Attack (PPA) is a useful tactic to have for structural firefighting. Before we get into the discussion of the when and how to use PPA we should make sure we have a clear definition of what PPA is.…

What’s New With… Personal Protective Equipment

With the greatly increased emphasis on firefighter safety, the leading manufacturers have boosted their research and development efforts to provide the end user with the safest, most efficient and reliable PPE. In this Buyer’s Guide we highlight the latest offerings…

Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) training for first responders: Part 2

In Part One we discussed the First Responder training I provided for Jacksonville Florida. Their port will be re-fueling (bunkering) several vessels with LNG that will then travel back and forth to Puerto Rico. The class was informed that LNG…

Radiation. Don’t run away from it! Train with it!

How can we better our understanding? How can we realistically train? How can we have interactive challenging radiation training? An idea is born Like any other day at the fire station, the daily equipment checks and maintenance were carried out…

Latest glove technology and what’s important in gloves

Gone are the days when OSH is accompanied by monstrously bulky clothing and severely restricted movement. An example of this are protective gloves, which not only offer high standards of protection, but have also reached new levels in terms of…

A challenging time for selecting foam

There has never been a tougher time for fire professionals to make decisions about which type of foam they should use and how they should apply it to their flammable liquid risks. With the changes in environmental legislation, larger and…

Firefighter Wayne Roe: My experience of life as a Big Issue seller

Recently I was lucky enough to take part in Vendor Week supporting the Big Issue foundation to highlight issues of homelessness and poverty. The Vendor Week is a time when well known faces, public figures and supporters become vendors, selling…

HeatSeeker Technology & Design – Making a commitment to save the lives of firefighters’

HeatSeeker Technology & Design, LLC, based in Knoxville, TN, has made a commitment to save the lives of firefighters around the globe by producing products that assist in rehabilitation on emergency scenes. There have been multiple studies conducted that evaluated…

Argus Thermal Imaging Cameras – The UK Fire & Rescue Services’ most trusted brand of TIC

With extensive knowledge of customer needs, argus innovations are always designed with the user in mind – whether it’s unique design, unmistakable application of colours or the highest dynamic temperature range. All the cameras allow users to visualise heat energy…

The Emergency Services Show – Prevention and learning joint response

Lessons Learnt from past incidents and the move from response to prevention will be key themes at this year’s Emergency Services Show which takes place in Hall 5 at the NEC, Birmingham, UK from 21-22 September 2016. Fire and rescue…

Ziegler – 125 years of quality, reliability and innovations

As one of the world’s leading producers of fire fighting vehicles and equipment, Ziegler thinks beyond the products of those who have worked with them every day – for 125 years. 125 years ago everything started in an old mill…

FERNO Rescue – Total solutions for rescue equipment for the professionals that use it

FERNO is the global leader in pre-hospital emergency care solutions serving emergency services, including EMS, fire rescue, mortuary, industrial safety and police. FERNO exports to more than 150 countries and has partnered with EMS, safety and regulatory agencies, and customers…

DuPont™ Nomex® – Game-changing firefighter protection

Based on the Nomex® brand that has been trusted by firefighters around the world for more than 50 years, Nomex® Nano and Nomex® Nano Flex are the next generation of flame-resistant (FR) solutions from DuPont. These breakthroughs in firefighter protection…

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