Health and safety are critical to firefighter success

Too often firefighters and emergency medical responders subscribe to the belief that they need to put others first at the expense of their own health and safety. To some extent this is true – we are the ones running into…

Grace Industries Inc. – NFPA Compliant SuperPASS®5, SuperPASS®5X, and TPASS®5

Grace Industries Inc. is pleased to announce the new “one of a kind” NFPA compliant firefighter Stand-Alone Personal Alert Safety System (PASS) and RF PASS. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is responsible for establishing safety standards for the fire…

Unifire – Swedish solution for high-rise building fires

Swedish fire fighting nozzle specialists, Unifire AB, have developed what may very well usher in a new era in fire fighting: a fully automatic fire detection and extinguishing system, called FlameRanger™. The system, according to Unifire, is capable of detecting…

What’s New with… Nozzles and Monitors

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 Nozzles and Monitors. In this Buyer’s Guide we highlight the…

Loyalty: the firm foundation for an effective fire department

Many times during my career I have been accused of being just a bit too “touchy-feely” for many in my approach to preaching the gospel of fire department organizational effectiveness. There are those who have said, “You gave too much…

Ballyclare donates to Argentinian Fire and Rescue Services

Ballyclare is always pleased when we are able to support the fire and rescue community. Over the years we have donated protective clothing to charities and countries across the world to help protect firefighters who often wear badly maintained kit,…

Firefighting foam concentrates – the constant evolution: Part 2

The foam concentrate is a mixture of different raw materials such as solvents, salts, corrosion inhibitors and mainly surfactants. In case of synthetic products, there are two types of surfactants: hydrocarbon chain, which are primarily responsible of foaming capacity and…

Hazards of confined space

Fatalities attributed to confined space working are still significant. There are many studies and statistics available. According to data collected there are approximately 90 fatalities every year in the US and 15 in the UK. Approximately 40% to 60% of…

Make the commitment to be a heart-healthy firefighter

Most firefighters, emergency medical personnel, and rescue providers pride themselves on being ready for the next call. They participate in many hours of training, build up on-the-job experience in all kinds of emergencies, and work to prepare their department and…

Developing in-house training for CFB Suffield Fire Services

Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Suffield is located in Southeast Alberta, approximately 50 kilometres west of Medicine Hat, CFB Suffield has been the site of military training in the region since 1972 and is host to the largest military training area…

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH)

Ensuring the right culture is in place is crucial for fire safety within a workplace. Dr David Gold, chair of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health’s (IOSH) Fire Risk Management Group, examines who is responsible for instilling this culture…

How can communications technology improve emergency responses?

In the event of an emergency, effective communication is vital to ensure an organisation’s timely response. Nick Hawkins, Managing Director of Everbridge EMEA, discusses how cloud-based communications technology can help organisations keep their employees safe and blue-light services improve their…

HCN and CO in firefighting and emergency medical services

Smoke and gases generated in today’s fires are more dangerous than they’ve ever been. Thankfully more knowledge and better equipment can help us deal with that increased danger. Have you or members of your team experienced a headache, sore throat…

Xtreme fire training with the best in the business

Williams Fire & Hazard Control hosted its world renowned XTREME Industrial Fire & Hazard Training School on 25th – 29th September 2016, at the Gesip Fire Training Facility near Vernon, Northern France. Attendees of the five-day course benefited from the…

Drones are changing fire fighting operations worldwide

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) used to be the remit of the military and sci-fi films. Recent advances in technology – and changes to aviation laws worldwide – mean they’re now available as tools for all types of business, including emergency…

Fast and accurate environmental information is critical to firefighters

When fighting wildland fires, information is power. Fire behavior is driven by topography, fuels and weather. Accurate readings of temperature, humidity, wind speed and wind direction are critical to predicting future fire behavior and building a plan of attack. Firefighters…

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