Issue 53 – March 2017

A French General and FDIC International

The fire service has many common interests internationally, among them the issues that affect our…

When facing a fire event at a large storage terminal, the WF&HC response team shifts their tactics to match the evolving conditions.
Fire-response team meets industrial fires head on

The threat of fire is always present. Environmental and mechanical factors can spark a fire…

Bristol Uniform’s brand new Gore® Varde jacket and trouser combination is now on offer as part of its RescueFlex range.
GORE® VARDE – The very latest in technical rescue protection from Bristol Uniforms

The role of a firefighter is constantly evolving. Today across the globe, firefighters are spending…

40Wh battery fire.
LITH-EX Fire Extinguishers – A portable fire extinguisher designed for Lithium battery fires

The news is filled with ever more examples of fires caused by Lithium batteries, from…

Angus Rimseal Pourers make the most cost-effective use of foam concentrate and water resources by producing the designed foam solution application rate.
Angus Fire – Fire protection products for storage tanks

Angus Fire has been designing and manufacturing fire protection products and foam concentrates aimed at…

Water streams from boats and on board pour water on the fire burning in containers on the Sea Elegance.
What’s inside those shipping containers?

The 17,800-gross ton container ship Sea Elegance had been lying at anchor off Durban awaiting…

Figure 1. A tanker and a lorry caught fire after a rear-end collision near Kungälv, Sweden.2
Post-collision fires in road vehicles

A recent study on post-collision fires published by SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden (now…

Fires are common in waste recycling centres due to the vast piles of flammable materials, which can be difficult to extinguish.
New FIA research into fires in waste recycling centres

It perhaps happens a little more often than we’d like – it seems not a…

Firefighting in the UK is set to be revolutionised with the launch of Scott Sight.
Technology and Innovation

Intelligent wearable technology is becoming an increasingly positive asset to the firefighting industry and is…

Firefighters tackle a blaze wearing Hainsworth TITAN 1260.
Protecting our firefighters 30 years after King’s Cross

This year is the 30th anniversary of the King’s Cross disaster, an event which was…

Solar panels and the DC danger zone – reducing risk factors – Part 1

The growth of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems has been exponential for the past two decades.…

Examples of front entry (left suit) and rear entry (right suit) drysuits available from Hammond.
The importance of PPE in a water rescue situation

A drysuit can essentially save your life while you are working in cold water. During…

Gathering evidence in PPE is cumbersome and hard work.
CBRN forensics – Exploring new and innovative investigation technologies

There is no doubt that Europe is under an everyday threat of terrorism and the…

The company produces reports to determine if the cause of fire was accidental or deliberate, supporting insurance companies in their investigations.
Fire accelerant analysis: tracing an incident to its source

In the aftermath of a fire, once the police have ruled out foul play, fire…

A Gin Pole was rigged by Montgomery Rescue Squad​​ to lift the rig from the car.
The 5 step discipline for overturns and underrides

Uprighting a loaded cement mixer, perhaps lifting the rear of a loaded van trailer is…

Fire dog Dexter working in a typical fire scene.
Canine assets

Since the first fire investigation dog in the UK appeared in west midlands fire service…

Lessons on how to develop and maintain situational should be included in every hands-on first responder training session.
The Deadly Dozen: Twelve barriers that can impact situational awareness – Part 1

Flawed situational awareness is one of the leading contributing factors in first responder near-miss and…

Motorist blocks in fire engine as he leaves vehicle outside bay doors to get a kebab.
Bad parking and bizarre driving sparks new safety campaign

A campaign has been launched as fire chiefs say the number of incidents in which…

Trainees practice firefighter rescue techniques during a 2014 exercise at Fairchild Air Force Base in Washington.
Rapid intervention teams in the American paid-on-call and volunteer fire service

For firefighters, the threat of danger always looms. Many firefighters, from the youngest of rookies…

Raising awareness by attending trade shows and conventions is vitally important.
Firehouses – Can they breed a change in behavioral health?

As a retired fire captain from the suburbs of Chicago, a licensed counselor and founder…

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