Challenge and inspiration in the fire service

At my first fire I almost killed another firefighter. I was ashamed of myself, sick in the stomach because I didn’t know what I was doing and I was dangerous. Two years later I graduated with the highest academic score…

Bristol Uniforms – Safety in the hood

The first duty of firefighting PPE has always been to protect the crew from the immediate external risks associated with exposure to heat and flame. However in recent years, research has raised additional concerns about firefighters’ health, which has prompted…

Supon Bialystok – A leading manufacturer of valves, fittings and firefighting equipment

Founded in 1958 by the Association of Volunteer Fire Departments, which launched the Provincial Department of Manufacturing and Service, the company was finally established as ‘Supon’ in the mid 70’s. It wasn’t until 2008 however, that they were transformed as…

Feumat – Fire Extinguisher Unforgeable Maintenance Advice in Technical process – FEUMAT®

Civil protection structures all over the world include early warning systems and monitoring against hazard and catastrophes. Special attention will paid to mobile fire extinguishers because of their versatile application in case of an outbreak of fire. It is an…

CMC Rescue – Rooted in rescue, CMC marks 40th Anniversary

CMC Rescue, the California-based company that’s dedicated to helping save lives and keeping people safe, today marked its 40th anniversary year with the introduction of a refreshed name, a new website and plans to introduce a series of groundbreaking products…

Fire Fighting Systems (FFS)

FFS has for many years, been the world leader in External Fire Fighting systems for the marine industry, supplying over 90% of the world market for that niche specialty, Fire Fighting Boats. With outstanding and prestigious ships such as, FDNY…

Richfords Fire and Flood – Employment opportunities for Ex Firefighters

Richfords Fire and Flood are an unusual type of business. In fact few people know this business sector exists. Some people have referred to technicians who do this work as a ‘hidden army’, committed to keeping the country on its…

Crestron – Transforming training for Slovakian fire and rescue teams

Slovakian fire and rescue teams have fired up their creativity with the help of Crestron’s market leading control & automation technology, to create a uniquely innovative fire training resource. This Slovakian fire engine project by A+V Sp zoo is the…

The hidden risks of firefighting

Firefighters live with risks by managing them effectively but the fact that these risks include an increased rate of cancer is only now coming to the fore. There are ways and means of minimising this risk including improved hygeine on…

HAAS Alert is helping eliminate the #1 danger for first responders

A new tech company is working to help first responders avoid collisions through direct communication between responders and the vehicles with which they share the road. This year, HAAS Alert has introduced R2V™ (Responder-to-Vehicle) technology for fire fighters, and other…

Under remote control

Utilizing state-of-the-art wireless remote controls, fire truck operators can carry out their duties with newfound freedom. International Fire Fighter speaks to fire truck manufacturer E-ONE and its remote control supplier, HBC-radiomatic, to chart the journey from concept to delivery. U.S.-based…

Copernicus EMS: helping firefighters from space

Copernicus Programme’s satellite-based information and mapping services can help in every step of the emergency management cycle and are available for disaster responders in Europe and around the world. The magnitude and intensity of the 2017 wildfire season will be…

Maritime terrorism on ferries and the land-based firefighter – Part 2

In Part One of this article we looked at some of the smaller commuter ferries operating around the world. A fire aboard, whether due to terrorism or an engine malfunction, will present quite a challenge to Fire Departments not used…

LNG and LPG Fires – The importance of selecting the right equipment!

Fighting LNG and LPG fires is not a simple task. Completely extinguishing these fires could leave a pool of liquid which will continue to release gas that could reignite in a much more intensive and violent fire. The most important…

Blue light collaboration in control rooms – how far should it go?

The current political and financial pressures have lead all public bodies throughout the United Kingdom to look closely at how they deliver their services, with the spotlight being on radically changing their approach through innovation and collaboration with a view…

Important considerations of water supply preplanning

Water Supply Preplanning is more than just knowing general hydrant locations and putting the “wet stuff on the red stuff.” There are many considerations that need to be investigated to mitigate those major fire incidents when you realize the basic…

The drone revolution: saving lives quicker and safer

Drones are increasingly used for search, but drones are capable of much, much more! This is just the beginning, drones will revolutionise search and rescue to save lives that couldn’t be saved before. Ultimately making search and rescue operations quicker…

New risks for vehicles with alternative fuels

Fires in vehicles that are powered by alternative fuels when they are in underground facilities, such as tunnels and garages, involve new risks for the rescue services and society. Jonatan Gehandler, researcher into fire and risk at the Swedish Research…

A growing challenge for the emergency services

In the UK the number of plus size individuals being rescued by the fire service because they are too large to move on their own has gone up by more than a third over the past three years. According to…

Firefighter health and fitness: A comprehensive approach

Dedicating yourself to a lifestyle of health and fitness is more than just “working out.” As a firefighter, you owe it to your co-workers, community, and family to make sure you are fit for duty. In addition to physical training,…

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