Issue 58 – June 2018

The Coppel Store Fire – Culiacan.
Fire service reform – A global issue

In 2014 I received an enquiry from a man claiming to represent a large corporation…

The Emergency Services Show gives visitors unique access to world-class expertise, training, technology, kit and support networks.
The Emergency Services Show – See the UK’s vision of the fire and rescue service of the future

Fire and rescue personnel and industrial brigades from around the world are invited to this year’s Emergency Services Show to see how the UK fire and rescue service is evolving to become a response, prevention and protection service for the 21st Century. Returning to Hall 5 at the NEC, Birmingham, UK from 19th to 20th September 2018, the annual event gives visitors unique access to world-class expertise, training, technology, kit and support networks.

Edesix’s newly launched X-100 side-mountable tactical head camera.
Edesix’s Videobadge 300 – Supplying body worn cameras to the UK fire services

The experts at Edesix, a UK-based market leader in the provision of Body Worn Camera…

Kayla Kuhlman, Chemist & Quality Manager performing a low expansion foam test.
Offsite laboratory tests recommended by NFPA 25

The National Fire Protection Association Standard for the Inspection, Testing and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire…

Firefighters are in the fight with a huge fire in refinery.
An overview of the Tehran Fire Department

With the recent disaster in Tehran where 16 firefighters were killed in the line of…

Time spent in the heat of a fire is now closely monitored.
Fighting back on heat stress

Heat stress is especially life-threatening for firefighters and remains the number-one cause of firefighter casualties.…

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service’s AT Stinger, with the second unit set for delivery in autumn 2018.
The UK fire appliance helping to change the face of firefighting

Over the past few months, one fire and rescue service in the UK has been…

Screens preserving victim dignity while protecting first responders work space.
Preserving victim dignity while protecting first responders

Throughout the world each year, hundreds of first responders die or suffer serious injuries due…

LNG being loaded into ship’s fuel tank.
LNG in your Port

I have written about Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) in the past. Earlier, I discussed the…

Think patient stabilisation rather than our historic ‘immobilisation’ approach.
The team approach to vehicle extrication: time for change

The team approach to vehicle extrication is nearly as old as I am, which begs…

A firefighter was killed and equipment damaged following this collapse at St Pancras Way, London on 1 October 1978.
Stabilisation prior to the attendance of specialist crews

Operational crews attending incidents in the early stages face numerous challenges in stabilisation and monitoring…

GexCon are the developers of the FLACS CFD Explosion and Dispersion modelling software.
Piper Alpha and 30 years of explosion software modelling development

Piper Alpha is always there, always at the back of your mind. It led to…

Substation fire – Choosing the correct transformers fluids is pivotal to the safety of the wider environment.
The growing threat of the world’s ageing transformer fleets

An underground fire which led to a partial evacuation at Newark Liberty International Airport on…

Every day hundreds of First Responders respond to crashes, car fires, and other emergencies on our roadways. The Safety Committee can help facilitate the need for training when we identify risks.
Creating an effective safety and health committee

Firefighters and First Responders across the World are susceptible to multiple elements that can cause…

Capitol Hill meeting, July 2017, announcing the launch of One World For Life.
The one world of the fire service

In over 35 years in the fire service I have had the pleasure of travelling…

Fire in a wind turbine 28.08.2016 in Isselburg, Germany.
Fire safety in wind turbines – there is more to know

Wind power is an important and growing source of renewable energy in Europe. Due to…

Asbestos roofing tiles represent a risk in terms of asbestos exposure and as a fall hazard.
The risks posed by asbestos to firefighters remains

Despite its use being outlawed in the UK in 1999, (five years ahead of the…

Getting the job done

Over the course of my 26-year career in the fire and emergency services, I’ve been…

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