Is there ‘Real Collaboration’ amongst the Fire and Rescue Service?

Recently the plight of a youth football team and their coach in a cave system in Thailand became the focus of international interest along with an international rescue response. The incident proved both the effectiveness of international response to an…

Bronto Skylift – The Bronto Skylift F28ALR first response unit is the answer

When a rescue mission has been launched, and you don’t fully know what you are up against, the new Bronto Skylift F28ALR first response unit is the answer. This first response unit includes everything you need: a fire truck, an…

The Emergency Services Show – International Fire and Rescue community to share learnings

Full details of the expert-led, free seminar programmes running at this year’s Emergency Services Show, have been published on www.emergencyuk.com . The programmes feature an impressive line-up of senior speakers from the international fire and rescue community including representatives from…

Buckeye – 50 years of growth

50 years ago, it was an interesting time in the fire protection industry. Halon 1301 was becoming the agent of choice in clean agent fire protection, Halon 1211 was regarded as the best portable fire extinguisher clean agent, and AFFF…

The Pathfinder – Search and Rescue way-finder system

The International Forum to Advance First Responder Innovation was established in 2014. The Forum is an organization of government leaders from across the globe, focused on enhancing and expanding the development of affordable, innovative technology for first responders worldwide. The…

What’s new with… Extrication 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 extrication equipment. In this Buyer’s Guide we highlight the latest…

Why we need more support for wildland fire research

The threat to people and property from wildland fires is increasing, fueled by a combination of urban sprawl, climate change and lack of understanding. Unfortunately, the scientific knowledge base that we have today is becoming outdated and inadequate. We need…

Live streaming video – A new depth of situational awareness

In Europe, 2 million to 2.5 million fires are reported per year, resulting in up to 25,000 deaths. These can incorporate anything from a blaze in an urban high-rise building to a remote wildfire, each of which requires access to…

Sizing-up hazmat incidents

In the world of fire and emergency services, hazardous materials incidents have some of the most devastating outcomes in regard to life, property, and environmental losses. For years, emergency responders and specialists have collaborated in an effort to limit these…

Understanding policy and procedure: A must for station design

A synergetic relationship between policy and design are extremely important in the layout of Fire Stations. The article will address this relationship and the effects on the long-term health of the firefighters that live and work there.

Cross-over trainings: A unique approach to unifying the fire service

If all the fire service divisions within a fire department can combine their training, education, and experience, then it will strengthen the fire department as well as make fire service more effective within the industry as a whole. On June…

DRIVER+ Project Trial #2 – European response to Mediterranean forest fire

As Europe is facing one of the most intense heatwaves in its history, forest fires are raging from Sweden to Greece, with people forced to flee their homes and a staggering amount of casualties. In light of such dramatic events,…

Trust in PPE

With a host of firefighting PPE available on the international market, varying in cost and quality, how can Fire & Rescue Services ensure they are providing their crew with the best protection? Roger Startin, Joint Managing Director of Bristol Uniforms,…

International collaboration is never the wrong answer…

As the UK draws closer to an uncertain Brexit, the prospect of many existing international partnerships surviving is starting to seem less likely. The UK’s automatic inclusion in many of the international programmes and research activities it has previously enjoyed…

How optimized initial attack strategies are winning a new wildfire war

Around the world, wildfire behavior is changing. In the U.S., climate change, unhealthy forests and human development in the wildland-urban interface (WUI) are combining to create more frequent, fast-burning blazes. As crews on the ground battle these dangerous and increasingly…

High Reach Extendable Turrets (HRET) – Beyond airports

The high reach extendable turret or HRET as known in the firefighting industry greatly enhances any fire department’s emergency response experience. It has been a game-changer for ARFF apparatuses used to respond in airport emergencies because of its various capabilities…

Realistic multi-agency training and exercising

Realistic training is an often-used phrase in the emergency services. Most would define this as training in an environment that looks and feels as close to that which the participant would experience if undertaking that activity ‘for real’. So why…

Scotland’s hottest fire dog is set to go viral

Diesel will tell his fans about how he works to protect Scotland’s communities and it is expected the Springer Spaniel will further assist the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service to reach out to followers with safety advice. Diesel’s expertise is…

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