A changing environment –revolutions in firefighter PPE

Firefighting is hot, hazardous, and let’s face it, grueling work. But believe it or not, the job today has become even more challenging as firefighters must deal with increased heat loads, toxic…

PELI ATEX Lights – Guiding you safely through the danger zone

Since 1976, PELI has illuminated the world’s darkest and most dangerous places with specialized, professional lighting tools for different kinds of markets. Throughout the years, PELI has grown to be the trusted expert in ATEX lighting products, fully complying with…

A day in the life of a Columbia Helicopters’ firefighting pilot

Columbia Helicopters, Inc., (Columbia) based in Aurora, Oregon, USA, has been fighting wildfires for 52 of its 62 years in operation. Beginning with a Sikorsky S-61 carrying multiple water buckets, Columbia quickly became an industry leader in heavy-lift helicopter firefighting…

De-Wipe – The after-fire wipe for all responders

With recent research identifying the increased risk of cancer amongst firefighters, should all responders consider the potential risk of contamination whilst attending fires? A landmark study conducted in 2018 by The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) revealed that skin absorption,…

Victorian fire agencies take collaborative work to the skies

A NVIS helicopter drops a load of water on a bushfire during the Australian summer.

One of Australia’s smallest states, Victoria is also one of the country’s – and the world’s – most bushfire prone areas. The “We Work as One” mantra of its Country Fire Authority (CFA), Forest Fire Management Victoria (FFM Vic) and…

FireTreks – Knowledge sharing with the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE)

For any industry, data and how we harness, process and share it, is key to developing procedures that can help to prevent the loss of lessons learnt. FireTreks aims to support the IFE in their mission to gather and share…

Delta Fire Nozzles – Innovation, investment and new technologies

Innovation and technological advancements have driven industry forward at an unprecedented rate in recent years with many sectors reaping the benefits of the new hi-tech era to spearhead new product developments befitting of the operational demands of the modern-day firefighter.…

PBI Performance Products – Setting the standard in firefighter protection

PBI Performance Products is setting new standards in firefighter protection around the world as more fire and rescue services than ever choose the company’s high performance fabrics to protect their firefighters in a wide range of frontline operations. The company…

Buying high value equipment – The ins and outs of the procurement process – Part 2

So, you have been approved to spend some money. A lot of money for that matter. Now the fun begins! Sound familiar? As we discussed in the previous article of this topic, the next steps are delivery, acceptance and training.…

An Interview with Roger Startin

Bristol Uniforms Headquarters.

Roger Startin is Joint Managing Director of Bristol Uniforms, a leading manufacturer of PPE for firefighters around the world. In this article, International Fire Fighter finds out more about his 37 years with the company. International Fire Fighter: How did…

Putting an end to bullying and harassment in the fire service

Bullying and harassment. These two words have become quite the buzzwords in recent years. Back when I was younger, it seemed the general reaction when these occurred was to look the other way, that this is the way things are.…

Hydraulic rescue – Reaching new depths

With our latest innovation, first responders now have the ability to literally plunge new depths of possibility with hydraulic rescue tools that can operate whilst completely submerged. LUKAS EWXT (eDraulic Watertight Extrication Tool) mean it is now safe to go…

Should we rethink the protection of petrochemical tanks in light of the ITC Deer Park Fire?

After the ITC Deer Park Incident, the industry urgently needs to discover what went wrong and how is it possible that a relatively small fire escalated to an inferno that lasted almost four days resulting in the destruction of 11…

Air traffic control tower evacuation equipment

Anthonius Gunawan Agung died from his injuries after jumping from his ATC Tower. This 21-year-old Indonesian Air Traffic Controller stayed behind at his post during a major earthquake to safely guide a loaded airline off the ground. Anthonius is a…

MSA host round-table event

Fire service professionals and industry experts gathered at the Fire Service College in Moreton-in-Marsh, UK, for a roundtable discussion on the current state and future of breathing apparatus (BA) for firefighters. Hosted by MSA Safety, the purpose of the event…

The importance of being prepared for the recovery of disabled aircraft

Aviation remains one of the fastest growing industries in the world. The number of passengers has increased significantly over the past few years and, based on International Air Transport Association forecasts, it will double by 2037. Growth in the air…

Going door to door for fire safety

You seldom hear about the fire that was prevented, but these unheralded moments are our greatest source of pride. This requires more than just the hard work of our firefighters and fire inspectors; it requires a commitment from everyone in…

Mutual Aid initiative in the Amsterdam harbour to start in 2020

Recently, in the seaport of Amsterdam, the foundations have been laid for a new firefighting organization with a special character. The Amsterdam-Amstelland fire service, the Port of Amsterdam harbour authorities and 16 industrial companies based in the port area have joined forces in a collective fire service tailored to the risk profile of the industry and the port activities.

Cloud technology bringing fire service into the twenty-first century

Mark43 CAD gives 911 call takers and responding units a modern, web-based solution for managing emergency calls efficiently and safely. Features displayed on the screens include bidirectional RMS sync, embedded AVL mapping, and live in-app messenger.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), there were more than 1.1 million career and volunteer firefighters in the United States as of 2016. In a high-stakes situation, every single one of them should be able to rely on…

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