Invest in the dream

The “bravest”. That is what our cities call us. The bar of expectations is set very high by our communities. But, do we fully understand that level of performance? That level of…

Prometheus Paradox

According to Greek mythology, Prometheus stole fire from the gods and gave it to humans. The contraband fire made humans just like the gods. Zeus was so angry he had Prometheus chained to a mountain and sent an eagle to…

Road sense

Facing a scourge of distracted drivers, first responders have a new reason to make roadway safety a priority. In February, the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) urged fire officials to immediately issue a safety and survival alert in their…

Onspot Automatic Tire Chains – Shorten your response time

A critical measure of the effectiveness of first responders – firefighters, paramedics and police – is response time. Response time is the time required to arrive on scene from the moment an emergency call is received. An important factor to…

Cancer – The current epidemic in the fire service

A lightweight particulate barrier hood that offers breathability, protection and comfort.

More firefighters have been diagnosed with cancer in the last two years, then in the previous 10 years combined, sadly, one in three firefighters will die of cancer. With a minimum of nine Group 1 carcinogens in all fire, the…

Haztec International – Supplying an extensive range of emergency vehicle warning equipment

British manufacturer, Haztec International, returns to the Emergency Services Show with many new products from its extensive range of emergency vehicle warning equipment. Haztec offers seven separate lightbar ranges, all designed and built in the UK, including the latest R65…

Safe Drive Stay Alive: Working together to protect young drivers

Does your organisation run a safe drive campaign? If so, West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service (WSFRS) want to hear from you. Many fire services across the country run Safe Drive Stay Alive or similar campaigns and this ‘emotional’ and…

TECDRON – Technical assistance and firefighting robots to increase firefighters’ safety

TECDRON, a Design & Engineering office based in France, has announced the launch of a new robot named ‘Sentinel’, designed to assist firefighters and emergency responders with dangerous, difficult and physically demanding tasks during operations. The remotely operated platform is…

Advanced control systems for remote controlled monitors and robotic nozzles

At Unifire AB of Sweden (Unifire.com), technology is rapidly progressing in terms of controlling its robotic nozzle (remote controlled monitor) systems for fire fighting and numerous other applications. The Swedish robotic nozzle manufacturer now offers systems that can be controlled…

Wildland fire command and control

FFs Anchor and Hold to keep WUI Fire from advancing through neighborhood.

Wildland fires in California have quickly made its way to being a household conversation year-round. 20 years ago, wildland fires in California were not being discussed as much because there was a traditional fire season that these fires burned in,…

UKFSC 2019 – a very good year

This year’s United Kingdom Firefighters Sailing Challenge (UKFSC) took place on 13–16 May with the largest entry of emergency services crews in its 16-year history. As the name suggests, UKFSC is a firefighter sporting event, and a great number of…

DuPont – Inaugurates new Thermo-Man® burn test unit

DuPont recently inaugurated the new Thermo-Man® burn test unit at its European Technical Center (ETC) in Meyrin, in the canton of Geneva, Switzerland. The event included an explorative journey through the DuPont European Technical Center, where DuPont engineers and technicians…

Master stream strategies for industrial facilities

Municipal fire departments that have large industrial facilities within their protection area are faced with both significant challenges and tremendous resources. The challenges may include large quantities of flammable liquids and explosive materials, hazardous chemicals, located in hard to access…

Improving the standards and competency of fire investigators

Fire investigation can be one of the most complex forensic evidence types. The destructive forces involved create difficulties in interpreting the fire scene and the evidence recovered from it. Improving the standards of training and competency of fire investigators is…

LNG in your port – Part 2

Figure 1 Methods of LNG Bunkering.

In the first part of this article, which appeared in the June 2018 issue, we discussed how LNG is not only being transported on ocean-going ships it is now fueling those same ships and now also some smaller vessels. In…

Bristol in Europe

Richard Cranham, International Sales Manager at Bristol Uniforms, looks back on 40 years of supplying firefighting PPE across Europe, and the strong relationships it has formed with its European distributors. Bristol Uniforms is a company with a rich history, dating…

The evolution of SCBA

The biggest barrier to firefighters trying to extinguish a blaze, or attempt a rescue within a building, is smoke. The need to provide crews with the ability to breath, manoeuvre within a building freely and interact with colleagues has shaped…

Understanding class ‘B’ obstacle fire hazard situations

Fires occurring within industrial and commercial applications are commonly controlled and extinguished with portable fire extinguishers, provided those fires are caught early enough and the proper extinguisher is used. That’s why it’s important to understand the various characteristics associated with…

The Emergency Services Show 2019 – A Showcase of Technology and Collaboration

Visitors to this year’s Emergency Services Show can source the very latest kit and discover emerging technologies, whilst networking with partner agencies with whom they could collaborate at future fire and rescue operations. Taking place in Hall 5 at the…

Remote-controlled fire monitors for fixed firefighting systems

Monitor in recycling plant.

The requirement for automated firefighting is continuously increasing. Remote-controlled monitors, especially in combination with automated fire detection, allow a targeted but flexible firefighting operation in limited areas. The technical development in the field of drive engineering, sensor technology and control…

Airbag deployment during extrication

I have made a point of asking the question: ‘What is the most likely thing to cause us harm at the scene of any road traffic collision?’ and I would estimate that well over 90% of the time the answer…

The heart of your water pump: Impeller 101

A pump is the workhouse of an apparatus. Within this complex mechanism are many critical parts that work in tandem to ensure consistency, accuracy and reliability. One of the most important mechanics within that pump is the impeller. The impeller…

Versatility in ventilation

When it comes to fire ventilation, there’s no one-size-fits-all tactic — simply because there’s no one-size-fits-all fire. Every fire ground is different. Compound that with the ever-changing dynamics of the structures being protected — building size, room geometry, interior contents…

Improvement of preventive fire protection at a tank farm

Tank farms are used for the storage of highly flammable and explosive substances; Consequently, preventive fire protection is of major importance. When rehabilitation of such a tank farm is planned, contractors often recommend extensive – and thus costly – measures. A fire-protection solution developed by TÜV SÜD demonstrates that an equivalent level of safety can also be reached with a far more cost-effective solution. A central role in damage limitation is played by early fire detection using thermographic cameras.

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