INTERSCHUTZ USA 2020 – The latest training, the best equipment and the newest technology

First responders and related personnel need access to the latest training, the best equipment and the newest technology available in order to do their jobs effectively. Enter INTERSCHUTZ USA! INTERSCHUTZ USA, taking…

Space weather: The modern natural hazard

Since the dawn of the ‘Space Age’ in the late 1950s, we have become increasingly susceptible to space weather as we have grown more reliant on electrical grids, satellite navigation, space infrastructure, and radio and wireless communications. But while there…

Australian conditions demand adaptation

As I write this, the state of Victoria in Australia, is again facing significant weather extremes. It’s hot with a shifting wind pattern that keeps us all on high alert. There has been rainfall in parts of our state but…

Learning from assembly occupancy tragedies

On December 4, 2009, partygoers packed the Lame Horse, a nightclub in the Russian city of Perm, to celebrate the club’s eighth anniversary. Then, in an instant, fire broke out and chaos ensured. Details of the incident were captured in…

Packexe SMASH makes for faster, safer and more efficient extrication.

Packexe Smash – A decade of success

Following a successful decade since the introduction of Packexe SMASH, Packexe are returning to FDIC and Interschutz 2020 to showcase their growing range of rescue products. With an increased number of distributors, an extended product range and full product demonstrations,…

Bristol In Stock – New stock PPE styles for structural firefighting

Bristol Uniforms is a global leader in the design, manufacture and supply of protective clothing for firefighters, and has been producing high quality PPE for customers around the world for more than 60 years. The company prides itself on providing…

MetalCraft Marine – Deliver their 18th NFPA Type III Fireboat in 14 years

In 2015 the Kuwait Fire Services Directorate (KFSD) ordered their first FireStorm 50’, along with a 50’ STLC landing craft support craft. The KFSD liked the FireStorm 50’ so much, they bought Two more in 2016. The KFSD have now…

Fire Lion Global – Foam pumps – the new challenge

Globally the fire fighting products, tactics and the actual hazards themselves continue to evolve. New materials and building techniques demand that the fire service, including engineering, fire fighting, equipment manufacturers of both the fixed systems and mobile fire truck apparatus…

Australia’s on fire – what now?

The crisis of the Australian bush fires has attracted international coverage. Fire services and departments around the world are taking a massive interest in how firefighters are tackling the bush fires down on the ground and how state and federal…

The first prototype of the new generation ALPAS has successfully passed stringent testing and is now available to order by customers.

ALPAS from Ziegler – The latest generation

ALPAS was patented and introduced to the firefighting industry in 1998. This was a revolution in vehicle construction for fire brigades and over the next 20 years, the ALPAS superstructure system has established itself on the market and has become…

Workplace safety, performance and back health

In the emergency services, safety and performance must be top-level. Many factors play a role in physical performance, but focusing on back health is the key to a long and active career. The true professionals pay attention not only to…

Who does the fire and rescue service call when they need help?

Your Service has come under the spotlight because of a major incident. The government is insisting on savings or cultural change. Disputes with unions. Perhaps you simply want an independent perspective on the status of your organisation. Sound familiar? Almost…

M1 SCBA from MSA Safety – Protecting firefighters from hazardous substances

In an already hazardous job, firefighters are continuously facing new challenges. Although the overall trend in fires requiring attendance is down 43% compared with 10 years ago, fires that do require a response are potentially more dangerous. The very ‘fabric’…

Focus on Bahrain Civil Defence

Des Tidbury QFSM, Advisor to Civil Defence, Bahrain Ministry of the Interior. illed with excitement and of course a little trepidation, my wife and I boarded the plane at Heathrow Airport on 31 May 2019 for our new life in…

Thermal imaging – understanding high and low sensitivity

This short article is an attempt to clarify a few misconceptions in regard to fire-service thermal-imaging cameras (TIC). All fire-service thermal-imaging cameras automatically switch gains or sensitivity modes based on the following: the overall heat detected within the field of…

Any test probe can tell the difference

In Austria and Switzerland, mask manufacturers have announced changes in the cleaning process. Allow us to introduce some Alpine pioneers. Firefighters on assignment have a pretty clear dress code: PPE and respiratory protective equipment when necessary. In the Swiss canton…

Drones speed beyond-visual-line-of-sight to deliver lifesaving treatment

The County of Renfrew in Ontario, Canada partnered with Cradlepoint, InDro Robotics and Ericsson for trials using the first beyond-visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) drones that utilize an LTE cellular connection to deliver automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to aid in remote cardiac arrest…

All systems ‘go’ for 2020 – the year of INTERSCHUTZ Hannover

The countdown is on, and the excitement is mounting. With roughly four months left until the start of INTERSCHUTZ, all systems are “go” for an extraordinary showcase in June. In terms of numbers, the event is already delivering record-breaking results,…

Home oxygen fires claim a life every four days in the US, new study reveals

Fires involving oxygen in the home are a serious public health issue in many countries around the world. Data on the scale of the problem can, however, be difficult to obtain. Now though, pioneering new research by BPR Medical has…

Firefighters must remove toxic soot from their skin on-scene with fit-for-purpose decontamination wipes.

Wipe it off, don’t take it home – dealing with toxic soot on-scene

The fact cancer is now the leading cause of death amongst firefighters globally owes principally to the toxic carcinogens produced during fire being absorbed through the skin. Fire departments worldwide must now address this burning issue by incorporating fit-for-purpose decontamination…

NFPA fire investigation standards help to identify JPRs and fire causes

In the mid-1970s, salty old fire investigators would work their way through the smoky ruins of buildings, armed only with knowledge gleaned from mentors or picked up along the way from others charged with figuring out fire puzzles. Back then…

Asbestos risks for firefighters

Asbestos was once extensively used in construction materials to strengthen roof shingles, concrete, piping, wall boards, floor tiles and compounds and adhesives. Its fibers served to be a durable addition to construction materials and even served as a superb insulator…

The fire service family

From the time I was old enough to go to the fire station, it has been obvious to me that there is a connection between firefighters, regardless of where you are from or where you serve. It is because of…

Building mind power to create strategies for whole well-being

It’s a silent mayday. For those who have worked in the fire service for any period, you know many who experience burnout, compassion fatigue, anxiety, depression, and many other forms of mental health challenges. A lack of understanding in how to effectively address these matters has led to an increase in mental/nervous injuries. Sadly, as a result, we have seen a significant increase in suicides in the recent years.

All-consuming fire safety

As part 2 of the Grenfell Tower Public Enquiry gets underway, many members of the Fire Safety community are asking themselves: How did this happen? And how can we prevent it from happening again? Of course there are many technical…

Service provision heightens return of private fire services

The primary task of a private fire service is to protect the company’s assets and the continuity of the business operations. Extra services can be added to that base task, which will increase the return of the private fire service.…

Keeping it clean

The provision of cleaning and maintenance services for firefighter PPE varies greatly around the world. Cleaning is a high priority in the USA and parts of Europe, where the majority of Fire and Rescue Services (FRS) will expect a managed…

The new addressing system helping emergency services

Emergencies can happen anywhere, from a wildfire in a park to an incident outside one of the gates at a crowded stadium. Saying precisely where first responders are needed is crucial but can sometimes be near impossible for callers to…

International Fire Fighter is the leading global publication for municipal and industrial fire fighters and the fire and rescue industry.

The editorial features are written by industry experts and comprise a unique blend focussing on the latest technology, training methods and equipment as well as highlighting sector-specific issues from around the world.

Regular product and company profiles, events updates and news make International Fire Fighter the first choice read for fire and rescue professionals.

Latest Issue

Follow me on Twitter

Subscribe to International Fire Fighter today for FREE!

Choose a Printed or Digital subscription to have full access to our website content.

Subscribe here for FREE

To dismiss this message please login here