Our People, Our Decisions, Our Future

I write this as the world is facing a global pandemic from Coronavirus (COVID-19) and entering new territories through uncharted waters. I begin by wishing colleagues from the fire and rescue family…

Moving from disasters to events: how we learn to live with wildfire

In recent years, wildfire has carved an increasingly destructive path across the globe. Areas like Greenland and Siberia, where wildfires were once virtually nonexistent, have experienced blazes due to a warming climate. In places that are historically subjected to wildfire,…

ESKA – Glove professionals from Austria

For 108 years the Austrian family business ESKA has specialized in the development and manufacturing of gloves. Creating uncompromising protection against heat and cuts, and absolute hygiene, careful workmanship by master craftsmen has led to the fact that firefighters from…

PBI – Continuing to innovate new protective fabric solutions

PBI has been at the forefront of firefighter protection for over three decades since its unique fibre technology was first used to develop outer fabrics that are the first line of defence in fire operations. The company has created new…

VEMA 45F on MB ECONIC 2635 to Helsinki Fire Brigade 2020.

Nordic Rescue Group – New owners for Vema and Saurus

Nordic Rescue Group is specialized in rescue vehicles for professional rescuers operating in demanding environments. The company employs 120 manufacturing professionals and has a vast network of subcontractors. Its group companies are Saurus Oy and Vema Lift Oy. Previously both…

The Cayman Islands Fire Service – The challenges of succession, transition and ambition

During a visit to the Cayman Islands I was invited to meet the Islands’ Fire Service staff by the Interim Chief Fire Officer Paul Walker and given free access to learn about the Service’s ambitious plans and aspirations. In this…

LUKAS eWXT – eDRAULIC watertight extrication tool

Until now, rescue work under or on the water was only possible with hose-connected hydraulic rescue equipment. Now LUKAS, the pioneer in the field of eDraulic, is creating the possibility for quick rescue under and on the water with the…

Phenix Technology, Inc. – The lightest, most comfortable, durable helmets on the market

Phenix Technology, Inc. is an ISO 9001:2015 certified company and operates out of its facility located in Riverside, California. Phenix believes the best people to design and sell fire helmets are the people who have worn them personally. Collectively, their…

Surviving the unknown – safety through disaster

Disaster. Crisis. Disease. Horror. While the multitude of humans avoid these like a plague, pun intended, they are the basis of why fire and emergency services exist. Our current world environment subjects us to an abundance of hazards, risks, and…

EmergencyBKSuperdogs’ love their Hi-Vis Scarfs, from the companies pet range, with CEO and Owner, Bridie McLennan, in their backyard.

Emergency & Bushfire Kits – Safety & Survival

The seed for Emergency & Bushfire Kits, was planted in 2015, when our CEO and owner, Bridie McLennan, moved to a rural, bushfire prone area of Australia. Even with her 20+ years’ of passion and experience working in safety and…

In safe hands

Regulations and standards keep firefighters safe and provide reassurance that Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is of good quality, fit for purpose and adequately protective. Richard Ballheimer, Compliance Manager at Bristol Uniforms looks at new European PPE regulation, what it means…

Providing aircraft rescue and firefighting services during a pandemic event

The global aviation business was among the first industries to be immediately affected by the recent and ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. Airport Fire and Rescue Services worldwide are working hard to maintain their full operational readiness, enabling the continued movement of…

Researchers received a $1.5 million grant from FEMA to study firefighter occupational exposures to “PFAS chemicals”

Researchers are investigating current exposures to PFAS chemicals, including from aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF) and turnout gear, and their health effects. A growing concern exists in the fire service about exposure to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a group of…

Godiva supplies Prima pump for Medellin Fire Service, Colombia

The Fire Department of Medellin in Colombia has taken delivery of a new water tender, fitted with a Godiva Prima P1B3010 water pump, the first Prima pump in Colombia. The water tender is designed by Accequip and includes not just…

Transitional fire attack prior to making entry.

Using geographic information systems (GIS) and analytics in the fire service

Some of the most important tools for fighting fires include advanced protective gear and state-of-the-art suppression equipment. But in an age of growing communities, density issues and complex urban and rural landscapes, one of the most valuable tools in firefighting…

Operational concerns involving Electric and Hybrid Vehicles at vehicle related incidents – Part 1

One of the largest concerns today dealing with vehicle related incidents revolves around the electrification of vehicles today. We deal with technology concerns in every single vehicle today that we encounter. Passenger vehicles and commercial vehicles. SRS safety systems are…

Use of foam for firefighting in tank farms of the oil and petrochemical industry – Part 1

Tank farm fires in the oil and petrochemical industry do not occur often. When they do occur, it is with devastating consequences and negative publicity. This article will describe the typical incident scenarios and present foam as the most suitable…

The Fire Safety Bill 2020: Will it deliver safer blocks of flats?

The Fire Safety Bill 2020 is the result of the Government’s promise of “implementing and legislating for all the recommendations of the Dame Judith Hackitt Review and the first phase of the independent inquiry.”1 This article examines the key proposals…

The response community is feeling the effects of COVID-19 now and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future

At the very end of December 2019, the World Health Organization office in China received a report about an unknown case of pneumonia. Who would have ever imagined that the report would be the beginning of a global pandemic –…

De-Wipe delivering decontamination to support the ongoing health of key workers across the UK including vital utilities staff at Virgin Media.

Supporting key workers through uncertain times

After fire decontamination wipe manufacturer De-Wipe is thrilled to be protecting the ongoing health of UK first responders and key workers in vital industries such as utilities, construction and transport during the COVID-19 crisis with decon wipes that contain crucial…

Risk-based dimensioning of industrial fire services in the Netherlands
Industrial firefighting is a highly specialised area of incident response and differs in many ways from ‘regular’ firefighting. The involvement of hazardous materials and industrial processes demands more specialised skills and knowledge from the firefighters and sets higher demands on…
Flammable liquids held in a depot, warehouse, production plant or within the supply chain

When a team from the Fire and Rescue Service are called to an incident at an Industrial Premises (such as a warehouse, a production plant, or on a highway or railway), one must consider the presence of materials that could…

Back to basics – The importance of the point man during ground emergencies

Say what you want about ARFF operations but for the majority of my career I have worked at some of the busiest and/or some of the most diverse airfields the military and Department of Defence (DoD) had to offer. Throughout…

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