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It’s all about Trust

Over the course of my almost 30 year career in the fire and emergency services, I have had the opportunity – as a chief fire officer, conference speaker, crisis manager, consultant, and…

NFPA continues its efforts to help communities plan, respond, and recover from active shooter and hostile events

In May, Bloomberg News reported that the number of mass shootings in the United States was down 24% from the year before as workspaces, businesses, places of worship, entertainment venues, and cultural spots were closed. The news outlet indicated that…

Super Vac – Battery saw conversion kits addedto its versatile lineup of battery fans

Super Vac continues to pave the way in the fire industry with its arsenal of battery-powered ventilation equipment. Not only has Super Vac introduced what is being touted as the most versatile battery fan platform, now the U.S.-based manufacturer is…

Streamlight® Inc. – The broadest range of professional torches and lighting tools

Streamlight® Inc., a leading provider of high-performance lighting devices, offers a range of high-quality products built with precision and performance especially for fire & rescue, law enforcement and the military. Streamlight earned their reputation one customer at a time and…

Respondol Viscosity Comparison.

Angus Fire – Respondol ATF – F3 products may not be drop-in replacements, but some do actually, “perform effectively”

Some F3 products, “can be made to perform effectively as an AFFF alternative with proper testing and design” concluded Jensen Hughes’ testing in 2019. With new EU regulations and a proposed ban on C6 by 2025, what does this mean…

OroraTech transforms wildfire detection and monitoring from space

This summer, a record-breaking heatwave in the Arctic Circle has caused wildfires that will leave lasting effects on biodiversity, air quality, and forest health. The European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecast (ECMWF) estimates 100 megatons of CO2 were released…

Vehicle rescue provision – a new approach to rescue

They say that having a near-death experience can change a person’s perspective and that’s what happened to me. In 2016 whilst on a humanitarian training mission in Tajikistan and travelling along the Pamir highway through the Khorog mountains the vehicle…

The evolution of PPE for the world’s female firefighters

Roger Startin, Joint Managing Director of Bristol Uniforms, looks back on the history of female firefighters across the globe and how PPE has evolved to protect them. There are many examples of heroic female firefighters throughout history, coming from all…

Firefighter fatalities: Some positive signs from NFPA

NFPA recently released its annual “U.S. Firefighter Fatalities in the United States” report, which showed fewer than 50 U.S. firefighter fatalities while on duty in 2019, reflecting the lowest number of deaths reported since NFPA began conducting this study in…

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Use of foam for firefighting in tank farms of the oil and petrochemical industry – Part 2

Part One of this article described the typical incident scenarios at tank farm fires and presented foam as the most suitable extinguishing agent together with the firefighting equipment most commonly used. In Part Two we look at foam concentrate proportioning…

New CBRN patrol boat for the Port of Los Angeles

The LA Port Police Boat is one of a new breed of CBRN detection patrol boats. A very fine bow entry is the critical design feature of all the Interceptor model line. Its high-speed rough water performance allows the operators…

Vehicle Extrication – The Next Generation

Vehicle Extrication – The Next Generation is a new book from Rescue Consultant Ian Dunbar in partnership with LUKAS Hydraulik GmbH. Released at the end of June 2020, the 298-page hardcover book provides comprehensive guidance for those involved in the…

The causes of fire fatalities and serious fire injuries in Scotland

Fire fatalities in Great Britain have gradually been decreasing over the last three decades but have now plateaued. This first phase of a research study investigating fire fatalities and serious injuries in Scotland has identified the types of people most…

Operational concerns involving Electric and Hybrid Vehicles at vehicle related incidents – Part 2

The true concern with these vehicles is not extrication but fire. We already have vehicles with a significant fire load without adding in a drivetrain that adds hundreds of power cells of either NiCad, NMHiD or Lith-Ion, pounds of combustible…

Emergency services and accountability

First responders are highly trained individuals who are taught to be observant on the scene of a traumatic event or a crisis situation, but too few of them are taught to manage their own mental health. Being accountable is somewhat…

Crisis planning: Establishing a reserve corps

For months, the world has grappled with a crisis of staggering proportions, the havoc imposed by COVID-19. International travel has been restricted, global trade has ground to a veritable halt, and entire nations have enacted virtually unprecedented countermeasures ranging from…

Battery powered rescue tools

“This is much heavier than our previous equipment”, “And what do I do if I forget to charge the batteries?” “Can I work submerged with it?”, “The casing is plastic, is it stable enough?” Well, the early years weren’t easy…

US Navy’s Bonhomme Richard Fire: Could autonomous robotic nozzles have averted catastrophe?

On July 12, a fire broke out in a lower vehicle storage area of the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard while docked at Naval Base San Diego. The ship was undergoing a $250 Million overhaul and modernisation. The fire…

Public Safety Drones: A Global Perspective

The use of aerial drones in firefighting and public safety are growing much faster than ever before. This trend does not seem to be slowing any time soon, even in the midst of COVID19. When agencies were asked if they…

Interschutz USA

INTERSCHUTZ USA is committed to becoming the most comprehensive show in the United States by providing the world’s best in training, equipment & technology to firefighters, fire rescue personnel and EMS personnel. No one needs reminding that 2020 is an…

Notes from the Fireground – Memoir of a New York Firefighter

In a 33-year career with the New York City Fire Department, Tom Dunne fought hundreds of fires, survived near death incidents, crawled down burning hallways, met unforgettable characters, and witnessed the 9/11 terrorist attack. From working in glittering mid-Manhattan high-rises…

Public alerting system for tower block residents

The tragic events at Grenfell Tower on 14 June 2017, when 72 people lost their lives, has brought into sharp focus the need to improve fire safety for those who reside in medium- and high-rise residential buildings (MHRRBs) in the…

Fire services: Device health is critical for firefighting

The use of technological innovation has always been a big part of a firefighter’s arsenal of tools. From the infrared-based heat sensors to mobile devices, technology greatly improves a firefighter’s ability to both do their job effectively as well as…

Life after the Fire Service

As you start to read this article I bet most of you noticed all the alphabet soup initials after my name. The reason for that is to show you part of what this article is about. When I started in…

Advances in communications and emergency warning technology bolster safety for firefighters and the public

The Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters recently reported that in 2019, 396 natural disasters occurred around the world, killing more than 11,000 people, impacting the lives of 95 million others and costing $130 billion in US dollars.…

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