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Take that transformation leap

It is exactly 27 years since I joined the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) back in November 1993. While it is not long by the standards of a full career, I have…

Critical fire protection and life safety considerations for safe usage of tents

As states continue looking for ways to safely reopen the economy, many jurisdictions are allowing businesses, specifically restaurants, to open, provided that the seating area for customers is located outside, tables are located at least 6 feet apart, and the…

Just Brew-ti-ful: firefighting entrepreneurs serve up 20,000 cups of coffee to Covid-19 key workers

Two firefighter entrepreneurs handed out over 20,000 cups of coffee to frontline key workers during the peak of the coronavirus in the UK and are now gearing up for a second spike in the pandemic. Matt Broxton and Tom Taylor,…

Bristol Uniforms introduces EOS – Protection, Flexibility, Strength

Bristol Uniforms, a leading designer and manufacturer of protective clothing for the emergency services, has launched a brand new, state-of-the-art design for structural firefighting PPE. Named after the Greek goddess of the dawn, EOS builds on the success of Bristol’s…

Adalit® L5Power on the helmet, with red tail LED to ease user localization in the darkest environments. Adalit® L-3000Power in right angle position at full power 400 lumens.

ADALIT® – Smart lighting solutions

ADALIT® products are designed and manufactured by Adaro Tecnología S.A.. The company descends from the original Adaro & Marin society, founded in 1902 by Luis Adaro y Magro. Adaro produces intrinsically safe portable lighting equipment in its factory located in…

Emergency One (UK) – The impossible, made possible…

On 9 October 2020 the Emergency One Group launched the E1 EV0: the world’s first all-electric, zero-emission fire and rescue service (FRS) pumping appliance. Designed and manufactured at the company’s state-of-the-art manufacturing campus in Cumnock, Scotland, the EV0 (Electric Vehicle,…

The Search and Rescue Assistance in Disasters (SARAID) response to the Beirut Explosion

Search and Rescue Assistance in Disasters (SARAID www.saraid.org) is a UK Non-Governmental Organisation and charity which has 18 years of experience of mobilising to the world’s worst disasters, namely Sri Lanka tsunami, Pakistan earthquake, Indonesia earthquake, Bad Reichenhall ice rink…

Get behind a PGI mask that’s fit to protect

Now more than ever, PPE manufacturers are challenged to design products with enhanced particulate protection. It began with increasing the protection in firefighting hoods to reduce exposure to toxic carcinogens in critical areas like the face, neck and jaw. During…

Eagle Technical Products – The Vulcan Fire Suit – For the most demanding environment

Wearing PPE in extreme climates can present some of the biggest challenges for firefighters. For the past eight years Eagle has been working with key partners to develop a new firefighting ensemble designed specifically for this harsh environment. High UV…

Eco-Camões – First 100% electric and Unmanned firefighting vehicle.

Jacinto – Produces first 100% electric vehicle unmanned

The world is constantly changing, and according to the latest reports on climate change the emission of gases to the atmosphere has a growing importance in the sustainability of our planet. On the other hand, with the growing need to…

Increasing safety at the Port of Miami

Dante B Fascell Port of Miami, or “PortMiami” for short, is the titan of Biscayne Bay. Located at the mouth of the Miami River, PortMiami is the largest and busiest passenger port in the world, and one of the largest…

Raising the bar for Fire Service sUAS (drone) pilots

Your agency recently purchased a small unmanned aircraft system (sUAS), commonly referred to as a drone. The chief assigned Firefighter Wright as the pilot because he professed to have “Hundreds of hours of model aircraft experience.” Firefighter Wright possesses a…

Preparing communities for evacuation – Saving time and exposure to risks

Running a business and living in rural Australia, having just made it safely through our worst bushfire season on record, was due to the hard work, skill and dedication of our fire and emergency services. With a couple of close…

GBA: Unified Industrial Fire Service without management, autonomy in the port of Amsterdam
The sea-port area of Amsterdam ranks fourth in terms of economic significance in North-Western Europe. Cruise shipping, tank storage, waste recycling, Seveso-industry and renewable energy are just a few economic hotspots. Stakeholders in the area have chosen to upgrade safety…
Fire suits need to be properly laundered to ensure they are cleaned of any harmful substances, such as particulates, chemicals and asbestos.

Five ways to protect firefighters from harmful particulates

Firefighters know that there are many more risks to their health than fire and heat exhaustion; the dangers of cancer-causing particulates have never been in sharper focus in firefighting than they are today. Indeed, as a sector we are becoming…

Airplane fires

From a Captain’s perspective, there are challenges flying an aircraft and managing a fire but flight crew are equipped to deal with these scenarios. In 1991, a Canadian aircraft crashed 10mins after takeoff due to an uncontrollable fire. After approximately…

Fire and Emergency Responder training during pandemic times and beyond

As a result of the pandemic, we have seen a ripple effect on the global economy affecting industries like Oil and Gas, Hospitality and supporting industries including safety training centres like ISTC. When the Covid-19 outbreak became apparent, back in…

Optimising workshops

This article discusses best practice in equipment maintenance workshops within fire stations. It addresses fundamental workshop design and how it can be used to help reduce firefighters’ exposure to carcinogens, contaminants and other infections, thereby improving safety of crews. Equipment…

FireTreks – the final chapter

FireTreks has not only provided 10 months of pure adventure but a new outlook on the future of fire-safety design. The journey finished earlier than expected; on my final day in the Bolivian Amazon jungle I woke in my hammock…

If you wear your little sleep as a badge of honor you won’t be wearing it for very long.

Directives for firefighter wellness: Making the best job a healthier one

The hefty goal of this article is to eliminate chronic disease from the fire service – disease caused by unhealthy lifestyle behaviors. The UFF Directives for Firefighter Wellness spare you the details without sparing you the depth. If firefighters adhere…

Should firefighters think differently when it comes to drone use?

Numerous international case studies exist highlighting the innovative use of drones to aid the tackling of fires and searches for missing people. High profile incidents such as the Notre Dame cathedral blaze, in which drones were used during the fire…

Tackling the post-fire clean up and the hazards of hazardous waste

While the immediate impact of any fire will be devastating, it is the way an organisation responds afterwards which can make a real difference to future business continuity and recovery. From post-fire clean-up and decontamination, to disposal of hazardous waste…

The hazards of Oxygen, oxidising agents and organic peroxides

For the firefighter, and emergency services understanding Oxygen, its properties and those of its compounds is vital. In order for a fire to ‘take hold’ there must be Oxygen to feed the flame [reaction]. In a fire incident, smoke may…

Wise networking

There’s an old adage that says, ‘no news is good news’. But when disaster strikes, that’s not always true. Communication is key to any relationship and effective communication skills are important for any business, leadership, team or even within interpersonal…

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