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Service and sacrifice – it’s in the DNA

Here we are mid-winter 2021 and I can’t help but to think that, under normal times, we would be focusing the bulk of our time on operational policy and strategy – i.e.…

Evidence-based recommendations for structural firefighting now available in NFPA 1700

In 2014, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) received a new standards project request from a retired Kansas City, Missouri fire chief asking for the development of a guide that filled the gap between the fire-science community and the fire…

Training Specialties, Inc. – Who are they and what can they do for me?

Training Specialties, Inc. (TSI) is a collective of Emergency Response Professionals who have been in business since 1997. Originally starting out as a new-delivery fire-apparatus trainer for several notable companies, TSI has become a verified and strong industrial emergency response…

Ruth Lee – Feeling the heat during training – manikins with thermal-imaging capabilities

You may already know award-winning manufacturers Ruth Lee Ltd for their range of rescue-training manikins, but did you know they have recently brought a new product to market, which allows you to give one of their manikins instant thermal-imaging capabilities?…

Three fans on the platform aimed towards the staircase. In the back, the inlet opening can be seen.

PPV as a support for firefighting in subways

Positive pressure ventilation (PPV) fans are widely used by the fire service during firefighting operations in buildings. Fans are positioned to create a flow through the enclosure. This flow can remove the smoke after the fire or affect the direction…

Eagle Technical Products – Kermel CoreFX provides EXTRA TIME

One thing that is key for a firefighter is time. Time to get out! Core FX is designed and tested to give this protection – EXTRA TIME. Kermel’s new CoreFX fabric is a high-performance solution for fire suits. It is…

Weber Rescue – E-FORCE battery tools for more speed and flexibility

Weber Rescue Systems is proud to present a new series of battery-driven rescue tools. The next generation of E-FORCE tools benefit from new and innovative technical features for even more efficient use. The two most significant improvements are the new…

Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors – Empowering the burn community around the world

Phoenix Society serves burn survivors, loved ones, burn-care professionals, researchers and anyone else committed to empowering the burn community and building a safer world. Survivors helping survivors Our seeds were planted when Alan Breslau, a burn survivor of a 1963…

Fit for action

Roger Startin of MSA Bristol looks at the importance of high-quality, well-fitting PPE and how to achieve the correct size and fit. When it comes to good-quality PPE, the key elements for keeping firefighters safe are fabric, design and fit.…

Types of vehicular stabilization

Due to new technological advances in automotive engineering, both mechanical and electronic, and with the incorporation of new vehicle propulsion systems (GNC, LNG, Autogas, hybrids, electrics and hydrogen) we have to constantly update our knowledge to ensure, as far as…

ADALIT – Introducing new smart lighting solutions

ADALIT is a well-known and established international brand, designed and manufactured by Adaro Tecnología S.A. in its factory located in the north of Spain. With more than 100 years of manufacturing experience, ADALIT produces and delivers fit-for-purpose, intrinsically safe smart…

The Beirut explosion: an inconvenient truth for the industry and authorities

The devastating explosion in the Beirut harbour area was a dramatic wake-up call for the industry and (port) authorities worldwide. The cataclysmic event strongly proves the need for proactive risk management regarding large-scale storage of ammonium nitrate and other extremely…

How to choose structural firefighting gear that reduces the impact of heat stress

A firefighter needs to evaporate about 1 litre of sweat per hour to be able to regulate their body temperature when being exposed to extreme heat.* The human body is designed to function within a very specific temperature range –…

Post-traumatic stress disorder killed our firefighter… or did it?

This article is not to diminish the effects of post-traumatic stress on our brothers or sisters but to bring about an awareness that many issues play a role in the lives of our first responders. A role we, the fire…

Using high quality Class A foams, firefighters can create temporary protective blankets of protection on homes, vegetation and other surfaces, improving firefighter safety by giving them additional time to focus on active parts of the fire.

Despite advantages of using Class A foam to battle wildfires, use is down – that needs to change

The frequency and intensity of wildfires is on the rise around the world, and companies in the fire-safety industry are working tirelessly to introduce new, technologically advanced products that will help firefighters to better contain and put out these fires.…

Today’s personal protective envelope for motorsports response – Part 1

Ever since the late 1990s when hybrid vehicles took to the streets globally, we have watched their slow progression into the field of motorsports, from Formula 1 to World Endurance Championship (WEC) to now having their own open-wheel series, Formula…

Covid will not stop the fire service

The Covid pandemic has made a mess of the fire service worldwide. I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know. Fire departments are reeling from the inability to raise funds, they are feeling the impact of not being able…

Organizational success for your next target hazard

As everyone across the world is watching, we are just past 12 months of dealing with Covid-19 as a global pandemic, the question should be asked ‘What’s next?’ While we may not be able to predict everything that could possibly…

Recommendations to reduce fire fatalities

From the previous phase of this work a number of recommendations were made to reduce fire fatalities. These were assessed to identify their potential effectiveness during a review of Fire Investigation reports. The review resulted in further recommendations and a…

Comparing the two types of fire service TICs: Situational Awareness vs Decision Making.

Thermal imaging: breaking down the scan – Part 1

Firefighters must be trained to properly evaluate fire incidents based on training and by incorporating thermal data to enhance their strategies and tactics on the fireground. A thorough understanding of fundamental building construction, fire behaviour and thermal imaging combined will…

The growing use of the drone supported by the international association IEDO

For several years, the drone or UAS has been integrating firefighters and police teams into their public safety mission. Since 2017, this drone technology has saved more than 500 people. The non-profit association IEDO, International Emergency Drone Organization, brings together…

The stigmatization facing first responders

In 2020, first responders were cheered, revered, heckled and jeered. The intensity of the year has brought about change and review of the policies and procedures surrounding first responders. While a majority of the turmoil surrounded those who serve as…

‘To Serve and Be of Service’

The fire service has changed dramatically over the course of the past 50 years. In the 1970s, we focused our collective attention on fire suppression. In the 1980s, hazardous material response was our priority. In the 1990s technical rescue was…

Fitting in

Many of the nearly 94,000 women firefighters in the United States are forced to use gear that doesn’t fit them properly, which puts them at higher risk of injury. A new project addresses the problem. At the fire department serving…

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