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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder – an acceptable diagnosis?

As a retired fire captain, licensed counselor and founder of Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance (2010) I have been around the fire service for 30 years. It has been my deepest honor to…

NIOSH releases fact sheet on odorant fade

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) released a fact sheet on odorant fade in natural gas and propane. Odorant is a liquid added to natural gas and propane that releases a smell in case of a leak.…

Weber Rescue Systems – Well prepared for every operation with the RIT tool

With the RIT tool, a versatile special device which is part of the E-FORCE series by Weber Rescue, you are well prepared for all application scenarios. As part of the new generation of battery-operated rescue devices produced by Weber Rescue,…

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…

The Portable Scene Light is a bright 5,300 lumen, portable and collapsible flood light that offers a run time of 4 hours when set to high intensity.

Setting the scene

Most of us can walk around our own homes in the dark with relative ease, but when you’re navigating somewhere you have never been before it’s a whole different story – especially if you’re against the clock and lives are…

MSA Bristol: Expert protection from head to toe

The new year marked a new era for two of the most respected and well-established brands in the firefighter PPE industry. MSA Safety, a global leader in the development, manufacture and supply of safety products that protect people and facility…

INTERSCHUTZ USA

As the world begins to reopen, the fire service needs to train and gather more than ever. INTERSCHUTZ USA fills that need, bringing to America what audiences around the world have always enjoyed at INTERSCHUTZ (Germany), a success story that…

Trends in recruitment and retention: factors that impact Volunteer Fire Service staffing

Recruiting volunteer firefighters and EMS providers in the United States is a complex issue because of the number of fire departments and the fact that there is no single model for organizing fire departments. Each of the 50 US states…

Now AFFF is defunct, what’s the way forward?

As fluorosurfactants termed per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) used in firefighting foams since the 1960s are being discovered in drinking water, above safe levels in multiple countries, it’s clear that the use of all PFAS (C6 and C8) firefighting foams…

USAR Team Portugal, loaded basket with equipment ready to deploy.

Getting in service quickly to provide help is the mission; making it happen is the challenge

The fire service today takes on more responsibilities and provides more special services than it did 35 years ago when I started my career as a rookie firefighter. Our fire apparatus, though safer, is much larger and carries more equipment…

Training during and after the pandemic: what some feel may be the new norm

As we started 2020, the pandemic was just getting a grip on the world and it seemed as though everything was coming to a standstill. Most were confused with what the future looked like, and some were not even thinking…

GESA – Global Emergency Services Action

As members of the Emergency Services (ES) community, whether practitioners, consultants, or manufacturing companies, we choose to take on challenges others shy from – because we know those challenges are often a matter of life or death. Still, we know…

Optimising operational efficiency for firefighters with rugged technology

In this feature Hamish Findlay, Public Sector Lead – UK & Nordics, Getac UK Ltd, discusses how rugged technology is helping to solve key operational challenges for firefighters, both on the front line and back at the station. The role…

High-performance pump moves on land, at sea and in the air

The latest innovation by Esteri Group, Finland’s most comprehensive operator in the firefighting and rescue sector, is a high-performance ‘portable’ pump that is also suitable for helicopter transportation. The diesel-powered pump can be quickly transferred to any demanding location, which…

Outthink Wildfire™ is a comprehensive strategy from NFPA that lays out five key policy changes that need to be made at the federal, state, and local levels in the US to end wildfire destruction over the next 30 years.

Outthink Wildfire – Part 1

A bold new plan from NFPA calls for ending the destruction of communities in the United States by wildfire in 30 years. Achieving that goal will require a coordinated effort among all levels of government and the cooperation of residents…
3D technology and firefighter training

The global pandemic is generating changes to our daily lives that no one imagined could happen. One of the consequences of Covid-19 is the need to establish security measures to protect us from infection. Measures such as social distancing and…

Antarctic Fire Angels – Skiing coast-to-coast across Antarctica in November 2023

We are a team of firefighters from South Wales Fire and Rescue Service and London Fire Brigade, and as an all-female team of five – Nakita Ross, Alison Kibblewhite, Rebecca Rowe, Nikki Upton and Georgina Gilbert – we are going…

Illuminating the scene

One of the easiest tasks to overlook at emergency incidents is providing adequate scene lighting. Firegrounds, hazardous material scenes, highway incidents and technical rescue operations all need sufficient lighting to illuminate work areas and add to the safety of those…

Fire-alarm systems: what you need to know about pre-incident planning and response

Responses to fire-alarm activations are common occurrences for fire-department personnel. Having knowledge of building fire-protection systems can make these types of calls less of a burden and make a difference when seconds matter. You do not have to look extremely…

Solar panels charging the battery ensure that a siren works reliably even in the case of a power failure.

Why mass warning and notification systems still need sirens

Mass or early warning systems are becoming increasingly important due to the rising number of natural disasters. The core of a mass or early warning system is the siren – despite modern technologies, sirens are the only component that reliably…

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