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Flawed global wildfire strategy: kicking the can down the road

This year will not soon be forgotten for its devastating escalation of the global wildfire crisis. Unfortunately, 2021 hasn’t been much different from 2020, and in both years we witnessed the compounding…

Seminal research looks at US fire experience since America Burning

‘The striking aspect of the Nation’s fire problem is the indifference with which Americans confront the subject. Destructive fire takes a huge toll in lives, injuries, and property losses, yet there is no need to accept those losses with resignation. There are many…

Hose Master – Revolutionizing the maintenance of fire hoses

Hose Master is the world’s most modern automatic hose-care equipment for fire hoses. It washes, pressure tests, detects holes, dries and coils hoses fully automatically, which saves enormous resources of civil protection. A whole series of key operational innovations reduces…

Gannon Emergency Solutions – How good is my Fire Service?

Fire Services are constantly being asked by authorities to find ways to reduce the cost of service delivery, improve standards and implement cultural and organizational change. Some, like those in the UK, are subject to compulsory government inspections which grade…

All mechanical and thermal maximum values were certified in new condition and after a pretreatment of 20 washes at 60°C (according to ISO 63306N+A).

ESKA – Glove professionals from Austria

For 109 years the Austrian family business ESKA has specialised in the development and manufacturing of gloves. Creating uncompromising protection against heat and cuts, absolute hygiene and careful workmanship by master craftsmen have led to the fact that fire-fighters from…

Vorbeck – HD4 HazMat harness

Vorbeck’s body-worn communications system was designed with the help of HazMat teams who trialled the system in real-world training exercises. Their efforts to provide valuable feedback enabled Vorbeck to develop a high-performance communications package that is ergonomically suited to work…

Streamlight – Turn to a higher power

Leading provider of high-performance lighting devices Streamlight Inc. explains the importance of professional lighting devices for firefighters. Any firefighting mission can be fraught with danger. The potential for a hazardous environment or high-risk situation can be found around every corner.…

Stamping out wildfires

With wildfires spreading across the western United States at increasing intensity and speed, ALERTWildfire wanted to deploy high-quality camera technology in forested areas to help firefighters and the public spot fire ignitions before they burst into fully fledged conflagrations. Because…

Turning pain into prevention

Every year, thousands of wildfires rage across the United States, with a significant number ravaging the West Coast and leaving behind absolutely devastating results. In 2020 alone, more than 58,000 fires burned over ten million acres across the US, mobilizing…

Starting top left and going clockwise. Paddington Rail crash (UK); LPG freight incident, Weyauwega, USA; Gulf rail network route; Grayrigg train derailment (UK).

Major rail incidents – how prepared are you really?

It is true that rail travel globally is officially the second safest mode of transport behind the airline industry (fatalities per billion passenger kilometres – Source: European Union Agency for Railways), but evidence from many major rail incidents has shown…

Belfast City Airport chooses Dräger’s new PSS AirBoss SCBA to safeguard passengers and staff

The Emergency Fire and Rescue team at George Best Belfast City Airport has become the first in the UK to opt for Dräger’s newly launched AirBoss self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), to provide its firefighters and emergency service teams with the…

Haztec International – Lighting and audible warning systems for the emergency and rescue services

British manufacturer Haztec International, is a trusted supplier of lighting and audible warning systems to the emergency and rescue services worldwide.  With lengths from 373mm (15in) to 2.4m (95in) over six separate ranges and a wide choice of components, they…

Firefighting PPE in the mining industry

Paul Gibson, International Sales Manager for MSA Bristol, a global leader of cutting-edge firefighter protection, talks to Matt Campbell, Emergency Services Principal at Rio Tinto in Australia, about the role of Emergency Responders in the mining industry and their specific…

Making the initial RNe response safer… and faster

All of us take things for granted. The light turns on when you click the switch, water comes out of your tap, you can check your social media account on your mobile phone day and night, the trains run on…

Unravelling the International Emergency Services donations pipeline

Donations of Emergency Services gear, vehicles and rescue equipment are a welcome sight to under-resourced departments around the world struggling to provide emergency care. However, despite the best intentions of the donors, there’s often a mismatch between what’s donated and…

Firefighter safety, 30 years in the making

Safety. Comfort. Unless both are built into their protective clothing, no firefighter will be able to perform the tasks demanded of them. But how do you achieve that? For technical textiles specialist Otego, the answer lay in FIRESHIELD, a fire…

Portable hydraulic rescue tools 60 years on

Firefighters, police forces and urban search and rescue teams need the best tools for their demanding jobs. Saving lives and effective extrication is all about functionality and reliability of equipment. Hydraulic-powered tools first came to the fire and rescue service…

INTERSCHUTZ USA – The 2021 edition of the show, taking place in Philadelphia, 13–16 October

INTERSCHUTZ USA is committed to becoming the most comprehensive show in the United States by providing the world’s best in training, equipment and technology to firefighters, fire rescue personnel and EMS personnel. The 2021 edition of the show, taking place…

Thermal imaging: breaking down the scan – Part 2

In Part 1 of our article, we discussed the importance of proper interpretation of the image along with understanding the key attributes of thermal imaging. We also discussed some ‘behavioural problems’ that occur during a scan such as failing to…

Studies will need to be constructed to consider what PFAS-containing firefighting foam does when covering or coating Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Independently tested PPE contained more PFAS in the PPE textiles than as required by National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards according to a recent study.

The blood of firefighters, the first line of defence

Firefighters have been unaware of the toxicity of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) chemicals: although the National Health and Nutrition Study (NHANES) has been testing Americans’ blood for PFAS chemicals since 1999.1 The programme of studies is designed by the US…

The creation of the National Fire Service 1941–1948

Former UK Chief Fire Officer and Editor of Gulf Fire magazine, fire historian and author Neil Wallington provides a snapshot of the times to mark the birth of the NFS some 80 years ago this month. On 8 August 1941,…

Firefighting with foam: approaching the transition to fluorine free

The flammable-liquid challenges that have existed in the high-hazard industries for over a century are still there today. Moreover, they are not going away in the short term, no matter how quickly we can achieve a carbon-neutral world. Foam, in…

Book Review – Catastrophe and Systemic Change

The Grenfell Tower tragedy was the worst residential fire in London since the Second World War. It killed 72 people in the richest borough of one of the wealthiest countries in the world. Like other catastrophic events before it and…

Always-on communication for emergency services

The Middle East is no stranger to natural disasters, even if the types of emergency change over time. For example, increasing climate variability and a fast-growing population crowded into a tiny portion of the region’s surface area, have seen more…

Outthink Wildfire – Part 2
Outthink Wildfire™ is a comprehensive strategy from the National Fire Protection Association 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…

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