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What is the deal with Aqueous Film-Forming Foam (AFFF)? 

Our first clue was when 3M announced that they were phasing out production of PFOA and PFOS in 2000. Per- and Polyfluorinated (PFAS) are synthetic chemical compounds, all very similar and extremely…

Seiz Technical Gloves GmbH – Time to perform

SEIZ has been producing high-quality protective gloves since 1961. The idea to produce gloves with innovative design and new fits was born in an old farmhouse.  To this day, SEIZ has always adapted to growing needs. For example, the company…

Hose Master Mobile from Esteri – The easy-to-move, fully automatic fire hose washing and maintenance unit 

Since Interschutz 2022 in Hannover, Germany, Finnish Esteri Group’s fully automatic fire hose washing and maintenance unit Hose Master has gathered great attention and interest from the visitors.  With dimensions of 2.5 m x 1.2 m x 2.0 m, it…

Wildfires – a time for change 

Increasingly frequent hot summers in the United Kingdom and fewer fire and rescue service resources are beginning to have an impact we couldn’t imagine a couple of decades ago. For those of us who work in the world of regulatory…

Foam transition is not as simple as “Foam Out / Foam In” – it must be assured that all components of the system are compatible with each other. Images supplied by Author / Contributor

Cleaning fire extinguishing systems that have been contaminated by fluorine foam agents

The issue of cleaning fire extinguishing systems that have been contaminated by fluorine foam agents is more complex and requires some explanation, resulting in considerations that must ultimately be decided by every individual system operator. What is the present situation?…

ESKA – Glove professionals from Austria

For 110 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…

Kore Kooler Rehab Chair – Combat heat stress with active cooling

What is heat stress? Heat stress occurs when the body’s internal core temperature rises above its normal level. As core temperature rises, so does the risk of heat stress. Core temperature greater than 39°C is dangerous and can lead to…

Fire Fighter: saving a celebrity in firefighting history

Fire Fighter, the world’s most award-decorated fireboat, sailed into Boston Harbor this June in celebration of NFPA’s 125th Anniversary. This trip was a new kind of ‘rescue mission’ for the fireboat, and the 13-hour, 140 nautical mile trip to Boston…

Partners join forces in network for industrial firefighting in Antwerp port area
The port of Antwerp-Bruges is an economic player on a global scale. Maritime, industrial, logistics and utility activities make a major contribution to the Belgian economy at both local and national level. Companies that orientate themselves on a global scale…
The team attending an unexploded bomb in Kingston where the drone assisted the Police and Army for area assessment and scene safety. Images supplied by Author / Contributor

London Fire Brigade drone capability – from inception to the future

From December 2017 to September 2018 the London fire brigade investigated and implemented a drone capability mainly from recommendations after the tragic events of the Grenfell Tower fire in June 2017. In this time the team and capability was built…

Kıvanç Group – Always ensuring the maximum quality for the final product

Kıvanç Group, established in 1980, entered the protective clothing sector as a pioneer in Turkey. Today being an integrated player in the protective clothing sector (producing FR yarns, fabrics, protective clothing and owning a laboratory) enables Kıvanç Group to not…

Angus Rebel – A revolution in first responder safety 

Firefighter’s personal protective equipment (PPE) comes in various forms: turnout gear including flash hood, helmet, gloves, boots. Yet we all know that should be the very last line of defence. For firefighters in front-line rescue scenarios, scene size-up and risk…

Fitting advice: how to size your crew for turnout gear from head-to-toe

Selecting new turnout gear is a big decision for fire departments. No matter what gear you’re sizing up, it’s critical to properly size firefighters for optimal safety, comfort and performance.  Properly fitted bunker gear is the first line of defence…

Propulsion systems in light vehicles

The propulsion systems that vehicles now carry have to be friendly to the environment and Firefighters must know how to work on them safely in vehicle fires and be able to rescue people with security in traffic accidents. Since that…

The TIC can be used to assess the extent of a hot spot once opened up with hand tools. Images supplied by Author / Contributor

Selecting and using a thermal imaging camera for wildfire – Part 2

A thermal imaging camera (TIC) like any other item of firefighting equipment has limitations. This together with the misinterpretation of the displayed image and the failure to follow standard practices and procedures could result in the inability to identify and…

LANACO – NASA technology for firefighters

The 2019 wildfires in Australia, followed almost immediately by Covid-19 in 2020 led to soaring demand for disposable PPE respirators across Australasia, and then the world. By early 2020 there were none available anywhere as stocks became depleted and importers…

Neptune Aviation Services repurposes regional jets for airtanker role

In 2017, Neptune Aviation Services replaced the last of its tanker-configured former US Navy, Cold War Era P2V Neptunes with a more modern fleet of British Aerospace (now BAE Systems) built BAe 146 regional jets. Neptune acquired the aircraft from…

Donations – An Essential Guide: Part 2

Donations of Emergency Services equipment to the Global South come from all kinds of sources and contain a variety of brands. Donating entities collect whatever they can and bundle goods into shipments that ideally fit the needs of the recipient. …

PFAS waste disposal in the fire service – Part 1
Cement kiln incineration offers an environmentally sustainable solution. Class B AFFF (aqueous film-forming foams) contain fluorochemicals now generically known as PFAS (perfluoroalkyl substances). Disposal of large volumes of PFAS-contaminated liquid waste remains a major problem, as well as potentially a…
The Marshall Fire. Image courtesy of Getty Images Images supplied by Author / Contributor

Era of enduring risk: how insurers can better manage year-round wildfire risk 

There used to be a discrete, four-month span from late summer through early fall, when big wildfires could be expected to flare – a wildfire season, not so different from the hurricane season on the East and Gulf coasts, or…
Carriage and storage of ADR Class 3 within the dangerous goods supply chain 

This feature provides an updated insight into probably the largest ADR category of packaged (and bulk) dangerous goods carried on the British road network – flammable liquids; and, crucially for firefighters, it explains what measures must be in place at…

Cleaning up PPE

Since the pandemic, it has been well documented that firefighters’ personal protective equipment (PPE) needs to be thoroughly and consistently cleaned after use to protect firefighter health. They need to be cleaned of bacteria and viruses such as Covid-19 but…

LION Smoxidiser® Smoke Treatment System – ‘Clean emissions, training after training’

At LION, we believe training should be as practical as possible while providing a real learning experience. However, fire training has an impact on our environment and surroundings. Training with wood‐fueled fire is critical in understanding fire behavior. Because burning…

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