Hampshire firefighter tackles fatal fires in Bangladesh

A highly-skilled Hampshire firefighter has travelled to Bangladesh to help prevent the scourge of fatal fires that is sweeping the refugee camp – which shelter almost a million people. Fire Protection Officer Richard North flew out this week and will be returning…

The physiologic effects of turnout gear

Turnout gear, also known as thermal protective clothing (TPC), is an encapsulating garment that is typically worn with respiratory protection. These garments protect the firefighter from external heat and flame but the tradeoff when donning these garments is impaired ability…

Why do people find diversity so difficult?

When I joined the Fire and Rescue Service as a firefighter in 1992 – 10 years after women started to do so – I was one of three women that had successfully completed the recruits’ course in Bedfordshire and Luton…

Firefighter set to run for charity – in full fire kit!

West Midlands Fire Service firefighter Simon Shakespeare will be completing the Birmingham 10K run on Sunday 1st May 2016, as well as 3 other running events this year, to raise money for the British Lung Foundation. He plans to complete…

The case for training all responders in preservation of evidence

It is a rare firefighter who, in the excitement of a fire event, thinks of a fire scene as a place filled with valuable forensic evidence. Although we may think of the fire itself as the reason evidence is destroyed…

Head-to-TOE Marine Firefighters PPE

Bristol’s marine firefighter PPE, its Fleet Suit, has been expanded with the addition of compatible helmets, boots and gloves providing a comprehensive head-to-toe personal protection solution of marine firefighters. All garments in the range are certified to MarED standards. Operating…

QinetiQ invites applications for new Firefighter Apprenticeship

QinetiQ is seeking applicants for its newly launched fire fighting apprenticeship at MoD Boscombe Down, Salisbury. The three-year course, one of only four of its kind in the UK, offers the chance to gain valuable qualifications and real-world fire and…

An Internal Size-Up

“911, what’s your emergency?” This simple phrase is heard by thousands of callers, on a daily basis, by people who are asking for an emergency response to some type of crisis going on in their lives. They need assistance, from…

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