Electric vehicle fires on ships

Key points: ν If Felicity Ace enforced similar guidelines to other carriers, requiring EVs to be carried at less than 50% state of charge, are we just seeing modern vehicles burning without the additional fire intensity seen with EV lithium-ion…

Starting the year strong with GESA’s Equipment Exchange

We all know that Emergency Services departments and communities across the Global South struggle to get the equipment they need. Budgets are tight, procurements can be slow and inefficient, and the process for getting donated equipment can take years. At…

Fire Departments stand down on the PFAS front

In Wisconsin, the Kenosha Fire Department stopped using a firefighting foam that contained PFAS chemicals known to contaminate ground water.1 The decision had been made in the fall of 2019. These types of foams are usually used in fighting fuel…

Try LION for a cost-effective and realistic digital fire training solution

From digital, propane to carbonaceous (class A) fire training solutions, the realism of real-life training is a constant factor in training programme development. However, LION observed a rising interest in clean systems to reduce health and environmental risks during training…

Fire Service review – a wise investment

How good is my Fire Service? Without getting a genuinely independent assessment or being able to travel the world and research how other services operate, it’s a hard question for Chiefs or City Managers to answer, because despite fires and…

Creating a better 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…

Sitting in the driver’s seat of a fire truck, you need all the help you can get

The one person that makes or breaks the success of a rescue and/or fire attack is the person in the front seat driving you to the incident. The faster they get you there the faster you can put your training…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

Just Brew-ti-ful: firefighting entrepreneurs serve up 20,000 cups of coffee to Covid-19 key workers

Two firefighter entrepreneurs handed out over 20,000 cups of coffee to frontline key workers during the peak of the coronavirus in the UK and are now gearing up for a second spike in the pandemic. Matt Broxton and Tom Taylor,…

The Search and Rescue Assistance in Disasters (SARAID) response to the Beirut Explosion

Search and Rescue Assistance in Disasters (SARAID www.saraid.org) is a UK Non-Governmental Organisation and charity which has 18 years of experience of mobilising to the world’s worst disasters, namely Sri Lanka tsunami, Pakistan earthquake, Indonesia earthquake, Bad Reichenhall ice rink…

GBA: Unified Industrial Fire Service without management, autonomy in the port of Amsterdam
The sea-port area of Amsterdam ranks fourth in terms of economic significance in North-Western Europe. Cruise shipping, tank storage, waste recycling, Seveso-industry and renewable energy are just a few economic hotspots. Stakeholders in the area have chosen to upgrade safety…
FireTreks – the final chapter

FireTreks has not only provided 10 months of pure adventure but a new outlook on the future of fire-safety design. The journey finished earlier than expected; on my final day in the Bolivian Amazon jungle I woke in my hammock…

Firefighter fatalities: Some positive signs from NFPA

NFPA recently released its annual “U.S. Firefighter Fatalities in the United States” report, which showed fewer than 50 U.S. firefighter fatalities while on duty in 2019, reflecting the lowest number of deaths reported since NFPA began conducting this study in…

US Navy’s Bonhomme Richard Fire: Could autonomous robotic nozzles have averted catastrophe?

On July 12, a fire broke out in a lower vehicle storage area of the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard while docked at Naval Base San Diego. The ship was undergoing a $250 Million overhaul and modernisation. The fire…

Life after the Fire Service

As you start to read this article I bet most of you noticed all the alphabet soup initials after my name. The reason for that is to show you part of what this article is about. When I started in…

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