The Cayman Islands Fire Service – The challenges of succession, transition and ambition

During a visit to the Cayman Islands I was invited to meet the Islands’ Fire Service staff by the Interim Chief Fire Officer Paul Walker and given free access to learn about the Service’s ambitious plans and aspirations. In this…

Providing aircraft rescue and firefighting services during a pandemic event

The global aviation business was among the first industries to be immediately affected by the recent and ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. Airport Fire and Rescue Services worldwide are working hard to maintain their full operational readiness, enabling the continued movement of…

Supporting key workers through uncertain times

After fire decontamination wipe manufacturer De-Wipe is thrilled to be protecting the ongoing health of UK first responders and key workers in vital industries such as utilities, construction and transport during the COVID-19 crisis with decon wipes that contain crucial…

Any test probe can tell the difference

In Austria and Switzerland, mask manufacturers have announced changes in the cleaning process. Allow us to introduce some Alpine pioneers. Firefighters on assignment have a pretty clear dress code: PPE and respiratory protective equipment when necessary. In the Swiss canton…

Wipe it off, don’t take it home – dealing with toxic soot on-scene

The fact cancer is now the leading cause of death amongst firefighters globally owes principally to the toxic carcinogens produced during fire being absorbed through the skin. Fire departments worldwide must now address this burning issue by incorporating fit-for-purpose decontamination…

All-consuming fire safety

As part 2 of the Grenfell Tower Public Enquiry gets underway, many members of the Fire Safety community are asking themselves: How did this happen? And how can we prevent it from happening again? Of course there are many technical…

Service provision heightens return of private fire services

The primary task of a private fire service is to protect the company’s assets and the continuity of the business operations. Extra services can be added to that base task, which will increase the return of the private fire service.…

25 Years of the AT – Rosenbauer’s most successful vehicle family

AT – the acronym stands for Advanced Technology and a success story spanning three generations. Twenty-five years ago, the Rosenbauer AT first saw the light of day, giving a resounding answer to the question of what a powerful, reliable and…

Search and Rescue dog Diesel wins ‘Animal of the Year’ award

SFRS Search and Rescue dog Diesel has been awarded ‘Animal of the Year’ at a ceremony recently held in London. Diesel, a 10-year-old springer spaniel was bestowed the accolade at the International Fund for Animal  Welfare awards. Hosted by TV…

Firetreks – The journey so far

Five months into my journey and I have explored three wonderfully unique countries in South America as part of the FireTreks project. I began FireTreks to gain a greater insight into fire safety across the varied environments South America has…

Cancer – The current epidemic in the fire service

More firefighters have been diagnosed with cancer in the last two years, then in the previous 10 years combined, sadly, one in three firefighters will die of cancer. With a minimum of nine Group 1 carcinogens in all fire, the…

Wildland fire command and control

Wildland fires in California have quickly made its way to being a household conversation year-round. 20 years ago, wildland fires in California were not being discussed as much because there was a traditional fire season that these fires burned in,…

Master stream strategies for industrial facilities

Municipal fire departments that have large industrial facilities within their protection area are faced with both significant challenges and tremendous resources. The challenges may include large quantities of flammable liquids and explosive materials, hazardous chemicals, located in hard to access…

A day in the life of a Columbia Helicopters’ firefighting pilot

Columbia Helicopters, Inc., (Columbia) based in Aurora, Oregon, USA, has been fighting wildfires for 52 of its 62 years in operation. Beginning with a Sikorsky S-61 carrying multiple water buckets, Columbia quickly became an industry leader in heavy-lift helicopter firefighting…

FireTreks – Knowledge sharing with the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE)

For any industry, data and how we harness, process and share it, is key to developing procedures that can help to prevent the loss of lessons learnt. FireTreks aims to support the IFE in their mission to gather and share…

Woman reunited with firefighters who saved her life 24 years ago

A woman who was rescued from a house fire on her first birthday has been reunited with the firefighters who saved her life. Jade Broderick was lying lifeless in a cot when a firefighter entered her blazing bedroom at her…

The decline of the suburban American paid-on-call fire service

For generations, the American paid-on-call firefighter has faithfully stood as a civic sentinel, tirelessly safeguarding the wellbeing of an ever-growing nation’s citizenry. At the behest of a pager’s shrieking siren, and with nary a pause, these brave men and women…

International collaboration is never the wrong answer…

As the UK draws closer to an uncertain Brexit, the prospect of many existing international partnerships surviving is starting to seem less likely. The UK’s automatic inclusion in many of the international programmes and research activities it has previously enjoyed…

Fire service reform – A global issue

In 2014 I received an enquiry from a man claiming to represent a large corporation in Mexico. He wanted me to review and evaluate a fire department in the city of Culiacan, Sinaloa. Some of your readers might already think…

Piper Alpha and 30 years of explosion software modelling development

Piper Alpha is always there, always at the back of your mind. It led to the creation of offshore regulation and standards that have been accepted around the world. “The challenges that face us today are different – how to…

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