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…

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…

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