One boat against a hurricane: a Puerto Rico volunteer firefighter response

In September, Hurricane Fiona devastated portions of the Caribbean. Puerto Rico lay in its path, but the island lacked many of the resources to fully protect residents. With water swirling, the Puerto Rico Volunteer Fire Department and their swift water…

Soot, char and ash: more toxic than you think

When you think of charred wood, ash or soot, you might think that they are little more than harmless by-products of incomplete combustion. Afterall, haven’t people cooked their food and kept warm by burning wood in their stoves and fireplaces…

Life-saving inventor commends firefighting heroes

Roger Carr, managing director of the British patent-holding manufacturer Britannia Fire Ltd – and the inventor of the world-leading P50 fire extinguisher – donated a £10,000 cheque, on behalf of The Fire Fighters Charity, to Emyr Gough, group manager of…

The use of a digital fire simulator is a cost-effective and realistic fire-training solution

The use of digital training systems is a new way to train firefighters. It is a safe, clean, and cost-effective alternative to traditional gas-based training. The digital system is a computer-controlled system that uses flame-generation patterns based on training data…

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…

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…

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