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…

Africa Fire Mission

When a wife drags her husband on a weeklong mission trip, an international effort to salvage African fire departments is not usually what follows.

To call the Mathare Valley a neighborhood is misleading. Sitting on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya, it’s densely populated, extremely impoverished, and completely ignored. The official-sounding term for this unofficial community is African Informal Settlement, but most would refer to it as a slum. Almost a century ago in America, it would have been called a shantytown, or Hooverville – a not-so-subtle dig at the president who presided over the Great Depression. No one would imagine any official fire service could reach the narrow and crumbling paths that crisscross Mathare Valley, but from Nairobi – Kenya’s capital – one would expect more.

Ballyclare donates to Argentinian Fire and Rescue Services

Ballyclare is always pleased when we are able to support the fire and rescue community. Over the years we have donated protective clothing to charities and countries across the world to help protect firefighters who often wear badly maintained kit,…

Cardiff Airport celebrates delivery of three Oshkosh Strikers

Tuesday June 28th 2016 was a day the children of Rhws Primary School will never forget, in particular three of it’s pupils who were picked from numerous entries to officially name the recent delivery of the three Oshkosh Strikers to…

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