New ultra-wide band radar technology saves lives at disaster scenes

Disaster scenes are chaotic and noisy, with rescue teams climbing over collapsed structures, feverishly working to find survivors. Technology can play an important role in the effort, whether the structural collapse is due to earthquake, human-caused disaster, flood or tsunami,…

Hampshire, UK firefighter deployed in Bangladesh diphtheria crisis

A highly skilled Hampshire firefighter has been deployed to help medical efforts to combat a diphtheria outbreak in Bangladesh. Watch Manager of the Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) team at Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS) Simon Forster is one…

Hampshire UK Establish Elite Firefighter Hub

A hub of elite firefighters trained to deal with disasters from earthquakes and tsunamis to terror attacks and mass explosions is being assembled in Hampshire, UK. The crews will be based at Eastleigh Fire Station which will have 15 specialist…

Hampshire firefighters crowned national USAR champions

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service crews have been crowned national champions for having the best Urban Search and Rescue team (USAR) and best trauma team in the country. The six-man USAR group won twelve trophies leading the field in the…

Training for Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) in the UK

USAR in the UK Fire and Rescue Service (FRS) has undergone some dramatic changes over the last few years. Given that the formal introduction of the capability didn’t start until after the events of 9/11, the capability has never truly…

Teamwork in rescue – fire, USAR and the right equipment

In the aftermath of events such as a factory explosion, earthquake, or a terrorist bomb, man-made structures are often reduced to rubble piles, sometimes of immense dimensions. For victims trapped deep inside, their rescue depends on the actions of firefighters…

World’s top firefighters go for gold at rescue ‘Olympics’

The world’s top teams will be showcasing their skills in Hampshire this week at what has been dubbed “the firefighter Olympics”. The UK Rescue Organisation (UKRO) 2016 Challenge will see the best teams showcase their skills as the service throws…

New Zealand USAR advances their technology capability

The USAR capability in New Zealand falls on the shoulders of the New Zealand Fire Service. Their taskforce has a pool of 210 people sourced primarily from NZFS personnel both career and volunteers. The early days of USAR back in…

Tactical Developments in USAR Coordination

Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) procedures and techniques have been honed over many years drawing on user / rescuer experiences of tragic events such as earthquakes and typhoons, tsunamis and tornados, as well as man-made crises such as urban terrorist…

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service standardises on GIS software from Cadcorp

Having successfully rolled out a Cadcorp corporate GIS last year Essex County Fire and Rescue Service (ECFRS) is now adding specialised desktop GIS software for resource planning and performance reporting. Tracy King, GIS Officer at ECFRS, describes the rapid progress this…

New ultra-lightweight, compact combi tools by Holmatro: the 5111/5117 series

Lower weight, smaller size, high performance: These are the main characteristics of our new combi tools for rapid intervention in vehicle rescue or use during USAR and other emergency response operations. You can choose between hand-, pump- and battery operated…

Urban Search and Rescue Capability

The Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) capability for England and Wales was introduced through the New Dimension programme in 2004 in response to the terrorist attacks which took place in the USA on 11th September 2001. This programme has now…

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