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Dr Thomas de Maizière, Minister of the Interior, has praised the commitment of the many volunteers working with Germany’s technical civil defense organisation, the voluntary fire service and other relief organisations. According to de Maizière, who is also serving as the patron of Interschutz 2015 in Hannover, approximately 1,7 million volunteers form the backbone of Germany’s civil protection services.

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By Ian Dunbar, Rescue Consultant at Holmatro Rescue equipment. Before joining Holmatro Ian was a Training Officer in the UK Fire & Rescue Service with a background in both technical as well as medical rescue.

Rapid intervention is a term that is often used when talking about extrication. In my experience, it seems to mean different things to different people and is often confused with rapid extrication (the rapid removal of a casualty from a vehicle for medical or safety reasons); something very different in my view, writes Ian Dunbar, rescue Consultant for Holmatro.

Following extensive trials, Warwickshire County Council's Fire and Rescue Service (UK) has become the first UK brigade to acquire the new Paratech ‘Supporter’ Vehicle Stabilisation System from Vimpex. Twenty-five sets were purchased allowing a pair of ‘Supporter’ struts to be carried on all front line vehicles.

Photo credit: Gary Haszko.

Elizabeth is New Jersey’s oldest city and home to and the state’s fourth largest population.  As one might guess, the city has a lot to offer – and that includes many challenges presented to the Elizabeth Fire Department. The department has a very diverse protection district, entailing, among other features, portions of Newark International Airport (in joint response with the city of Newark and the Port Authority). 

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