At the beginning of February the Hong Kong Fire Services Department began operating a mobile training facility from Haagen, a manufacturer of firefighter training products and complete training systems, a cooperation partner of the LHD Group.
VectorCommand, a designer of operational command support software for the emergency services and the oil and gas industry, and VSTEP, developer of emergency response training simulators, have announced an exclusive partnership to integrate their products and offer enhanced emergency response training.
The newly launched Fire Engine No.1 manufactured by German company Renka uses high-pressure water mist to tackle fires, and can be fitted with several replaceable subframes to make it a real multi-tasking vehicle.
Growing concerns* regarding battery fires on board aircraft means a new Technical Standard Order** from the Federal Aviation Administration is imminent. Jose Sanchez de Muniain speaks with Joe Ashton of AmSafe Bridport about why lithium batteries are of particular concern and what can be done to mitigate the risk.
Valve failure due to freezing water caused fatal release of high expansion foam
The results of an Air Force Test Center commander-directed investigation report on the fire suppression system incident that occurred at King Hangar have been released.
Magirus delivers 67 Light Forestry Vehicles to Bulgaria
A second delivery of 67 medium Forestry Vehicles will follow in March under a contract worth 16 million Euros.
A ship lost at sea for many days suddenly sighted a friendly vessel. From the mast of the unfortunate vessel was seen a signal: ‘Water, water. We die of thirst.’ The answer from the friendly vessel at once came back: ‘Cast down your bucket where you are.’ A second time, the signal, ‘Water, send us water!’ went up from the distressed vessel. And was answered: ‘Cast down your bucket where you are.' A third and fourth signal for water was answered: “Cast down your bucket where you are.’ The captain of the distressed vessel, at last heeding the injunction, cast down his bucket and it came up full of fresh, sparkling water from the mouth of the Amazon River.
There are only so many truths in the fire service. One of them is the fact that there are no such things as ex-firefighters. Just like there aren’t any ex-soldiers, ex-cops, or ex-medics. These jobs are very different from most careers because they are dangerous lifestyle occupations. Occupations such as these will require much more of you than the traditional occupations. For example, when you enter this particular type of profession, you will no longer enjoy a healthy separation between your work life and your personal life. This is just one stark reality or truth that must be fully appreciated before entering the emergency responder profession.
Ian Dunbar's rescue blog: working with multiple agencies
With very few exceptions around the world, extrication is not carried out by a single agency. There will usually be technical rescue, medical rescue and police personnel on scene. In addition to this, specialists may also arrive whether this is to isolate electricity, operate heavy lifting equipment, carry out collision investigation or maybe even an air ambulance to evacuate a patient. Having an on-scene working relationship is one thing, but isn't a training or preplanning relationship at least equally important?
IAFC update: Bakken crude oil rail response considerations
The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has issued a safety alert to notify US emergency responders that recent derailments and resulting fires indicate that the crude oil originating in the Bakken region in North Dakota may be more flammable than crude oil from other regions. The IAFC Hazmat Committee and Industrial Section have prepared this briefing for IAFC members and other first responders.
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