The firefighting world turned its attention to the Congress Centrum Ulm in Germany on Friday evening November 21. The winners of the international Conrad Dietrich Magirus Award were announced at a formal award ceremony. The Rio de Janeiro Fire Department received first place and is taking the coveted award home with them. The Absam Fire Department from Austria became second, while third place went to the Lampedusa Fire Department in Italy.
Scott Safety, a Tyco business, announced that it has acquired privately-held ISG/Infrasys, a leader in the design of thermal imaging cameras. The combination of ISG and Scott makes Tyco one of the largest global suppliers of hand-held thermal imaging cameras, and adds another range of products to Scott Safety’s portfolio of life safety products for first responders, military personnel, and industrial workers around the world.
‘Short-chain (C6) Fluorotelomer-based AFFF Foams are neither bioaccumulative nor harmful.’
In this issue of Fire and Rescue you can read articles about the World Rescue Challenge 2014, where we discuss the winners. Eric J Rickenbach argues for more time for assessment during vehicle extrication, while Ian Dunbar defines the difference between rapid extrication versus rapid intervention. In the ARFF training focus, we. feature a new virtual reality training system for Schiphol Airport (Amsterdam) and many other new ARFF innovations.
Top of the game for Gatwick Fire
In the spotlight – exclusive interview: Fire and Rescue speaks with Barry Alderslade, Deputy Airport Fire manager at London Gatwick Airport, about life at the sharp end.
Video: MSA's G1 Breathing apparatus moves key step closer to NFPA certification
Global safety equipment manufacturer MSA Safety has announced that its next-generation G1 Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) has been approved by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) as meeting the requirements of 42 CFR, Part 84, the U.S. standard covering the performance of respiratory protective equipment. NIOSH approval represents a key step forward in the process for third-party certification to the 2013 Edition of the National Fire Protection Association's (NFPA) 1981 and 1982 performance standards for SCBA.
Case study: new PPE requirements for Lübeck Fire and Rescue Service
When firefighters of Lübeck Fire and Rescue Service in Germany are deployed, ensuring their safety is the top priority. Since autumn 2013, the protective clothing worn by its 1,000 firefighters has been providing even higher performance protection following an extensive review, which led to the selection of new garments containing the DuPont Nomex fibre.
Benbecula and Stornoway airports receive the first of a series of new crash tender deliveries for Scottish airports
Airport operator HIAL has launched the first of 20 new state-of the-art fire tenders following a multi-million pound investment.
Safety professionals gather in Cheshire for the RescueSim User Conference
The RescueSim User Conference 2014 saw a gathering of industry, defence and emergency response professionals from around the globe engaging in animated group discussions, interactive workshops and best practice presentations during a packed day programme. Organised by VSTEP and hosted by the Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service at their headquarters and training centre in Winsford, the conference welcomed over 60 RescueSim users from 9 different countries on October 30, 2014.
Accolade presented at All Wales Continuous Improvement Community National Conference
The National Issues Committee (NIC), which is made up of the three Welsh Fire and Rescue Authorities and Services was recognised for its outstanding change and leadership at the All Wales Continuous Improvement Community National Conference 2014 and its inaugural awards ceremony held at the SWALEC stadium in Cardiff.
Peli Products introduces the 9480 Remote Area Lighting System
Peli Products has announced the 9480 Remote Area Lighting System (RALS).
Virtual training in the battle against Ebola
Crimedin, the research Center in Disaster and Emergency Medicine in Italy, has started the Dutch simulation software XVR to prepare medical professionals for deployment in Ebola treatment facilities, which Save the Children Foundation is currently building in Sierra Leone. Crimedin has incorporated virtual reality simulation in an Ebola pre-deployment induction course.
Management failings increase death rates during major fires
Management failings – not badly designed buildings or lack of equipment – are the main reason people die in major fires.
Safe accommodation is protected by smoke heat and CO2 systems
Kidde customer Place Group UK is one of the first private landlords to be awarded the respected DASH Landlord Accreditation in Lincoln. All Place Group properties are protected by hard-wired Kidde smoke, heat and CO alarms with back-up power.
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XVR is virtual reality training software for the training, education and assessment of incident response professionals – fire & rescue, police ambulance and civil defence. XVR is used by schools and training centres, emergency services, industrial companies and critical infrastructure owners in 23 countries worldwide.
Spectrex Inc. is a world leader in optical flame and combustible gas detection, with over 30 years experience in providing solution for the protection of high-risk onshore and offshore oil & gas, chemical and petrochemical sites, including protection of storage tanks, filling operations, aircraft hangars, atria and many other areas where hydrocarbons fires are a concern.
argus® are a division of e2v Technologies Ltd. Since the 1940’s e2v have developed imaging solutions for use in some of the World’s most exciting ventures, from monitoring environmental changes on Earth to helping NASA’s Curiosity Rover detect the elements, which could support life on Mars.
DuPont is the inventor and the world’s largest producer of high-performance materials and solutions with leading world brands such as DuPont™ Nomex®, Kevlar®, Teflon® and Tyvek®, providing personal protection, be it thermal, mechanical or chemical, to over 90 countries.
Solberg is the one-stop resource for firefighting foam concentrates and custom-designed foam suppression systems hardware. With our unique offering of environmentally sustainable fluorosurfactant and fluoropolymer-free foam concentrates, and traditional firefighting foam concentrates, Solberg leads the industry in firefighting foam innovation.
Holmatro Rescue Equipment develops, manufactures, sells and services high-pressure hydraulic, pneumatic and mechanical rescue equipment. With a comprehensive dealer network on all continents, manufacturing plants in the Netherlands (head office) and USA, and sales offices in China and UK, we supply our products and services to fire and rescue organizations all over the world.
Dr Sthamer – Hamburg, has been developing and manufacturing state-of-the art firefighting foams since the 1920’s. Having been founded in 1886 by Dr Richard Sthamer, we are still proudly owned and managed by the Sthamer family. Our base is still at the original site where we started in, on the banks of the Bille River in Hamburg Germany.
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