Q&A: Stewart McMillan from Task Force Tips, one of the pioneers of the modern firefighting nozzle, candidly discusses with Rick Markley the state of nozzle technology and the opportunities and barriers for design in the coming years.

‘An opportunity, not a crisis’ was the underlying theme for the Foam Summit that took place in Budapest, Hungary, IFJ reports.

Ziamatic Corp (Zico) has developed a new way to keep electrical accessories organised and transportable. The new Cord & Adapter Holder, Model QM-CADH was developed especially for use onboard fire apparatus and ambulances.

The Vext Inclisafe provides the driver with a visible and acoustic warning when the vehicle becomes unstable, which allows for corrective action to take place.

Cyber attacks are becoming an ever-prevalent threat to critical national infrastructure (CNI) operators, major organisations, and public safety agencies. So what measures can high-hazard facilities and public safety agencies put in place to protect themselves? The answer lies in virtual and augmented reality technology writes Rob Monroe.

Real‐time monitoring of heat strain in high‐risk workers is now possible through new wearable technology, writes Jose Maria Sanchez de Muniain.

A new flame-retardant cooling vest that integrates small electric fans within layers of man-made fabrics will be available in Europe from spring 2018.

Aeolos, named after the God of Winds, is a new personal transportation unit that uses advanced UAV technology to save lives during large- and small-scale incident response as well as search and rescue operations.

A high-resolution thermal imaging and mapping system for commercial drones is to be launched shortly by Flir.

Wireless connection capability that is being pioneered by Procter & Gamble and Grundfos could be present in all new NFPA fire pump installations in the next five years.

Procter & Gamble is examining a range of technologies covering wireless gauges, fire door monitoring and drones as part of a project that aims to deliver a smart fire system, delegates heard at the NFPA’s recent annual conference and exhibition in Boston, US.

An automatic high-volume hose recovery unit for easy recovery after large-scale incidents has been developed by Hytrans Fire Systems, reports Ann-Marie Knegt.

Retrofittable anode blocks that help prevent corrosion in fire pumps exposed to saltwater have been unveiled by a pump manufacturer.

A free app that offers best practice, safety tips and emergency response information has been released by the NFPA for firefighters, EMS, command staff and wildland fire personnel.

A remote-area lighting system that is certified for use in every high-hazard environment has been launched by Peli.

US Department of Homeland Security reveals innovative solution to protect critical infrastructure from flooding (video available)

Fire Trade Europe is the only directory that is solely dedicated to the firefighting and active/passive fire protection markets.

Cleveland Fire Brigade upgrades its control room to enable operators to securely take 999 calls from the public and communicate with frontline staff via any network or device.

A method to test and certify fire detection systems intended for heavy vehicles has been introduced by RISE Safety and Transport; SP Method 5320 and SP Certification Rules (SPCR) 197.

The MX908 is designed for trace-level detection and identification across a variety of CBRNE and hazmat response missions.

Peli Products, the manufacturer protective case solutions and portable lighting systems, has introduced the rechargeable Peli 3310R and 3310R-RA (right angle) LED torches with powerful performance bringing up to +1000 lumens to Peli’s ultra-compact lights range.

The increasing size of industrial facilities is driving the design of ever more powerful and versatile response equipment; Jose Sanchez de Muniain speaks with Chris Ferrara of US Fire Pumps. 

For those organisations that are concerned about changing EPA fire suppressant regulations, Chemours has now put an FM-200 replacement warranty in action.

The latest version of Tactilon Agnet not only allows police officers and firefighters to communicate with each other securely by LTE, Tetra and/or Tetrapol, it now also offers constant geolocalisation, navigation, group positioning and user presence as well as status displays on the map for commanding officers.

The Leader Group and Tempest Technology have announced a merger of companies.

The US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has released its final report on the 18 February 2015 explosion at the Exxonmobil refinery in Torrance, California.

A portable four-gas monitor that can operate continuously for two years without changing sensors or charging batteries has just been launched by Honeywell.

A live streaming 360° technical rescue search camera will be launched at the Fire Department Instructors Conference in Indianapolis, 24-29 April.

Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) has designed and engineered a bespoke version of the new Land Rover Discovery for use by the Austrian Red Cross. ‘Project Hero’ was presented to the world’s media for the first time at the Geneva Motor Show.

Fire alarm from wireless smoke and smoke/thermal detectors may fail to be communicated.

In a world first a distress alert initiated from a smartphone at sea will autonomously launch a drone from the Irish coastline to search for and locate the casualty. 

The in-built smart technology activates when batteries enter a state of thermal runaway.

Unlike most personal alert safety systems, the new NFPA-complian PASS from Grace Industries does not require an SCBA for its operation – the device can simply be transferred from one piece of protective clothing to another.

A pioneering invention of a Hampshire firefighter will soon be helping to save lives on the high seas.

A clamp that can be adjusted to suit different types of dome lids has been designed by DQE for hazmat responders.

A new Oshkosh 6x6 Striker with a 20m high-reach extendable turret will be unveiled at the 2016 ARFF Working Group annual conference, Frisco, Texas in September.

A new handheld tool can ‘see’ through containers to identify hazmat materials.

New tactical ARFF simulator is designed for ease of transportation.

Austin (TX) Fire Department receives its first large-scale mobile ventilation unit.

Bosch introduces innovative rack-build service for EN 54-16-compliant voice-alarm systems.

Honeywell Analytics is in the process of recalling a number of flame detectors following performance concerns.

Grave defects have been found in the BA equipment of Spain’s CBRN specialists – but how deep does the problem go? George Potter reports from Madrid, Spain.

A portable hazmat and decontamination delivery system from Scott Safety is poised to revolutionise the CBRN response world, reports Jose Sanchez de Muniain.

Does your clean agent fire extinguishing system still meet NFPA 2001? Derek Dahlgren of TLX speaks with Jose Sanchez de Muniain about new requirements that became effective 1 January 2016.

A new range of optical smoke, heat and multi detectors has been launched to great fanfare – so what is all the fuss about? Jose Sanchez de Muniain takes a close look at the Soteria collection.

In the last quarter of 2015 the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program of the US DoD issued a Statement of Need (SON) for the development of fluorine-free foams in place of AFFF for fire-suppression operations.

Scientists from the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa) develop a method for manufacturing fire resistant self-compacting high-performance concrete.

Tyco Fire Protection Products, a fire suppression technologies provider, has introduced the BFV-300 Butterfly Valve. The BFV-300 is now a lighter, more compact design that enables more efficient installation, easier operation and better long-term performance.

CASE STUDY: Over 5km of fire resistant cable has been installed in Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland as part of a significant upgrade to fire protection systems in two of the Lauriston Campus buildings.

CASE STUDY: Fleet managers from blue light operations across the UK have put the first summer tyres with winter capabilities through their paces during a day of intensive tyre testing.

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