The UK’s Health and Safety Executive warning follows operating failure of multiple extinguishers during a recent incident.

The International Fire Academy in Balsthal, Switzerland is now offering an intensive training course for firefighting operations in road and railway tunnels in English.

A pioneering new movement that provides practical steps to reduce exposure to contaminants and incidences in cancer is growing in Sweden, reports Jose Maria Sanchez de Muniain.

Following an official tender for delivery and installation of a virtual training system, the Safety Regions Kennemerland and Zaanstreek-Waterland have selected RescueSim as their virtual training tool of choice to further enhance their incident command training courses. 

Following a rigorous tender process, Cambridgeshire FRS has signed a 10 year contract with Bristol Uniforms for the head-to-toe supply of firefighter PPE, including its latest XFlex design coats and trousers, which is planned for a spring 2016 roll-out.

Whirling street dancing, flashing lights and loud fanfare welcomed the fourth generation of one of the world’s most successful ARFF vehicles.

F&R Q2 TASTER: As news breaks out about a new helmet-mounted tic Ann-Marie knegt speaks to halo thermal imaging's James Brooks about how the tool will enhance fire operations.

Rod Carringer

F&R Q2 TASTER: Task Force Tips’ Rod Carringer shares his perspective on nozzle performance with Class A foam solutions in different tactical situations during structural firefighting scenarios.

Fire and Rescue will exhibiting at Interschutz in Hall 27, stand M26. Come and visit us to pick up your 3D glasses so you can see our very special 3D advertisements in this issue. Together with Holmatro (Hall 26, stand H30 and Open-air site FG, stand L12/3) we are also giving away 10 copies of Vehicle Extrication Techniques, written by International Rescue Expert Ian Dunbar.

ASTM International has established a common standard that would enable the evaluation of different organisations’ certifications.

Special Ops teams tackled a collapsed structure scenario. – Copyright 2015 HMN

Several fire departments meet for a series of regional response task force drills.

The Firefighters Support Foundation’s latest training course is now available, addressing the physics of levers, forcible entry tools, residential vs commercial construction, door size-up, thru-the-lock methods, and conventional forcible entry. 

Solberg announces UL and ULC (Canada) certification for its Arctic AFFF and Arctic AR-AFFF ATC foam concentrates.

$9.8m project is the largest modernisation programme for LFB in over a century.

CASE STUDY: Firefighters have been praised for their professional handling of a serious fire at a large Georgian house in Thurnham, near Bearsted (UK), on Friday March 20.

Delegates from around the world gathered in Bristol (UK) to discuss the coordination of the response to international disasters like earthquakes, flooding and volcanic eruptions.

Interschutz is around the corner and Fire and Rescue will be present at the show in Hall 27, stand M26. The next issue of Fire and Rescue will be distributed from our stand, and we invite organisations and individuals to send in editorial for this very special issue.

UL Fire Firefighter Safety Research Institute (FSRI) releases new course - Residential attic and exterior fire hazards.

As the winners of the international Conrad Dietrich Magirus Award, firefighters from Rio de Janeiro fly to New York City to visit the fire department/the 2015 competition begins on March 30: register at www.world-of-firefighters.de.

During the AFOA conference (Dublin January 20-21, 2015) a regulatory update was provided by Neil Gray (Principal RFFS Inspector – Civil Aviation Authority). CAA priorities for 2015 include a transition process that sees in-scope aerodromes moving from compliance with the requirements of CAP168, to compliance with Commission Regulation (EU) 139/2014 (EU Rules).

The 14th annual Airport Fire Officers association Conference held in Dublin in January brought together ARFF professionals from all over the world. Ann-Marie Knegt was at hand to report the highlights of an event that is growing in prestige – and attending delegates – every year.

Spartan Motors through its subsidiary Spartan Chassis, recognised the Detroit Fire Department (DFD) during a celebration on the company’s campus in Charlotte, Michigan for the continued commitment of the DFD throughout the city’s resurgence. Daryl Adams, Spartan’s recently appointed President and Chief Executive Officer, was joined by Detroit Fire Commissioner Edsel Jenkins for a ceremonial presentation during the Pure Michigan Celebration, which resulted in the company donating $10,000 to the Detroit Fire Department.

YDS, a manufacturer of footwear for the emergency services and the military, have been awarded the contract to supply all Welsh firefighters with YDS flame retardant leather Crosstech fire boots.

With 14 aviation rigs and six foam tenders the International Fire Training Centre in Durham Tees Valley Airport is well known in the ARFF world – but it is also gaining a strong reputation in the offshore, marine and industrial sectors. Business Operations Manager Gary Watson spoke with Jose Sanchez de Muniain about all the latest developments.

A BA van or BA unit generally describes a vehicle that is laid out for the transportation and/or rehab of breathing apparatus. Not so in Switzerland, where a BA van is a first-response vehicle that is used as a personnel carrier, writes Dr Holger de Vries, a freelance fire engineer from Germany.

Delivery of the first firefighters' sets of protectivewear is expected to start in March 2015.

ICAO Cat. 9 airport takes delivery of third Panther which brings the combined total of fire fighting power to 33,600 litres of water, 4,700 litres of foam and 1,000 litres of powder.

The downloadable courses have been put together by Leader and EducExpert and are designed to assist in positive pressure ventilation training.

TECHNOLOGY IN ACTION: Units from four different regional fire & rescue services attended to a major ship fire at the fishing harbour at Scheveningen, NL. Report from Stafbrandmeester Robin Jonkman of Amsterdam-Amstelland Brandweer.

Thermal imaging cameras (TIC) for firefighters used to be bulky, expensive and generally unobtainable for small voluntary fire departments, of which the German state of Bavaria has so many. With the latest developments in thermal imaging technology, TICs like FLIR’s K50 camera, have become extremely attractive and affordable, even for small fire brigades. The fire department of the German city of Mühldorf has recently acquired FLIR’s latest thermal imaging camera for firefighting operations.

TECHNOLOGY: The new Firelite Transport FTUHP-400 series ultra high-pressure (UHP) skid unit from Kimtek features the FoamPro Turbo Stream high-energy firefighting system from the FRC Corporation.

OPINION: Fluorochemicals give firefighting foams some amazing capabilities and without them they simply don’t work as well – if at all, writes David Plant, Global Product Manager, Fire Fighting Chemicals, Angus Fire.

Holmatro has launched a new range of compact hand pumps to drive a variety of hydraulic rescue tools during different operations, ranging from vehicle rescue to emergency response. Made of high-grade aluminum and equipped with a fiberglass reinforced handle, the new pumps are lightweight but robust.This makes them easy to carry and protects them from damage.

Fire Aid is a new organisation in the fire and rescue community. It is an alliance of UK non-profit organisations and services, with a mutual interest in providing ethical and sustainable  projects and donations of fire and rescue aid and training, to those in need of such assistance, writes Alf Wilson, Fire Aid Steering Group Member.

Major incidents in one of Britain’s most ruggedly beautiful areas will now be managed from a specially adapted 4x4 Mercedes-Benz vehicle.

Scott Safety, a Tyco business, has acquired ISG/Infrasys, a leader in the design of thermal imaging cameras. 

Airport operator HIAL has launched the first of 20 new state-of the-art fire tenders following a multi-million pound investment.

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.

Barry Alderslade, Deputy Airport Fire manager at London Gatwick Airport.

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.

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. 

Starting next year firefighters can train under realistic conditions in a subway fire simulator at the Hamburg Fire Brigade Academy, writes Nils Schiffhauer.

Re-Healing Arctic AFFF and AR-AFFF foam achieves Underwriters’ Laboratories of Canada certification.

The Fire Service College (UK) and Training 4 Resilience have launched a new collaboration – plus The FSC has also launched a new mobile carbonaceous training unit. John Hall, training director for the College, and Beverley Osborne, senior partner from Training 4 Resilience, outline the exciting new developments.

Leader, based in France, has introduced a new generation of search equipment designed for technical search specialists by technical search specialists. 

The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) has been working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Emergency Nurses Association to establish procedures to help emergency personnel evaluate and manage emergency patients suspected of possible Ebola infection.  

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service has been crowned World Extrication Champions at the world’s biggest rescue challenge competition, the World Rescue Challenge 2014, held from October 9-11, at the Fire Service College, in Moreton-in-Marsh, UK.

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.

Rosenbauer, the leading fire industry supplier, will bring a new generation of its Panther ARFF crash tender onto the market. The latest Panther 4x4 and 6x6 models will make their debut next year at the Interschutz Trade Fair in Hanover, while the launch of the PANTHER 8x8 version is planned for 2017. 

The smallest vehicle in the Ford Transit range, the all-new Ford Transit Courier, has landed a new role with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS).

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