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).

The World Rescue Challenge 2014 was held from October 9-12 at the Fire Service College at Moreton-in-Marsh, UK. Organised by the World Rescue Organisation, the event hosted teams from over 30 nations simultaneously. Fire and Rescue was there and here you can see an overview of some of the highlights.

Manchester Airport’s Fire Service has officially unveiled six brand new state-of-the-art Oshkosh Global Striker vehicles, supplied to the airport by Oshkosh’s UK distributor Terberg DTS, as part of a £4.2million investment into the airport fire operation.

Solberg’s annual fire fighting foam fire school event declared ‘a big success’.

UK Department for Communities & Local Government and Chief Fire & Rescue Adviser release generic risk assessments.

Cold Cut Systems announces collaboration with the Fire Service College and Northamptonshire Fire & Rescue Service.

The US Chemical Safety Board seeks clarification in the Emergency Response Guidebook.

Megatron, a dealer for the Bobcat and Doosan ranges of equipment in Bulgaria, has won an order for 70 Bobcat 3400D multi-purpose utility vehicles from the Chief Directorate Fire Safety and Civil Protection for the Ministry of the Interior in Bulgaria.

On a dark night, just outside a small town, a fire broke out inside the local chemical plant. Before long it explodes into flames and the alarm goes out to fire departments from miles around. After fighting the fire for over an hour, the president of the chemical plant approaches the incident commander and says: ‘All of our secret formulas are in the vault in the centre of the plant. They must be saved! I will give $50,000 to the engine company that brings them out safely!’

Fire brigades from seven different countries are in competition to win the international Conrad Dietrich Magirus Award. Votes can be cast at www.world-of-firefighters.com and the winners will travel to the Fire Departmentof New York (FDNY.

Three specially-designed Rosenbauer vehicles were put into operation at the Merck company in Germany. One universal pumper with a Stinger extinguishing arm has been stationed at both the Darmstadt and Gernsheim locations, and Gernsheim also received a B42 hydraulic platform. 

Plans to lock out striking firefighters, preventing them from returning to work after a strike, have been voted down by the London Fire Authority.

The city of Tianjin is a costal metropolis in the north of China, and with a population of more than 14 million people, it is the fourth largest city in China. In January 2014, a major fire broke out at the CST Tyre factory. The company CST is specialised in the production of tires and other rubber products. A HydroSub1200 (HS1200) was delivered to the Tianjin Fire Service in 2011, and was deployed to feed approximately 10 fire trucks simultaneously during the fire.

DuPont recently put its new Nomex 3DP fabric to the test on DuPont Thermo-Man. Over 60 firefighters and industry professionals were invited to witness the results at an exclusive event on the site of TOTAL Bitumen in the industrial town of Brunsbüttel in Germany. Hosted in conjunction with the German association of safety engineers (VDSI), the event saw DuPont demonstrate the latest Nomex solutions and put each garment through its paces.

Pierce Manufacturing (Oshkosh company) has delivered one of its Velocity pumpers to Prince George’s County, Maryland Fire/EMS Department (PGFD) in Largo, Maryland. Nicknamed ‘Courage’ through a contest conducted through the department’s social media outlets, it is one of six Pierce apparatus recently purchased by the department.

The DFW Airport Fire Training Research Center (FTRC) has undergone a complete 21st century transformation in the way Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighters (ARFF) train, writes Michael Foster, Assistant Fire Chief/Training.

Falck Risc to open its new LNG training centre at the Maasvlakte in the Netherlands.

Pierce Manufacturing has supplied four Velocity pumpers and one 105-foot heavy-duty ladder.

Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) in the UK has conducted a bulk foam exercise in order to test new equipment now capable of dealing with a major incident in the area, writes James Bladon, Corporate Communication Manager, AF&RS.

West Midlands Fire Service is developing 999eye as an interim step into the digital future, explains Matt Wroughton, Emergency Response, Technical and Operational Support Directorate, WMFS.

An increase in the use of lone workers by Dorset FRS in the UK drove the service to assess associated risks and examine technology that could reduce those risks. Jose Sanchez de Muniain spent a day with hydrant technicians and home safety advisors seeing at first hand why a solution was necessary.

Jacob McAfee, Assistant Chief at the USAF Plant 42 Fire Department in Palmdale, California, USA, higlights the challenges confined space rescue responders face and how to tackle them.

The International Association of Oil & Gas Producers issues a safety alert following a fatality in May in a construction/rig repair yard in Singapore.

Fire and Rescue speaks to Salvatore La Sala, the Team Leader of the International Firefighting Team of the Year from Palermo, which won the coveted Conrad Dietrich Magirus Award. The firefighters from Palermo rescued 15 people from a collapsing building. In May they travelled up to New York to visit the FDNY for a trip of a life time.

Jean-Thomas Bilodeau-Fortin from the Quebec Emergency Management Organisation highlights how the authority restructured its wilderness rescue operations so the vast province is now covered for response to the most remote areas.

Edward Sheppard from Bristol Uniforms.

Edward Shepherd, Service Operations Manager for Bristol Uniforms, emphasises why having clean fire kit is so important, and how firefighters can protect themselves from the consequences of coming in contact with ultra fine particulates.

In December 2011, Newcastle-Under-Lyme Borough Council was fined for endangering people's health after carbon monoxide leaked from a gas boiler at a community centre. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted the local authority after firefighters found extremely high levels of carbon monoxide escaping from the flue in the loft and evacuated the building. Sections of the flue had come apart and the potentially lethal gas had built up and started to flow through an open trapdoor into a storeroom off the main hall.[1]

Rosenbauer's new Safe Grip 3 set of gloves provide heat and flame resistance for firefighting operations, while the new Rescue II set has been designed for technical assistance purposes. 

The International Fire Relief Mission and Emergency Ministries will work together to address firefighter mental-health stressors in developing countries.

Dr Dave Sloggett reports on the unique and challenging environment in which the fire and rescue team based at Stansted Airport (London) in the United Kingdom operates. Not only is the airport FRS geared for receiving the most prolific people in the world, the team is also extremely well geared for dealing with plane hijackers.

Duane Kann, Fire Chief, Orlando International Airport

An estimated 55% of aircraft incidents happen off airport property and regardless of whether these incidents occur on airport property, multiple agencies and fire departments may be involved and a coordinated.

Official UK statistics reveal fire deaths fallen by 40% in last decade - 5% fewer deaths than last year continue the trend.

As presented by Kurt N. Schwartz, Undersecretary for Homeland Security and Emergency Management in the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS), Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, during NFPA 2014 Conference and Expo.

Today’s firefighters attend an increasingly complex range of scenarios.  Whether it is small house fires, flood and water rescues, car accidents or tackling large industrial fires, firefighters need turnout gear that both protects from heat and flame and is comfortable to wear.  But what exactly do firefighters look for in their turnout gear?

Scott Safety has now announced the launch of a new range of breathing apparatus. The new range aims to provide ultimate comfort, reliability and performance for professional fire services and complete protection for firefighters and others needing IDLH protection working in the oil and gas markets around the world.

Last week Magirus, based in Ulm, Germany, launched a multitude of new innovations as part of the celebrations of its 150-year existence. Hemmingfire will be revealing all these new products over the coming weeks as well as in Fire and Rescue magazine Q3 with a full report. One of these new developments was Magirus Aircore, a high performance turbine for firefighting operations.

The Metropolitan (Metro) Fire Chiefs Association, a section of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) held its 2014 annual conference in Baltimore, Maryland May 31 – June 5. 

Smeal Fire Apparatus has announced that is has acquired the assets of LTI, including LTI ladders, platforms and tractor-drawn aerials, Squrt and TeleSqurt boom-ladders and Snorkel articulating aerial platforms.

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