The Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service has firmly established its Cooperative Learning Centers all over the globe, providing access to tailor-made training with an emphasis on responder safety.

Can you tell the difference between a basic thermal imaging camera and a ‘high performance’ firefighting thermal imaging camera? Ann-Marie Knegt speaks with David Little, CEO of ISG Infrasys.

EXCLUSIVE - Tim Dorsey, Deputy Chief at West County EMS and Fire Protection District reports on a storm system that started to impact north central and central Colorado on September 9-10, 2013.

In a recent fire service exercise, Operation Carnage, West Midlands Fire Service evaluated a new way of flying their quadcopter using the ZEISS cinemizer OLED head-mounted display in order to get a real birds-eye view of the proceedings. 

The New Zealand Fire Service is to build seven new fire stations in Christchurch to meet the known and emerging needs of the city and its communities.

Great Barrier Reef

Coral reef near Lady Elliot Island, taken using the Seaview SVII camera © Underwater Earth/Catlin Seaview Survey - www.catlinseaviewsurvey.com

All fire fighting foams have to some degree or other an unacceptable impact on the environment when released in an uncontrolled or regulated manner. Roger A. Klein looks at the disposal, remediation and lifetime costs of fire fighting foam.

Graeme Day, Fire Service Compliance Manager, Technical Standards and Assurance.

New PPE, new Panthers and new foam – not to mention two aircraft incidents – means 2013 has been particularly busy for Heathrow’s Airport Fire and Rescue Service (AFRS), writes Graeme Day, Fire Service Compliance Manager, Technical Standards and Assurance.

They are already in operation in Bremen (DE), Linz (AT) and Lyon (FR) and the next versions are to be stationed at airports in Riga (LV) as well as Auckland (NZ), Cologne-Bonn and Dortmund (DE). The trucks in question are Panther crash tenders, which have a Volvo engine installed for the first time.

A delivery to Mojave Air and Space Port as well as a new product that delivers increased fire extinguishing capabilities – Ann-Marie knegt catches up with PyroLance president Bill Ballantyne.

The winning fire team from Palermo.

Firefighting teams from many countries have been competing for the title of International Firefighting Team of the Year’ in recent months. The winners were announced during an awards ceremony in Ulm, Germany, on Friday evening, November 22nd. Palermo Fire Department (Italy) was presented as the winner and was able to take the prestigious award home. The runner-up was Botosani Fire Department (Romania), while Mooskirchen Fire Department (Austria) celebrated third place.

Photo by Adrian Pingstone

Revised guidance covers the rescue of authorised persons on site: primary duty for ensuring rescue resources are available rests with the organisation controlling the site of the tower crane.

At FRI International (Chicago) Fire and Rescue met up with Todd Herring, VP Fire Service Sales for Tecgen Xtreme apparel.Tecgen Xtreme apparel supplies a lightweight breathable single layer garment that offers high flame and radiant heat protection. Ann-Marie Knegt decided to find out why more and more fire departments were adding it to their ‘tool’ inventory.

Our market-leading international publication covering emergency response is available to read online.

Lead instructor Jim Grove, and Editor of Fire and Rescue Ann-Marie Knegt.

Lead instructor Jim Grove, and Editor of Fire and Rescue Ann-Marie Knegt.

West Midlands Fire Academy is leading in the study of the effects of wind-driven fires. Ann-Marie Knegt visited the facility and donned fire kit to experience the behaviour of compartment fires.

One guidance document deals with fighting fires at venues where large numbers of the public attend for the purposes of entertainment and the other with fighting fires in places of lawful detention.

Sinisa Jembrih, Zagreb Fire Department (Croatia) together with Boštjan Triler and Primož Štraus from Zavod vizija varnosti report on an impressive international railway exercise that took place in Slovenia.

The Zaventem and Vilvoorde fire services in Belgium are operating on unusual terrain with their new rescue pumpers with all-wheel drive and track traveling device.

Thermal imaging camera technology has dramatically progressed since the first prototypes in 1992. What were initially expensive, bulky, weighty and temperamental pieces of equipment have evolved into essential tools that are small, lightweight and affordable.

Guidance for using and integrating Intelligence / Investigations Function while adhering to the concepts and principles of the National Incident Management System doctrine.

Following the initial presentation of Euro VI models by truck manufacturers at the IAA in Frankfurt, Rosenbauer has now introduce its first low-emission fire appliance  with the latest exhaust emissions technology, the AT-design rescue pumper on an MAN TGM all-wheel chassis.

Rovereto and Schio Fire Departments (Italy) provide the actors for aerial platform video demonstration.

Oise Fire and Rescue department unveils 32-metre aerial platform truck equipped with an Allison automatic transmission at the 120th French Firefighters Congress in Chambéry, Rhône-Alpes.

Mid-October saw the festive handover by Rosenbauer of several new HLFs (structural pumpers) to the Frankfurt am Main Professional Fire Service. The trucks are part of a comprehensive replacement program, involving the acquisition of 19 vehicles, during which the entire HLF fleet will be switched to Rosenbauer ATs by the end of the year.

Wimbledonian, Flickr.

The London Assembly is launching an investigation into the response to a fire on board an amphibious vehicle cruising the river Thames on 29 September.

Warranty stipulates Re-Healing foam will not be restricted due to the presence of organohalogens and will not be banned by regulators or government entities for a range of environmental issues.

Peachland Fire and Rescue Service, located in the Province of British Columbia, Canada, acquired a new state of the art piece of equipment that could help protect the community from structural damage in the event of a future wildfire.

Solberg's Asia-Pacific division has been awarded a multi-year contract by the New South Wales (Australia) Government for the supply of firefighting foam.

New course by UL’s Firefighter Safety Research Institute is the culmination of work carried out under the 2010 Department of Homeland Security Assistance to Firefighter Grant Program.

Watch the amazing video of a firefighter from Fresno Fire Department (USA) who strapped a Go-Pro camera to his helmet during a house fire. He found a little kitten unconscious in the basement while searching the house. Great footage, and the cat is now suitably named Lucky.

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Justin Cozart

Facility to include industrial response training centre and incident response team as well as custom-made response equipment.

81 firefighters died while on duty in 2012 - two fewer than in 2011: heart attacks still the leading cause of death.

Cameras from Orlaco will enable forest wildland fire fighting trucks to scan the terrain and avoid obstacles.

Following a purchase in 2011 Blue Danube Airport Linz has again opted for Rosenbauer with a second Panther 6x6 crash tender.

The most likely cause of the explosion was a gas leak from a ruptured hose which ignited as gas was being transferred to a lorry – SEE EXPLOSION VIDEO

NFPA 350 draft is now open for your input.

US Army research centre offers free online source for first responders that includes tactics, techniques and procedures on mass casualty decon.

Red One Ltd, part of Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service in the southwest of England, will work with commercial customers and rescue/emergency agencies to offer a wide variety of skills and competencies.

They may look similar but the numerical rating of severity of hazards are different in each system - opposite in fact.

The Country Fire Authority (CFA) in Victoria, Australia, conducted extensive body monitoring trials, using the latest technology in order to assess the physical and mental effects of heat stress on firefighters in action. Based on the results the CFA was able to make several essential key considerations for the treatment and prevention of this life threathening condition, writes Peter Langridge, health and wellbeing officer for the CFA.

Enrique Suárez Díaz, bombero del Ayuntamiento de Ferrol e Instructor de Bomberos, expone un sistema de organización para la puesta en funcionamiento de medios de gran caudal (article in Spanish).

Exclusive interview with  The Central Command for Maritime Emergencies - including what happened during the most serious maritime disaster in German waters since World War II.

By John Maczko PhD, Director of OPS Armadillo Hovercraft Rescue & Response Support Unit, Hungary.

The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) confirms the changes to the International Standards and Recommended Practices, Aerodrome Design and Operations (Annex 14, Volume 1 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation) which take effect from 15 July 2013.

The Russian fire service is on the verge of big changes due to the recent adoption of new federal state program Fire Safety in Russia until 2017, which is being driven by the Russian Government.

A new $1.5m offshore emergency response training facility in Newcastle International Airport (UK) is now busy with its first intake of students – Hemming Fire finds out why Offshore Training Newcastle is already promising to be a success both nationally and internationally.

Do you have a view? The UK Civil Aviation Authority wants to hear from you.

ASFP CEO Wilf Butcher welcomed the growing recognition of the role of passive fire protection.

The vital role of passive fire protection in protecting both building occupants and firefighters is highlighted at the Association for Specialist Fire Protection’s AGM, held at the Cabinet War Rooms in London in June.

The equipment will replace the radios lost in the disaster and support ongoing relief efforts in the West community following the devastating fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas.

A team of experts with access to UL’s leading infrastructure, equipment and vast knowledge will collaborate with fire departments and agencies around the world.

Steve Banner visited the Plastisol factory in The Netherlands, where he saw the newly launched Kronenburg MAC CT012 crash tender, which offers a no frills firefighting proposition, especially popular with emerging markets.

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