In the last F&R issues relating to non-technical skills were highlighted. In the second installment of the ARFF training series Zoltán Szilvási focusses on core technical elements.

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A firelighter’s profession is to protect lives, property and the environment of our community, but who protects our firefighters? Kellie Murphy from Auto Extract Systems reports on how vehicle emissions extraction systems can help save lives.

Many countries have specialized operational units for responding to major structural collapse incidents, universally known as Urban Search and Rescue teams. Fully operational and equipped USAR units exist in 20 European countries, two in the Middle East, two in the Pacific region and four in Asia, and in the USA there are 28 Task Forces located around the country. writes George Potter.

In this first installment of a two-part series on cooperation between flight crew and fire crew, Zoltán Szilvási addresses non-technical-skills, including communication, decision making, leadership, and the associated regulatory training issues.

A rapid response to any fire is vital, but this is especially so at a motor racing or rally circuit where fuel and speed create a highly dangerous scenario. For this, the rapid deployment of firefighters and equipment is of paramount importance,  writes Olaf Hempel, Sales Director, Advanced Firefighting Technology (AFT).

European Society of Emergency Medicine (EuSEM) endorses algorithms calling for empiric treatment of smoke inhalation victims in the emergency room and at the scene.

Mott MacDonald has been named building services design engineer by China State Construction Engineering (Hong Kong) Ltd for the development of the new Fire Services Training School (FSTS) in Tseung Kwan O, Hong Kong.

Equivital, the brand for mobile human monitoring solutions for hazardous worker applications, has been involved in a national research study in Australia, investigating how best to manage heat stress in Australian firefighters. The study was devised to demonstrate how early warning of the onset of heat related injury can be given by wearing the state-of –the-art Equivital EQ02 LifeMonitor during firefighting operations.

The new compilation is now available on CD-ROM.

As a long term contributor and advocate in fire rescue industry, Acting Chief David Michaels of the City of York Fire Rescue Services in York, Pennsylvania has seen an important need to protect firefighters from the dangers of exposure to the cancer causing components of diesel exhaust in a fire station. Due to this hazardous exposure found within the fire station, unfortunately, firefighters are in a high-risk group of getting cancer.

Miquel Moita is a fire instructor with the Portuguese Air Force.

The ARFF Services of Afghanistan's airports and airfields have been controlled by foreign military or civilian personnel since 2001 – but that’s all about to change, writes Miquel Moita.

Bristol has designed ground breaking firefighter PPE for use by members of fire crews using motorcycles to gain rapid access to fires in congested or remote locations where normal fire response vehicles would have difficulty gaining access.

To combat the effect of budget cuts, brigades are increasingly finding innovative ways to ensure their communities continue to receive the best possible service, reports Ann-marie knegt.

The team approach to road traffic collisions does not just apply to cars, but also to trucks. Whilst the approach is the same in terms of the pre-determined phases, the process is far more complex, requiring more knowledge and equipment, writes Ian Dunbar, rescue consultant for Holmatro.

 

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How bad are engine exhaust fumes for your health? Dr. Roger Klein explains the consequences for the industry, based on the recent report published by the WHO.

Picture this scenario: a car has gone through the wall on the 4th floor of a parking garage and is precariously balanced on the edge, the occupants – a mother and a two-year-old toddler – are still trapped inside, writes Irakli West, Northern Europe Regional Manager for Paratech.

At the FDIC in Indianapolis Kenbri Fire Fighting’s range of cribbing systems attracted a lot of interest – Ann Marie Knegt went over to find out why.

Our commercial manager Kelly Francis visited the Only Essex Stunt Show where she saw this US fire truck driving round on two wheels. We sincerely hope that this way of driving will not be adopted as standard practice by the fire and rescue service, because there might be a slight fire hazard involved. Amusing and amazing all the same.

Ian Hayton, Chief Fire Officer of Cleveland Fire and Rescue Service (right) and a representative from INEOS Nitriles.

A UK fire brigade is capitalising on its expertise to offer its experience to the industrial sector – and profits are being invested in community safety initiatives, writes Ann-Marie Knegt.

At the end of 2011, Moditech Rescue Solutions, specialised in development and implementation of mobile information systems for emergency responders, introduced the Crash Recovery System (iCRS) for devices running on the iOS operating system. After an intensive period of development, the CRS is now available for devices operating on the Android platform.

Specialised response teams from 27 member states and five participating nations of the EU are preparing to test the capabilities of the European Civil Protection Mechanism, writes Ann-Marie Knegt.

Simon Webb responds to the issues raised in the article “Flickers and Foam” by Mike Willson published in Fire and Rescue, 2ND Quarter 2012.

Exercise Shannon was a major UK multiagency exercise that took place in the south coast home of multiple top tier COMAH sites on 4-5 May. Jose sanchez de Muniain reports.

Atmospheric monitoring study reveals dangerous levels of cyanide in house fire smoke – by Nic Lacey, Crew Commander at the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, UK.

In this video crews initiate PPA by first taking ample exhaust where the fire is already exhausting. Observe the area at the attack entrance above the cone of air from the fan. This area is called the barometer of interior conditions. If this area does not clear of thick smoke or flame the fire and building circumstances does not support safe PPA. If this area clears attack crews have enough exhaust to safely use PPA and make there way to the fire area with little smoke impeding their progress.

Ziegler Croatia, Daughter Company of German Ziegler has recently delivered a new vehicle specifically built for tunnel evacuation. The new truck was specifically built upon the request of the BINA Istra Fire Department in Croatia, writes Sinisa Jembrih, from Zagreb Fire Department, Croatia

The world’s first electric drive tunnel rescue vehicle “Merkur” with two driver cabs has now been officially launched. Firefighter from all over the world experienced the “Merkur” live during a simulated fire rescue in the Croatian Ucka Tunnel on Friday the 29th of June.

The Unidad Militar de Emergencias (UME – Military Emergency Unit) was created to support civilian emergency services in extreme cases and it has proved itself time and time again against a backdrop of a civilian service paralised by unique working conditions – but could it be under threat? George Potter reports from Spain.

Pop superstar Rihanna was one of 300 guests evacuated from a hotel on Whitehall Place, SW1 after a small fire in a lift shaft. 

Diagram 1: National feedback results

F&R provides a rare glimpse into how West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service District Commander Peter Martin put together Fire and Rescue Service Operational Guidance - Aircraft Incidents: a document that had not been updated for over a decade.

Picture in courtesy of Lyndon Dennis.

Paul Grimwood highlights the risk factors that impact on survivability during interior firefighting operations. When firefighters are deployed to the interior of a fire involved building for fire attack, search and rescue operations or as support to crews working ahead or above them, there are several risk critical factors that may impact upon their ability to survive such a hostile environment

New vehicle technology (NVT) can seem intimidating, since not all rescuers can afford the latest tools with extra cutting performance. Aaron Heller, Fire Captain of the Hamilton Township Fire District #9 and co-owner of On Scene Training Associates, emphasizes that NVT is in no way insurmountable with a basic set of rescue equipment, and the right extrication procedures and strategies.

A major UK multiagency exercise is to take place in the south coast home of multiple top tier COMAH sites on 4-5 May.

The 2008 Galston Mine Incident report provides an independent assessment of the circumstances surrounding the death of Alison Hume who fell down a disused mine shaft in Galston on 26 July 2008.

Aviation rescue and fire fighting (ARFF) is characterised by a different timescale and set of priorities to normal civilian fire fighting. Time is of the essence. It is essential to minimise the delay between controlling the fire and carrying out any rescue of passengers and crew. The overall operational window is short by other fire fighting standards, writes Roger Klein.

During a festive ceremony the Israeli Fire Brigade officially incorporated 26 new Ziegler water/foam tenders Type TLF 20/30-3 into its fleet.

Modern buildings are designed to keep people out – making the job harder for the fire service to get in. Luckily, manufacturers are coming to the rescue by launching dedicated tool sets that open doors and break locks with accuracy.   

Ann-Marie Knegt visits the Royal Dutch Air force Training Academy to see a newhigh-tech ARFF vehicle that could influence future ICAO and NATO standards.

FEMA/Commonwealth share costs of steps taken during rebuilding that will lessen impact of future disasters

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano has posted FY 2012 grant guidance and application kits for seven DHS preparedness grant programs totalLing over $1.3 billion.

Through effective vehicle conversions, fire services can allocate resource dependent on the task and rationalise their operations.  Andy Harris, specialist vehicle sales manager at UK company Bott, explains how.

Remote controlled vehicles have now attended over 50 UK hazardous materials incidents in the last five years, writes QnetiQ Senior Project Engineer and Technical Lead for Project GHOST, Kenneth A Pink.

Fire brigadier Herbert Fettweis of Duesseldorf, Germany has developed the new ICONOS nozzle hose for safe and cost effective firefighting of waste dump fires, and wildfires. Herbert designed the hose because in his experience valuable manpower was often wasted during these types of incidents, where people were just simply standing somewhere while pouring water down on the same spot. 

Fraser Engineering, based in New Zealand, has recently delivered a new rescue pumper to the South Australia County Fire Service. The vehicle is now operational in Morphett Vale, located in the suburbs of Adelaide, and is based on a CFS Iveco Eurocargo Pumper.

Firefighters from London Fire Brigade practice their water rescue skills on a frozen pond in Clapham, south west London.

‘We’ve recently heard of people putting heaters and hairdryers in their beds to stay warm and this is a disaster waiting to happen” – Dave Brown, Assistant Commissioner for Operations and Mobilising, London Fire Brigade.

Opening the door provided additional air to a smoldering living-room fire and caused the fire to increase in burning rate and flames to extend out the doorway, resulting in high temperatures and heat flows that melted a hole in the mask. Pressure sensor (brass fitting that was mounted on the face of the headform) is visible through the hole in the lens. Credit: NIST

NIST releases report into ‘what is often considered the weakest component of a firefighter’s ensemble in high heat conditions.’

‘Capabilities and limitations of compressed air foam systems (CAFS) for structural firefighting’ includes a summary of a workshop held in December at the Montgomery County Public Service Training Academy, Rockville (MD).

Statement by Chairman Rafael Moure-Eraso marks five-year anniversary of the tragedy that claimed the lives of two responders and two propane technicians (safety video also available).

For centuries wool had been the fibre of choice for clothing worn by soldiers, police, firemen and search and rescue teams because of wools natural protective properties and its versatility over a wide range of extreme environments but over recent years these benefits have been forgotten, that is until now.

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