The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has announced the release of its new mobile application ‘NFPA News’ for use with the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android operating systems. The free app, now available for download on iTunes and Google Play, provides the latest happenings in the fire, electrical and life safety industry and allows users to access resources related to breaking news, code development updates, public safety information, social media updates, and multimedia in one easy-to-use to package.

Insolvency administrator Bruno M. Kübler has sold the business operations of the global fire truck manufacturer Ziegler to the stock market listed Chinese commercial vehicle and logistics group CIMC (China international marine containers group ltd.) All jobs have been preserved and all locations remain in operation. A two year highly intensive and intricate restructuring process took place during the insolvency period, preceding the transaction. Ultimately Ziegler was able to regain market leadership in Germany, and is enjoying the highest order intake level in the last 10 years. The number of employees in the company is currently equal to pre-insolvency levels.

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.

January 14-16, 2014 will see the return of the Annual Airport Fire Officers Association Conference, held at the SAS Radisson Hotel, Dublin, Ireland.One hundred and forty seven delegates attended last year’s event supporting the opinion that this has now become the acclaimed and foremost aviation fire and rescue seminar in the annual calendar.

The spotlight will be shining on the 33150Z0 LED torch during next week's A+A fair 2013 in Düsseldorf.

Changes to the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) 1995 aim to clarify and simplify the reporting requirements.

New brand intends to reinforce the company’s strong position in the fire market.

Hochiki has announced availability of a recess adaptor for its FIREscape range of emergency lighting luminaires.

Ballyclare has opened a new and improved online store that caters for workwear and PPE needs and is now available in the ‘Products’ section at  

CAA International will oversee firefighting foam performance tests and provide certificates of conformity for foam concentrates.

According to a recent report released by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), 540 civilian deaths in the United States were attributed to smoking material fires in 2011, a 30 year low that is well down from 1980 levels. In 2011, there were an estimated 90,000 smoking material fires resulting in $621 million in direct property damage.

Willard Marine, a 56-year-old builder of composite and aluminum boats, has recently taken orders to build rescue boats for the Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS), US Military Sealift Command (MSC) and Maersk Lines Ltd.

Vimpex is proud to have sponsored the World’s Toughest Female Firefighter, Suzanne Enghed, as she struck gold yet again - taking the top prize at an international competition to recognise the best of the best in the Police and Fire Service.

Resqtec Zumro introduces a new power unit to the market - the 3SR is launched during China Fire 2013.

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London Fire Brigade announces that councils and businesses will face tough new penalties if they persistently call 999 to deal with non-emergency lift call outs.

16 firefighters injured, 3,000 residents evacuated.

The NFPA and Moditech Rescue Solutions team up to support the safety of emergency responders in the EU and US with access to the latest safety resources and training on electric and hybrid vehicles.

Until now there has been no holistic management system available that looks at fire safety across the entirety of an organization. 

How should volunteer fire department personnel be accounted for under new US federal healthcare legislation?

The market-leading international publication covering response and fire protection for high-risk industry is available to read online.

Courtesy of Virginia Beach Fire Department.

Explosion wrecks vehicle and causes havoc in neighbourhood.

18 teams will compete at the Fire Service College against stringent nationally recognised standards to find best BA team of the year.

Read the the most respected international firefighting magazine online. In this issue we feature an exciting range of new developments from across the globe, including; heatstress trials; how the FDNY used high volume pumps in the aftermath of Sandy; a new fire training centre for Melbourne; response to the Danube floods; confined space rescue; firefighting in manholes; review of the Safer Aviation Conference; new crash tenders; scene lighting; potassium aerosol grenades and much more..

Lawsuit aims to stop copying and uploading of copyrighted standards by

Applications for the international award can be submitted until September 8 at The winning team will fly to New York City to visit the fire department (FDNY).

Akron Brass introduces the patent pending HydroFX Flow Indicator, the latest innovation in handline nozzle accessories. When on the frontline, the nozzle operator visually can see when water flow levels have reached a low or potentially dangerous condition providing the firefighter with added safety protection. Do you know your flow?

Executive order should result in action and assist community members and emergency responders in helping to prevent and respond to chemical incidents.

Bristol’s PPE managed services, widely used by fire & rescue services, the ambulance service and industrial customers, has been substantially enhanced by the introduction of a new wet cleaning process which yields improved cleaning results. A 3-year development and trials evaluation, involving both Miele and Kreussler, has led to the introduction of a radically changed wash programme.

Company says it is exploring strategic alternatives for its Performance Chemicals segment.

A public meeting in Washington will consider whether the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has adequately implemented seven key regulatory recommendations issued by the CSB.

Lukas has introduced a new mobile power unit for simultaneous operation of two hydraulic rescue tools. The P630 SG combines a light weight and maximum power in a unique way and also features a turbo function to speed up rescues considerably, making it a valuable tool for all responders who need to change locations quickly.

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University of Leicester students aim to use DNA to create an alternative flame retardant for expanded polystyrene, in their entry to the international iGEM competition.

The international Conrad Dietrich Magirus Award rewards outstanding fire services around the globe / exclusive trip to New York to be won / enter at

Momentum is fast building for the 7th annual CBRNE Europe conference, which will feature a line-up of key military and industry speakers to examine the latest developments and challenges faced by the CBRNE community.

The announcement signals the beginning of a new era for the provider of protective clothing and equipment, and follows the acquisition of Cosalt Workwear earlier this year by entrepreneur David Ross.

Rosenbauer has launched the Safe Grip 3 operational glove. Which the company says is a further advance on the Safe Grip 2, the new glove offers improved protection characteristics, optimised wearer comfort and attractive design.

Firetrade Europe 2013 is published annually and covers 30 European nations.

Specialist vehicle supplier Terberg DTS (UK) Ltd has announced that it has signed an agreement with North American vehicle manufacturer Oshkosh Corporation to act as its UK and Ireland representative for airport firefighting and rescue (ARFF) and industrial vehicles.

Fire and Rescue Q2 has been published. In this issue we are featuring the following subjects: Helmets what is your flavour; Hazmat; gas tight suits; CFA invests in satellite technology; Exercise Alcourse; ARFF training; International Firefighting team of the Year Award; Changes to NFPA 412; The CAFS pioneer; PPV in high-rise fires; Talking TICS; USAR- Hungary focus; Rescue: glass management To read the latest issue, click here or on the cover.

Rosenbauer and two other manufacturers have signed a settlement agreement with the German municipal umbrella organisations providing for out-of-court restitution in connection with the firefighting vehicle cartel in Germany.

As other agencies wrapped up their on-site investigations into the ammonium nitrate explosion at West Fertilizer in West, Texas, the US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) announced its work to examine all aspects of the tragedy will continue in the town of West, at the Western Regional Office in Denver, and at the agency’s headquarters in Washington, DC.

Haagen has been selected as the fire training design expert for Melbourne’s Metropolitan Fire Brigade (Australia) new state-of-the-art training centre - SEE VIDEO

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) released an updated report on the Total Cost of Fire in the United States. It can be seen from the report that the total cost of fire in 2010, adjusted for inflation, is 38% higher than in 1980, while its proportion of U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) has declined by roughly one-third.

A large investigation team from the US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) is deploying to the scene of a massive fire and explosion at the West Fertilizer Plant located in West, Texas, north of Waco.

With its new Twister-cross, Rosenbauer has launched a short boot with a Class C shaft. The boot is suitable for all firefighting and rescue operations and has EN 15090:2012 F2A HI3 CI AN SRA certification instead of the 280mm shaft length stipulated in Austria by ÖBFV-RL KS – 06. The new boot meets the requirements of both countries’ fire and rescue services. In fact, it differs from all other fire service boots because it is shorter than conventional boots.

The Metropolitan “Metro” Fire Chiefs Association, a section of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) held its 2013 annual conference in Phoenix, Arizona, April 5-11. Approximately 110 Metro chiefs from Canada, China, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States attended the conference and elected the section’s 2013-2014 officers and board members. Chief Bob Khan and the Phoenix Fire Department staff hosted the conference.

Ryan Pennington of, and Kerry Falzone of Plymovent Corporation have joined forces to create a campaign focused on the importance of hooking up an exhaust extraction hose in emergency service stations. ‘Every minute firefighter's and EMS are risking their lives to save ours, we need to stress the importance of protecting them in their stations,’ commented Pennington.

Draeger Safety UK will supply breathing apparatus (BA) and associated equipment to both Northamptonshire (NFRS) and Buckinghamshire (BFRS) Fire and Rescue Services.

QlikTech a leader in business discovery – user-driven business intelligence (BI) has announced that the fire brigade Amsterdam-Amstelland has deployed QlikView to map the risks in the region and proactively respond to those risks. QlikView serves as the basis for a risk profile, that combines 600,000 objects in Amsterdam (buildings, rails, roads) and possible incident types (house fires, traffic accidents, carbon monoxide poisoning). 

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