Phil Martin
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A new dawn and new challenges

Welcome to this, our 14th issue of UK Fire. It is almost four years since we embarked on providing readers with an independent, no cost to readers magazine for those based or with an interest in the UK fire industry.…

What is the new normal?

I would like to start my editorial by paying tribute to His Royal Highness, Prince Philip who passed away peacefully last month. Prince Philip leaves a legacy in the thousands of young people who completed his award scheme, something many…

A time for reflection, review, action and optimism

In my November editorial I wrote of uncertainty over the outcome of Brexit negotiations and, of course, the ongoing pandemic. At the eleventh hour a deal was done to support the transition from being an EU member state to Independent…

Leading change in an unknown environment

We continue to live in challenging times for our sector and the country. The Grenfell Inquiry is ongoing with revelations that continue to cause dismay to those of us who maintain an interest in the proceedings. COVID-19 dominates every news…

Behind the headlines

August marks the UK’s sixth successive month of living with COVID 19 and the tragedy and heartache suffered by so many through the ravages of the Global Pandemic. World news remains dominated by COVID-19-related stories and the economic, societal and…

Responding and adapting in uncharted times

It would be difficult to start this editorial with anything other than reference to the Global Coronavirus Pandemic. As fire professionals we are dedicated to consideration of worst-case scenarios, risk assessments, projections, modelling and mitigation. In 2011, as the country…

United by common themes and desires?

As this issue is published, the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union will have just been completed. Despite the fact that the momentous decision to leave was made less than four years ago it is sometimes hard to believe…

Do we have to look back in order to look forward?

When we are driving, the need to look back before we make a move on the road is a basic principle of safety that we learn from day one. I think that applies to most things in life where, before…

Scrutiny must deliver improvement

Phase 1 of the Grenfell Inquiry concluded on 12 December 2018. In a statement, Chairman of the Inquiry, Sir Martin Moore-Bick described how Phase 1 was about establishing the detail of what happened at Grenfell Tower on 14 June 2017…

Exercise Tests Emergency Services Response to Light Aircraft Crash in Water

Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) has led a successful joint exercise with South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS), to test the response to a light aircraft crash and give crews an opportunity to practice essential water rescue and rescue…

UK Fire is a quarterly journal specific to the UK Fire market dedicated to both fire protection and firefighting. The editorial features are written by industry experts and comprise a unique blend focussing on the latest technology, training methods and equipment as well as highlighting sector specific issues from around the region. Regular product and company profiles, events updates and news make UK Fire the first choice read for fire protection and firefighting professionals.

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