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Firefighting is now officially a cancer-causing occupation

Although post-fire contaminants with a proven link to firefighter cancer are minute in size, measured in micrometres, the recent declaration by the World Health Organisation (WHO) that the profession is now officially…

Maintaining undisturbed spaces through automatic testing

One of the issues associated with the maintenance of fire-safety systems is the potential impact on day-to-day operations. This is particularly true of public buildings such as hospitals or hotels, where the…

Rosenbauer’s vision for a sustainable electric future

The future is electric, sustainable and ready to happen – right now. With protecting the environment an issue that’s on everyone’s global agenda, Interschutz 2022 gave Rosenbauer the platform to showcase a…

The importance of cultural change within the industry 

Marking the fifth anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire  On 14 June 2017, a fire started in the kitchen of a fourth-floor flat in West London. Within minutes, the fire spread via…

Only a functioning smoke alarm can protect you

Landlords have responsibilities to keep tenants safe in their properties by providing functioning life-safety equipment. Regulations introduced in 2015 require private-sector landlords to ensure they ‘have at least one smoke alarm installed…

The significance of urban planning in fighting future fires

Fires can cause up to 180,000 deaths globally each year. This, according to The World Bank, is three times as high as the annual average of deaths due to all-natural hazards. The…

BAFE and NAPIT highlight disturbing failure rates and absence of domestic smoke alarms

In research presented by BAFE and NAPIT, data collated over the last decade (2010/11–2020/21) in England, Wales and Scotland record an unsettling 424,464 dwelling fires. These fires resulted in almost 82,000 non-fatal…

Starting the year strong with GESA’s Equipment Exchange

We all know that Emergency Services departments and communities across the Global South struggle to get the equipment they need. Budgets are tight, procurements can be slow and inefficient, and the process…

Beware the imposters!

Several years ago, whilst on holiday, I went to see a Four Tops tribute act. When they took to the stage, there were five of them and they opened with ‘Eye of…

The Fire Standards Board launches the Fire Investigation Fire Standard

The Fire Investigation Fire Standard (FIFS) is the 10th professional fire standard produced by the Fire Standards Board (FSB) and focuses on ensuring fire and rescue services (FRS) deliver effective, efficient and…

IoT and fire

Industry professionals will be acutely aware of the importance of good information when preventing and tackling fires. To coordinate safe and appropriate responses, we will become increasingly reliant on data-harvesting technologies to…

Fire in educational premises

A recent study from Zurich Municipal revealed 480 primary and secondary schools endured fires in 2019, a staggering 40 incidents every month. As a result, almost 20,000 school children have had their…

PPE – the times they are a-changin!

The UK PPE industry often sees personnel changes, through retirement or promotion, but in my time associated with the UK PPE market, close on 40 years, I have never witnessed such an…

No compromise for Category 3 Control fire performance cables

As our buildings become ever more complex, the importance of using only approved products which meet the latest regulations for fire safety cannot be emphasised enough. In this special report, Stuart Dover,…

Greener future brings new fire safety challenges

The evidence that climate change is real and at times devastating is being played out on our news channels almost every day. The phrase ‘hundred-year event’ is almost becoming common usage with…

The future of fire safety

Recognising both existing failings in the sector and a rapidly changing world, it seems that fire safety will have to evolve. But new drivers and requirements could see a very different type…

XXL fire engine on rails in Rotterdam

It is without doubt the biggest fire engine in the world, with a length of 67m, weight of 330 tons, water storage of 150,000 litres and 8,000 litres foam concentrate. This remarkable…

The non-fire triangle: how a return to principles can improve fire safety

The reporting of the proceedings of the Grenfell Inquiry, led by Sir Martin Moore-Bick, only reinforces the conclusions reached by Dame Judith Hackitt’s independent review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety: fire…

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