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 cancer causing is (in stark contrast) vast, in…

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 sound of alarms, flashing lights and the disruption…

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 raft of appliances and equipment that unmistakably positions…

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 the exterior of the building, reaching all four…

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 on every storey of their properties’ as a…

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 extent of fire-related injuries is even higher, let…

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 casualties and close to 3,000 deaths. In more…

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 for getting donated equipment can take years. At…

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 Tiger.’ In this instance, the poor imitation…

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 valid fire investigations into the origin, cause and…

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