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 firefighting machine has been operational since 1 April…
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 safety in our buildings is not what it…

The role of an expert witness

The consequences of fire can impact on a project or within the wider built environment at any time. In fact, the longest part of the life cycle of a building (design, construction, in-use and demolition/reconstruction) is the in-use phase.  Fire-safety…

As we rebuild trust in the post-Grenfell area, experts are more important than ever

On the morning of 14 June 2017, the fire industry and the construction sector were changed forever by the events at Grenfell Tower, and their repercussions are still being felt today. Public trust in construction engineers and experts was impaired…

Whole-system approach critical to product assurance

The new construction product regulator established within the Office for Product Safety and Standards certainly faces a complex and expanding task as it seeks to address systemic failings identified by the Hackitt Review and develop a ‘fit for purpose’ product-assurance…

Pork shoulders, fake motorways and ramping up the drama: my days reconstructing rescues for TV

Years of working with emergency-service crews on the BBC series 999 gave Tiggi Trethowan a unique insight into the world that many firefighters deal with day in, day out. Now living in the West Country with her guide dog, Jackie,…

Reflections of my time as HM Chief Inspector of Scottish Fire & Rescue Service

Having handed over the reins at the end of March to a new Chief Inspector, I have taken time to reflect on my four and a half years at the HM Fire Service Inspectorate in Scotland (HMFSI). From when I…

FireQual aims to play a major part to deliver individual qualifications for the fire and safety sector

The newly established Awarding Body arrives at the perfect time to support recommendations made in both the report led by Dame Judith Hackitt and the subsequent ‘Setting the Bar’ document recently published. These qualifications will be pertinent to all individuals…

The Beirut explosion: an inconvenient truth for the industry and authorities

The devastating explosion in the Beirut harbour area was a dramatic wake-up call for the industry and (port) authorities worldwide. The cataclysmic event strongly proves the need for proactive risk management regarding large-scale storage of ammonium nitrate and other extremely…

Just brew-ti-ful: firefighting entrepreneurs serve up 20,000 cups of coffee to Covid-19 key workers

Two firefighter entrepreneurs handed out over 20,000 cups of coffee to frontline key workers during the peak of the coronavirus in the UK and are now gearing up for a second spike in the pandemic. Matt Broxton and Tom Taylor,…

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