Welcome to our first issue of UK Fire magazine – May 2018

I am delighted to introduce UK Fire. This represents the fifth fire-related title from MDM Publishing Ltd who are well respected within global fire media. As well as being a new venture…

On your marks – UK Fire, running for Firefighter safety

When I was approached to write the inaugural editorial of a new fire-sector publication I have to admit to being a little surprised. I had to ask the obvious question: “Why me, surely there are several more eminent and influential…

Celebrating a century of professionalism

The Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) will mark a major milestone in 2018: the centenary of their establishment. In October 1918 ten Chief Officers attended a meeting held at Fire Brigade Headquarters in Leicester with the purpose of setting up…

The Fire Fighters Charity: putting firefighters first

In the early 1940s London, and cities and towns across the UK, were subjected to devastating bombing raids as the Blitz brought the Second World War to our shores. It was a terrifying time that tested the mettle of Britons,…

The research found that multi-sensor detectors with greater sensitivity were better at rejecting false alarms.

Fire Industry Association – Multi-sensor detector research to make waves in industry

Research pioneered by the Fire Industry Association (FIA) and its members has led to some momentous discoveries in the field of fire detection and alarm: more sophisticated multi-sensor detectors really are more effective at reducing false alarms than the ‘standard’…

MSA Safety – Protect people and facility infrastructures

Established in 1914, MSA Safety Incorporated is the global leader in the development, manufacture and supply of safety products that protect people and facility infrastructures. Many MSA products integrate a combination of electronics, mechanical systems and advanced materials to protect…

PVStop – Making solar energy safe

Nobel Fire Systems is known for its cutting-edge firefighting systems, but our interest doesn’t just lie in active fire suppression. Our ethos is one of safety throughout. That is why we bring to our clients a groundbreaking safety product aimed…

End false alarms thanks to advances in false-alarm management techniques

“Most nights, the fire alarm goes off after midnight in the building where I live. It rings for about 20 minutes before security switches it off. This has been happening for almost three years. The alarm has never yet been…

ION Science – World’s first PID Fire Investigation Kit

Ion Science, the leading manufacturer of gas-detection instrumentation for global environmental and occupational-health monitoring applications, has launched the world’s first Fire Investigation Kit featuring its well-proven handheld Tiger or TigerLT photoionisation detector (PID) for the reliable detection of volatile organic…

The first three Rosenbauer Light Rescue Pumps to be delivered to Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service.

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service invest in a modernised fleet

As technology evolves, risk changes, incident profiles and demand shift, and budgets are ever decreasing, UK Fire and Rescue Services have become more focused in considering their long-term investment of capital and look far beyond simple like-for-like replacement of equipment.…

CheckFire – Do you supply or maintain fire extinguishers?

Perhaps you may be looking to diversify into fire-extinguisher maintenance. If so, look no further… CheckFire was born in 1975, and operated as a small family business from a garage at the family home. Here in 2018, 43 years on,…

Hainsworth – Innovation, Quality, Heritage and Passion

It has been a busy few months at Hainsworth. Our protective-fabrics team has achieved a number of notable successes in combination with our various industry partners in the UK and globally. We have recently won important contracts in Australia (our…

Life-safety legislation in HMOs – putting guidance into practice

There is a growing debate around fire safety within Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs). Richard Wharram, Regional Sales Manager at Hochiki Europe, discusses the different legislation that covers this type of building, and outlines how standards and guidance can be…

A change of clothing

In recent years, the UK emergency services sector has changed significantly as roles and responsibilities have evolved, and new technology and procurement practices have been introduced. This has had a significant impact on the PPE industry, leading to the emergence…

High-line and rescue sled used across the river can be used to search difficult areas.

A focus on specialist rescue teams

Devon and Somerset Fire Rescue Service (DSFRS) now has three full Specialist Rescue Teams in the Service area which serves a resident population of 1.4 million. Set up over ten years ago and with incidents rising every year, the Service…

Working together for peace of mind

Disasters including Grenfell and high-rise fires in the UK and the Middle East have highlighted the need for collaboration between those in the supply chain to ensure the fire protection of lives and property in large buildings where large numbers…

What is an Evacuation Chair and do I need one?

The importance of businesses having access to an evacuation chair, and the right training to be able to use it, cannot be underestimated. The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 states that business owners have a duty, by law, to…

Ballyclare – Xenon points the way ahead for fire-and-rescue garments

With the introduction of its Xenon range, Ballyclare signalled a new direction in the design and manufacture of multifunctional fire-and-rescue garments. The range has since found a growing popularity with fire services both at home and abroad, and with a…

Incidents involving animals – the crosscutter

Rescuing animals has always been an activity of the fire service, often attracting an element of mirth when considering the age-old plight of cats up trees! 2018 heralds the 10th anniversary of the UK National Fire Chiefs Council Animal Rescue…

Fire-stopping around pipes penetrating through plasterboard partitions.

Trailblazer

In this article we look at why responsibility for breaches in compartmentation need to be driven from the top and backed by comprehensive training to ensure those who commission refurbishments and those who are responsible for carrying out regular inspections…

Pacific Helmets NZ Ltd – World leader in the design and manufacture of fire-and-rescue helmets

Pacific Helmets NZ Ltd is a world leader in the design and manufacture of structural firefighting, wildland firefighting, and technical rescue helmets. We have a long and proud tradition of meeting the specific needs of emergency services worldwide. Our mission…

Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service

In this feature we speak to Chief Fire and Rescue Officer Gary Thompson about the challenges and opportunities facing Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service and new developments which will shape the organisation for the future. CFRO Thompson said: “On…

Reach and Rescue Ltd – The world’s longest and most versatile rescue and surveillance system

When firefighters realised they were missing a vital component in their water rescue procedure, they needed an innovative solution. Rather than turning to safety gear experts, however, it was the manufacturing industry that they asked for help. Thinking outside the…

Selecting a drone for emergency response: airframe selection

An emergency service should avoid simply following the status quo of multi-rotors and really assess their drone-use cases before selecting their airframe. Ultimately, the choice of drone will dictate a drone team’s capabilities and the level of performance that can…

The VESDA VEA system identifies the source of an alarm to direct early intervention.

Aspiring to an addressable future

Simple but effective, the technique of analysing samples of air drawn from an area for the first traces of smoke and a potential fire threat continues to evolve. In this article, we consider the benefits and the compromises of cumulative…

Kronenburg – Advanced firefighting vehicles for Bristol Airport

Bristol Airport has commissioned the first of three purpose-built fire engines, scheduled for delivery in 2018, from Kronenburg Fire in the Netherlands. These new vehicles form an integral part of a significant and ongoing investment in health and safety at…

Armadillo Merino® – Next-to-skin clothing – the forgotten layer?

How can you provide your officers with an effective PPE layering system without considering the next-to-skin layer? An effective next-to-skin layer is vital. Your skin covers about 2m² and is your body’s most sensory organ, detecting pressure, pain, heat and…

How augmented reality can assist fire-and-rescue safety

Fire-and-rescue services need quick and easy access to intelligence about a location. Augmented-reality technology can play a part in this. It is intuitive, visual and aware of its surroundings, making it an ideal tool for staff on the ground to…

How to choose a fan

Selecting a fan for firefighting and rescue operations, much like a hand-line nozzle, comes down to ensuring you have the right flow performance for the right mission. Flow performance includes flow volume, pressure, and stream pattern. The right combination of…

Think patient stabilisation rather than our historic ‘immobilisation’ approach.

The team approach to vehicle extrication: time for change

The team approach to vehicle extrication is nearly as old as I am, which begs the question: why has it never been revised? No one can doubt that it is a checklist that has served us well for nearly three…

Stabilisation prior to the attendance of specialist crews

Operational crews attending incidents in the early stages face numerous challenges in stabilisation and monitoring a variety of risks. These risks may include unstable structures, high-sided vehicles and damaged infrastructure. Furthermore, the risks are made even more challenging due to…

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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