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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…

Under construction, at risk: NFPA 241 is critical to protecting vulnerable construction sites

On 29 April 2020, 38 people died when a fire tore through a four-storey warehouse under construction in South Korea. The blaze occurred in Icheon, about 50 miles south-east of the capital…

Building Safety Bill shows early promise

The Building Safety Bill has now been published, a move which the Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) welcomes since the reform of building safety and the building regulations is long overdue.…

Aico – The market leader in domestic fire and carbon-monoxide protection

From its incorporation in 1990, Aico has rapidly grown to become the recognised market leader in domestic fire and carbon monoxide (CO) protection that it is today. Education, quality, service and innovation…

B-VIRUS FREE mounted to a Bauer Verticus breathing-air compressor.

New innovation from Bauer Kompressoren UK Limited

How can we guarantee the quality and safety of the air breathed by our first responders? For Bauer, protecting the health of breathing-air consumers has always been paramount. The B-DETECTION PLUS online…

Humberside Fire and Rescue Service

Humberside Fire and Rescue Service consists of the unitary authorities of East Riding of Yorkshire, Kingston upon Hull, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire, surrounding the east coast in northern England. The…

Committed to success

Bec Meachin is on a mission: to consistently better herself, mentally and physically, and to support those training to be firefighters in doing the same. Part of HAIX-sponsored Team GB in last…

The Fire Safety Bill 2020: Will it deliver safer blocks of flats?

The Fire Safety Bill 2020 is the result of the government’s promise of ‘implementing and legislating for all the recommendations of the Dame Judith Hackitt Review and the first phase of the…

Training for our firefighters’ futures

The importance of firefighter health has received increased media attention in recent times, and rightly so. Covid-19 has highlighted the risks that all essential workers face when performing their critical roles throughout…

Valve assembly at the Tarmac site.

Safeguarding the production and storage of solid recovered fuel

In Spring 2019, Tarmac partnered with Hamilton Waste and Recycling to improve the sustainability of its operations at its cement plant in Dunbar, Scotland. This involved the production of solid recovered fuel…

Vehicle Extrication – The Next Generation

Vehicle Extrication – The Next Generation is a new book from Rescue Consultant Ian Dunbar in partnership with LUKAS Hydraulik GmbH. Released at the end of June 2020, the 298-page hardcover book…

The heat of the moment: how yoga can help

If you were to ask any firefighter what springs to mind when considering how to improve wellbeing and fitness, it’s unlikely that yoga would be top of their list. Nevertheless, the benefits…

Taking care of the details

It’s great to appreciate the engineering in the larger appliance, but we need to ensure we don’t forget the smaller kit. We’re only human; it’s impossible not to be impressed by the…

COVID-19 challenged us all, while reminding us about the importance of basic safety benchmarks

Without question, dealing with COVID-19 has been daunting for all of us – citizens, business owners, emergency managers, manufacturers – and of course the tireless men and women on the front line.…

The firewomen of Popayán Colombia.

FireTreks – the final chapter

FireTreks has not only provided 10 months of pure adventure but a new outlook on the future of fire-safety design. The journey finished earlier than expected; on my final day in the…

Flammable liquids held in a depot, warehouse, production plant or within the supply chain

When a team from the Fire and Rescue Service are called to an incident at an industrial premises (such as a warehouse, a production plant, or on a highway or railway), one…

Amplified role of SCBA to maximise firefighters’ safety and well-being

These days the Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) is a key piece of personal protection equipment that firefighters across the world take into a fire. Since the beginning, the primary focus and function…

Not all fire extinguisher disposal methods are made equal

Our world is changing. Trends in urbanisation and population growth require more sustainable solutions to move the world forward. From a business perspective, sustainability means that companies can do good for the…

The evolution of PPE for the world’s female firefighters

Roger Startin, Joint Managing Director of Bristol Uniforms, looks back on the history of female firefighters across the globe and how PPE has evolved to protect them. There are many examples of…

IRRTC founders Mike Maybin, Steve North and Neil Pedersen.

Vehicle rescue provision – a new approach to rescue

They say that having a near-death experience can change a person’s perspective and that’s what happened to me. In 2016 whilst on a humanitarian training mission in Tajikistan and travelling along the…

Tackling the post-fire clean up and the hazards of hazardous waste

While the immediate impact of any fire will be devastating, it is the way an organisation responds afterwards which can make a real difference to future business continuity and recovery. From post-fire…

Providing aircraft rescue and firefighting services during a pandemic event

The global aviation business was among the first industries to be immediately affected by the recent and ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. Airport Fire and Rescue Services worldwide are working hard to maintain their…

Drones for the Fire and Rescue Services

Since the West Midlands’ Fire Service became the first fire brigade in the UK to use Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) operationally, as far back as 2007, it’s hardly surprising that the wide…

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