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.…

Leading change in an unknown environment

We continue to live in challenging times for our sector and the country. The Grenfell Inquiry is ongoing with revelations that continue to cause dismay to those of us who maintain an…

The devil is in the detail

The fire safety and construction sectors are facing a period of unprecedented change, with the introduction of the new Building Safety Bill, initiatives to improve competency as detailed in the Setting the…

Fire Sector Federation – Continues to drive best practice

The Fire Sector Federation (FSF) brings together fire professionals from across the sector to shape future policies and strategies for UK Fire. As a non-profit organisation, it works collaboratively to bring together…

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NFPA continues its efforts to help communities plan, respond and recover from active shooter and hostile events

In May, Bloomberg News reported that the number of mass shootings in the United States was down 24% from the year before as workspaces, businesses, places of worship, entertainment venues and cultural…

GoPAD – Fire-risk assessment software

It is no secret that the fire-safety industry is busier and more important than ever before. To keep up, many professionals have turned from the traditional method of pen and clipboard to…

Emergency One (UK) – The impossible, made possible…

On 9 October 2020 the Emergency One Group launched the E1 EV0: the world’s first all-electric, zero-emission fire and rescue service (FRS) pumping appliance. Designed and manufactured at the company’s state-of-the-art manufacturing…

Fit for action

Roger Startin, Joint Managing Director of Bristol Uniforms, looks at the importance of high-quality, well-fitting PPE and how to achieve the correct size and fit. When it comes to good-quality PPE, the…

Going carbon zero and social value a must for fire services

It has become abundantly clear that climate change will have an increasing impact on emergency services. The number of weather-related incidents we attend is on the rise, but it is not a…

EvacGo is the evacuation alert system from Advanced.

Fire safety for tall buildings: meeting BS 8629 with confidence

In the wake of the Grenfell tragedy, the fire industry had a duty to respond. Meaningful change was required and with the introduction of BS 8629:2019, as a matter of priority, the…

Battery-powered rescue tools

‘This is much heavier than our previous equipment.’ ‘What do I do if I forget to charge the batteries?’ ‘Can I work submerged with it?’ ‘The casing is plastic, is it stable…

Canine assets

Since the first fire-investigation dog in the UK appeared in West Midlands Fire Service in 1996 dogs have increasingly become an integral part of the modern fire-investigator’s tool kit. Just as they…

Fire safety: building services penetrations

Fire safety, competency and the way we build post-Grenfell has become a major industry focus. With specifiers under increasing pressure to ensure fire compartmentation is maintained, this feature looks at the design,…

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…

Smoke detection sensor component of Notifier system.

Solid ceilings and walls no match for intelligent fire safety

As commercial property prices have mounted over recent decades, a growing number of residential buildings have been repurposed into offices. Occasionally, a building’s unusual or historic design features can become as integral…

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…

Crowd source

Someday soon, crowds will once again be a defining feature of the human experience. When they are, facility managers and safety officials can utilise a new tool developed by NFPA to help…

The future of realistic firefighter training: balancing safety and protecting the environment

This article discusses how ‘realism’ has become one of the most important elements of modern firefighter training, and how the industry is balancing this against firefighter safety and protecting the environment. While…

Ensuring the safe operation of electric and hybrid electric vehicles

While the global transition towards a more sustainable environment, with increased use of renewable energy carriers, continues at pace, vehicle propulsion is experiencing its greatest challenge to date – electrification. This shift…

Founding members of the IFSS Coalition at the UN launch in Geneva July, 2018.

Global coalition launch standard on fire safety

More than three years after London’s Grenfell Tower cladding fire tragedy in June 2017, the World Bank and United Nations-backed International Fire Safety Standards (IFSS) coalition have launched a consistent approach to…

Compressed and liquified gases

When Fire and Rescue Services are called to restore order at an industrial site, such as a warehousing complex, production/manufacturing plant or a public highway, as part of the dynamic risk assessment…

Scotland leads the way with new fire standards

On 18 September 2017, the Scottish government started a consultation process seeking to obtain views on possible changes to the minimum standards for fire alarms in Scottish homes. One area the consultation…

Should UK firefighters think differently when it comes to drone use?

Numerous international case studies have highlighted the innovative use of drones to aid the tackling of fires and searches for missing people. High-profile incidents such as the Notre Dame cathedral blaze, in…

Managing fire safety for all property requirements

Providing fire-detection systems for many facilities involves more than the best choice of products and services – it also requires best practices and a need to carefully consider the environment that it…

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