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A new dawn and new challenges

Welcome to this, our 14th issue of UK Fire. It is almost four years since we embarked on providing readers with an independent, no cost to readers magazine for those based or…

Seminal research looks at US fire experience since America Burning

‘The striking aspect of the Nation’s fire problem is the indifference with which Americans confront the subject. Destructive fire takes a huge toll in lives, injuries, and property losses, yet there is…

3ET Emergency Evacuation Equipment & Training – Unique features make MedSled first choice for technical rescues

Performing a successful technical rescue requires many elements: patience and skill, teamwork and training, the right equipment and, crucially, the knowledge and confidence to use it.  Failure to deliver on any one…

SP Firestop OSCB from ROCKWOOL – Simplifying rainscreen firestopping

Responding to the market’s need for simplified specification of firestopping solutions in rainscreen systems, ROCKWOOL has streamlined its range of open-state cavity barriers (SP Firestop OSCB) to provide a two-hour performance rating…

Instruction on layout of the shunting yard and primary use of the fire train.

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…

The fall and rise of the GRP composite fire door

It’s been a challenging time for the GRP composite fire-door industry. Issues with consistent fire-resistant performance have been a catalyst for change – robust testing, third-party certification and transparency in the supply…

ERDT – First to launch Emergency Response Driving Qualification to meet pending legislation

Planned changes to the legislation covering the driving of emergency vehicles will need to be reflected in the training that emergency service drivers and instructors receive. The introduction of Section 19 of…

Protecting multifaceted storage arrangements: four project takeaways

If you have ever been to an IKEA store, you know it’s a unique shopping experience. At these iconic stores, products are set up on display for customer convenience, while inventory is…

The Getac next-generation K120 – A powerful and reliable all-purpose solution for firefighting professionals

Firefighters need devices that let them work effectively in a diverse range of day-to-day scenarios. From updating fire safety and critical awareness data, to coordinating crews and controlling drones while on-scene at…

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

Bauer Kompressoren UK Limited – We care about the air you breathe!

For BAUER, protecting the health of consumers has always been paramount. Since the successful launch of the B-DETECTION PLUS online gas measurement system and the B-VIRUS FREE protective filter system, market sectors…

Optimising emergency response with location intelligence

Geographic information is a vital strategic and operational resource for helping fire and rescue services to operate effectively. This article explains how integrating data within a Geographic Information System (GIS) enables fire…

Let’s get personal

A key factor when choosing a personal flashlight for firefighting is versatility – from brightness and runtime to multiple operating modes – as leading provider of professional lighting tools, Streamlight® Inc. explains.…

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…

Creating and maintaining quality PPE

Good firefighter PPE offers excellent protection from heat, flame, flashovers, particulates, water ingress and blood-borne pathogens, but how is it made and how can fire services ensure it remains fit for purpose…

Radnor Park multi-storey towers.

Clydebank Housing Association utilise Aico’s innovative technology

Clydebank Housing Association is utilising Aico’s 3000 Series and 600 Series detectors as well as the innovative Ei1000G SmartLINK Gateway to ensure tenant safety, future-proof their housing stock and meet the latest…

Use of foam for firefighting in tank farms of the oil and petrochemical industry – Part 2

Part One of this article described the typical incident scenarios at tank farm fires and presented foam as the most suitable extinguishing agent together with the firefighting equipment most commonly used. In…

Hand protection that is up to the task

The modern firefighter needs gloves that are made for the job they are tasked to perform, but, with recent changes to the rules covering PPE, are the gloves currently issued to firefighters…

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,…

The new Ziegler Z-Class makes its UK debut supporting the G7 summit at Cornwall Airport Newquay

In June 2021 the County of Cornwall hosted the G7 summit of world leaders. Cornwall Airport Newquay was upgraded to CAA CAT 9 status to cover this prestigious event and the Venari…

The Grenfell fire has placed all high-rise buildings in the spotlight. It is up to the fire industry to restore the faith of residents and the wider public.

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…

Book Review – Catastrophe and Systemic Change

The Grenfell Tower tragedy was the worst residential fire in London since the Second World War. It killed 72 people in the richest borough of one of the wealthiest countries in the…

Thermal imaging: breaking down the scan – Part 1

Firefighters must be trained to properly evaluate fire incidents based on training and by incorporating thermal data to enhance their strategies and tactics on the fireground. A thorough understanding of fundamental building construction, fire…

System upgrade delivers ship-shape fire protection at HMS Belfast

HMS Belfast, the most significant surviving Royal Navy warship from the Second World War, has been equipped with leading fire protection from Advanced. Permanently moored as a museum ship on the River…

Norfolk Fire & Rescue Service boosts communication reliability in rural areas

Norfolk is one of the largest counties in the UK by area, while also being one of the least dense by population. This makes it even more important for emergency service workers…

Burning tyres.

Minimising the risk: rubber and plastic fires

The global shift towards sustainability is seeing businesses continually search for alternative fuel sources, causing an increase in rubber and plastic recycling across the UK. However, rubber and plastic recycling often relies…

The dilemmas faced with lithium battery fires – and how to extinguish them

With more lithium batteries in use than ever before, the risk of fires caused by them is also increasing. The London Fire Brigade recently stated that, on average, they attend 24 fires…

Aspects of fire safety in the NHS

The combined efforts of multi-disciplined management involved in the tiered structure of fire-safety management within the NHS is unparalleled in any other world healthcare organisation. Apart from compliance with fire-safety legislation, the…

Major rail incidents – how prepared are you really?

It is true that rail travel globally is officially the second safest mode of transport behind the airline industry (fatalities per billion passenger kilometres – Source: European Union Agency for Railways), but…

Outthink Wildfire – Part 1

A bold new plan from NFPA calls for ending the destruction of communities in the United States by wildfire in 30 years. Achieving that goal will require a coordinated effort among all…

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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