What happens next?

At a time where it is difficult to read or find a news headline that evokes optimism, it can be difficult to remain positive. We are approaching two years in a world…

A personal reflection on my friendship with Paul Fuller by Simon Routh-Jones

So much has been written and spoken about Paul, and without any doubt he had an illustrious career and was so dedicated to improving the lives of others. Paul was simply outstanding…

CheckFire Group Ltd – Contempo: fire-safety equipment to enhance luxury interiors

With hospitality reopening after a tumultuous 18 months, and preparations underway for a hopefully bustling festive period, it’s a great time to remind the sector about the importance of fire safety. With…

Speedings Limited – Protective equipment and supplies for Emergency Services in the UK

Speedings was first established in 1827 as James Speeding and Company, a ships’ stores merchants; they were one of the many companies formed at that time to supply the increasing numbers of…

Fire Safe Europe – Ten years dedicated to fire safety

Why Fire Safe Europe?  Fires in buildings are now bigger, more unpredictable and more dangerous than ever. Many regulatory requirements around fire safety in buildings are outdated and do not provide an…

Fire and rescue air support: the past, the present, the future

Air support for the UK Fire and Rescue Services has always been limited due to extortionate setup and operating costs; that is, until recently. The introduction of drone technology has offered a…

Cadcorp – Fire and rescue services benefit from independently performed, tailor-made risk and workload modelling

UK fire and rescue services have an extensive range of obligations. These extend from front-line response, covering a wide variety of incident types, to community engagement/prevention work, fire investigation, and protection and…

Airstar – Sirocco lighting balloons: we light where others don’t

One of the major challenges of scene lighting is to guarantee the safety of the emergency teams, with equipment that is easy and quick to install that provides powerful and reliable light.…

Advancing fire protection in historic structures

Historic structures may seem to be an unlikely setting for contemporary advances in fire protection, but some of the most historic buildings in Greater New York City have inspired advances that continue…

Roger Startin has recently retired from his position as Joint Managing Director of MSA Bristol (formerly Bristol Uniforms) after 40 years with the company.

PPE – the times they are a-changin!

The UK PPE industry often sees personnel changes, through retirement or promotion, but in my time associated with the UK PPE market, close on 40 years, I have never witnessed such an…

London Electronics Ltd – Rugged large displays to clearly show temperature, time, flow and pressure

London Electronics Ltd specialises in designing and making user-friendly, reliable custom large displays so you can easily see important information from afar, in harsh environments. They can also offer Atex ExnR rated…

IFE driving change to illuminate a fire-safe future

UK Fire recently took the opportunity to speak with Steve Hamm, Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) CEO, to learn how the professional body is adapting to help members deal with global and…

The demand for individual qualifications to develop confidence

Back in November 2020 UK Fire featured an article discussing FireQual, the specialist Awarding Body for individuals working within the fire-protection industry. One year on Nic Preston, Director of Qualifications, provides an…

Green, greener, watermist

After three decades of rigorous testing and scrutiny of systems and equipment, the watermist community has never been more ready to face the eco-challenge.  Sustainability and eco-friendliness are en vogue. Everybody talks…

The NESM Museum in Sheffield City Centre.

The National Emergency Services Museum

The National Emergency Services Museum (NESM) is situated in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. The original museum opened in 1931 as the Sheffield Fire Brigade Museum, and was given its present name in January…

PPV as a support for firefighting in subways

Positive pressure ventilation (PPV) fans are widely used by the fire service during firefighting operations in buildings. Fans are positioned to create a flow through the enclosure. This flow can remove the…

Ventilation fan considerations

When it comes to fire ventilation tactics, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all strategy. Every fire ground is different. Compound that with the ever-changing dynamics of the structures being protected – building size, room…

Let’s talk about early engagement in firestopping again!

Following the success of its virtual roundtable discussion last November at London Build Online, Quelfire will be sponsoring another event this November again – this time in person – at the London…

The London Riots, ten years on

The 5 August 2011 saw the start of three days of rioting and civil unrest in London resulting in a number of fires and other incidents across the capital over the three-day…

The legislation applies to many types of buildings including tall buildings.

No compromise for Category 3 Control fire performance cables

As our buildings become ever more complex, the importance of using only approved products which meet the latest regulations for fire safety cannot be emphasised enough. In this special report, Stuart Dover,…

Fighting contamination

This article discusses the importance of thoroughly and consistently decontaminating firefighters’ kit, how the pandemic has thrown the subject into the spotlight and the ways we’re using technology to drive best practice. …

Emergency lighting compliance ensured at Leeds General Infirmary

Following an extensive overhaul of the hospital’s emergency lighting system, LuxIntelligent panels from fire and life safety systems manufacturer Advanced are ensuring ongoing compliance with the BS 5266-1 code of practice for…

How rugged technology is driving transformation in fire and rescue

Equipment has always played a key role in firefighting. From the humble bucket and hose through to the advanced vehicles and pumps used today, better equipment means a more efficient response, helping…

Greener future brings new fire safety challenges

The evidence that climate change is real and at times devastating is being played out on our news channels almost every day. The phrase ‘hundred-year event’ is almost becoming common usage with…

Outthink Wildfire – Part 2

Outthink Wildfire™ is a comprehensive strategy from the National Fire Protection Association that lays out five key policy changes that need to be made at the federal, state and local levels in…

Responding to hydrofluoric acid exposure

Hydrofluoric acid forms when hydrogen fluoride, a colourless gas, is dissolved in water. Hydrofluoric acid and hydrogen fluoride have a reputation of being among the most feared chemicals that responders can encounter…

Thermal imaging: breaking down the scan – Part 2

In Part 1 of our article, we discussed the importance of proper interpretation of the image along with understanding the key attributes of thermal imaging. We also discussed some ‘behavioural problems’ that…

The future of fire safety

Recognising both existing failings in the sector and a rapidly changing world, it seems that fire safety will have to evolve. But new drivers and requirements could see a very different type…

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