The UK has shown great resilience during the pandemic and we are delighted that the fire industry continues to demonstrate its tenacity and ability to bounce back quickly from such adverse conditions. This clearly sends a clear and determined message that it is business as usual albeit from the safety of a socially distanced environment.

UK Fire continues to receive fantastic comments and the whole team at MDM are always pleased to receive these. The team were delighted to catch up with so many readers and clients during the Emergency Services Show back in September. It was nice to see so many people on a face to face basis.

In line with tradition UK Fire Editor Phil Martin kicks off the issue with his Editor’s Comment titled ‘What happens next?’ which looks at the skills shortage in the UK, the uncertainty of the supply chain infrastructure and soaring energy prices and could there be a role for the fire and rescue service with its strong track record of prevention?

With 2018 feature articles, the NFPA Vision, 6 profiles and 4 pages of news this issue has something for everyone and provides a real cross-sector mix of information, opinion and knowledge.

Check out ‘Fire and rescue air support: the past, the present, the future’ by Gemma Alcock which looks at drones and how they can provide support to fire and rescue operations at a fraction of the cost of traditional air support. Daniel Colombini shares his thoughts on fire protection in heritage buildings in his feature, ‘Advancing fire protection in historic structures’. Be sure to check out Simon Routh-Jones Special Tribute to Chief Fire Officer Paul Fuller who recently passed away following a short illness.

We are pleased to present our fifteenth issue and, as always, we welcome your feedback and ideas before the next issue in February 2022.

Take care and stay safe and please do everything you can to Protect the NHS.

The 18-inch Super Vac battery fan with ergonomic handle and built-in wheels for manoeuvrability. With the ever-growing popularity of battery fans, when do you know this equipment is right for your department? Check out our Ventilation Fan Consideration Guide on Page 48.

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Gemma Alcock, Daniel Colombini, Lucian Deaton, Hamish Findlay, Brian Hesler, Bernie Higgins, Karel Lambert, Dave Matthews, Andy Starnes, Michele Steinberg, David Wales

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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