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Review, reflect and plan – the emergence of the future fire and rescue service

As I write this editorial the country has been enjoying a spell of particularly warm weather with incidents across the UK stretching Fire and Rescue Services to a position where several Services…

A more flexible and extended role for the fire and rescue service to deliver community safety

The latest call for ‘Fire Reform’ has just concluded its consultation period. It comes amidst the recent turmoil at Westminster and impending change of Prime Minister, which will, in all probability, delay…

Legislative change is only the first step to a fire-safe future

Opening a consultation on ‘Reforming our Fire and Rescue Service’ notably has coincided with new measures surrounding fire safety. Change, encompassed by the Fire Safety Act 2021 and the Building Safety Act…

PBI LP – Increases protection and reduces weight

PBI Performance Products is renowned for creating new standards of performance and protection that are recognised worldwide. An unwavering commitment to research and innovation has kept the company at the forefront of…

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Life Kitchens – Sustainable, recyclable and non-combustible kitchens are the future

What do we mean when we talk about sustainability? At Life Kitchens we believe sustainability means meeting our own needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.…

Selecting and using a thermal imaging camera for wildfire – Part 1

For wildfire, the use of a thermal imaging camera (TIC) can have significant benefits. However, like any other item of firefighting equipment it also has limitations and standard practices and procedures must…

NECO Fire Gard – Market leader and manufacturer of fire-safety protection products 

Founded over a decade ago, NECO Fire Gard is a leading British manufacturer, supplier and installer of fire curtain, smoke curtains, fire shutters and steel fire doors. The company works closely alongside…

Haztec – Emergency vehicle warning equipment

British manufacturer Haztec International returns to this year’s ESS with many innovative additions to its range of emergency vehicle warning equipment.  For over 20 years, Haztec has been a major supplier to…

Principle and application of aspirating smoke detectors (ASDs) with an innovative method for very early fire alarms – Part 2

In Part 2 of the article, the smoke detection performance of the particle-charging method is demonstrated. All three commonly used materials, including ABS, tinned copper and PVC, are subjected to the pyrolysis…

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Why effective digital transformation is critical for emergency healthcare services in the post-pandemic world

The pandemic has reinforced the indispensable role that healthcare organisations like the National Health Service (NHS) play in our daily lives. In this special report Paul Waddilove, Managing Director, UK & Nordics…

Siemens launch Cerberus PRO IP8 – Smarter Protection Matters

Ongoing development is a key contributor in finding effective ways to protect against the threat of fire. As part of its ongoing commitment to its ‘Smarter Protection Matters’ philosophy, Siemens has announced…

Rosenbauer’s vision for a sustainable electric future

The future is electric, sustainable and ready to happen – right now. With protecting the environment an issue that’s on everyone’s global agenda, Interschutz 2022 gave Rosenbauer the platform to showcase a…

Don’t just specify, verify third-party certification

The BAFE Fire Safety Register campaign discusses the importance of evidencing competency for fire safety work. There are multiple areas of the built environment where you would categorically not want an unregulated,…

Emergency One UK – Returning to The Emergency Services Show 2022 with a splash

The UK’s largest Manufacturer of fire and rescue appliances will be making a return to the Emergency Services Show at the NEC Birmingham, 21–22 September 2022. Managing Director, Mike Madsen, of Emergency…

Figure 1. Human Bio-monitoring (HBM) levels response classification. Images supplied by Author / Contributor

Reducing PFAS levels in firefighters by blood and plasma donation

Historically firefighters have been occupationally exposed to perfluoroalkyl substances such as PFOS, PFHxS and PFOA in AFFF firefighting foams. Many have subsequently been found to have high blood levels of these PFAS…

Cleaning up PPE

Since the pandemic, it has been well documented that firefighters’ personal protective equipment (PPE) needs to be thoroughly and consistently cleaned after use to protect firefighter health. They need to be cleaned…

Isles of Scilly Fire and Rescue Service

The Isles of Scilly is an archipelago 24 nautical miles off the southwestern tip of Cornwall. There are five inhabited islands whose combined resident population is around 2,200. There are also numerous…

Radiocoms – Creating collaboration across the fireground and into the control room

Britain’s firefighters on the front line are facing a rapidly changing landscape in the types of events they are attending, from increasing numbers of wildfires, devastating summer floods to rising attacks, and…

Cold Fire – A new and safer horizon for firefighting water

Since the time that the first organised fire brigades were formed, crews have understandably used water, the most readily available weapon in their firefighting armoury. Water is, of course, an excellent fire-suppression…

UKRO – Festival of Rescue 2022 

Work on the 2022 UKRO Festival of Rescue continues apace, and we’re delighted that we already have over 80 teams from around the UK and internationally signed up to join us for…

The importance of cultural change within the industry 

Marking the fifth anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire  On 14 June 2017, a fire started in the kitchen of a fourth-floor flat in West London. Within minutes, the fire spread via…

Pointing the way forward for fire safety 

The updated Approved Document B of the Building Regulations is a move in the right direction which will bring clarity and improved fire safety to high-rise residential buildings.  There is no doubt…

GORE-TEX Professional – Redefines rescue protection 

GORE-TEX Professional (Gore) raises personal protection for technical rescue teams to a new level with the introduction of a unique waterproof, windproof and breathable (WWB) fabric that enhances comfort while protecting from…

Specifying today’s office spaces with tomorrow’s fire-safety regulations in mind

There’s no doubt the Building Safety Act and Fire Safety Act are driving major improvements in the construction industry’s quality and approval processes. Despite the legislation’s initial emphasis on high-rise residential structures,…

Tampering with or preventing alarms from effectively detecting fires can result in fatal incidents. Images supplied by Author / Contributor

Only a functioning smoke alarm can protect you

Landlords have responsibilities to keep tenants safe in their properties by providing functioning life-safety equipment. Regulations introduced in 2015 require private-sector landlords to ensure they ‘have at least one smoke alarm installed…

XD EN nozzle series from Elkhart Brass – Nozzles that take the industry standard to a whole new level 

Elite firefighting equipment manufacturer, Elkhart Brass, has recently launched a new range of fire nozzles that take the industry standard to a whole new level.  Specially designed and built for professional firefighters,…

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…

The significance of urban planning in fighting future fires

Fires can cause up to 180,000 deaths globally each year. This, according to The World Bank, is three times as high as the annual average of deaths due to all-natural hazards. The…

Peli Products (UK) Ltd – Brilliant lighting over 30 years

Peli Products (UK) Ltd celebrate their 30th anniversary in 2022. The company has grown significantly during this time, moving to bigger premises twice and acquiring a specialist foam engineering division. With a…

EE rapid response vehicles. Images supplied by Author / Contributor

ESN provides ultra-reliable connectivity and support for innovative applications

The Emergency Services Network (ESN) is built to robust mission-critical standards to guarantee high levels of availability and connectivity for the emergency services, but attention also needs to be given to indoor…

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