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A resilient and adaptable fire industry in a time of turmoil?

In the current world climate, it seems impossible to know or predict what is going to happen next, and writing an editorial in advance of publication leaves me wondering what will have…

Federation launches national blueprint for fire safety

Working with industry leaders, the Fire Sector Federation has launched an initiative calling for wider discussion to create a national fire safety strategy, which goes beyond current legislative proposals, to comprehensively address…

iSON Moulding – Protecting dry-riser outlet valves from unwanted tampering and vandalism

Throughout the UK, dry-riser valves are being targeted by vandals, who in many cases render this critical piece of firefighting equipment inoperable by fire and rescue services (FRS) in an emergency. However,…

Hazmat Academy – High-quality training for hazmat responses

The National Chemical Emergency Centre (NCEC) training experts, Hazmat Academy, supports organisations in building skill-based knowledge to achieve a safe, effective and competent response to incidents that involve hazardous materials (hazmat). We…

Compartment walls and floors between dwellings. Images supplied by Author / Contributor

Can firefighters trust compartmentation?

This article discusses whether firefighters can, truly, trust compartmentation. It is based on two separate conversations conducted by Quelfire with Steve McGuirk and Guy Doyle.  Steve McGuirk Guy Doyle An overview  During…

Lighting for the market

As lighting technology continues to evolve, firefighting professionals worldwide rely on new advances in portable lighting. From enhancements in brightness, run times, distance capability and features, developments over the years have meant…

How to find a good watermist system manufacturer

As with anything you acquire, you want to make sure you have a good product. And especially when it comes to fire protection – something that in an emergency shall protect nothing…

Firefighting is now officially a cancer-causing occupation

Although post-fire contaminants with a proven link to firefighter cancer are minute in size, measured in micrometres, the recent declaration by the World Health Organisation (WHO) that the profession is now officially…

Dräger’s ‘Health for the Firefighter’ survey results: what are firefighters’ primary health concerns?

As you’ll have seen hosted on the UK Fire website, Dräger, an international leader in medical and safety technology, has conducted a survey into the health concerns of serving firefighters. This is…

Sika’s comprehensive range of passive fire protection solutions can restore the fire resistance of walls and floors disrupted by building joints, linear seals, cavity barriers or penetration services. Images supplied by Author / Contributor

The benefits of passive fire protection

Devising a firestopping strategy that can help contain and control the spread of fire is an essential part of most construction projects and one that can greatly benefit from collaboration with specialist…

The future of fighting wildfires is drones

From California to Turkey to Australia, wildfires, also known as bushfires, are everywhere – and they’re increasing in both frequency and intensity. In 2020, over 10.2 million acres of land were affected…

Canary Wharf office complex upgrades to Advanced protection 

host of industry-leading fire-protection solutions from UK manufacturer Advanced have been installed to protect approximately 140,000sq. ft of Grade A office space at Westferry House, Canary Wharf. As a cornerstone office building…

London Fire Brigade drone capability – from inception to the future

From December 2017 to September 2018 the London Fire Brigade investigated and implemented a drone capability mainly from recommendations after the tragic events of the Grenfell Tower fire in June 2017. In…

One rule for one, and one for another

A fire that tore through the Cube high-rise student accommodation in 2019 is a stark reminder that our new 11m sprinkler threshold for high-rise residential buildings does not apply to student accommodation.…

VCA Ltd Succession Pathways Flow-Chart: An example of Best Practice Image courtesy of the VCA Ltd Succession Pathways System Images supplied by Author / Contributor

Promotions in the FRS – a blueprint for success

The HMICFRS inspections of the last four years have highlighted areas that many fire and rescue services (FRS) have known for decades: that creating a successful promotions process can be a minefield.…

Counting on accountability 

Accountability is considered in a broad range of contexts relating to firefighter safety. In this article we are discussing technology systems that provide an understanding of key elements of the incident environment…

Carriage and storage of ADR Class 3 within the dangerous goods supply chain 

This feature provides an updated insight into probably the largest ADR category of packaged (and bulk) dangerous goods carried on the British road network – flammable liquids; and, crucially for firefighters, it…

Selecting and using a thermal imaging camera for wildfire – Part 2

A thermal imaging camera (TIC) like any other item of firefighting equipment has limitations. This together with the misinterpretation of the displayed image and the failure to follow standard practices and procedures…

AI and the cloud: digital transformation in public safety 

Public safety is a high-pressure sector, and digital transformation can yield the dynamism needed to tackle the scale, complexity and unpredictability of fluid, multi-dimensional incidents, as well as complex legislative demands.  Collaboration…

Figure 1: Trutest being used to test a commercial smoke detector.

Determining the optimum replacement periods of optical smoke detectors and alarms 

In the UK there are no strict mandatory replacement periods, within British Standards, for smoke alarms and detectors. The aim of this research was to identify the optimum replacement periods for optical…

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