Developing a safer future together

My role as Editor has provided the opportunity to broaden my fire-sector knowledge and the opportunity to see where, with shared knowledge and a common voice, fire professionals can make a difference…

Missed opportunities

Some years ago, I had the privilege of sitting beside the then Home Secretary at the launch of National Fire Safety Week. He delivered his scripted lines with the expertise and panache of a veteran politician, but I could that…

The long road to safety

Last year I laid out three issues which I felt were crucial to improving fire safety following the Grenfell tragedy. These included a review of Approved Document B (ADB) to the Building Regulations; a need for prescription in certain scenarios;…

Re-defining UK fire safety

So, one year on from the Grenfell Tower tragedy and after over 10 years of campaigning from the fire sector, the Government has at last announced that it intends to carry out a wider technical review of Approved Document B…

Substation fire – Choosing the correct transformers fluids is pivotal to the safety of the wider environment.

The growing threat of the world’s ageing transformer fleets

An underground fire which led to a partial evacuation at Newark Liberty International Airport on 14 January was just one in a series of blazes with a common cause – catastrophic transformer failure. With global energy demand on the rise,…

Aligned Assets – Reducing attendance time to business emergencies

The fragility of today’s economic climate has meant that businesses come and go at a faster pace than ever before. As a result, when a Fire and Rescue Service is called out to an incident, details about the business operating…

Body-worn cameras, decision making and our fire services

As the use of wearable cameras grows within the emergency services industry, Edesix provides an insight into how these devices benefit the fire service today and future technology developments designed to improve processes and protect the community. The influence of…

National Fire Chiefs Council – Establishment and Purpose

The National Fire Chiefs Council was formed in April 2017. This followed the announcement of the Fire Reform programme, by the then Home Secretary Theresa May. Since fire and rescue moved back to the Home Office, there have been many…

The Emergency Services Show – Profile & Showcase

Full details of the expert-led, free seminar programmes running at this year’s Emergency Services Show, have been published on www.emergencyuk.com. The programmes feature an impressive line-up of senior speakers from the international fire and rescue community, including representatives from the Federation of European Fire Associations (FEU), The Resilience Advisors Network, International Fire Chiefs and UK ISAR. There is a strong focus on collaboration and the efficiencies that can be achieved through data sharing and technology, whilst addressing head-on the health, safety and psychological needs of individual fire, rescue and call-centre staff when responding to incidents.

Understanding how stratification works in large spaces is key to understanding the placement of detectors.

Fire Industry Association research sheds light on detection of stratified smoke

Fire detection in large open spaces has often proved to be challenging. BS5839-1 provides clear guidelines for detection at the ceiling and this may be perfectly sufficient for many applications. However, a few designers have been embarrassed to receive customer…

The after Grenfell Seminar – London, 17 July 2018

The Grenfell Tower conflagration in West London on the night of 14 June 2017 when 72 men, women and children perished amid the fire and smoke of the 24-floor apartment tower has sadly entered the lexicon of global fire disasters.…

Emergency One (UK) Limited – The UK’s largest designer and manufacturer of specialist fire and rescue vehicles

Formed in 1989, the company has grown steadily to now produce over 230 vehicles a year from our 10,500m2 manufacturing base (8-acre campus) in Cumnock, Scotland. Our clients face the daily challenge of responding to a range of incidents in…

See-through flame protection

If you look up through rainscreen cladding you may see all the way up, past a number of cavity fire barriers. This see-through gap is the path of free-flowing air that keeps the cavity dry. In fire, the see-through gap…

Clearing the air on mechanical smoke extraction guidance

The current lack of definitive guidance for auditing mechanical smoke extraction designs in high-rise buildings means that their specification is often based on cost rather than verifiable information on their performance. Simon Plummer, national fire safety manager at FläktGroup, explains…

Phil Pugh (left) and Paul Hopkins prepare for a training session ahead of their mammoth 3,000-mile Atlantic rowing challenge.

Atlantic dream team

During December 2018, adventurers will set off on a world record breaking challenge to row 3,000 nautical miles across the Atlantic Ocean. I said, “I have never heard of it.” “It’s a big sport with races all over the world,”…

Impeller – Safer people and places

Impeller is a social enterprise working in close collaboration with Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS) to combine the knowledge and expertise developed by TWFRS, alongside industry specialists, to deliver services globally. We provide operational management, consulting and…

Live investigations of false fire alarms

Fire detection and fire alarm systems (FDFAS) are used to provide early warning of fire in order to alert the local Fire and Rescue Service (FRS). FRS attendance at fires saves lives, prevents injury and reduces associated property damage costs.…

Unilite – Tough flashlights built for industrial and hazardous environments

With over 37 years’ experience, Unilite is one of the world’s leading flashlight manufacturers in the global illumination market. The homegrown family-run business has built itself from its humble beginnings at a West Midlands residential address to become a trusted…

Where will #My75Miles take you?

There is still plenty of time to join The Fire Fighters Charity’s year-long #My75Miles challenge to celebrate its 75th anniversary in 2018. The Charity’s supporters have already run, walked, cycled and even skied thousands of miles, raising thousands of pounds,…

Traditional training is now becoming a regimented and prescriptive test-based approach with separate vocational and academic elements for students.

Training to fail and failing to train, a dilemma for leaders

Our current working environment, and the systems we employ for training staff, to meet the threats and challenges of emergency response, are continually in the spotlight of review and assessment. More often than not, this assessment is framed within the…

DRIVER+ – Driving innovation for Crisis Management

Warsaw hosts first DRIVER+ Trial Nothing stands still in crisis management and as risks and communities get more interconnected, the solutions to manage crises need to follow suit. This is why innovation is fundamental towards building resilience and cooperation; without…

Whitesales – A revolution in mechanical smoke ventilation: the Es-SHEV pod system

Smoke ventilation systems today require sophisticated control mechanisms and integration with highly complex building management infrastructure. Whitesales have launched their latest innovation in mechanical smoke control which combines exceptional performance with outstanding aesthetics. Essentially, Smoke Heat Exhaust Vent systems (SHEVs)…

Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service

In this feature, we speak to Chief Fire Officer (CFO) Trevor Ferguson about the journey of change and improvement for Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service. CFO Ferguson said: “In April 2017 I took up the post of CFO for…

UKFSC 2018 – New teams push through to the front!

The 15th United Kingdom Firefighters Sailing Challenge (UKFSC) took place from 7 to 10 May 2018 in superb sailing conditions in The Solent on the UK’s south coast off the Isle of Wight. The event started on the Monday with…

Auto Eject Covers incorporate Auto Eject and either a digital or bar indicator display.

Kussmaul Electronics – Proven to be the Industry Standard

Kussmaul Electronics Co., Inc. was founded in September 1967 in the USA by Ernest A. Kussmaul. Most of the products were developed from customers looking for a solution to a problem and that is how the first product was released…

FlamePro Global Ltd – Changing the game in Firefighter Protection

It’s a bold claim to suggest that what you are doing is revolutionary. Are you zigging when others are zagging? Are you challenging the status quo and doing it differently? FlamePro had long been convinced that there was a better…

Fire-safe building – incorporating certified passive fire protection

Whilst it’s easy to appreciate that all buildings should be designed and constructed with fire safety in mind, it’s far more complex to do this in practice. A number of passive and active products are available to consider and it’s…

TOA Corporation – Supplying innovative sound solutions since 1934

In 1934, in the Japanese city of Kobe, Tsunetaro Nakatani inaugurated the TOA Electric Manufacturing Company in order to produce horn speakers, microphones and amplifiers. Little could he have known that over 80 years later his vision would become one…

Hytera – Fireground radio for critical communications

UK Fire and Rescue Services deploy a mix of TETRA, DMR (Digital Mobile Radio) and analogue radios. The fire appliances are equipped with TETRA mobile radios, which use the UK’s nationwide Airwave emergency services communications network. “The main communications between…

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