We have made it to the end of the first year and what a year it has been. The success of our newest magazine has been down to the hard work of the whole MDM Team and the fantastic encouragement and feedback received from readers and advertisers alike – our thanks to you all.

This issue is packed full of in-depth and interesting features, from the latest industry news and product announcements as well as specialist feature editorial, you will not be disappointed.

As is the tradition, editor Phil Martin kicks off the issue with his Editor’s Comment and with a further sixteen in-depth and informative articles, we are sure that you will find the issue interesting – look out for the fascinating company and product profiles.

Check out Amanda Hope’s article which gives an insight on ‘Ensuring fire-system effectiveness in historic sites’ in addition to ‘PPV fans – New technologies
for improved health and safety’ from Simon Lister.

We are honoured to be able to carry a special feature on the remarkable career of Dave Farries from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service. The UK Fire Interview; ‘Veteran firefighter reflects on incredible 50-year career’ provides a fascinating insight into the passion and dedication Dave has shown throughout his career. Dave, we salute you.

Enjoy this issue and please continue to share your comments with us – it’s your publication as well as ours and we are always looking for ways to improve the magazine.

Finally, if you are attending FDIC International 2019 in Indianapolis, USA from 8th – 13th April, please don’t forget to visit the UK Fire team. We are on Booth 3379 – come and say hello and sign up for your subscription to UK Fire magazine.

The use of specialist cutting equipment is a core skill for Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) crews.
Image courtesy of Phil Crook, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Gemma Alcock, Mark Bristow, Becci Bryant, Erik Christensen, Phil Crook, Bob Glendenning, Terry Guest, Mark Harris, Amanda Hope, Dr Carl Stephen Patrick Hunter, Simon Lister, Gary Parkinson, Andy Starnes, Guy Watson.

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