The drone revolution: unlocking the next level

Drones are changing public safety operations for the better. No emergency service around the world is immune from the torrent of disruption, from fire services through to voluntary search and rescue (SAR)…

The ‘Rolls-Royce’ of fire protection?

The government has released its proposals for the new building safety regulatory system and a call for evidence on the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order in England. These documents suggest fundamental changes…

Grenfell two years on

I have always felt that only lazy journalists and broadcasters relied on anniversaries for inspiration but in the case of the Grenfell Tower fire, the second anniversary of this horrific incident is…

Fundamentals of high-rise fire safety

We live in historic times – for the first time in human history, more than 50% of the world’s population live in cities. This trend is not slowing down, especially in developing…

Hereford & Worcester FRS in training.

XFlex – Bristol’s flagship range in structural firefighting PPE

Popular with firefighters around the world, it has accreditations from the European Standard of Certification (CEN) and the International Standards Organisation (ISO), and recently achieved re-accreditation from the National Fire Protection Association…

Crofton live-fire training building for Blue Light Hub

The new £14 million Blue Light Hub fire, police and ambulance campus in Milton Keynes features a live-fire training building designed and built by Crofton Engineering. The joint facility for Buckinghamshire &…

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service

It was a fantastic honour for me to be appointed Chief Fire Officer of Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service (LFRS) in May this year, after serving as Deputy Chief Fire Officer since…

50 Bank Street invests in Gent life-safety technology

London’s Canary Wharf comprises some of world’s most sought-after office, leisure and retail space. One of its most recognisable buildings is 50 Bank Street, which now benefits from cutting-edge life-safety solutions from…

Cadcorp Risk Modeller – A user-friendly and repeatable way for Fire Services to model risk

ire Services need to have a good understanding of risk within their operational areas. Understanding risk allows Fire Services to prioritise community engagement, and a number of authorities examine risk as part…

PBI fabrics set new standards in comfort and performance.

PBI – Protects in every situation

PBI has been at the forefront of incredible innovation and progress in the development of fabrics that protect firefighters against heat and flame but are also lightweight and breathable, reducing the risk…

Development of tests to assess video flame and video smoke detectors

Video fire detectors are increasingly being used to detect fires in areas where traditional detectors may be inappropriate, or where a quicker response is needed or visual verification required. Due to their…

How can coaching profit both you and your organisation?

Put simply, coaching will assist you in the development of potential within your organisation, helping you to reach your organisational objectives and targets. Coaching is a supported development tool; a series of…

The Flood Expo keynote line-up has been released!

The Flood Expo is the world’s largest exhibition and conference designed to help the most progressive flood professionals and property owners discover the latest innovative products, services and strategies that transform the…

LTE to 5G: Future-proofed critical communications for public safety

Public-safety organisations have always relied on high-quality critical communication voice services, built on specialised technologies with dedicated network implementations and spectrum. With the wide availability of high-speed broadband, the potential for harnessing…

M1 SCBA System from MSA Safety.

The evolution of SCBA – How innovation is improving safety

The biggest barrier to firefighter safety is undoubtedly smoke. The need to provide crews with the ability to breath, manoeuvre within a building freely and interact with colleagues has shaped the development…

Glasgow School of Art, Notre Dame… what next?

Fires occur all too often during refurbishment work – Notre Dame is a case in point and only last year the Glasgow School of Art was destroyed by fire during building work.…

Donations: An essential guide – Part 1

It’s a sad fact that less-privileged firefighters often reach out to developed nations asking if any unwanted equipment could be donated to help their situation. Some stories are heart-wrenching and many organisations…

Super Vac – The world’s leading manufacturer in emergency ventilation products

Super Vac’s line-up includes the largest array of PPV fans, ranging from 20cm to 2m blades and now includes Super Vac’s coveted 16- and 18-inch variable-speed battery fans, powered by DeWalt or…

Grenfell: Has anything changed?

Approved Document B is the core fire-safety document underpinning our industry. Its full name is Approved Document B: Fire safety Volume 1 – Dwellinghouses 2006 edition incorporating 2007, 2010 and 2013 amendments…

FIREX International 2019 saw a 4% increase in visitors from last year.

FIREX International 2019 records another successful event

The 2019 FIREX International, held on 18–20 June at ExCeL, London, was another enormous success. Once again, the event saw increased attendance, with a 4% rise in visitors from 73 countries, representing…

Disasters in the developed world

Spending much of the last 30 years involved directly or indirectly in the rescue-equipment business has provided an interesting perspective from which to view disaster events occurring around the world. Regardless of…

QuelStop – Intumescent HPE graphite sealant

Quelfire’s QuelStop Intumescent HPE Graphite Sealant is a high-expansion intumescent acrylic-based graphic sealant used to provide a fire-rated linear joint or gap seal and to maintain the fire rating of walls and…

Advanced’s high-rise reputation sees it protect European landmark

Global fire-systems leader, Advanced, has been specified on another landmark tall building. Set to stand at 62 storeys high, 22 Bishopsgate in the City of London will, on completion, become the second-tallest…

FireTreks – knowledge sharing with the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE)

For any industry, data and how we harness, process and share it is key to developing procedures that can help to prevent the loss of lessons learnt. FireTreks aims to support the…

4.25T Fiat Maxi Primemover. Lowers to the ground in just 6 seconds, fully demountable in 22 seconds.

Alfa Drop Box – Deliver innovative mobile training pods to Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service

Alfa Drop Box has designed and created the first Immersive Training Mobile pods for Staffordshire Fire & Rescue to deliver their Safe & Sound educational project into the community. The design is…

Connection risk

In November 2013, computer hackers found their way into the computer systems of a major retailer and made off with information on more than 40 million credit cards and other critical personal…

The persistent face of electrical fires

Fires of electrical origin stubbornly continue to feature high in UK fire statistics with some estimated 25,000 annual incidents caused by electrical component malfunction, poor installation or the misuse of equipment. A…

Extrication Planning – Part 2

In the previous article we looked at the initial stages of extrication planning and focused on the gathering of information, establishing our priorities, contriving the plan based on the initial and ongoing…

The Emergency Services Show 2019 – A Showcase of Technology and Collaboration

Visitors to this year’s Emergency Services Show can source the very latest kit and discover emerging technologies, whilst networking with partner agencies with whom they could collaborate at future fire and rescue operations. Taking place in Hall 5 at the NEC, Birmingham on Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19 September, The Emergency Services Show is the UK’s largest event for the emergency services. It is free to attend and features over 450 exhibiting companies and organisations as well as live demonstrations, simulated training and CPD-accredited seminars.

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