Do we have to look back in order to look forward?

When we are driving, the need to look back before we make a move on the road is a basic principle of safety that we learn from day one. I think that…

What role do you play in the NFPA fire safety ecosystem?

Global perspective and purview The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has been working with global authorities to help reduce risk for more than a century. A neutral, non-profit, non-governmental organisation devoted to…

Raising the bar for building safety standards

In the aftermath of the Grenfell fire in 2017, the government asked Dame Judith Hackitt to conduct a review of Building Regulations. Her report was a damning indictment of the construction industry,…

Vimpex – Extrication tools’ leading role in rescue

Extrication is an extremely complex discipline which requires a high level of skill, knowledge and understanding in order to ensure a safe and successful outcome. In the past 25 years the demands…

Specific external wall constructions featuring Kingspan Kooltherm K15 Rainscreen Board and Kingspan Kooltherm K5 External Wall Board have been shown to meet the criteria within BR 135 when tested to BS8414.

Kingspan Kooltherm – Understanding the latest guidance for external wall constructions

Over the past year, there have been significant changes to the Building Regulations and Approved Document B (fire safety) to the Building Regulations in England (ADB-2019). These affect the fire-performance requirements for…

Cancer – the current epidemic in the fire service

More firefighters have been diagnosed with cancer in the last two years than in the previous 10 years combined, and sadly, one in three firefighters will die of cancer. With a minimum…

Fire Engineering – an opportunity for everyone

I left school after completing my A-levels and started work with the John Lewis Partnership at a local retail store. I was unsure of what I wanted to study or my future…

Asian Fire Service Association – Bringing diversity and inclusion into the mix within fire and rescue services

The Asian Fire Service Association (AFSA) is an independent staff network and represents 40 fire and rescue services in the UK. AFSA is now 11 years old and continues to support fire…

Collaboration in action

Two years since the launch of the PPE Collaborative Procurement Framework, the roll-out of new firefighting kit across the country is well underway. We speak to three Fire and Rescue Services to…

Bespoke requirements for a complex city – Comuna 13 District in Medellin Colombia.

Firetreks – the journey so far

Five months into my journey and I have explored three wonderfully unique countries in South America as part of the FireTreks project. I began FireTreks to gain a greater insight into fire…

Can your fire system do this?

Fire detection and alarm systems are increasingly complex and sophisticated, benefiting from cutting-edge digital technology. As a fire-alarm engineer installing, servicing and/or commissioning such technology, it can be hard to keep on…

Oshkosh ARV – The all-new ‘ARV’ built on an all-wheel-drive commercial vehicle chassis

Oshkosh Airport Products, LCC chose the Inter Airport Europe 2019 trade show in Munich to showcase the latest addition to their class-leading range of aviation rescue and firefighting vehicles – the all-new…

Vaping – setting off alarm bells

Lee James, General Manager at Nittan Europe, looks at the impact of e-cigarette use on fire detectors and the latest recommendations on avoiding false alarms caused by vaping. The Health Act 2006…

UKFSC 2019 – a very good year

This year’s United Kingdom Firefighters Sailing Challenge (UKFSC) took place on 13–16 May with the largest entry of emergency services crews in its 16-year history. As the name suggests, UKFSC is a…

Calgary Fire Department – Newly formed Specialist Technical Rescue Team.

Investigating the technical rescue variations between the UK and US

Between 2017 and 2018 I was fortunate to be awarded the Winston Churchill Fellowship allowing me to travel to areas in North America known for their technical and challenging terrain both in…

The Emergency Services Show – Successfully showcases emerging technology and learning

The Emergency Services Show, the UK’s largest event for the emergency services, attracted a growing number of overseas visitors (5% up on 2018) this year, as over 8,300 travelled to the NEC…

Partnership approach that delivers the best firefighter PPE

Hainsworth Technology has always taken the time to listen to firefighters and emergency service personnel around the world, with feedback acting as the driving force in developing cutting-edge fabrics that meet its…

Women in the Fire Service drive a movement for a more progressive fire and rescue service

Women in the Fire Service UK (WFS) is a non-profit organisation which has provided support to women in the Fire and Rescue Services (FRS) during the past three decades. Originally formed in…

Is it time for a global approach to vehicle extrication?

Since the arrival of social media and the almost instantaneous exchange of thoughts, values and ideas, is it time to adopt a more global approach to the subject of vehicle extrication? Surely…

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The new addressing system helping UK emergency services

Emergencies can happen anywhere, from a wildfire in a park to an incident outside one of the gates at a crowded stadium. Saying precisely where first responders are needed is crucial but…

The value of standards development

Earlier this year, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) President and CEO Jim Pauley wrote a blog applauding an editorial titled, ‘The Joy of Standards – Life is a lot easier when you…

Cornish fire service upgrades mobile tablets to improve response times

‘I didn’t join the fire service to troubleshoot old tablet PCs,’ says Mark Goodfellow, Crew Manager at Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service. He spoke and it seems that the Cornwall Fire and…

Recruitment drive sees hike in female firefighters

This is the next generation of firefighters who will be keeping the communities of Hampshire safe – and the number of women has increased by almost 900%. This follows a proactive campaign…

Fire safety in the commercial sector

Fire can ruin a business and change things in an instant. According to a recent study carried out by the Business Sprinkler Alliance, only 16% of respondents considered the risk of fire…

Live video streaming from bodyworn cameras worn by first responders at the scene significantly enhances the situational awareness of command teams in charge.

Protecting the protectors: ensuring firefighter safety with live video

A new law, the Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill, is currently passing in the UK that will increase sentences for those who assault crucial emergency workers to up to six months…

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