United by common themes and desires?

As this issue is published, the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union will have just been completed. Despite the fact that the momentous decision to leave was made less than four…

Why many fire safety consultations do not go far enough

Last year, it became very clear from Dame Judith’s findings and also the first phase report of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry by Sir Martin Moore-Bick that existing building regulations and fire safety…

Learning from assembly occupancy tragedies

On 4 December 2009, partygoers packed the Lame Horse, a nightclub in the Russian city of Perm, to celebrate the club’s eighth anniversary. Then, in an instant, fire broke out and chaos…

What does Brexit mean for passive fire protection?

The UK has left the EU and entered a transition period, which is currently proposed to end on 31 December 2020. While there remain huge uncertainties going forward, the ASFP is aware…

Graf UK’s super-sized firefighting water tank is lowered into the ground.

Graf UK’s super-sized fire-water tank debuts in Essex

When it came to finding an underground firefighting water tank big enough for the job there was only one manufacturer main contractor Kier could go to – Graf UK. The sustainable water-management…

Bristol Uniforms – A cleaner future with Solo Rescue

At Bristol Uniforms we recognise the importance of keeping firefighter PPE clean, and are constantly looking at new ways to help reduce the risk of PPE contamination and firefighters’ exposure to harmful…

Are we asking the right questions when it comes to fire risk?

A recent study1 carried out by the Business Sprinkler Alliance confirmed that the uptake of fire safety sprinkler systems is low, with 68% of those interviewed having been involved in a decision…

Winton provides vital water power for innovative fast response fire and rescue vehicles

Now more than ever, the pressure is on for emergency services to deliver a better and faster service with less. One way to achieve this is to adopt more efficient emergency response…

Swansea University future-proofs campus

The university has installed 25 one-, two- and four-loop MxPro 5 fire-alarm control panels throughout its 11 academic Bay campus buildings, specified thanks to their superior networking abilities. Installed alongside over 5,000…

Figure 1: Methods of LNG Bunkering.

LNG in your port – Part 2

In the first part of this article, which appeared in the May 2019 issue, we discussed how LNG is not only being transported on ocean-going ships but is now fuelling those same…

Nimbus Mobile ensures testing meets the standard every time

A nationwide provider of fire protection services has made Nimbus Mobile an integral part of the way it does business, by using it to provide evidence of compliance with system testing requirements…

The chicken or the egg?

What came first: business continuity or crisis management? It is similar to the centuries-old conundrum of the chicken or the egg. The following article is not a definitive answer to the mystery…

The importance of fire extinguishers in hotels

Fire poses a risk in every setting in every industry. However, it’s an even more prominent threat in the hotel industry, given so many people occupy the premises 24 hours a day.…

The causes of fire fatalities and serious fire injuries in Scotland

Fire fatalities in Great Britain have gradually been decreasing over the last three decades but have now plateaued. This first phase of a research study investigating fire fatalities and serious injuries in…

Fire test of firestopping products installed around service penetrations through a fire compartment wall.

Get active about passive fire protection

This article looks at the importance of passive fire protection within a building’s fire-safety strategy and what architects and designers need to consider when it comes to choosing a supplier for firestopping…

Why L2 powder fire extinguishers are not effective on lithium-ion battery fires

The L2 powder fire extinguisher is the most recommended fire extinguisher in the Class D Specialist Powder class, specifically for extinguishing burning lithium metal fires. Whilst the L2 is a specialist fire…

Fire Engineering – Beginning the second year

Having completed three exams at the end of May to finish off my first year of the Fire Engineering degree at UCLan, there is about a six-week wait for the results, which…

Who does the fire and rescue service call when they need help?

Your Service has come under the spotlight because of a major incident. The government is insisting on savings or cultural change. Disputes with unions. Perhaps you simply want an independent perspective on…

Addressable fire alarm devices can enable faster reaction time for earlier evacuation

The latest LED technology in visual alarm and indicating devices improves building occupant reaction time while highly accurate device self-testing ensures system readiness without disrupting building occupants. A reliable system and earlier…

The Stunning Cornish coast attracts significant tourism. As a peninsular-based Fire and Rescue Service, the coastal border presents operational challenges including an inability to draw on mutual aid.

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service

In this article, Mark Hewitt, who was appointed Interim Chief Fire Officer in September 2019, describes the challenges, opportunities and solutions his Service are dealing with, along with his expectations and aspirations…

AirForLife – Award-winning, life-saving aerosol product is the new kid on the block

Statistics indicate that around 85% of deaths from fire-related incidents are due to being overcome by gas or smoke. This is a devastating problem for which AirForLife has created a life-saving solution…

Thermal imaging – understanding high and low sensitivity

This short article is an attempt to clarify a few misconceptions in regard to fire-service thermal-imaging cameras (TIC). All fire-service thermal-imaging cameras automatically switch gains or sensitivity modes based on the following:…

Wireless is revolutionising fire safety in social housing

In the aftermath of Grenfell, social landlords are often under pressure to ensure the best fire safety and often need to deliver swift improvements in properties they own. With several inquiries, most…

UK Fire is a quarterly journal specific to the UK Fire market dedicated to both fire protection and firefighting. The editorial features are written by industry experts and comprise a unique blend focussing on the latest technology, training methods and equipment as well as highlighting sector specific issues from around the region. Regular product and company profiles, events updates and news make UK Fire the first choice read for fire protection and firefighting professionals.

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