Responding and adapting in uncharted times

It would be difficult to start this editorial with anything other than reference to the Global Coronavirus Pandemic. As fire professionals we are dedicated to consideration of worst-case scenarios, risk assessments, projections,…

UK Fire and Rescue Service – playing catch up?

Covid-19 has at least eclipsed the media obsession with Brexit, but at some point we will emerge from the pandemic only to find the issues arising from our European departure still there.…

Coronavirus chaos and confusion

While the UK Coronavirus lockdown and social-distancing requirements have decimated several industries, mixed messaging from government has resulted in confusion for the construction and fire-safety sectors. With uncertainty about which construction sites…

Universal fire-safety problems need a globalised response

There’s nothing like watching a room flash over to make you realise how quickly a fire can turn deadly. As a young engineer at the Danish Institute of Fire Technology, I had…

OnScene Solutions offers heavy-duty 450kg capacity cargo trays with 100% extension.

OnScene Solutions – Your resource for complete compartment solutions

A well-thought-out fire apparatus is essential to your crew’s response, which is why truck planning committees spend long months and sometimes years designing their apparatus. With an infinite array of equipment that…

EDM Post Incident Support – Tried and tested post-incident support available to all UK Fire and Rescue Services

As a UK-registered not-for-profit charity, EDM delivers the highest level of post-incident support to participating Fire and Rescue services and the communities they serve. EDM Post Incident Support is a self-funded charity,…

PBI – Continuing to innovate new protective fabric solutions

PBI has been at the forefront of firefighter protection for over three decades since its unique fibre technology was first used to develop outer fabrics that are the first line of defence…

Protect the building – protect the business

The SBRC is a non-profit organisation which exists to support and help protect Scottish businesses. Our unique connection to Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and Scottish Government gives us exclusive…

Corrosive chemical assaults – how to respond to the risks

Over the last 18 months, the National Chemical Emergency Centre (NCEC) has received an increased number of calls from the UK’s emergency services relating to assaults involving corrosive substances. These terrible and…

Talentum IR3 flame detector mounted inside the biomass conveyor.

Talentum flame detectors installed at Liverpool Docks

With such a large presence of combustible material in one place the biomass conveyor required a fire-detection system that could quickly and efficiently detect fires. The FFE Talentum IR3 was chosen as…

The role of operational guidance in fire and rescue service improvement

In this welcome update from the National Fire Chiefs Council, we look at how fire and rescue services benefit from the continued evolution of National Operational Guidance, the influence of HMICFRS inspections…

Drones speed beyond visual line of sight to deliver life-saving treatment

The County of Renfrew in Ontario, Canada partnered with Cradlepoint, InDro Robotics and Ericsson for trials using the first beyond-visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) drones that utilise an LTE cellular connection to deliver automated external…

The importance of fire extinguishers in any workplace

Fire extinguishers are crucial in the workplace, not least because every business is required to be compliant with legislation. All employees and visitors to the building must have adequate means to protect…

AFOA Conference 2020

The Airport Fire Officers Association (AFOA) conference took place on 12–13 February 2020 at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole, UK. John Purdy AFOA chairman* welcomed delegates to the AFOA 2020 conference, giving a…

A network of MxPro 5 fire panels from Advanced protect London’s Landmark Pinnacle.

UK’s tallest residential tower to be protected by Advanced Fire Panels

Global systems leader Advanced is celebrating being specified on yet another landmark development in London. The installation of Advanced fire panels at the Landmark Pinnacle marks another tall-building win for the manufacturer…

Driving innovation

Rosenbauer, the world’s largest manufacturer of fire and rescue vehicles, is using digital innovation and technology to support firefighting crews on the front line now and in the future. We are using…

All-consuming fire safety

As part 2 of the Grenfell Tower Public Enquiry gets underway, many members of the fire-safety community are asking themselves: How did this happen? And how can we prevent it from happening…

In safe hands

Regulations and standards keep firefighters safe and provide reassurance that Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is of good quality, fit for purpose and adequately protective. Richard Ballheimer, Compliance Manager at Bristol Uniforms looks…

Narrow wet roads, wide design options

In Singapore, the country’s civil defence force has launched a radical line of new-age fire trucks, to replace the conventional box shape. Designed for narrow urban streets, the vehicles look more like…

In Massachusetts fires are investigated by a combination of firefighters and police officers. The fire chief is required by statute to investigate every fire in their jurisdiction. Chiefs may turn to the State Fire Marshal’s office for help depending on circumstances. Fire investigators assigned to the Massachusetts State Fire Marshal’s Office are members of the Massachusetts State Police.

NFPA fire-investigation standards help to identify JPRs and fire causes

In the mid-1970s, salty old fire investigators would work their way through the smoky ruins of buildings, armed only with knowledge gleaned from mentors or picked up along the way from others…

Fire-safety law continues to apply during the coronavirus pandemic

BAFE, the independent register of quality fire-safety service providers, discuss the importance of fire safety during the coronavirus pandemic. Inside Housing’s deputy editor, Peter Apps, recently published an article titled ‘Fire safety…

Fire-protection regulations in waste transfer stations – ensuring compliance

Fire is a risk for any business. Waste transfer stations, however, are amongst the most vulnerable, due to the readily combustible matter that is regularly stored within them. With nearly two-thirds of…

Reliable communication and co-ordination lowers risks

Being prepared and informed is a vital element in reducing the impact of any emergency event. This is why, last year, the Thames Valley Local Resilience Forum (TVLRF) announced that it had…

Five tips for using visual alarm devices to improve life safety

Audible alarm devices, or sounders, have long been used to alert building occupants during fires and to help promote a quick and effective evacuation. While sounders are often considered the most important…

The Chancellor responded to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry, in the budget 2020.

Building on the government’s foundations for a safer future

There is no doubt that the first quarter of 2020 has introduced some significant announcements for the future of fire safety, especially when it comes to high-rise buildings and response to the…

Committed to firefighter health & safety

The role of a firefighter has never been more challenging. Some of these challenges are because of climate change with firefighters called out to incidents of flooding, wildfires and other natural disasters,…

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