The New Zealand Fire Service is to build seven new fire stations in Christchurch to meet the known and emerging needs of the city and its communities.
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Tests show there are benefits to using Long Term Evolution (4G) mobile data to improve public services – while using existing PMR (personal mobile radio) infrastructure.
Rennicks UK's vehicle conspicuity system – comprising of Nikkalite Flexible Crystal Grade Microprismatic sheeting – was first launched last year. However, the company has now technically verified a 10-year performance life when converted by a Gold level partner.
WS Darley starts comprehensive emergency services development program in Nigeria
WS Darley of Itasca, Illinois (USA) has started an extraordinary partnership with Lagos (Nigeria) state officials to strengthen the emergency response capabilities of the rapidly growing West Africa city-state.
New hot spot detection system prevents vehicle fires in highway tunnels
The new Hot Spot Detector system from SICK can prevent catastrophic vehicle fires in highway tunnels and help avoid loss of life, freight and vehicles as well as the immense cost of closure and reconstruction.
World championships of Toughest Firefighter Alive at Interschutz 2015
It’s one of the most popular items off the Interschutz supporting program: the Toughest Firefighter Alive (TFA) competition. The Interschutz round of TFA has traditionally been a European Championship round, but in 2015 it will feature as part of the World Championships. The preparations for the event have been ongoing for quite some time, and chief organiser Claudia Consoir-Taube has been receiving registrations from all over Europe and beyond.
Foam: the cost – and still counting!
All fire fighting foams have to some degree or other an unacceptable impact on the environment when released in an uncontrolled or regulated manner. Roger A. Klein looks at the disposal, remediation and lifetime costs of fire fighting foam.
International Water Mist Association (IWMA) - 'Fire Protection with Water Mist'
The International Watermist Association will be hosting a half-day seminar on "Fire Protection with Water Mist" on 19th January 2014 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre / Sharjah Meeting Room D (1st Level of Exhibition Hall 6).
2013 - a busy year at Heathrow Airport
New PPE, new Panthers and new foam – not to mention two aircraft incidents – means 2013 has been particularly busy for Heathrow’s Airport Fire and Rescue Service (AFRS), writes Graeme Day, Fire Service Compliance Manager, Technical Standards and Assurance.
Ultra-high pressure technology with piercing precision
A delivery to Mojave Air and Space Port as well as a new product that delivers increased fire extinguishing capabilities – Ann-Marie knegt catches up with PyroLance president Bill Ballantyne.
Panther crash tenders - now designed to fit Volvo Euro V engines
They are already in operation in Bremen (DE), Linz (AT) and Lyon (FR) and the next versions are to be stationed at airports in Riga (LV) as well as Auckland (NZ), Cologne-Bonn and Dortmund (DE). The trucks in question are Panther crash tenders, which have a Volvo engine installed for the first time.
Ziegler launches 'Z-Cab Evolution’ for Euro VI chassis
The well known Z-Cab is available in the new generation of vehicles in an integrated version and in a modular design.
High-volume pump delivery for the Bavarian Ministry of Interior
Hytrans Fire Systems handed over delivery of three HVPs (CombiContainer6500 and HydroSub150 combinations) to the Bavarian Ministry of Interior in June, and work is underway to fulfill delivery for three further units.
NIOSH Respirators User Notice: Chemical Warfare Agents
Firefighters should take note that The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has issued a Respirators User Notice stating that an error was made during recent testing of SCBA that calls into questions the ability of some SCBA to meet NIOSH and NFPA standards for protection against chemical warfare agents.
New President for Akron Brass
Akron Brass Company appoints Sean Tillinghast as president.
Search and Rescue Europe 2014 in Copenhagen - free passes available for SAR professionals
Interagency and international SAR cooperation forms the cornerstone of the Search and Rescue Europe symposium being held in Copenhagen 7-9 April 2014.
Palermo Fire Department named ‘International firefighting team of the year 2013’
Firefighting teams from many countries have been competing for the title of International Firefighting Team of the Year’ in recent months. The winners were announced during an awards ceremony in Ulm, Germany, on Friday evening, November 22nd. Palermo Fire Department (Italy) was presented as the winner and was able to take the prestigious award home. The runner-up was Botosani Fire Department (Romania), while Mooskirchen Fire Department (Austria) celebrated third place.
A Stirling job!
The challenges of setting up industrial fire brigades in high-risk locations such as Iraq, Libya and Afghanistan: exclusive interview with Kevan Whitehead of Stirling Group.
My father once offered the advice to refrain from conversations about religion or politics in the workplace. It’s a policy that has served me well during my career and has kept me clear from a lot of drama over the years. Yet as I search for things to write about, I’m often drawn to the political and religious absurdities that surround us on a daily basis and in the context of this blog, I can’t resist the temptation to offer my readers, (all three of them, LOL) the opportunity to provide this story for their consideration.
NCEC announces partnership for chemical emergency response service in China
The new service by UK National Chemical Emergency Centre (NCEC) and China’s National Registration Centre for Chemicals (NRCC) goes live in December and aims to help companies comply with China's regulations on the safe management of hazardous chemicals.
Penetration sealing systems: news and developments
Modern buildings are fitted with numerous technical installation services for power supply, computer networks and transportation of water and sewage. In many cases these services penetrate fire separations in places that are mostly hidden away above ceilings and in alcoves – so it is especially important that these penetrations are fitted with suitable protection that fulfil the fire safety requirements, writes SP Sweden project manager Stefan van de Wetering.
Preparations begin for world’s largest fire exhibition
The five-yearly Interschutz exhibition will take place 8-13 June 2015 in Hannover, Germany.
Two confirmed dead in explosion in refinery in Antwerp
No more reported missing, said Total’s production director Stanny Serrien.
Rescue of Personnel from Height on Tower Cranes - guidance from the UK’s Construction Plant-hire Association
Revised guidance covers the rescue of authorised persons on site: primary duty for ensuring rescue resources are available rests with the organisation controlling the site of the tower crane.
Company visit: Task Force Tips Inc
With world headquarters in Valparaiso, Indiana, USA, Task Force Tips remains a family owned business dedicated to being a worldwide leader in providing emergency responders with high quality, innovation agent delivery solutions since 1971.
Cross-border public alert system – successful trial
Alert4All uses different communication channels – including fire systems – to send out emergency messages: SEE VIDEO.
Twitter Alerts for the UK and Ireland
As of Monday 18th November organisations can direct critical information to the right people at the right time with a dedicated Twitter programme.
International Water Mist Association to hold seminar in Dubai
During Intersec 2014 the IWMA will hold a seminar concentrating on the power of water mist for fire protection.
UK Civil Aviation Authority sets out future foam policy
Proposed idea for a Qualified Product List is dropped in favour of a recommendation around fluorine-free foams.
Fire and Rescue Q4 has been published!
Our market-leading international publication covering emergency response is available to read online.
Less heat, no stress
At FRI International (Chicago) Fire and Rescue met up with Todd Herring, VP Fire Service Sales for Tecgen Xtreme apparel.Tecgen Xtreme apparel supplies a lightweight breathable single layer garment that offers high flame and radiant heat protection. Ann-Marie Knegt decided to find out why more and more fire departments were adding it to their ‘tool’ inventory.
SecuredSolar protects firefighters against electrical hazards caused by photovoltaic solar panels
Recently firefighters across the world became alarmed at the prospect of battling blazes in buildings topped with solar panels, which can create new risks of roofs collapsing, an inability to gain footing and even potential electric shock. Basically the problem is that responding personnel cannot just turn off electricity as they would do in buildings. The panels go on to produce power as long as daylight enters.
At first glance, it seems like a neat idea, combining more than one tool into something universally useful, right? The history of the Spork dates back to 1874, when Samuel Francis came up with the idea and was issued the first patent on the original prototype. Since then there have been multiple attempts at improving the design and upgrading the composition, but the Spork still has several fundamental flaws. The spoon really doesn’t work that well as a spoon and the fork doesn’t work that well as a fork. Rather than uniting the functional attributes of two tools, it has basically diminished the functionality of both.
Inmarsat works around the clock to support Télécoms Sans Frontières (TSF) in the Philippines
Inmarsat-sponsored organization Télécoms Sans Frontières (TSF) is continuing its critical battle to provide emergency phone and broadband services in the worst hit regions of the Philippines following the recent typhoon. Directly supporting the Philippines’ Government, the United Nations and other aid agencies, TSF is deploying Inmarsat’s mobile satellite services to connect medics and emergency first responders as millions of Filipinos struggle to access medical help, food, water and shelter.
Modelling lift evacuation
Scientists launch world's first evacuation software to simulate realistic human behaviour associated with lift evacuation
Stress corrosion cracking caused fatal 2009 NDK explosion, concludes US Chemical Safety Board
Crystal maker had failed to inspect or test vessels and to heed earlier warning about risk to the public.
Solberg Re-Healing foam concentrate receives expanded UL certification
UL listing for RF3 now includes bladder tanks, proportioners, foam chambers, foam makers and fire sprinklers.
Ziegler acquired by China International Marine Containers Group
Insolvency administrator Bruno M. Kübler has sold the business operations of the global fire truck manufacturer Ziegler to the stock market listed Chinese commercial vehicle and logistics group CIMC (China international marine containers group ltd.) All jobs have been preserved and all locations remain in operation. A two year highly intensive and intricate restructuring process took place during the insolvency period, preceding the transaction. Ultimately Ziegler was able to regain market leadership in Germany, and is enjoying the highest order intake level in the last 10 years. The number of employees in the company is currently equal to pre-insolvency levels.
Preview of Fire & Rescue Q4: Pioneers at West Midlands Fire Service Academy
West Midlands Fire Academy is leading in the study of the effects of wind-driven fires. Ann-Marie Knegt visited the facility and donned fire kit to experience the behaviour of compartment fires.
Weber Rescue Systems releases the force of the SP 53 BS
The new spreader weighs only 20.3kg and yet has a minimum spreading force of 53kN– which makes it the most lightweight in its category (BS 53/800-20).
NFPA introduces free mobile app for news and updates on fire safety
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has announced the release of its new mobile application ‘NFPA News’ for use with the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android operating systems. The free app, now available for download on iTunes and Google Play, provides the latest happenings in the fire, electrical and life safety industry and allows users to access resources related to breaking news, code development updates, public safety information, social media updates, and multimedia in one easy-to-use to package.
Tributes pour in for chemical process safety expert Dr Trevor Kletz
Dr Kletz pioneered the concept of safer technology and processes.
New guidance for fire departments published by UK Government
One guidance document deals with fighting fires at venues where large numbers of the public attend for the purposes of entertainment and the other with fighting fires in places of lawful detention.
CSB congratulates NFPA on new gas process safety standard
NFPA 56 – Standard for Fire and Explosion Prevention During Cleaning and Purging of Flammable Gas Piping Systems – exceeds the requirements of the US Chemical Safety Board recommendation concerning the Kleen Energy accident.
Preview of Fire and Rescue Q4: Mayhem on rails
Sinisa Jembrih, Zagreb Fire Department (Croatia) together with Boštjan Triler and Primož Štraus from Zavod vizija varnosti report on an impressive international railway exercise that took place in Slovenia.
UK Parliamentary seminar to consider fire safety in buildings
The Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) is holding a Parliamentary Seminar on 4 December in conjunction with the Fire Sector Federation (FSF) and the All Party Parliamentary Fire & Rescue Group.
The annual Airport Fire Officers Association Conference 2014 returns to Dublin
January 14-16, 2014 will see the return of the Annual Airport Fire Officers Association Conference, held at the SAS Radisson Hotel, Dublin, Ireland.One hundred and forty seven delegates attended last year’s event supporting the opinion that this has now become the acclaimed and foremost aviation fire and rescue seminar in the annual calendar.
Road-rail vehicles protect Belgian railway tunnel
The Zaventem and Vilvoorde fire services in Belgium are operating on unusual terrain with their new rescue pumpers with all-wheel drive and track traveling device.
Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service invests in Scott thermal imaging cameras.
Thermal imaging camera technology has dramatically progressed since the first prototypes in 1992. What were initially expensive, bulky, weighty and temperamental pieces of equipment have evolved into essential tools that are small, lightweight and affordable.
NFPA launches refreshed older adult fire and fall safety program
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has produced a new version of Remembering When: A Fire and Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults. Program materials, available for download at no cost, are widely used by fire departments and other safety educators interested in reaching older adults with fire and fall prevention messages developed especially for them. The revised program includes updated fire and fall statistics, safety messaging, trivia, art work, and inclusion of “younger” older adults.
Peli to launch new products at world's largest safety and security trade fair
The spotlight will be shining on the 33150Z0 LED torch during next week's A+A fair 2013 in Düsseldorf.
Protecting history from fire
Protecting buildings of special interest, submitted by Siemens Infrastructure & Cities Sector, Building Technologies Division - preview of the next issue of Industrial Fire Journal.
FEMA Releases the NIMS Intelligence / Investigations Function Guidance and Field Operations Guide
Guidance for using and integrating Intelligence / Investigations Function while adhering to the concepts and principles of the National Incident Management System doctrine.
Fire protection industry review (UK) published
The first Market Conditions Review by the Fire Industry Association reveals gradual recovery as well as an increase in third-party certificated companies.
Rosenbauer presents first Euro VI firefighting appliance
Following the initial presentation of Euro VI models by truck manufacturers at the IAA in Frankfurt, Rosenbauer has now introduce its first low-emission fire appliance with the latest exhaust emissions technology, the AT-design rescue pumper on an MAN TGM all-wheel chassis.
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- St. Catharine School evacuated after several students pass out
- Fire Destroys Break Room At RSI Recycling
- Fire crews battle blaze in oil, gas development near Platteville
- Ammonia leak under control at former Birds Eye plant
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