"SLIPS" technology, developed by the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, repels almost every type of liquid and solid, from blood and crude oil to ice and bacteria.

Hibernate feature extends life and reduces lifetime costs.

SavOx self rescuer unit shown on a belt.

UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) warns that units can catch fire if start-up procedures are not followed.

BCAS is one of the largest ambulance services in the world, providing pre-hospital emergency health care to the population of British Columbia across an area that spans 945,000 square kilometers, from 187 ambulance stations. It is also the first ambulance service in the world that has set up a dedicated infrastructure that greatly increases capability and performance of response teams when dealing with disabled people in an emergency, writes Paul Dixon.

Vetter has released what it calls ‘next-generation high-pressure lifting bags’ – the S.Tec range. The new range allows emergency responders to raise the pressure from 8 to 10 bar to enable a 25% increase in lifting power compared with conventional 8-bar lifting bags. The simple formula force = area x pressure, combined with controlled pressure distribution inside the bag, makes it possible to lift heavier loads with the same bag size.

Scott Safety thermal imaging camera proves itself during rigorous trial.

Copenhagen Fire Brigade, and the Danish National Survey and Cadastre (KMS - Kort & Matrikelstyrelsen) have partnered with Intergraph Corporation to develop a 1-1-2 mobile app for citizens who need to report an emergency. Financing the effort is TrygFonden, a Danish national foundation that supports and promotes life-saving initiatives.

The fire panel is certified to EN54, EN12094-1 and EN15276-2.

The newest member of the eDraulic family is low in weight and has a battery power option.

To overcome the communications constraints presented by a large industrial complex, and to ensure rapid response in emergencies, Snecma Propulsion Solide has adopted Sepura STP8000 hand-portable TETRA radios with man-down functionality. 

The new fire kit uses a new lightweight fabric system from TenCate Protective Fabrics.

Prime contractor responsibility taken over with immediate effect from Nokia Siemens Networks for Norway´s Nødnett TETRA public safety network.

Project involving Intergraph, Everis and Sadiel will modernize the management of emergency services in public safety and civil protection.

The RescueSim Virtual Emergency Response Platform will prepare Schiphol’s emergency services and safety personnel for airport incidents. 

Senior fire personnel from across Europe invited to witness a series of six test burns in Manchester, UK, at a neutral testing ground – the British Textile Technology Group (BTTG) test lab.

Rescue and emergency equipment supplier SP Services (UK) introduces the O-Two CPAP with Adult Mask and Harness in its 2012 catalogue.

CTE SpA delivers an A B-Fire 360  aerial platform in Thailand for the Lampang Municipality. The aerial device has a working height of 36 m with 450 kg of capacity in the basket.

Engineering researchers at the University of Arkansas (US) are developing an emergency communications network that will maintain operation during natural disasters and provide critical warnings and geographic information to people affected by the disasters.

Angus Fire, the manufacturer of a wide range of firefighting foams and firefighting equipment, is launching Polaris, a foam-induction water motor that complements its existing range of foam-making equipment. Polaris has been designed to accurately and reliably deliver 1%, 3% or 6% or dual rate foam induction within Underwriters Laboratory (UL), Factory Mutual (FM) and EN standard limits, across a wide range of flows and pressures.

The Geos emergency response service is now available to Iridium Extreme satellite phone customers. At no additional cost to customers, Iridium has integrated the Geos service into the SOS button on the Iridium Extreme. Launched in September 2011, the Iridium Extreme is an advanced, rugged satellite phone and is the first to offer an SOS button. 

Frankfurt airport in Germany opened its fourth, North west runway last October, enlarging the runway space of Germany’s biggest airport to approximately 220 hectares. To extend the emergency infrastructure, a new fire station has been built and Frankfurt Airport's fire brigade’s vehicle fleet has grown. Two of six new FLF Z8 XXL crash trucks from Albert Ziegler have now been delivered. 

Chirange Technologies Limited (CTL), located in Manchester, UK, has launched a mobile app for the rescue industries, Chirange Commander. The latest product offered in the line of Chirange products is the Chirange Incident Commander, an Android app which has been designed from the ground up to aid fire and rescue, police and SWAT units, as well as security professionals. The company has also launched a new website to support the introduction of the new incident command platform.

Illuminating helmet bands can keep firefighters safe during zero visibility, as Woodlawn Fire Department found out when it was called to a fire at a fast food restaurant. 

Norwegian airport operator implements alcohol-resistant fluorine free fire extinguishing foam concentrate following a major procurement initiative.

There is continually pressure on all emergency services to do more with less resources. When Philip Evans, from the London Fire Brigade’s Station Training Support and Performance Team based at Harrow, was tasked with improving the consistency, efficiency and delivery of training across the Brigade an unexpected benefit was a saving of hundreds of thousands of pounds a year.

UK command and control project branded a complete failure as wasted tax payers’ money reaches nearly half a billion pounds.

E-Semble has won a public bid to provide an Incident Command Simulator to the City of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma (USA). This makes the City of Broken Arrow the first official Fire Service user in the USA.

XFlex is an innovative systems approach that uses different fabrics to achieve the same EN standard.

Tomorrow at the Offshore Europe 2011 Media Centre, Managing Director of the company’s newest European arm, will showcase the company’s dedicated emergency well response system designed to contain major subsea blowouts.

Key attraction at the Lion stand is the new generation of patented high-tech structural VForce firefighting suits.

The UK Health and Safety Executive issues safety notice regarding the Status Scientific Controls portable gas detector Mentor PGD2.

The new HDL106E LED emergency floodlights will be launched at the prestigious Offshore Europe exhibition in Aberdeen by Hadar Lighting, part  of the A-Belco Group.

Hans Hofer, aircraft recovery coordinator for Fraport AG at Frankfurt airport, is considered a specialist in the field of aircraft recovery. He reports about recovery standards at international airports and his opinion regarding various recovery tools. Helpful advice of airport preparation and the selection and use of recovery equipment will provide valuable support for your operations.

The SCA100DY/6 was developed for firefighter trucks in South Africa, and it comes with a 4,5kW 6HP Yanmar Diesel Motor.

“Our new range of High Strength cutting tools, really do represent the future of cutting,” says Reiner Antritter from Weber Hydraulic in Austria. “A bold statement, but after taking a closer look into the design and development of this revolutionary concept you can clearly see that we have something truly worthwhile to offer.”

Crowcon will be showing its new Gas-Pro confined space entry gas detector at the Offshore Europe show in Aberdeen between 6-8 September. 

A new total ‘flooding’ fire suppression system has been developed to provide fire protection for a wide range of high risk industrial environments, using a water-based technology which ensures little or no collateral damage.

The Automatic Fire Extinguishing System (AFES) will be unveiled at a major defence exhibition.

A new floodlight combining maintenance free LED technology and a self contained backup battery has been introduced by hazardous area lighting specialist Chalmit.

This Rosenbauer Panther, with a R600 pump and a RM 15 bumper turret with a capacity of 1500 lpm, is testing Dr Sthamer-Hamburg's MOUSSOL–FFAlcohol-resistant Fluorine-free Foam under freezing temperatures of -5 Celsius. The aircrash tender is now operational at Gatwick Airport. Watch the video!

Los Angeles-based EMSLED Tactical Inc. has announced the arrival of the Chameleon, a Mission Adaptable Rescue System (MARS). Winner of the 2010 EMS World “Innovation of the Year” it is designed as a modular, configurable, patient movement system.

Lukas has launched a new range of rescue tools for car accidents, which are powered by batteries. Lukas

The eDRAULIC battery-powered rescue tool series from LUKAS is the first complete mobile rescue set on the market, including cutter, spreader, combination tool and rescue ram. The choice between unlimited operation with power supply cable and battery operation allows high flexibility at the accident.

Naturvent wins ‘highly commended’ at the Product Excellence Awards for the Homebuilding and Renovation Show in the UK.

Up to 50% derived synthetic blending can now be added to jet fuel.


Rescue assist tools such as seatbelt cutters and hook and fork tools are often overlooked or  misplaced at the rescue scene. To solve this problem Holmatro has designed a Rescue Support Bag containing the most frequently used assist tools during vehicle extrication.

Following an order from the Ministry of Nairobi Metropolitan Development, Metz Aerials has delivered an L56 aerial ladder to the Nairobi City Council Fire Department in Kenya. Together with several Rosenbauer pumper trucks, this customized piece of equipment forms an integral part of the “Nairobi Growth and Development Strategy” that has been drawn up for the booming Kenyan capital. The aerial has an integrated elevator for three persons, which facilitates an extremely short rescue cycle during emergency operations.

Carrying out a rescue in the most dangerous confined space entry in the world presents one set of problems – but two sets of safety rules makes it even more complicated, writes Neil T Lipski of the National Tunnel Institute.

Pierce Manufacturing has launched new Type 1 wildland-urban interface firefighting vehicle that incorporates the patented Pierce Ultimate Configuration (PUC) technology.  The new apparatus offers enhanced emergency response performance for wildland and urban interface firefighting in regions of the country such as the West Coast, for example, where areas of housing are adjacent to undeveloped wildland vegetation.

In response to the cancellation of the FiReControl service in December 2010, Airwave, the leading provider of critical voice and data communications to public service organisations in the UK, has launched ControLink – a suite of voice and data propositions.

UK-research company Roke Manor Research has launched ‘Tactical Connect, a portable wireless broadband base station that creates a private network for the emergency services if the national telecommunications infrastructure fails during a major incident.

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