The glass management product for patient and rescuer protection in extrication, Packexe SMASH is now also being used for entry into a high-rise glass building by a fire brigade within the UK.

Inertisation techniques used to extinguish fires in deep mines are blowing into road/rail tunnels, writes Ann-Marie Knegt. Researchers estimate that deep-mine coal fires contribute a staggering 2-3% to global CO2 emissions, and this includes 40 tonnes of Mercury released into the atmosphere per year(1).

There are some products in the market that claim to be both environmentally friendly and effective against class A and B fires. But how many products are there in the market that can do this, and also clean up after hydrocarbon spills, or even stimulate their natural biodegradation process in soil and groundwater? Jose Sanchez de Muniain talks to Ioannis Athanasiou, Technical Director of the Viennese company Bioversal International.

Mark Taylor, Divisional Manager, Atlas Copco Generators explains that when it comes to specifying portable power generators, the choice of models will undoubtedly favour those providing more power from smaller units, offering quieter operation and creating lower exhaust emissions. But these aspirations are not just customer-led; they are legislative requirements of the market regulations both in the EU and the US.  So, two of the first questions which potential end users should ask relate to the noise and the emissions of the unit relative to the application.

The USA is in the midst of implementing a new suite of standards for digital radio communications used by public safety agencies with the aim of enabling twoway radio interoperability between agencies. However, managing the analogue legacy environment and managing the transition to digital technologies represents a challenge to all US fire departments. Jose Sanchez de Muniain talks to comms specialist Mark Thomas of Team Simoco about a potential route for the many small fire departments that currently use one UHF radio frequency to cover challenging locations, such as Sedona Fire District in Arizona, but wish to take advantage of digital technology.

The fibres and fabrics that make up firefighters’ clothing are the key to the garment’s crucial protective characteristics. Jose Sanchez de Muniain talks to two weavers and one fibre manufacturer and finds out why choosing the right fabrics and fibres is not as straightforward as it may seem – and it’s likely to remain a challenging process in the future.

The Biscotasing Community Citizens' (Northern  Ontario) are selling a 1961 Pumper Fire Truck - which is in working condition;low mileage; new tires; and accessories included (hose, coat and hats...)  

RoadwayRescue LLC & Education Chair David Dalrymple (TERC-US) writes on firefighting science (ie firematic) concerns regarding hybrid and electric vehicles.

Most of the first responders within fire services in North America carry DSPA-5 units (dry sprinkler powder aerosol units) and in Europe services in Holland, Switzerland, Austria and now Germany have realised the benefits and savings that the DSPA-5 offers: it is now making an impact in the UK.

Passenger-carrying vehicle fires can put lives at risk, cost the vehicle owner a great deal of money, and jeopardise the company’s ability to continue to provide the service to which it may be contractually committed.  Nick Grant of Firetrace International – a Gold Sponsor of the FIVE conference, held in Gothenburg, Sweden from the 29th until the 30th of September – examines the contribution that targeted, risk-specific fire detection and suppression can play in improving vehicle fire safety.

With at least 250,000 gallons of “anti-freeze-like” synthetic dispersants having been pumped into the Gulf of Mexico to mitigate the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe, and serious concerns raised about the effect of this type of technology on the marine food chain, has the time come to look at alternatives? Jose Maria Sanchez de Muniain speaks with a company that has a multi-purpose, eco-friendly “bio-agent” with bioremediative capacities that turns the slick into marine food.

In today’s climate, it is entirely possible that a firefighter can come into contact with CBRN materials at any time – and if so, there is a valid argument that a firefighter’s turn-out gear should include a level of CBRN protection. In the event of an incident, this type of combined garment would allow him to vacate the area safely, rescuing injured personnel while escaping. Jose Maria Sanchez de Muniain talks with Karen Lehtonen, Director (Products), Lion Apparel, about a new piece of kit that is said to be the world’s first fully certified structural firefighter CBRN ensemble.

What does the world’s largest cruise ship, Oasis of the Seas, have in common with Madrid Metro and Amsterdam Metro? The answer is a low-level lighting system that is currently taking the evacuation world by storm. Welcome the dynamic guidance MILS system from Finnish company MariMils, which is making its way into both indoor/outdoor environments in offshore platforms, refineries, and road tunnels amongst others: Jose Sanchez de Muniain finds out more.

The Gulf spill has put the spotlight on pollution control like never before – or at least since the Exxon Valdez spilt nearly 11 million litres of crude. One of the side effects of the massive effort to neutralise the disaster has been the adoption of innovative clean-up methods and products, writes Jose Maria Sanchez de Muniain.

iolo technologies has announced a critical implementation of System Mechanic Business in Greater Round Lake Fire Protection District (GRLFPD), which provides emergency response across six municipalities and parts of Lake County, Illinois.

The ONESuit Pro line includes chemical protective hazmat equipment for fire, chemical, military and industrial organizations.

Three bulk foam unit appliances go on the run in London this week - backed by new training and staffing capabilities - dramatically improve London’s ability to fight major fires or spillages involving flammable liquids.

Greater Round Lake Fire Protection District relies on an award-winning PC tune-up suite designed to fix, speed up and maintain PCs so they run like new forever.

Electric arc protection is a minefield according to many in the industry. And they’re right. Just like the risk itself, it is an explosive subject that inspires high intensity debate where a lot of people are making a lot of noise as they argue their points of view. 

The ergonomic Draeger VFR Pro Helmet is designed for use in firefighting, industrial, marine, offshore and military applications. Available in two versions to suit the needs of high heat environments such as those found in structural firefighting, flash-over training and wildland firefighting, it is also equally suited to rescue and technical assistance operations.

Firefighter fatalities are going down – that is the good news. The bad news is that every year firefighters across the world are still losing their lives in ways that could be avoided. It will come as no surprise within this professional community that very few lives are lost to burns – a testament indeed not just to the high level of training that is given but also to the effectiveness of the PPE that is worn by firefighters. What is perhaps less well understood is that a large proportion of fatalities, nearly 50% in the most recent figures to come out of the US, are caused by heart attacks brought on by over exertion and, significantly, by heat stress. It is a sobering figure that should remind everyone that PPE is not simply about protecting firefighters from the immediate threat of fire. Modern designs of garments and fabrics offer protection for people who have to work in what has to be the most unfriendly environment. Keeping body temperatures at a safe level for as long as possible is the aim and each step forward in improving the performance of PPE helps to ensure that fatalities continue on their downward path. It is also worth pointing out that these positive steps forward are to some extent counterbalanced by the modern trends in building construction. While the goal of reducing global warming is something in which we all share, the increased use of insulating techniques and materials is undoubtedly resulting in more hazardous and dangerous firefighting conditions. Two things are clear. Today’s basic firefighting training has to focus more than ever on a practical, commonsense approach that alerts firefighters to potential problems during an incident. Secondly, the correct level of protection is more important than ever as firefighters face both old and new hazards. Readers that take advantage of the fire protective expertise of the organisations feature in this supplement will go a long way in ensuring their firefighters suffer no needless injuries or worse.   

The Fire Department City of New York (FDNY), which is the largest fire department in the United States with over 14,000 emergency responders, has chosen to upgrade to Trellchem VPS-FLASH as their standard Level A, fully encapsulated personal protective ensemble.

Airport Crash Tenders have always been on the forefront of firefighting technology, Many advanced technologies gain acceptance in ARFF applications long before they are used in other emergency service disciplines. As an example Infra-red or thermal imaging was used in Crash Trucks long before it became commonplace in other fire fighting applications. It is occasionally said that we want to be on the leading edge, not the bleeding edge.  This implies that some technologies are not quite ready for implementation into fire suppression activities.  However, even if a technology is not ready to be placed in an RFQ, we should be aware of these developing technologies., writes Michael A. Laskaris Director of Research and Development, Fire Suppression Division Hale Products Inc.

The DSPA-5 fire knockdown tool (Dry Sprinkler Powder Aerosol technology) has been deployed for the first time in the UK – and this innovative firefighting technology improves the speed of fire knockdown at incidents and buys firefighters time.

Rosenbauer is world famous for its fire trucks – but what about its information management systems? Ann Marie Knegt finds out about the latest development.

As protective clothing has improved, firefighters can theoretically get deeper into a fire and remain there for longer periods of time before they feel the heat and realise they should retreat.Is this a good thing or a bad thing? Has, in effect, protective gear become too effective? Fire & Rescue approached a number of experts to ask the question -–here are their thoughts.

The consequences of a flat battery on a fire truck are unthinkable, yet today thanks to a clever little gadget this scenario is highly unlikely. Special profile of the Battery Guard from Intellitec.

Munich isn’t just the place where the famous Oktober Fest is held every year, but also where 58 new super compact Mercedes Benz Atego firefighting vehicles with an Iveco Magirus body have found a home. Ann-Marie Knegt reports from Germany.

In the fast-paced world of aviation, seconds and minutes matter as jets jostle for position on the ramp for take-off slots and on the taxiways and arrival piers. Airport authorities and operators face a rapidly changing logistical environment on a daily basis where even the smallest piece of kit requiring non-scheduled maintenance can bring this unique operation to a halt.

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