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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Renka´s Fire Engine No. 1

Firefighting, fast, safe, everywhere. Michael Renka GmbH, based in Germany, is a manufacturer of firefighting vehicles, pumps and rescue equipment.

Waterax - We move water

Trusted by wildland firefighters around the world, WATERAX sets the industry standard by developing innovative, portable fire pumps and water-handling equipment designed to withstand demanding applications and rugged environments.

Big Water Flow for Industrial and Municipal Firefighting Applications

Protecting the lives of the public and firefighters while limiting the structural damage caused in large scale fires is our primary mission

We are committed to improving lives and doing business in the right way

We have a unique mix of capability and culture that we refer to as 3M Science and we strive to develop products that improve people’s daily lives in a multitude of ways.

HazSim - Bringing situational HazMat training to life

HazSim, LLC provides innovative simulation training to ensure your team works safely and effectively. HazSim Pro simulation equipment is in use by hundreds of fire departments, training schools, industrial fire teams, and private trainers across the US, Canada and further afield as well as the US Army.

The ultimate in innovation, quality and service

For 60 years Lehavot has been delivering the world’s most advanced fire detection and suppression automatic systems

Advancing rescue technology

The specialist supplier of quality PPE and Rescue Equipment to Emergency Services.

Revolutionizing fire fighting foam technology

The one-stop resource for fire fighting foam concentrates and custom-designed foam suppression systems hardware.

Trust the best, let us be your foam solution

AUXQUIMIA is a Spanish company whose main activity is the design, manufacture and commercialization of firefighting foam concentrates.

Williams Fire & Hazard Control offers a full line of specialized fire response equipment for oil and gas platforms

From storage tanks and pipeline emergencies to offshore platforms and vessels at sea, Williams' response personnel and specialized equipment quickly address adverse fire emergencies.

The leader in truck-mounted hydraulic platforms

Our mission is to provide the best and the safest solution to professionals that work at height.

If you want quality, you want Zico

Since its inception Ziamatic Corp has provided the men and women of the fire service with products designed to make their jobs safer and easier.

The independent alternative

Dafo Fomtec AB is a privately owned company with head office in Stockholm Sweden and manufacturing in Helsingborg in the south of Sweden.

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