A new standards body for the fire and rescue services in England is now under development, reports Joy Flanagan of the Professional Standards Body project.

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ASTM International is proposing three standards to support the use of drones in search and rescue operations.

Eight ultra-light firefighting vehicles designed specifically for the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning in Victoria, Australia have been delivered as part of a statewide fleet upgrade.

New hose is the first ‘true internal diameter’ hose specifically designed for front-line, heavy-duty firefighting.

Zeeland Refinery in the south west of the Netherlands takes delivery of a new industrial fire truck built by Ziegler.

When the firefighters at Nikola Tesla Airport in Belgrade, Serbia receive an incident notification from air traffic control, they must get to their vehicles, don their PPE and be ready to leave their base in no more than 20 seconds, reports Petar Vojinovic Editor-in-Chief of Tango 6.

Bristol Uniforms, together with its German distributor Fritz Raschel Feuerschutz, has secured its first ever order from Vienna Airport for its Xflex kit, featuring the very latest Gore-Tex Moisture barrier with the Gore Parralon System.

A helicopter crash and multiple incidents related to its burning debris set the scene for a new-format multi-agency training exercise in Hampshire, UK, report Jose Sanchez de Muniain and PC Mike Batten.

A range of lightweight, portable pumps designed to act as initial attack units has been launched by Waterax.

Firefighting vehicle and technology supplier Ziegler has added a new, roomier option for crew cabins with the launch of the Z-Cab XL. This is designed as a premium option in the Z-Cab range and comes in a number of different versions.

The city of Warwick, Rhode Island, US, has upgraded its Opticom emergency traffic pre-emption solution that provides priority to emergency vehicles at intersections to improve operational safety and incident response times.

Holmatro has launched three lightweight telescopic rams that provide both more length and higher second plunger spreading force.

Two spills of firefighting foam containing PFOA occurred in the Brisbane area of Queensland, Australia within the space of three weeks in April.

IAFC President and Fire Chief John Sinclair has advised Congress to adopt a comprehensive national strategy to deal and mitigate with disasters and major incidents in the US.

Software is launched to help fire departments anticipate and plan resources for future response.

Ruff Fire Systems Solutions, a manufacturer of high-pressure water mist firefighting solutions, demonstrated its ultra-high-pressure (UHP) fire engine on an open fire, a car fire and a room-and-contents fire during several live-burn scenarios at a Minnesota firefighting college. 

Standards Australia has released draft revisions to Australian Standards AS 1530.8.1 and AS 1530.8.2 for public comment, closing on 13 June 2017.

In low light and smoke-filled conditions, thermal imaging can help firefighters safely assess a scene and assist in rescue operations. How do the latest advances improve the effectiveness and safety of this crucial technology? John Graves reports.

Public complacency and potential intelligence failures can only embolden already creative and intelligent terrorist organisations that remain focused on the aviation industry argued Dr Dave Sloggett in his address to this year's AFOA conference. Fiona Petty reports.

3M announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Scott Safety from Johnson Controls for a total enterprise value of US$2.0 billion. 

The official consultation of the (UK) National Operational Guidance has opened for Fires on board vessels. Further information about the National Operational Guidance Programme can be found here

In the future, a large number of road vehicles will not be powered by fossil fuels and due to environmental considerations, much current transportation policy development is aimed at increasing usage of renewable energy sources.

The Airport Fire Officers Association held its 18th annual conference in January 2017. The leading event for aviation fire service and aerodrome incident response personnel welcomed over 240 delegates from all over the world and from a wide range of organisations. Ann-Marie Knegt reports on some of the highlights.

Bristol Uniforms, together with its distributor Pac Fire Australia, has landed a five-year contract with Airservices Australia to supply and maintain its airport firefighter PPE.

Playmobil and the London Fire Brigade have marked the end of a very special year of activity with a £2,300 donation to the Brigade’s charities of choice, having engaged almost 400,000 children in teaching them about fire safety in the Brigade's 150th year.

Training Base Weeze, the international training centre for emergency services, has expanded its area of expertise into the aircraft rescue firefighting/ rescue firefighting (ARFF/ RFF) sector. The facility, based on the German-Dutch border, is launching the new ARFF and RFF training academy on 28 April 2017 during a special ceremony.

Australian state follows Queensland in banning future use of firefighting foams containing certain perfluorinated chemicals and substances.

As the second Fifty Shades of Grey film hits cinemas London Fire Brigade warns of rise in embarrassing incidents.

CSB deploys to explosion at Packaging Corporation of America Plant.

Kevin Pearson, CFO, Avon Fire and Rescue Service

The UK government has commissioned a full statutory inspection of Avon Fire and Rescue Authority - the first of its kind.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has issued a safety bulletin on firefighter protective hoods since they are highly penetrable and expose skin to hazardous and toxic substances.

All the fire department teams that responded during the series of earthquakes in central Italy in summer 2016 have now received the Conrad Dietrich Magirus Award 2016. The International Firefighting Team of the Year Award 2016 was received by representatives on behalf of all firefighters who responded to the 2016 earthquake in central Italy.

Magirus has increased the payload of its rescue cage up to 400 kg. The new RC400-C model (C = Compact) holds up to four people and is available for all standard and articulated turntable ladders with a working height of up to 42 m.

Angus Fire has been awarded gold at the 2016 Green Apple Awards, for Environmental Best Practice. 

Work has recently begun in Europe on the development of a mobile incident command training system that aims to improve firefighters’ response to wildfires, writes Robert Stacey from Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service and the IGNIS project.

'From Knowledge to Practice' is an international project that aims to develop training based on a scientific approach to fire dynamics in order to promote operational best practice and develop 'thinking' firefighters, write Katherine Lamb and Peter McBride.

The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) has released ‘A Healthcare Provider’s Guide to Firefighter Physicals to assist healthcare providers in the evaluation and treatment of the health and wellness of firefighters.

Williams Fire & Hazard Control is bringing its Xtreme Industrial Fire & Hazard Training School to the Asia Pacific Region following a successful run in the USA and EMEA regions. 

North Wales Fire and Rescue Service has purchased two new Stertil Koni Earthlifts to assist with vehicle servicing and repair operations in its workshop.

What are the different standards for firefighters’ PPE and why are there so many different standards bodies? Ivan Rich explains the PPE landscape and explores the latest developments, including the effect of Brexit and the role of the British Standards Institution in Europe.

The Federal Aviation Administration has issued an alert following disturbing findings that could affect AFFF production or nozzle discharge.

Fire Minister outlines his vision for a service that 'needs to be fit for the work in the years ahead.'

German Federal Environment Agency (UBA) publishes official safe levels of PFOA and PFOS in human blood.

A state-of-the-art vehicle is being piloted on the streets of Hampshire in the UK. The Intermediate Capability (IC) vehicle is equipped with cutting-edge ultra-high pressure lances (UHPL) and the latest rescue gear.

Fireboat had been recently supplied by Lake Assault Boats to the Bayville Fire Department in Bayville, New York. 

UK Home Office publishes fire and rescue procurement data to encourage collaborative projects, reports Ann-Marie Knegt.

Competing in events such as the World Rescue Challenge improves standards for firefighting staff, says Padraig O’Longaigh, manager of Meath County extrication team.

A newly launched firefighting agent that greatly improves the capability of water to douse a blaze is helping firefighters battle wild fires in North America and Europe, reports Thomas Luke.

Hazmat tactical advisor for Hampshire Constabulary (UK) Mike Batten addresses some of the persistent failings in multi-agency response to major incidents.

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