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.

North Peace Regional Airport in Fort St John, British Columbia, Canada has taken delivery of two Oshkosh Striker 1500 4x4 ARFF trucks - and a puppy.

Developed by German specialist Oberaigner the truck features a 7-tonne chassis combined with off-road capability.

Terberg DTS’s fire and rescue division will launch the latest model in its TACR compact aircraft vehicle range, the TACR4 at the Emergency Services Show in Birmingham (UK) 20-21 September.

VIDEO: Firefighting tactics devised on the training grounds of Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service in the UK could soon be saving lives on the other side of the Atlantic.

London Fire Brigade has launched an ambitious ten-year plan aimed at making the capital’s fire service the most diverse and inclusive in the country. 

Cardiff Airport’s Fire Service unveils its three Oshkosh crash tenders.

Free training resource for firefighters now available for downloading from the Firefighters Support Foundation.

Industrial and public safety practitioners from Hong Kong, France, Slovakia, Falkland Islands and Greece came together in April for practical fire-fighting foam training. SEE VIDEO

Rosenbauer has launched a new vehicle concept called Efficient Technology, or ET for short. The new range brings European fire industry technology to worldwide markets. The ET series is based on lightweight aluminium structural design and can be ordered by fire services in configurations that match their technical demands and operational tactics.

Babcock International Group (Babcock), responsible for all fleet management for the London Fire Brigade, has now specified and ordered 53 fire engines via Emergency One UK (E1), the Scottish firefighting technology equipment manufacturer. The Magirus Team Cab will be integrated into all of them.

A group of dedicated fire personnel recently undertook a grueling cycle ride to raise funds for charity. Riding, from John O’Groats to Land’s End, they were wearing special cycling ‘fire suits’ which were sponsored by Ballyclare, the 18-strong team of riders from the Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service completed a 1,006-mile trek in just 14 days.

A new command and control system has gone live for Devon & Somerset, Dorset & Wiltshire and Hampshire Fire & Rescue Services.

New foam concentrates gain US military specification listing.

Wildland fire skid unit designed exclusively for utility task vehicles.

The drive to improve efficiency whilst reducing the costs of firefighting is leading to many interesting developments in fire and rescue vehicles and equipment, reports Steve Banner.

The Airport Fire Officers Association’s annual conference that took place in January was declared an enormous success by delegates and exhibitors alike. The speakers came from very different backgrounds but they all had highly relevant messages for both airport and municipal fire services. Ann-Marie Knegt reports on the conference's highlights in the first of a two-part series.

The Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) and London Fire Brigade have been working with the Waste Industry Safety Forum (WISH), Wood Recycling Association, Environment Agency (EA) and the Environment Services Association and will undertake ground-breaking waste fire tests.

Lee Howell, Chief Fire Officer of Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service (UK) and independent chairman of the Arson Prevention Forum seeks examples of co-operation between the fire and police community in identifying arsonists.

Essex Fire & Rescue Service orders 80 thermal imaging cameras from Scott Safety.

The rescue forces of the Swiss Army are expanding their equipment with 26 mobile water supply systems from Hytrans.

The new coordination centre will support all UK fire and rescue services attending incidents at sea.

A new ISO standard has been published that defines the content and layout of extrication rescue documents for first responders attending an incident involving a light vehicle.

On 1 December 2015, the official opening of the nationwide Nødnett network was celebrated in Kirkenes in the presence of His Majesty King Harald V of Norway and the Minister of Justice and Public Security, Anders Anundsen. The new countrywide emergency network has been complet­ed.

The municipality and the fire department in Bergen (Norway) have been going through a process of future proofing the fire service.  Part of this was the acquisition of a new fire and rescue boat –named the Sjøbrand on Monday 30 November of 2015.

Exercise Durbar not only exercised the multi-agency emergency response to a fire in the summer retreat of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert but will also serve as an exemplary model of preparedness for other high-profile cultural heritage sites. Jose Maria Sanchez de Muniain reports.

Sonia Sharmin and Michael Drew from the University of Georgia

The concept behind rhizomatic learning reflects a belief that the learning process never stops, much like the metaphorical roots of a plant. You either continue to grow in knowledge or simply cease to exist, write Sonia Sharmin and Michael Drew from the University of Georgia.

Dubai Civil Defence has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Martin Aircraft, based in New Zealand, for the delivery of up to 20 jetpacks, which will be used high-rise firefighting operations.

In the Netherlands there are currently an estimated 200,000 vehicles fitted with electric propulsion, accounting for over 2% of the total number of vehicles on the roads – so what can responders do to learn the risks? Richard Mildenberg, Falck Risc, outlines the Dutch approach.

The Syrian Civil Defence, also known as the White Helmets, operates in some of the most hostile conditions on the planet. Established in 2013, the rescue teams of volunteers have saved thousands from almost-certain death while risking their own lives in the process. Jemma Dempsey interviews the man who set it all up, former army officer and UN security advisor turned Mayday Rescue founder, James Le Mesurier.

Management of PPE that contains restricted chemicals and legal procurement obligations are just some of the issues fire services will need to consider when new PFOA restrictions come into force in Europe.

REPORT: Training institutes in France, Portugal, North America and Australia have created new mitigation strategies for coordinating large-scale responses to wildfires by using virtual reality simulation training at all command levels, reports Ivo Verhoef.

COMMENT: The fire service has to take on a leading role when it  comes to the response to avian influenza, write Ken Burris and Christina Crue of Witt O’Brien’s.

SEE VIDEO New simulator enables emergency crews to train for incidents in compliance with STCW advanced fire fighting courses. 

Ensuring all your PPE is compatible is critical for ensuring the safety of the wearer, writes Philip Tasker, UK Sales Director, Bristol Uniforms.

Find out in the Huffington Post article: Welcome to Beautiful Parkersburg, West Virginia, Home to one of the most brazen, deadly corporate gambits in US history.

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