Iconic fire extinguisher balloon prepares to fly as part of 200th anniversary celebrations.

The only passive and active fire equipment directory for Europe is out now – read it online.

A Europe-wide campaign launched this week to raise awareness on dangerous substances includes an e-tool, database, case studies, infographics and animated films.

The world's first international occupational health and safety standard has been published.

The Association for Specialist Fire Protection is introducing a passive fire protection training programme in April – the first of its kind in the UK and Ireland. 

The legal action was launched in 2010 by Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson, alleging widespread water contamination caused by the dumping of millions of pounds of industrial waste containing perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) in the ground and water in the east metropolitan area of the Twin Cities for more than 40 years from the 1950s.

A guide to joint industry, regulator and union groups that work in the high-hazard process sectors in the UK has been published by the COMAH Strategic Forum.

The Institution of Fire Engineers has launched a firefighter safety database to enable firefighters and others to learn from past incidents and to help prevent injury or loss of life in the future.

Massive product recall of Kidde extinguishers follows numerous cases of limited or failed activation.

More details have been released about two explosions that occurred within weeks of each other, resulting in the deaths of three workers at a facility in Philippi, West Virginia, US.

The International Water Mist Association’s Young Talent Award has been won by James Patrick White for his thesis, Measurement and simulation of suppression effects in a buoyant line fire.

A mutual-aid exercise in the New York-New Jersey area has broken a new Guinness world record with the help of an Inundator Super Pumper demo unit.

A steel company has been fined GBP930,000 (US$1.2 million) after the release of toxic and flammable substances from its site in Scunthorpe, England.

Three new 6×6 trucks and one 4×4 Panther will be delivered in early 2018, all incorporating Euro VI engines. The three 6×6 Panthers are to include the ‘Stinger’ high reach extendable turret and rear-steer axles to ensure maximal efficiency in deployment and ability.

Magirus has completed two large orders for 100 fire engines from Chile’s national fire department, the Junta Nacional de Bomberos de Chile.

The UK Chemicals Stakeholder Forum has published new guidance documents for registrants, downstream users and article producers in how to comply with the REACH 2018 deadline.

The high-rise building that was engulfed by fire in the early hours of today (14 June) had not been fitted with sprinklers during a major refurbishment project completed in 2016.

Firefighters in Queensland worried about exposure to toxic chemicals in firefighting foams can now access free blood tests after the Queensland Government signed a policy in May offering the tests as part of a study into the long-term effects of the PFOS and PFOA.

An in-mask thermal imaging intelligence system has been launched by Scott Safety. Scott Sight integrates a lightweight thermal imaging camera into the mask’s display, providing a hands-free thermal view at all times.

The US CSB sends a three-person investigation team to the Loy-Lange Box Company to assess incident that killed three and injured four on 3 April.

The US Chemical Safety Board’s three-person investigation team arrived onsite at the Loy-Lange Box Company to begin its assessment on Thursday 6 April.

A care home in Burnham-on-Sea in the west of England has been fined £100,000 (US$125,000) for breaching fire safety regulations at a house used for staff accommodation.

A multi-million dollar deal will be used to settle 3,550 lawsuits in Ohio and West Virginia.

The SP Sweden research institute has merged with two other state-owned organisations.

Germany’s new maritime safety and security centre is officially opened.

The US-based International Code Council has launched an award for public safety creativity in the built environment.

Falck will be opening its new training centre on the Maasvlakte in 2018. The facilities are set to be transformed into an international, knowledge centre for public and industrial fire brigades, the offshore, maritime sector and wind industry.

Falck Fire Services UK has signed three new contracts of up to five years at the Wilton International site in Teesside, UK, an industrial and petrochemical complex in the UK.

The draft document provides details of the hazards and control measures required for firefighters working in a wide range of industrial sites and premises.

Following formal approval by the Dutch Safety Institute the Dutch firefighting exam has been carried out for the first time using the Rescuesim software, and with great success.

PPE clothing manufacturer Bristol Uniforms has significantly expanded its managed services department recruiting several new members of staff and substantially increasing the capacity of its service centres.

Manufacturer of lighting systems Peli Products is introducing regular free-to-attend webinars on its product ranges.

Virtual reality emergency simulation company helps Offshore Experience set sail in Rotterdam.

European Commission issues alert regarding dangerous fire extinguisher.

A new BBC virtual reality film depicting a terrifying Christmas Day fire was given its UK premiere on 14 December 2016 at the London Fire Brigade’s new pop-up museum in Lambeth. 

Stuttgart airport took delivery of the Magirus Superdragon X8 in July 2016. The 52-tonne vehicle, with 8x8 powertrain and four-axle, based on an Iveco IM52X8 chassis, is equipped with a twin power pack using Iveco Cursor engines and Allison 4500R fully automatic transmissions.

Motorola Solutions has received an order to implement an update and extension of its existing TETRA digital two-way radio system at Munich Airport.

The Government response to the parliamentary committee report into the contamination of the CFA firefighters' training college at Fiskville with PFCs was tabled in November in the Victorian Parliament, Australia.  

A special summit is to be held in Australia in 2017 to help develop ‘nationally consistent standards for environmental contamination’.

The fourth Fire Service Needs Assessment Survey has revealed significant shortages in staffing, training, facilities, health, wellness and equipment.

The inaugural meeting of the Airport Fire Officers Association (AFOA) and the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) Aviation took place at Gatwick Airport Fire Station in October. The aim of the meeting was to create the first Special Interest Group for Aviation in the UK.

Flir Systems has announced the launch of the Identifinder R100 personal radiation detector, the latest addition to its Identifinder R-Series handheld radiation security solutions. 

The official opening ceremony for The Centre for Integrated Management and Monitoring of the Coastal Zone was inaugurated by Boyko Borisov, the Prime Minister of Bulgaria on 6 August 2016.

Surefire’s Ultraguard is the first portable water mist unit to achieve third party certification to LPS 1655, BRE Global’s dedicated fire performance standard for personal protection systems (PPS). A PPS is a domestic fire suppression system designed to protect a specific risk, typically vulnerable people who are at greater risk from a fire in the home.

New research has been released that examines long-term health effects suffered by emergency responders indicates that ‘ramp-up’ alert tones can help reduce stress on firefighters.

The Division of Fire Safety Engineering at Lund University, Sweden launches an online course.

The Rosenbauer Panther is being introduced to the US at the annual conference of the ARFF Working Group, Frisco, Texas, 18-20 September.

Protection for firefighters in flashover situations could be improved by the  warning system.

BRE Global advises careful consideration must be given to materials and structural design to mitigate the risk of fire spread.

A five-man multi-skilled team has been tasked with training Tajikistan’s emergency services to be prepared for any disaster.

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