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.

F&R and IFJ will be exhibiting at the Emergency Services show, held on 21-22 September at stand D32 in hall 5.

Honeywell introduces a range of safety footwear for rescue operations.

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

The US Air Force has awarded a US$6.2 million contract to replace fire fighting foam used in fire vehicles with an environmentally responsible foam to reduce the risk of possible contamination of soil and groundwater. 

JESIP joint doctrine

The UK's Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Programme publishes second edition of The Interoperability Framework.

VIDEO: Live simulation of an engine fire on an aircraft in Newcastle International Airport - watch the Panther in action.

Do you have what it takes to become the International Firefighting Team of the year 2016? 

UK brigade adopts VR headsets as part of road safety virtual reality project. 

The US Department of Transportation has awarded the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service US$500,000 to provide instructor training.

Rosenbauer International sets up a joint venture with CTE. 

International research project launched by Kappetijn Safety Specialists and JOIFF into different mutual aid models for large-scale incidents in high-risk industries.

Download the explanatory notes to the new Operational Policy of the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection Operational Policy of Queensland.

Highly restrictive environmental management requirements effectively ban aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF).

Second payout for contamination with C8 chemicals.

CSB deploys to fire at Enterprises Product Partners in Pascagoula, Mississippi.

BRE Global opens office in the Middle East.

Williams Fire & Hazard Control will once again host its Xtreme Industrial Fire & Hazard Training School at the Gesip Fire Training Facility in Northern France, 25–29 September 2016. 

A man who is like a grandfather to many at Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service is being made an MBE as he marks 50 years as an operational firefighter. 

Peli Products, global manufacturer of tough protector cases and advanced lighting systems, has announced its yearly International Photo Contest for professional and amateur photographers.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has released its annual U S Firefighter Fatalities report, which showed that a total of 68 firefighters died while on duty in the United States in 2015. This represents the fourth time in the past five years that the total number of deaths has been below 70. The number of deaths of volunteer firefighters was the second lowest total ever reported, with 32 deaths.

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