WUKSART deployed five swift water rescue technicians with throw lines and a nine-metre Reach & Rescue pole with a flotation collar on the end that could help competitors out of the water if required.

The Dräger HPS 7000 helmet wins prestigious iF Product Design Award 2014.

The Solberg Company will supply foam concentrate to onshore and offshore installations under a new multi-year frame agreement.

Bronto Skylift deliver a 44-meter hydraulic platform to petrochemical plant BP in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.

Streamlight's Scorpion HL weighs less than five ounces and features a rubber-armored sleeve to provide a sure grip.

SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden expands its facilities by 1000 m² with 30 office rooms and a new laboratory.

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VectorCommand, a designer of operational command support software for the emergency services and the oil and gas industry, and VSTEP, developer of emergency response training simulators, have announced an exclusive partnership to integrate their products and offer enhanced emergency response training.

Growing concerns* regarding battery fires on board aircraft means a new Technical Standard Order** from the Federal Aviation Administration is imminent. Jose Sanchez de Muniain speaks with Joe Ashton of AmSafe Bridport about why lithium batteries are of particular concern and what can be done to mitigate the risk.

The results of an Air Force Test Center commander-directed investigation report on the fire suppression system incident that occurred at King Hangar have been released.

Dr Sthamer – Hamburg, a leading firefighting foam manufacturer has announced the global launch of its latest product Moussol APS 1x3 F-0 Premium, AR-AFFF 1x3 firefighting foam especially formulated and developed for the petrochemicals and storage tank industry, it is designed for use at 1% induction on hydrocarbon fires and at 3% induction on alcohol/polar solvent fires.

SPONSORED FEATURE - Download your copy of the entire E2S catalogue today, featuring audible and visual signalling and control devices for hazardous areas, fire and industrial applications and wide area signalling. E2S products are assessed and certified to international standards for compliance in both hazardous area and industrial applications, with IECEx, ATEX, GOST-R, INMETRO, UL, VdS and FM product certification.

Peli Products, a manufacturer of high-impact protective case solutions and portable lighting systems, has unveiled the latest addition to its range of products, the 3315 LED Zone 0 light.

Nature is both beautiful and dangerous. As more and more people choose to live in and around the forests and grasslands of the USA, the challenge of preparing communities for the devastation of wildfire becomes more complex. To help communities prepare residents for the possibility of a wildfire, State Farm® is providing funding to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Wildland Fire Operations Division. Local organizations will receive monetary awards through this grant to support and implement wildfire risk reduction projects.

The Cheshire Fire Authority and VSTEP renew their partnership for training of fire and rescue personnel through use of the virtual incident management platform RescueSim.The partnership reconfirms RescueSim as the virtual training software of choice at the high-tech Cheshire Fire Authority training centre in Winsford.

Get into that weekend feeling with NFPA’s new fire safety tunes aimed at kids – and don't miss the world’s first gold plated smoke detector medallion as worn by Recess Monkey.

Environmental Tectonics Corporation's Simulation Division (Orlando, Florida) has delivered to the Serco International Fire Training Centre (IFTC) in Darlington an Advanced Disaster Management Simulator (ADMS) system. 

A popular solution for reducing heat stress is now back in production thanks to a new agreement with manufacturer DQE (Fisher Indiana).

Rosenbauer stopped building the Vario in September 2013 - the small truck was popular with many fire departments because of its flexibility and capacity for modifications.

Fike receives City of Chicago approval for high-rise applications for its CyberCat 1016 and 254 control systems. 

US Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigates the cause of an incident that killed one man and injured three others.

Safety failings led to employee dying of carbon dioxide poisoning whilst working in a cellar.

US Chemical Safety Board to vote on draft regulatory report following Chevron refinery fire that endangered 19 workers and sent more than 15,000 residents to the hospital for medical attention.

In a draft report released to the public this week, the US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) proposes recommendations for substantial changes to the way refineries are regulated in California.

Watch Manager Chas McGill (Eastleigh and New Forest) proudly took the Chief Officer’s ‘Safer’ award for his work on the Airwave radio system.

The life-saving actions by a group of police officers and firefighters during a house fire in the grounds of Stroud School (Romsey); together with the quick thinking of a member of the public which saved a young boy’s life from a fire in Waterlooville, were just two of the winners at last week's Celebrating Success event. 

In the wake of recent concerns about the fire resistance of doors with defects, BRE and the Door and Hardware Federation (DHF) have announced two new training dates for their fire door inspection training course.

From 01-01-2014 the company Albert Ziegler GmbH, located in Giengen an der Brenz, will take up the exclusive representation of Holmatro rescue equipment in Germany.

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Rep. Lou Barletta (R-PA) and Senators Mark Warner (D-VA) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) worked together to introduce bipartisan legislation (H.R. 3685/S. 1798) to exempt fire departments from a requirement to offer health insurance to their volunteer firefighters and emergency medical personnel.

It seems the public perception of our heroes in uniform is a far cry from reality according to an online survey released by Uniformdating.com, the dating site that helps those in uniform find love.

The German fire brigade has selected a 5.1m class semi rigid inflatable rescue boat from Survitec Group for use at its firefighter training school in Kassel, central Germany. Supplied with a complete trailer system, the boat can be easily towed behind a brigade vehicle. The boat will be used primarily for training on rivers and lakes but, if required, it is ready to be deployed in a real life emergency. 

Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) and the Northumberland National Park have begun work on a project to help reduce the risk of wildfires in the county.

We are looking for editorial contributions for F&R Q1, 2014, which will have extra distribution at FDIC 2014. Organisations and individuals wishing to submit editorial should get in touch with the editor, Ann-Marie Knegt (am.knegt@hgluk.com). For advertising enquiries contact Kelly Francis (k.francis@hgluk.com).

Rennicks UK's vehicle conspicuity system – comprising of Nikkalite Flexible Crystal Grade Microprismatic sheeting – was first launched last year. However, the company has now technically verified a 10-year performance life when converted by a Gold level partner.

WS Darley of Itasca, Illinois (USA) has started an extraordinary partnership with Lagos (Nigeria) state officials to strengthen the emergency response capabilities of the rapidly growing West Africa city-state.

The new Hot Spot Detector system from SICK can prevent catastrophic vehicle fires in highway tunnels and help avoid loss of life, freight and vehicles as well as the immense cost of closure and reconstruction. 

Firefighters should take note that The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has issued a Respirators User Notice stating that an error was made during recent testing of SCBA that calls into questions the ability of some SCBA to meet NIOSH and NFPA standards for protection against chemical warfare agents.

The well known Z-Cab is available in the new generation of vehicles in an integrated version and in a modular design.

Hytrans Fire Systems handed over delivery of three HVPs (CombiContainer6500 and HydroSub150 combinations) to the Bavarian Ministry of Interior in June, and work is underway to fulfill delivery for three further units. 

Akron Brass Company appoints Sean Tillinghast as president. 

The new service by UK National Chemical Emergency Centre (NCEC) and China’s National Registration Centre for Chemicals (NRCC) goes live in December and aims to help companies comply with China's regulations on the safe management of hazardous chemicals.

No more reported missing, said Total’s production director Stanny Serrien.

Proposed idea for a Qualified Product List is dropped in favour of a recommendation around fluorine-free foams. 

Recently firefighters across the world became alarmed at the prospect of battling blazes in buildings topped with solar panels, which can create new risks of roofs collapsing, an inability to gain footing and even potential electric shock. Basically the problem is that responding personnel cannot just turn off electricity as they would do in buildings. The panels go on to produce power as long as daylight enters.

Inmarsat-sponsored organization Télécoms Sans Frontières (TSF) is continuing its critical battle to provide emergency phone and broadband services in the worst hit regions of the Philippines following the recent typhoon.  Directly supporting the Philippines’ Government, the United Nations and other aid agencies, TSF is deploying Inmarsat’s mobile satellite services to connect medics and emergency first responders as millions of Filipinos struggle to access medical help, food, water and shelter.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has announced the release of its new mobile application ‘NFPA News’ for use with the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android operating systems. The free app, now available for download on iTunes and Google Play, provides the latest happenings in the fire, electrical and life safety industry and allows users to access resources related to breaking news, code development updates, public safety information, social media updates, and multimedia in one easy-to-use to package.

Insolvency administrator Bruno M. Kübler has sold the business operations of the global fire truck manufacturer Ziegler to the stock market listed Chinese commercial vehicle and logistics group CIMC (China international marine containers group ltd.) All jobs have been preserved and all locations remain in operation. A two year highly intensive and intricate restructuring process took place during the insolvency period, preceding the transaction. Ultimately Ziegler was able to regain market leadership in Germany, and is enjoying the highest order intake level in the last 10 years. The number of employees in the company is currently equal to pre-insolvency levels.

Sinisa Jembrih, Zagreb Fire Department (Croatia) together with Boštjan Triler and Primož Štraus from Zavod vizija varnosti report on an impressive international railway exercise that took place in Slovenia.

January 14-16, 2014 will see the return of the Annual Airport Fire Officers Association Conference, held at the SAS Radisson Hotel, Dublin, Ireland.One hundred and forty seven delegates attended last year’s event supporting the opinion that this has now become the acclaimed and foremost aviation fire and rescue seminar in the annual calendar.

The spotlight will be shining on the 33150Z0 LED torch during next week's A+A fair 2013 in Düsseldorf.

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DuPont™ Nomex®; Proven heat stress protection for firefighters

DuPont is the inventor and the world’s largest producer of high-performance materials and solutions with leading world brands such as DuPont™ Nomex®, Kevlar®, Teflon® and Tyvek®, providing personal protection, be it thermal, mechanical or chemical, to over 90 countries.

Solberg – the new standard in firefighting foam

Solberg is the one-stop resource for firefighting foam concentrates and custom-designed foam suppression systems hardware. With our unique offering of environmentally sustainable fluorosurfactant and fluoropolymer-free foam concentrates, and traditional firefighting foam concentrates, Solberg leads the industry in firefighting foam innovation.

Holmatro - Mastering Power

Holmatro Rescue Equipment develops, manufactures, sells and services high-pressure hydraulic, pneumatic and mechanical rescue equipment. With a comprehensive dealer network on all continents, manufacturing plants in the Netherlands (head office) and USA, and sales offices in China and UK, we supply our products and services to fire and rescue organizations all over the world.

Dr Sthamer - Hamburg: foam fights fire

Dr Sthamer – Hamburg, has been developing and manufacturing state-of-the art firefighting foams since the 1920’s. Having been founded in 1886 by Dr Richard Sthamer, we are still proudly owned and managed by the Sthamer family. Our base is still at the original site where we started in, on the banks of the Bille River in Hamburg Germany.

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