Following a major investment in the Monnex Powder production plant, newly independent fire company Angus Fire International formally opened its enhanced facility on April 17, 2014.

The new Crewsaver Fire Retardant Lifejacket is the result of intense research, development and testing in collaboration with the UK fire brigades.

The Solberg Company, a manufacturer of firefighting foam concentrates and systems hardware has appointed Mitch Hubert as Vice President, Global Product Development.

Oshkosh Airport Products Group has announced that the Administracion Nacional de Aviacion Civil of Argentina (ANAC) purchased 25 newest generation Oshkosh Striker 6 x 6 Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) vehicles. Seven Striker ARFF vehicles are on duty at airports in Buenos Aires and across the country, and 18 more are on order for delivery in Summer 2014.

Falck Risc in the Netherlands, provider of education and training in preventing and fighting incidents in the industrial sector and for public services, has extended its services with a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Training facility on the Maasvlakte near Rotterdam.

PBI’s specialist TriGuard protective fabric is a core element of the new wildland garment developed for South Wales Fire & Rescue Service.

UL Firefighter Safety Research (FSRI) Institute has announced the release of More Effective Tactics – a free online course that is the culmination of the full-scale field experiments performed on Governors Island by the Fire Department of New York, NIST and UL.

Safer Systems, a leading chemical emergency response solutions provider has announced the debut of Safer Mobile Response, a smartphone and tablet supported application integrating the 2012 Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG2012) with the power of Google Maps, Google Traffic, and live weather updates and forecasting.

The signing of a 5-year lease agreement with Birmingham International Airport will see the airport’s 64 firefighters being equipped with new, state-of-the-art, head-to-toe protective clothing from July this year.

Al Davis has been appointed Deputy Director of the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX).  His appointment was approved by The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents.

Rosenbauer International AG has signed an agreement to acquire a 75% stake in the British partner firm North Fire plc, based in Holmfirth in West Yorkshire. The company has annual revenues of approx. € 3.5 million and around 10 staff, and has been the distribution and service partner for personal protective equipment, components, aerial appliances and municipal vehicles from Rosenbauer. 

Elkhart Brass has received an order from the Cincinnati Fire Department (CFD) for its high-rise firefighting technology, the HEROPipe system. The order will be delivered to CFD by late June 2014.

The contract between the Zaanstreek-Waterland Fire Service and the LHD Group GmbH, based in Cologne, was signed in Zaanstad, The Netherlands on 14th April. The deal encompasses the supply of 800 special LION V-Force protective firefighting garments over a period of four years.

Lack of regulation at all levels of Government results in lack of protection for communities at risk from Ammonium Nitrate storage facilities.

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, 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 ( For advertising enquiries contact Kelly Francis (

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. 

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