As of 27 June 2011, the law regarding PFOS-containing firefighting foam changes in Europe: IFJ talks to Richard Hawkins of the Environment Agency of England & Wales to find out what this means for sites that still store PFOS foam.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) will be offering free live web updates on changes to NFPA sprinkler-related codes.

 

The UK Fire Industry Association’s (FIA) Fire Risk Assessment Council has released the ‘Competency Criteria for Fire Risk Assessors’ draft document which is available for public comment.

What is the use of an emergency service that puts its personnel’s safety above that of the people it should be protecting,  asks Roger A Klein, Cambridge (UK). 

Officials of Japan's hard-hit Fukushima city will begin handing out radiation measuring devices to 34,000 children in a plan to help calm fears about radiation, reports CNN.

The scheme gives main contractors assurance that LPCB Red Book-listed passive fire protection installers use the correct passive fire protection product for the application, have traceability of the products manufacture and carry out installation according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

The future of fleet management – new philosophies for tough times.

Are firefighters too risk-averse? The dangers of excessive safety regulatory regimes.

A wildfire that has charred more than 350 square miles in eastern Arizona forced the evacuation of a third town on Monday and crept near populated areas along the New Mexico border as it raged out of control for a ninth day, writes David Schwartz (Reuters).

The explosion occurred at the Chevron refinery at 1820 BST on Thursday 2nd June.

The Emergency Office solution has won ‘Most Innovative Product’ at this year’s Business Continuity Awards (UK), ahead of eight other finalists in that category.

Dana Woodworth from the Alberta Emergency Management Agency and Rob Harris from the Alberta Forest Fire Information Office gave an update to journalists.

UTC Fire & Security appoints Mark Barry as President, Global Fire Products; and Kelly Romano is appointed President, Global Security Products.

The Stop message for the forest fire at Swinley Forest, Crowthorne, was issued at 17:43 on Sunday 8 May. The incident involved 12 of the 46 fire and rescue services in England, and was the largest incident (in terms of resources and length of operations) ever dealt with by Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Spring flooding, severe storms, and earthquakes have recently reminded Canadians of the importance of emergency preparedness, making this year’s Emergency Preparedness Week (EP Week) especially relevant.

Opening statement by Chairman King.

“We must ensure that our highest-risk mass transit systems receive the funding and assistance they need from the federal government” – said the Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security Peter T King.

Deutsche Telekom and Gemalto together announce that BMW automobile is embedding their Machine-to-Machine (M2M) solution in its latest car models to enable emergency call (eCall) services. 

Firefighters have spent a fourth day tackling three large moorland fires in Lancashire (UK).

Source: BBC (UK)

Federal Emergency Management Agency faces challenges in modernizing information technology, says the DHS’s Office of Inspector General.

The death toll from a fire that swept through an illegally constructed Beijing building this week rose to 18 when one of the two dozen people injured died, state media reported Thursday.

Source: Latest China

The Solberg Company has announced that its firefighting foam research  and manufacturing operation in Bergen, Norway, has been awarded Eco-Lighthouse certification,  a prestigious status that is supported by the Norwegian Ministry of the Environment. 

 

Under an unprecedented agreement announced today by the Natural Resource Trustees for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill (Trustees), BP has agreed to provide $1 billion toward early restoration projects in the Gulf of Mexico to address injuries to natural resources caused by the spill.

UK and other governments oppose EU regulations aimed at preventing oil leaks at deepwater drilling operations.

Source: The Guardian (UK)

Honeywell (formerly Sperian) has launched a series of videos on YouTube featuring real-life examples of managing safety in challenging environments.

Sixty three members of the UK International Search and Rescue Team were deployed to Japan, working in the area around the port of Ofunato. Photo by Matt Dunham

‘Invaluable’ is the verdict of Group Commander Paul Burnham when asked to describe the contribution made by the BGAN mobile satellite terminal taken by the UK International Search and Rescue teams to Japan in the wake of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. 

The UK Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) issues guidance to reassure firefighters and police officers that heroics will not lead to prosecutions. 

Fire Ade 2000 at a concentration of 1% was used in all the burns – the fuel was mainly diesel mixed with some gasoline. The fires were extinguished by the Hamburg Airport Fire Service, who have become the first European airport to purchase the concentrate.

Industrial Fire Safety and Security is a learning and networking event for the vital industrial and energy emergency planning and response markets. In its 6th year, IFSS will be co-located with the 21st Annual Clean Gulf Conference & Exhibition in San Antonio, Texas. The 2011 Industrial Fire Safety and Security Conference is issuing an industry-wide call for participation. A government/industry-based committee is fully charged with programming this event. Prospective authors are invited to submit a 200-300 word abstract(s) for consideration by the program committee by Wednesday, April 20th.

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The US Chemical Safety Board is deploying a team to the site of a flash fire at the Hoeganaes Corporation in Gallatin, Tennessee. The incident occurred during maintenance on a burner and is the second flash fire that has occurred at the Hoeganaes facility since January.

The first annual CBRN-E Asia Pacific conference and exhibition has been launched and the organiser SMi says it will be the largest gathering of high level government, military and industry CBRN-E experts in Asia Pacific.

Chemguard’s three-day Design and Application Training Seminar provides sprinkler contractors and design engineers with information about state-of-the-art foam systems. A combination of classroom and hands-on activities, the seminar includes live fire burn demonstrations at Chemguard’s Mansfield, Texas, headquarters.

Streamlight, a provider of flashlights, has introduced the PolyTac 90 LED, a super-bright and compact right-angle personal light featuring C4 LED technology. The light features three modes, high, low and strobe, and adds the versatility of a right-angle housing and D-ring, so it can be easily attached to a jacket, belt or head strap. The PolyTac 90 with Gear Keeper includes a retractable attachment system.
 

AMKUS Rescue Systems now offers a single connection coupler. The mono coupling allows connecting and disconnecting of tools while the line is under flow (in most cases it’s not necessary to place the directional control of the power unit in the neutral position).  The mono coupling can convert standard AMKUS twin line hoses into a single connection allowing customers to retrofit existing AMKUS Rescue tools

The fatal accident took place in a facility in Louisville (Kentucky) that produces calcium carbide products.

Hochiki Europe, a manufacturer and supplier of fire detection and emergency lighting systems, has announced that its life safety products are to be installed throughout 16 government funded polyclinics in Libya.

Amerex, a manufacturer of hand portable extinguishers and fixed special-hazard fire suppression systems, today announced that it has completed the acquisition of Solberg Scandinavian AS, one of the largest independent firefighting foam agent manufacturers in Europe.

The Fire Industry Association (FIA) warns that if the Fire and Rescue Services charge to attend false alarms, as proposed in the new Localism Bill, it could have a serious impact on fire safety in England and Wales.

Together, the PlantCML CORP25 digital trunked-radio access solution and Zetron’s digital Acom console are providing Cumberland County with improved 9-1-1 dispatch functionality, enhanced radio coverage, and true interoperability among the public safety agencies it serves.

The UK Health and Safety has issued a warning in conjunction with The UK Petroleum Industry Association, Tank Storage Association and EEMUA regarding the tank jacking operations.

DuPont Protection Technologies announces global price increases.

Sembcorp Utilities has selected the RescueSim Emergency Response Training platform as one of its training tools to prepare its incident response teams. A continuous focus on Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) lies at the core of Sembcorp’s business. As a leading supplier of essential utilities to major international companies at one of the UK's largest and most important manufacturing sites, Wilton International, any incident can result in disruption to operations. Preventing incidents from occurring and effective response if incidents do occur is a core part of Sembcorp’s strategy of managing HSE risks associated with its activities.

Oshkosh Airport Products Group, a division of Oshkosh Corporation today announced that its first new generation Oshkosh Striker aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF) vehicle has been sold to Roberts Field, Redmond Municipal Airport (RDM) in Redmond, Ore. The new Striker 3000 model will be placed into service at RDM in early fall 2011. The new Striker was unveiled last April at the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC).

Gary Parsons, Station Officer and Paul Calland, Deputy Station Officer of Bay Search and Rescue based at Flookburgh and Milnthorpe (UK), have recently traveled over to Dublin, Ireland, at the invitation of Acting Chief Civil Defence Officer John Moriarty. The Cumbrian team was contacted by Dublin Civil Defence which have recently acquired a Hagglund for Flood and Snow Rescue operations. After accrying out extensive research the Civil Defence Force found out that the Bay Search and Rescue has the most experience in operating these vehicles.

This two-day event has been running since 2004 and gives participants a unique opportunity to experience firsthand the issues and decisions faced by the British Red Cross international emergency response unit (ERU).

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