Peter Kallio is an avid user of the Cutters Edge 2171 RS with 16” bar for structural tasks. “I also use Ramfan PPV ventilators, due to their high speed of airflow,” he explains.

Various styles of monitors are fixed to fire appliances and pumpers. There are roof-mounted, manually-operated or remote-controlled deck guns, telescopic extending monitors and bumper-mounted turrets for wildland operations. Here are some of the latest developments.

BLÜCHER, a world market leader in the development and production of adsorptive compound materials for CBRN protection, is best known for its SARATOGA CBRN protective systems used by military, law enforcement, emergency response, and other personnel in more than 35 different countries around the world.

The new Wolf rechargeable, lightweight R-50 safety torch, ATEX Certified to Zone 1, originally designed for the European Firefighting market, is now becoming the preferred choice for offshore gas and oil operators around the world, says the manufacturer.

Members of the Fügen Fire Brigade of Austria are eagerly awaiting this month’s delivery of a new Metz aerial L32. First unveiled in 2006, the new L32 made its public debut during Rosenbauer’s 140th anniversary celebrations.

The United Arab Emirates is undergoing one of the most radical construction programmes in the world today, with the numbers of highrise buildings increasing enormously. Because of this, the Civil Defence Force of Dubai has set up a special early intervention task force to assist in the continuous battle to save lives in Dubai.

During the last few years numerous reports have highlighted the need for improved, resilient and interoperable communications. Furthermore, with the increasing concern over homeland security and interoperability issues, communications within the fire service on an international scene is facing severe pressure.

A software company that within eight months of its foundation won a UK  Regional Business Start-up of the Year award and was runner up in the same awards in the following year as Innovative Business of the Year, has now been selected to provide the risk management software for the World Firefighters Games 2008, which are due to be held in Merseyside. The company is also in talks with a major petrochemical company who is exploring the possibility of a tool to manage risk across its entire business.

One company and one company only was announced as the winner of the ICP, the Integrated Clothing Project, “the most rigorous and extensive research and evaluation process ever undertaken for a contract of this kind in the history of the fire and rescue service,” according to Firebuy, the procurement arm of the UK Fire & Rescue Service.

Opened by Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta in late 2006, the $US17 million, state-of-the-art centre currently serves as the central command and information hub for all the FDNY.

One argument, posed by the question ‘what should be used in today’s foams? – is that there is currently no viable alternative to using fluorosurfactants in foam.
Environmental sensitivity to the operational use of large quantities of firefighting foam has increased dramatically post-Buncefield.

At least 65% of all fatalities during trench rescue operations are would-be rescuers. Secondary collapses cause many rescuers to be severely injured; though casualties are rescued alive from trenches, many die afterwards of hypothermia and crush syndrome.

Confined space rescue operations are not for the faint hearted. Even the most seasoned and toughened firefighters will sometimes be affected by claustrophobia. This is not, however, the most prominent danger here, say America’s top rescue professionals, James Hyles and Larry Collins.

Although the technical knowledge behind PPV techniques wasn’t widely available five years ago, it has certainly spread since then. Today, most fire departments are well-acquainted with the use and potential of PPV for small structural firefighting scenarios, such as those involving house fires and other small buildings.

Fire & Rescue 2007 will be co-located with the fire prevention and protection event, International Fire Expo which runs alongside Safety & Health Expo, The Facilities Show and the world’s leading annual security event, IFSEC.

There are many reasons why fire departments maintain pre-plans for commercial buildings.  Firefighter safety, building familiarisation, code compliance, and regulatory requirements are some of the most common reasons pre-plans are completed.  While each of these reasons is important on their own merit, one question begs to be asked.  If a pre-plan can address all these issues, why isn’t every fire department completing them?

London Fire Brigade is investing £1.7 million in additional training resources for its operational staff over the next two years. Sir Ken Knight, Commissioner of the London Fire Brigade, believes that the traditional role of firefighters has changed and has become even more challenging. Because of this the LFB is making the major investment to counteract the increasing pressures on personnel.

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