The internet is readily accessible for statistical information related to line of duty deaths for water rescue personnel. The information retrieved is shocking, as in the US alone 116 responders died between 1989 and 1997, and 154 people have lost their lives since then, writes Paul Falavolito, Chief of White Oaks EMS in Pennsylvania, USA.

Ferrara recently delivered a new multi-purpose aerial ladder vehicle to the City of North Richland Hills, Texas. This borough of the metropolitan Dallas/Fort Worth area is (like most Metro Area Fire Departments) extremely busy, facing not only fire calls but EMS, HazMat and rescue operations – which is why the department chose the new Ferrara 77’ (ft) aerial “quint”, with a multitude of special features. Jonathan Carroll, International Sales Director of Ferrara Fire, based in Holden (Louisiana), tells the story.

Firefighter fatalities are going down – that is the good news. The bad news is that every year firefighters across the world are still losing their lives in ways that could be avoided. It will come as no surprise within this professional community that very few lives are lost to burns – a testament indeed not just to the high level of training that is given but also to the effectiveness of the PPE that is worn by firefighters. What is perhaps less well understood is that a large proportion of fatalities, nearly 50% in the most recent figures to come out of the US, are caused by heart attacks brought on by over exertion and, significantly, by heat stress. It is a sobering figure that should remind everyone that PPE is not simply about protecting firefighters from the immediate threat of fire.

The Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics was the tale of two cities, Vancouver and Whistler, separated by a long and winding road. The 165-kilometre Sea To Sky highway was the only connecting link, and so the Olympic challenge for firefighters and paramedics was to provide a high level of service to the congested urban venues in downtown Vancouver and the isolated mountain venues at Whistler, as well as along the scenic but deadly highway connecting the two ends of the puzzle. Paul Dixon, Emergency Planning Consultant, reports.


John frame has created and delivered LNG Fire Response training courses and also produced the original book LNG Fire Protection & Emergency Response, available from IChemE. In this article he focuses on rollover; international standards; and likely incident scenarios including refrigeration; jetties cargo operations; tankage and piping.

What do the latest images from the Hubble Space Telescope have in common with the sensors inside your gas detectors? Gordon Haddow, Chartered Engineer and Technical Specialist in the Gas Sensors and Thermal Imaging Cameras Engineering Group at e2v, surveys the current scene in industrial gas sensing and then looks at where new technologies are taking us.

Due to environmental issues green motoring is becoming more and more popular, and hybrid cars are a common sight on roads around the world. So how do hybrids affect your rescue operation? What are the risks and what should be considered?

This article hopes to give answers to these questions including an explanation about the different hybrid systems commonly seen, writes Remco Niks, Technical Rescue Consultant for Holmatro Rescue Equipment.

With public safety at the top of any government’s agenda, the Dutch Ministry of the Interior realised that a modern public warning system was essential for the safety of its citizens. With a Cell Broadcast System, it found a solution that met all of its requirements.

One of the biggest losers in the current economic downturn is the airline industry, which has been driven to prematurely “retire” hundreds of older generation aircraft. However, some aircraft may yet be rescued from the scrapheap by another problem – global warming – which has sparked an increasing risk of wildland fires. David Oliver, defence and emergency response journalist, writes on the latest trends.

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