Fig. 2: Depiction of typical fire-resistant polymeric cables in vertical installation after fire exposure.

Is your life-safety equipment ‘fit for purpose’?

Life-safety, firefighting and critical emergency systems depend on the unfailing reliability of electric cables during a fire. Should these essential cable systems fail, the critical equipment they supply also fails, putting occupants,…

Firefighting PPE in the mining industry

Paul Gibson, International Sales Manager for MSA Bristol, a global leader of cutting-edge firefighter protection, talks to Matt Campbell, Emergency Services Principal at Rio Tinto in Australia, about the role of Emergency Responders in the mining industry and their specific…

Understanding char loss and fall-off for fire-safe design of timber structures

Engineered timber is in high demand while the awareness of environmental pressures is growing. Worldwide research has studied the fire behaviour of timber but char fall-off remains one of the critical factors by delaying or preventing self-extinction. This article highlights…

The reliability of fire protection features in high-rise buildings

One of the key components of fire safety in high-rise buildings is the reliability of the fire protection systems and features. We tend to use the terms reliability, redundancy and resilience interchangeably and in fact they are all aspects of…

FlameSpec Triple IR Detectors with HD camera provide fast detection, false alarm rejection and Live Video Feed.

FlameSpec HD: flame detection with advanced video security

Fire & Gas Detection Technologies Inc. (FGD) is addressing the daily problems that impact productivity, safety and the bottom line with new innovative solutions in flame detection and analysis. The FGD focus is to provide equipment that will be used…

Thermal imaging: breaking down the scan – Part 2

In Part 1 of our article, we discussed the importance of proper interpretation of the image along with understanding the key attributes of thermal imaging. We also discussed some ‘behavioural problems’ that occur during a scan such as failing to…

GEN III Smart Proportioner – remote testing system

Regular testing and maintenance ensure a maximum service life and functional and failure-related safety of technical appliances. The same applies to foam-based fire extinguishing systems and the foam proportioners installed in them.  Up to now, such testing and maintenance have…

Intumescent materials – the vital technology in passive fire protection systems

They remain inert in normal conditions but expand to many times their dormant size to seal critical gaps around doors, glass, ironmongery and service penetrations when the worst happens. This feature explains the application and characteristics of these key materials.…

Liquefied Natural Gas fires: the damage on structures

In most regions of the world natural gas is the fastest growing energy resource. This trend has been persistent since the new millennium and is expected to continue, driven by the low greenhouse gas emission regulations that drive the energy…

The renowned Main Concourse of New York City’s Grand Central Terminal.

Advancing fire protection in historic structures

Historic structures may seem to be an unlikely setting for contemporary advances in fire protection, but some of the most historic buildings in Greater New York City have inspired advances that continue to have application worldwide. I was thinking about…

Training during and after the pandemic: what some feel may be the new norm

As we started 2020, the pandemic was just getting a grip on the world and it seemed as though everything was coming to a standstill. Most were confused with what the future looked like, and some were not even thinking…

Introducing water mist technology – Part 2

Water mist technology is still a relatively new concept in terms of fire suppression, yet it is proving to be an exciting development in the industry. As the industry evolves, so do the regulations, laws and requirements in order to…

Understanding fire-resistant cables and saving lives in real-life fire scenarios

With the continuing focus on building safety, fire-resistant cables – and their ability to service critical systems in the event of a fire – remain under the spotlight. However, it has become clear that fire-resistant cables offer different levels of…

MSA Bristol to the rescue

This feature looks at the changing role of firefighters and how fire and rescue services are increasingly choosing to combine lightweight, high-visibility rescue jackets with structural trousers when attending incidents such as road traffic collisions and wildfires. As a result…

FireDos proportioner GEN Ill (Current standard design).

Smart proportioner GEN III – remote monitoring system

As practised for decades in fire protection systems, the procedure to check the functionality of foam extinguishing systems includes an annual check of the proportioning rate according to a formula set out in national and international regulations. The results are…

Bus fire system requirements: what’s been happening since the introduction of UNECE R107?

Fires in mass transportation, and buses specifically, have been a long-term concern. The very nature of these systems puts a large number of people in a small space for efficiency. However, most still have only two primary points of egress…

The new generation of flame detectors

Industries continuously strive to improve safety by reducing the number of personnel who are exposed to risk of fires or explosions in hazardous areas. Modern technology allows remote or automatic operation and monitoring of more and more industrial processes and…

Firefighter safety, 30 years in the making

Safety. Comfort. Unless both are built into their protective clothing, no firefighter will be able to perform the tasks demanded of them. But how do you achieve that? For technical textiles specialist Otego, the answer lay in FIRESHIELD, a fire…

Gas suppression control for critical and high-risk sites: what to consider

Data centres, control rooms, power generation facilities and archives may serve very different purposes, but they all pose the same critical challenge for those charged with their fire protection.  Guarding against catastrophic loss – whether of data, irreplaceable cultural assets…

Regular inspections of fire kits are just as important as laundering. A fire suit is only as good as its weakest seam, and therefore kit needs to be checked that it is fit for purpose every time before it is used.

Don’t be a statistic – secret killer amongst the force exposed

Cancer is a hidden killer amongst the force. In fact, firefighters have a 68% higher risk of being diagnosed with cancer than the general population. Why? It’s simple: exposure to cancer-causing particles is high. But, this hidden killer can be…


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