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A person utilizes a HTC Vive for a virtual training simulation.
Virtual reality technology is within fire department’s reach

New developments in technology have brought the capability for all fire departments to utilize immersive…

Felix 8x8 and Felix 8x8 Titan – Heavy Airport Crash Tenders. Titan 2700 HP, crew 1+4, water 15.000 liters, foam 1.600 liters, powder 250 kg, truck mounted pomp WISS-Ruberg E 100 10.000 l min – 10 bar, output monitor 20.
Special vehicle manufacturing

Special purpose vehicles are to be customized as much as possible. Unlike general purpose vehicles…

All genuine PPE suppliers will adhere to appropriate international standards.
Trust in PPE

With a host of firefighting PPE available on the international market, varying in cost and…

A company officer may give assignments to their crew (like and order to implement an interior attack) prior to arriving on the scene of the emergency based on their pre-arrival lens.
Twelve barriers that can impact situational awareness – Part 1

Flawed situational awareness is one of the leading contributing factors in first responder near-miss and…

Fire in a wind turbine 28.08.2016 in Isselburg, Germany.
Fire safety in wind turbines – there is more to know

Wind power is an important and growing source of renewable energy in Europe. Due to…

Supporting personal in the operation of portable firefighting equipment whilst testing the firefighting water main capability.
UCLan meeting the requirements of High Hazard Industries

Since the official launch of UCLan PROTECT in September 2017 this innovative and holistic approach…

Construction companies that comply with Dubai’s new Fire and Fire Safety Code, and defacto with other international standards including EN 54, are minimising risk to workers on site and protecting their client’s asset.
UAE: Improving fire safety on construction sites

Here Paul Henson, Sales and Marketing Director at Ramtech Electronics, looks at why Dubai Civil…

PPE being professionally cleaned at Total Safety in Spain.
Keeping it clean

The provision of cleaning and maintenance services for firefighter PPE varies greatly around the world.…

A wood pallet (left) sits next to a “nestable” plastic pallet. Idle nestable pallets can be stacked on top of one another to save space.
Cellulose or plastic? It’s not just about shopping bags

The vast product arrays that move through modern storage warehouses provide a constant challenge to…

The three façades tested during the Zagreb tests in March.
Fire safety of façades

Façade fires do not occur often, in comparison to other major structure fires only 1.3 – 3 % of the total number of structure fires [1], but relatively recently several high-profile façade fires have occurred around the world that have had major consequences such as the fires in the United Arab Emirates, Australia, China, France and the United Kingdom. [1-3]

These external fires spread rapidly from floor to floor and sometimes large parts of the whole building is engulfed in fire as became obvious in the very recent tragic fire in the Grenfell Tower in London in which 71 people died. This shows the importance to limit or delay fire spread to higher floors. Requirements built on large scale fire testing will decrease the risk of these types of fires together with quality systems to ensure that the buildings are constructed according to the tested construction. However, the recent fires and the continuous introduction of new materials and façade systems might call for an update of these tests and regulations.

Fire safety in marine applications poses unique challenges such as escape from a protected area and proximity of flammable materials.
When the stakes are high… fire protection for mission critical industries

Power utilities, data centres, critical control rooms, manufacturing plants, oil and gas rigs… in our…

New clothing solution with multi layered wicking barrier.
Stop cancer at the door!

International studies have shown that firefighters have a significantly higher risk of developing cancer in…

FireFighting Foam in use in an emergency spill situation.
Environmental selection and use of firefighting foams

The Australian fire protection industry has concerns with some regulatory approaches to firefighting foams, and…

Fire is the second leading cause of accidents in wind turbines.
The importance of fire suppression in wind turbines

Wind power is an exciting emerging sector that needs those of us involved in fire safety to get on board. As electricity generation becomes more reliant on renewable energy, wind power is becoming increasingly important in the energy mix. As our reliance on wind turbines grows, keeping them fully operational and at reduced levels of risk is becoming more important, and as a result, so is safety management. There are over 340,000 wind turbines around the world; yet the vast majority of turbines have no fire suppression system installed.

The fires in wind turbines not only lead to a loss of business continuity and a negative impact on the company’s reputation but also, most importantly, are a critical safety issue. Possibly harmful debris can drift into the wind in the event of a fire and there is also a significant risk to human lives. When turbines are under construction, commissioning maintenance and repair, escape routes for operators are often long and vertical.

Smoke curtain above escalator with side guides.
Design considerations when using smoke and fire curtains

If a fire breaks out, smoke spread is by far the biggest challenge. Thick black…

London’s fire chief calls for an end to the term ‘firemen’

Firefighters should no longer be called ‘firemen’ because it puts females off taking up the…

Vehicle extrication is rarely, if ever, carried out by a single agency.
Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress, working together is success.

The above quote is attributed to Henry Ford, who as most readers will know, became…

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