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ARFF: airports transition to environmentally friendly firefighting foams

In case of fire emergency at airport, every second counts. Aircraft Rescue Fire Firefighters (ARFF) have to be effective in a short time to save people lives in a burning aircraft. The firefighting foam must be quickly efficient. The move…

Two dead, 12 missing in landslide in southwestern China

At least two people were killed and 12 people went missing following a landslide in Sichuan province in southwestern China, local media reported. ‘At least two persons have died and 12 others remain missing after a heavy rain-triggered mudslide that…

Cyclone Gulab kills two as it slams into eastern India

Two fishermen were reported dead after a cyclone packing strong winds and rains barrelled into India’s east coast late on Sunday, 26 September, forcing the evacuation of more than 200,000 people in three states to shelters. Cyclone Gulab made landfall…

Fire Department Service Announcement

International entities using PFAS-free firefighting foams, Bulletin #37 International entities Location Year Auckland Airport Auckland, New Zealand 2019 1 All 27 major Australian airports including Melbourne Metropolitan Fire Brigade (changed over in 2014) Australia 2018 2 Bristol Airport Bristol, England,…

Fire Prevention Week is 3–9 October 2021! This year’s theme is: Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for 99 years, has announced Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety as the theme for Fire Prevention Week, 3–9 October 2021. From beeps to chirps, this year’s…

Performance-based smoke detection reduces cost and enhances safety

For special architectural features such as atria and large open spaces, advanced smoke detection technology minimizes costs and detects smoke at the earliest possible stage from flexibly placed, concealable sampling points. Today, the owners of a growing number of non-standard…

County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service invest in Dräger mechanical cleaning systems to protect firefighter health

County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service (CDDFRS) has implemented Dräger’s Cleaning Solution as part of its new state-of-the art decontamination facility, designed to ensure optimal cleaning and disinfection of firefighter equipment.  The initiative will not only help protect…

Bronto F61RPX for the Royal Dutch Navy

Korps Marinebrandweer, the fire brigade of the Royal Dutch Navy in Den Helder, Netherlands, has taken delivery of a Bronto F61RPX aerial fire and rescue platform. The unit was delivered by Bronto Skylift’s local distributor, Kenbri Fire Fighting B.V. and…

Power meets multifunctionality: Magirus presents the brand-new Wolf R1 tactical robot

Following the successful 2014 launch of the AirCore TAF35 firefighting robot and the 2020 launch of the TAF60 firefighting robot, Magirus is now taking the logical next step in the field of robotic, remote-controlled firefighting and emergency vehicles. The new…

China’s Henan province witnesses torrential rains

China’s Henan province witnessed torrential rains, resulting in a level IV emergency response to floods issued on Sunday, 19 September at 8am, local authorities said. From 8am Friday to 8am Sunday, heavy downpours hit the province, with average precipitation in…

At least three killed, dozens injured as shallow quake hits China’s Sichuan province

At least three people were killed and dozens injured when a shallow earthquake struck south-western China in the early hours of Thursday, 14 September, triggering the second-highest level of emergency response by rescuers in Sichuan province, state media said. The…

E2S shows in-depth warning signal capabilities at ADIPEC

E2S Warning Signals design and manufacture alarm horn sounders, Xenon strobe and LED warning beacons and combined signalling units; wide area sounders for site protection and civil emergency warning; PA loudspeakers; break glass and push button manual call points; application-specific…

Emergency lighting compliance ensured at Leeds General Infirmary

Following an extensive overhaul of the hospital’s emergency lighting system, LuxIntelligent panels from fire and life safety systems manufacturer Advanced are ensuring ongoing compliance with the BS 5266-1 code of practice for the emergency lighting of premises. As a large…

FDNY adds 25 names to Memorial Wall for deaths related to World Trade Center illnesses

The FDNY added the names of 25 members who died of illnesses related to their work in the rescue and recovery efforts at the World Trade Center to the FDNY World Trade Center Memorial Wall at an outdoor ceremony held…

Fire Department Service Announcement

Bulletin #36, monitoring PFAS exposure in fire service personnel There is growing awareness and concern for the fire service and their exposure to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). This concern has led to several research efforts to study and better…

Festival of Rescue to astonish crowds on Newcastle and Gateshead quaysides

On 17 and 18 of September spectators on both the Newcastle and Gateshead quaysides will be in awe of the 2021 UKRO Challenge – Festival of Rescue being hosted by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS). The free,…

Baldwin Boxall designs residential tower emergency communication solution

Following the Grenfell Tower incident resulting in the tragic loss of life in 2017, and other events in residential towers, it has become clear that a method of informing residents of a situation is urgently needed. Baldwin Boxall has addressed…

Think disasters are isolated? Think again, warns the UN

Given the ever-increasing frequency of severe weather events, human-made catastrophes and epidemics, piecemeal and fragmented responses will fail to address root causes and may in fact compound the challenges, a new United Nations report argues. The Interconnected Disaster Risks report analyses 10…

Fire in overcrowded Indonesian prison kills 41

A fire roared through an overcrowded Indonesian prison block in the early hours of Wednesday, 8 September when most inmates were asleep, killing 41 people and injuring dozens of others, an official said. The fire in Banten province broke out between 1am and…

UK firefighters marking 9/11 twentieth anniversary with minute’s silence

UK firefighters and control staff are today commemorating the 9/11 tragedy with a minute’s silence across the country, at fire stations, fire controls and other fire service workplaces. They are falling silent at 13.46 – the time in the UK…

NFPA highlights four ways 9/11 changed the world of fire and life safety

As the 20-year anniversary of 9/11 approaches this Saturday, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) highlights four ways that day changed the world of fire and life safety, shedding light on how the fire service, first responders, and others now do their…

NFPA 2022 Call for Proposals now open!

This year marks NFPA’s 125th anniversary, with the celebrations culminating in the return of the NFPA Conference & Expo in Boston! To help us make this Conference & Expo the best yet, we are looking for speakers who are passionate…

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