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Truck landed on train track a minute before the deadly Taiwan train crash

The truck which was involved in the fatal Taiwanese express train crash last week, killing 50 people, slid onto the tracks only around one minute before the accident happened, the government said on Tuesday, 6 April, as it released dramatic…

Indonesia is hit by cyclones and then an earthquake on Saturday

Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Sunday (11 April) ordered swift rescue and relief efforts after eight people died in an earthquake that hit off southern Java island. Three others were badly injured in Saturday’s magnitude-5.9 quake and more than 1,180…

A major new report evaluates Fire Extinguishers in the UK

A major new report has been published that considers the role of a fire extinguisher in human terms, identifying the gap between policy assumptions and the evidence from real fires. It examines the implications arising from this and makes a…

Foam Exposure Committee Bulletin #18: Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF) is not ‘safe as soap’

The fire service has always been told that AFFF is as ‘safe as soap’ to use in their communities and for their firefighters. It is actually not. This is now evidenced by nationwide PFAS water-contamination issues. AFFF should not hit…

Dodge pickup truck located using underwater sonar

The James River is a tributary of the Missouri River. It is roughly 710 miles long and spans over 20,000 square miles of North and South Dakota with more than 70% of the river’s drainage occurring in South Dakota. River…

FLIR Systems launches radiometric version of Boson thermal-imaging camera module

The Boson camera core represents the best in FLIR high-performance uncooled thermal-imaging technology within a small, lightweight and low-power package, and now FLIR partners and customers will have the option to purchase radiometric versions that can capture the temperature data…

Super vac launches new website redesign to showcase full line of ventilation equipment

Super Vac, one of the leading manufacturers in fire ventilation equipment, has redesigned its website, supervac.com, to better promote its full line-up of ventilation equipment for firefighting and industrial applications. With dual product lines and the largest breadth of ventilation…

Last call for ‘Speak in Person’ abstracts for ADIPEC

The ADIPEC Technical Conference is the single largest technical meeting place for oil and gas engineers worldwide, providing unprecedented access to the latest industry knowledge, technical expertise, applications, products, solutions and services. Organised by the Society of Petroleum Engineers, the…

Facebook Live discussion: International Firefighters’ Day – coming together in solidarity

Join the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) and volunteer fire-service leaders from across the globe for a Facebook Live discussion in honour of International Firefighters’ Day on 4 May. Panellists will discuss the importance of the volunteer fire service around…

Luxury Greek resort receives five-star fire protection

A fault-tolerant network of Axis EN fire panels from Advanced has been installed at one of Crete’s newest and most exclusive beachfront hotels. Based in the coastal town of Ierapetra in Crete, the Robinson Club is designed around ‘neighbourhoods’ of…

Johnson Controls launches Chemguard 3×3 Non-Fluorinated Foam concentrate for Class B fuel fire suppression

Johnson Controls, the global leader for smart, healthy and sustainable buildings and architect of OpenBlue connected solutions, launches Chemguard NFF 3×3 UL201 Foam Concentrate. This new, patent-pending, Non-Fluorinated Foam (NFF) technology provides fast, effective fire suppression on most Class B…

Exciting new rescue film called SILO releases on 7 May

Film distributor Oscilloscope is releasing a new film called SILO on 7 May, and you can view the trailer today. It’s a powerful drama about a teenager who becomes trapped inside a grain silo, and how his town bands together…

Link Instruments named ultrasonic instruments manufacturer of the year

Precision equipment manufacturer Link Instruments has won the title of ultrasonic instruments manufacturer of the year in the Corporate LiveWire Innovation & Excellence Awards for 2021. The judging took into account a variety of factors such as service, innovation, experience,…

GESA’s Global South Advisory Council – building our understanding of the way to better global emergency services

As part of GESA’s mission to increase flow of information between industry leaders in the Global North and Emergency Services (ES) practitioner leaders in the Global South, a GESA Advisory Council (AC) meeting was held on 13 March, with members…

FLIR Vue TZ20 dual thermal camera drone payload available now

The FLIR Vue TZ20, the first high-resolution, dual thermal sensor gimbal purpose-built for the DJI Matrice 200 Series and Matrice 300 airframes is now available in United Kingdom. Featuring both a narrow-field-of-view and a wide-field-of-view 640×512 resolution FLIR Boson thermal…

The first ever IoT-enabled firefighter helmet provides ‘superpowers’ through augmented reality

Rackspace Technology, a leading end-to-end multi cloud technology solutions company, has announced it has worked with Qwake Technologies, a provider of revolutionary visual communication technology for firefighters, to accelerate Qwake’s cloud native approach. The company’s product allows firefighters to more…

Global Fire Equipment (GFE) awarded EN 54-13 2017/2019 approval, demonstrating compatibility and connectivity of its systems

Leading fire-detection equipment manufacturer, Global Fire Equipment (GFE), has been awarded EN 54-13:2017+A1:2019 system compatibility approval, demonstrating the company’s ongoing commitment to offering its customers best-in-class fire detection and alarm solutions. An international third-party accredited laboratory awarded GFE the EN…

Managing Airport Rescue & Fire Fighting (ARFF) services through the Covid-19 pandemic

AFOA recently held a webinar on managing airport rescue and firefighting services through the Covid-19 pandemic, which was attended by over 100 delegates including airport fire officers and emergency planners from across the UK. The information-sharing exercise highlighted the importance…

TFT releases new BLITZTAC portable monitor

Task Force Tips revolutionized portable monitors over 20 years ago with the introduction of its innovative BLITZFIRE. Today, the BLITZTAC joins TFT’s product offering with features that include: Safety of your crew. Unlike competitors’ models, the BLITZTAC has a standard…

Scientists at MMU prove De-Wipe removes harmful toxins

In 2019, De-Wipe announced the positive results of a scientific study conducted by leading professors at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) which indicated them as the only eco-friendly after-fire wipe proven to remove from skin the most harmful cancer-causing dioxins and…

MDM Publishing and Fire Safe Europe join forces to enhance European fire safety

The Directors of Fire Safe Europe and MDM Publishing Ltd are delighted to announce an agreement that will see the MDM portfolio of print magazines and associated websites become global media partners of Fire Safe Europe. The partnership will enable…

Upcoming webinars from the Association of Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP)

The Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) has announced a programme of free passive fire protection (PFP) webinars. Some events are open to all and others to members only. Just click on the links below for further details and to…

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