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Nomex Nano Flex laminates: dedicated to high-performance protective gear

Alpex Protection is a medium-sized manufacturing company located in Saint-Chamond, in the Loire Department, south-east France. Alpex is a specialist in technical textiles, with a dedicated range of waterproof and breathable fabrics for protective gear. It currently employs 45 people…

The Apple Fire, California: a photo montage courtesy of Johnny Lopez

The Apple Fire was a wildfire that burned during the 2020 California wildfire season in Cherry Valley south of Oak Glen and north of Beaumont and Banning in Riverside County, California in the United States. The fire ignited on Friday,…

Firefighters on the PFAS front

Firefighters have been on the front lines of firefighting foams containing PFAS chemicals for decades. Yet, they have not been informed and could still be unaware of PFAS toxicity issues. When the Foam Exposure Committee (FEC) began testing for total…

Hot new hood! FlamePro announces new particulate hood

FlamePro, a British manufacturing specialist of life-saving garments for firefighters, has developed a new particulate flash hood, which provides increased protection from cancer-causing particles whilst also being more comfortable than other hoods on the market. The hood has been designed…

Global Fire Equipment (GFE) solutions chosen for two luxury hotels in Brazil

Fire-detection solutions from Global Fire Equipment (GFE), a leading European-based fire-detection manufacturer, have been installed at two luxury holiday resorts in Brazil that are owned and operated by the Vila Galé hotel chain. Portuguese-based Vila Galé is the second largest…

Oshkosh Airport Products introduces upgraded features on Oshkosh Striker ARFF Vehicle

Oshkosh Airport Products, LLC have announced that the company has introduced an upgraded Oshkosh Striker ARFF vehicle featuring an optimized cockpit, updated body styling and advanced mobility, speed and precision. Vehicle enhancements include a new ergonomic cockpit layout for an…

FDNY Fire Commissioner Nigro announces 5% decrease in fire deaths for 2020

Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro today announced the city had 63 civilian fire deaths in 2020, 5% fewer than in 2019, when 66 people lost their lives in fires. This marks the 15th consecutive year there have been fewer than…

Advanced Mobile Location: a game-changer for emergency services

Countries around the world are implementing AML, a technology revolutionizing emergency response. And saving lives. Every second counts in an emergency. As response time is key to determining a successful outcome, emergency services must act rapidly and make the most…

Institution of Fire Engineers approves NFPA CFPS credential as key component for IFE membership application

The Membership Application Assessment Panel (MAAP) of the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) has determined that the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS) credential will now be recognized as a major component for IFE membership. The…

Sprinklers: the buffers needed to make buildings resilient

Iain Cox, Chair of the Business Sprinkler Alliance discusses: A recent Financial Times article, written by the Governor of Denmark’s National Bank Lars Rohde, highlighted the fact that a bank’s capital buffer should work much like a sprinkler system. In…

Life Kitchens: the future is non-combustible kitchens

All our kitchen cabinets are manufactured from rust-resistant treated steel and manufactured with non-toxic fire-resistant foam for insulation and acoustic effect, the door fascias are also manufactured from other non-combustible materials such as glass and neolith stone to remove any…

Rescue operations in Indonesia, with 81 known deaths, are being hampered by torrential rains after Friday’s earthquake

It was unclear how many people – dead or alive – could still be under the mountains of debris in the aftermath of Friday’s 6.2-magnitude earthquake, as scores of rescuers combed through the destruction, filling body bags with corpses. The…

Fire destroys Rohingya refugee camps leaving thousands homeless

DHAKA: A huge fire swept through the Rohingya refugee camps in southern Bangladesh in the early hours of Thursday, 14 January, the United Nations said, destroying homes belonging to thousands of people. The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said more than 550…

Johnson Controls introduces Tyco DS-8 8.0K dry pendent sprinkler for outdoor spaces and commercial freezers

Johnson Controls, the global leader for smart, healthy and sustainable buildings and architect of OpenBlue connected solutions, is expanding its Tyco DS Dry Sprinkler product family to include the DS-8 8.0K (K 115) dry pendent sprinkler. The enhanced features of…

Siren system manufacturer provides alternate ways to make contact with its international customers

INTERSCHUTZ, the world’s leading trade fair for fire brigades, rescue services, civil protection and safety has now been postponed for the second time and is not scheduled to take place again until 2022. HÖRMANN Warnsysteme, the leading siren systems manufacturer,…

NFPA replaces 2021 Conference & Expo with new virtual conference series to run throughout 2021

With the continued uncertainty of live events stretching well into 2021, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) announced today that the 2021 NFPA Conference & Expo will not happen as scheduled and instead will be replaced with the 125th Anniversary…

10th Annual DCD Fire Safety Forum

Dubai Civil Defence have announced the 10th Annual Fire Safety Forum UAE. The Fire Safety Forum is held annually by the General Command of Civil Defence to recognize achievements and trends in the firefighting, building and fire-protection industries. Adjusting to…

New strategy sets Hempel on a path to leadership positions

An ambitious new strategy defines the timeframe of a doubling of Hempel by 2025. Doubling revenue allows Hempel to also double its positive impact. The path is defined by focus across the entire business, leadership positions in chosen segments, industry…

Fire Chief discusses mental health and sexism

The ‘hunky fireman’ image that has been a central feature of recruitment drives is putting women off joining forces across the nation. One of Britain’s highest-ranking female firefighters has revealed that women make up less than 7% of the nation’s…

Hyfire’s EvacWireless offers a rapid and efficient solution to BS8629 requirements

With high-rise residential building owners and managers under pressure to be ready for the new BS8629 evacuation-control regulations, global wireless fire-detection and alarm devices leader Hyfire has launched EvacWireless, offering rapid installation, simplified maintenance and minimal installation disruption. The British…

Debating the future of fire safety for 2021 and beyond

While 2020 presented the social-housing industry with some of its toughest challenges to date, particularly in relation to Covid-19, it also offered significant opportunities for evaluation and improvement, particularly with regard to how fire-safety systems are implemented, managed and maintained…

Bulletin #5 from the Foam Exposure Committee, 8 January 2021

Firefighters have become much more aware of the perfluorinated chemical compounds used in  firefighting foams. PFAS are used in all Aqueous Film-Forming Foam (AFFF) and pose a threat  to firefighter health, safety and life. In addition to exposure at incidents,…

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