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Both Sides of the Fire Line: Memoir of a Transgender Firefighter

Bobbie Scopa is a retired firefighter, podcast host and public speaker, whose upcoming book, Both Sides of the Fire Line: Memoir of a Transgender Firefighter is due to be published by the Chicago Review Press on 6 September 2022. It…

Ants’ nest causes flooding to a public reserve in New Zealand

Ants nesting in a circuit board resulted in the failure of the Tarawa Creek pump station, on New Zealand’s North Island, on Wednesday. There had already been 44mm of rain in the area in the previous two days when the…

NFPA Wildfire Division Director to serve on Presidential Wildfire Mitigation and Management Commission

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is pleased to announce Michele Steinberg, NFPA Wildfire Division Director, has been selected as a member of the Wildland Fire Mitigation and Management Commission. The Commission, established by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and…

Fire Department Service Announcement

Bulletin #61, PFAS crisis management The Foam Exposure Committee recommends the following actions because there is no way presently to remove PFAS from the human body: Identify your fire department’s current firefighting foam product – does it contain PFAS? Stop…

IWMA Award 2022 goes to young Australian Scientist

In 2022, the IWMA scientific council had the pleasure to evaluate four master theses dealing with watermist – all of them on a very high level, which made the decision difficult. After a two-month-long evaluation process, council chairman Hong-Zeng Yu…

ZIEGLER delivers a total of six new LF 10s to the fire departments Kehl and Meißenheim, Germany

On 24 June, ZIEGLER delivered the second batch of the total of six LF 10s with ALPAS and Z-Control to the fire departments of the city of Kehl and the municipality of Meißenheim. Within the scope of inter-municipal cooperation, ZIEGLER…

Pressure continues to mount on PFAS in firefighting foams

Two recent announcements increase the pressure on legacy PFAS contamination and any continued use of PFOS-type AFFF foam concentrates or regrettable substitutions using PFHxS. On 15 June, the US Environmental Protection Agency issued a press release outlining interim updated drinking…

Waking Watch vs Wireless Fire Detection: Discussing the next generation of life safety

In this exciting podcast Hochiki’s Tony Obadipe, Kevin Dodge from FAFS Fire & Security  and MDM’s Group Editorial Adviser Duncan J. White discuss the issues surrounding waking watch and look at how new technology in fire detection can be used…

Introducing Cres Guard from Cres Cor

Cres Cor Health and Safety is a division of Cres Cor. They are a family-owned company for three generations, headquartered in north-east Ohio and have been a manufacturer of specialty metal solutions and a moving force in the commercial foodservice…

Fire Department Service Announcement

Bulletin #59, State Actions on PFAS Contamination   State   Attorneys General Date case filed or Consent Order   Notes Alabama Shawn Sibley (general counsel) July 24, 2020 “3M to Assess Alabama PFAS Risks in ‘Precedent-Setting’ Deal (2).”1 Alaska Treg…

Hyfire Strengthens UK sales team with Gemma Hand appointment

Global wireless fire detection and alarm devices leader, Hyfire has appointed Gemma Hand as Field Sales Manager (South East), responsible for overseeing the rapid growth of the business in the crucial South East of England region, which includes London.  Gemma,…

Home oxygen fire deaths being under-reported in France, Italy and other EU countries by at least four times, new report argues

Patient safety across Europe may be compromised due to decisions over fire safety and home oxygen devices being based upon inaccurate reporting and incomplete data, argues a new report by BPR Medical. Statistics available from the European Industrial Gases Association…

Next Generation Firefighting technology: the first Magirus FireBull goes to Brazil

The Brazilian state of Ceará has received the first FireBull from Magirus. A delegation with high-ranking representatives of the governor, the fire brigades and partners were guests at the Magirus Experience Center in Ulm last week for the technical acceptance…

Fire safety amongst the big industry challenge topics at Siemens Transform event

Siemens is presenting a two-day conference and exhibition entitled ‘Transform 2022’, which will see the largest cross-section of the company’s UK and Ireland customers gather to address some of the most challenging issues currently facing business. Staged at the Manchester…

Dave Pelton is NAFED’s New VP – Technical

NAFED is pleased to announce the appointment of Dave Pelton as the association’s new Vice President – Technical. Possessing a substantial background in the fire-protection and life-safety industry, Dave has demonstrated proven expertise across multiple business disciplines including team leadership,…

Fire Department Service Announcement

Bulletin #60: another State Action on AFFF Aqueous Film-Forming Foam (AFFF) in Connecticut: ‘The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is investigating after Burlington [CT] firefighters allegedly used firefighting foam illegally to put out a car fire. A DEEP…

Donations – an essential guide, Part 4

By Chris Gannon, writing for GESA (Global Emergency Services Action) Before considering donations… Donations of gear and equipment, as we’ve discussed in earlier articles, can be a mixed bag.  Some contributions are in the end useless, occasionally even dangerous. Estimates…

Pyroguard and AMI reach new heights with fire-rated glass balustrades for Quantock House

Pyroguard’s fire-safety glass was the product of choice on the Quantock House development, one of the first UK projects to feature a compliant A2-s1 glass balustrade system on its apartment balconies. A residential development exclusively for the over 55s, Quantock…

Hochiki proves to be the ideal solution in leading Italian hospital

Celebrating its centenary, the IRCCS Sacro Cuore Don Calabria Hospital is in Negrar, Verona, and thanks to the expert team and technology in place, it is considered one of Italy’s top medical facilities, and in fact at European level it…

HAIX launches the FIRE EAGLE 2.0

Global footwear specialist, HAIX launches the world’s fastest firefighter boot – the FIRE EAGLE 2.0. The new boot features an updated design and an innovative quick-fit fastener system. The RapidFit system is the quickest way to pull a boot on…

The first cordless mini cutter

Holmatro has introduced the first battery-powered mini cutter in the rescue market. This compact, lightweight tool is easy to use in confined spaces and requires minimal space in your rescue vehicle. Its innovative design gives you maximum freedom of movement…

Australia’s New South Wales Telco Authority announces membership of TCCA

Australia’s New South Wales (NSW) Telco Authority has become the latest member of TCCA, the global representative body for the critical communications ecosystem. NSW Telco Authority is the connectivity leader for NSW Government and delivers critical radio communications to first…

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