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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…

PACT awarded US patent for Thermo Shield fire suppressant shipping wrap

PACT, LLC, an innovator of packaging and crating technologies, has been granted a US patent for its Thermo Shield, a paper-based, fire-resistant shipping wrap designed to prevent catastrophes caused by battery explosions during transport. Utilizing a revolutionary technology that actively…

Long-range drone Avy Aera tested to fight wildfires

The go-ahead has been initiated for test phases 2 and 3 to detect wildfires with the long-range drone Avy Aera. The Veluwe Forest Fire Committee (VBC) and Avy are jointly investigating the use of drones for the early detection of…

Meet our animal rescue team and their 14-tonne vehicle

When Doris the iguana leapt onto a Northamptonshire firefighter’s helmet in a desperate bid to escape a house fire earlier this year the resulting picture went viral. Behind the headlines though was a message worth reinforcing – it’s not just…

New wildland firefighting suit unveiled by FlamePro sets new PPE benchmark for the industry

Wildland fires are an increasing threat in the UK. They’re high-risk, difficult to manage and create a set of very particular circumstances for firefighters battling the blaze. And with wildland call-outs measured in days, rather than hours, fire services need…

New training for firefighters launched to combat fire cancer threat

New training for firefighters aims to fight the cancer threat to them from fires, by taking aim at the toxic substances that fires produce.  UK firefighters surveyed as part of University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) research were four times more…

Trelleborg unveils new lightweight fire-resistant material at International Composites Summit

Trelleborg’s applied technologies operation unveils its new ultra-lightweight fire-resistant material at the inaugural International Composites Summit, London, England, from 8 to 9 September. Neil O’Keeffe, Technical Director at Trelleborg’s operation in Rochdale, England, will present the novel Soteria FRV material…

An 81m aerial platform for the Lotos Refinery

Lotos Straż, a fire service of Grupa LOTOS in Gdańsk, Poland has received an 81m Bronto F81HLA aerial platform, making them the owners of one of the highest firefighting platforms in the European Union. The Bronto F81HLA is the newest addition to LOTOS…

New initiative highlights those most at risk from fire

A leading fire suppression specialist has launched a new initiative aiming to raise awareness around the most common types of fires and those at greatest risk from fire-related injury or fatality. Fire Risk: It’s Not Just About the Building is…

Johnson Controls acquires Nu-Form Fire UK

Johnson Controls (NYSE: JCI), the global leader for smart, healthy and sustainable buildings, today announced it has acquired Nu-Form Fire, a leading provider of sprinkler systems in England and Wales.   Based in Bury, England, Nu-Form Fire specialises in the design, procurement and installation of a full range…

Careless burning off is the cause of recent bushfires in Fiji

Careless burning has been the reason for a large number of bushfires that have threatened and destroyed farmlands, livestock and houses, says National Fire Authority (NFA) CEO Puamau Sowane. He said despite numerous warnings from the NFA for people to…

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