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5.9 quake hits north-eastern Japan

An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.9 struck north-eastern Japan early on Wednesday, 6 October, but there was no threat of a tsunami and no injuries or major property damage were immediately reported, the weather agency and local authorities said.…

Deadly 5.9 earthquake hits Pakistan

At least 20 people, including six children, were killed in a 5.9 quake that hit the Pakistani district of Harnai just after 3am on Thursday, 9 October. The quake was felt across at least six cities and towns, but the…

Always here during times of crisis

A firefighter has called on the region to look out for each other after revealing the service was called to help more than 100 people in distress – in just six months. Tommy Richardson is the mental health lead at…

World’s oldest retired firefighter celebrates 108th birthday in style

A war veteran who is believed to be the world’s oldest retired firefighter has celebrated his 108th birthday – with a visit from a fire engine. Evergreen Joe Dixon celebrated his special day style on 1October when the crew of…

Magirus presents the TLF 3000-W at the Florian

Climate change is increasingly bringing new demands to the fire department. Vegetation fires are increasing in severity and number, placing particularly high demands on people and equipment for more and more fire departments. Often, the operational locations are difficult to…

New extinguishing system for burning traction batteries in electric vehicles

Rosenbauer has launched a new extinguishing system for burning traction batteries in electric vehicles. The system can be used to safely and efficiently extinguish lithium-ion-based high-voltage batteries. It enables direct cooling of the battery modules, or the cells within the…

Environmentally safe fire protection for aircraft hangars adopted in NFPA 409 2022 Edition

Safespill, a leader in environmentally safe fire protection systems, has announced that the company’s core technology – the Safespill flooring system, also known as an ignitable liquid drainage floor assembly – will be added to National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)…

Pierce and Portland Fire and Rescue secure joint development agreement for Volterra Electric Pumper

Pierce Manufacturing Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK) company, has announced it has entered into a joint development agreement with the City of Portland, Oregon Fire and Rescue to place a Pierce Volterra zero-emissions pumper into service with the city’s busiest…

SFRS outlines preparations to support COP26

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service has set out how it is working to protect communities from new risks linked to climate change as it prepares to help support a safe COP26. The major event, which is taking place in…

Why choose a firefighting battery ventilator?

More and more firefighting teams are choosing battery-powered fans to equip their firefighting trucks, both for their compact design and their autonomy in the field. But these are not the only reasons. So, why choose a firefighting battery ventilator? Why…

Argon releases major upgrade to RDS200 simulator

Argon Electronics (UK) Ltd has released a major upgrade to its Rados RDS200 training simulator that provides a significant improvement to the simulated Gamma performance of the training system. The upgrade can be applied to all existing customer RDS200 simulators…

Perimeter Solutions’ PHOS-CHEK FORTIFY now qualified by USDA Forest Service for application as a proactive wildfire solution

Perimeter Solutions, makers of PHOS-CHEK long-term fire retardant and other high-quality firefighting products, has announced that its ground-based long-term fire retardant PHOS-CHEK FORTIFY has been added to the USDA Forest Service (USFS) Qualified Products List (QPL), making it the first…

Seventh International Tall Building Fire Safety Conference

Dates: 17–19 May 2022 Call for Papers and Early Bird Delegates Deadline for presentation extracts 29 October 2021 (40 paper abstracts already submitted) There are a limited number of discounted early-bird discounted delegate places, which can be booked via the…

FSI 2022: call for papers

On 31 May to 1 June 2022, the EFSN and BAFSA will co-host Fire Sprinkler International 2022 in London. We look forward to welcoming over 300 delegates to an exciting programme with over 40 presentations on a wide range of…

REDCON Asia moves its inauguration to 2022 to showcase Thailand as a Premier Resilient Country

VNU Asia Pacific is pleased to retain the partnerships with DDPM under the Ministry of Interior, Thailand, along with Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC), Mekong Institute, KMUTT, and GVF for the launching of REDCON Asia (Resilience on Emergency & Disaster…

Firefighters ‘might not be able to fight all fires’

Firefighter numbers have reached a new low since the beginning of austerity in 2010. One in five firefighter roles which existed in 2010 no longer exist, according to figures released this week, with a fall in numbers of 11,680 since…

A rare tornado damages Australian homes and power lines

A tornado ploughed through the rural area of Bathurst  west of Sydney on Thursday (Sept 30), damaging homes and scarring a tract of countryside. The Bureau of Meteorology said the tornado formed west of Australia’s largest city, damaging a broad…

Sumatran landslide kills seven after torrential rain

Seven people were killed in a landslide triggered by torrential storms on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, the authorities said, as they warned continuing rainfall could cause further ground movement on Friday (1 October). A day after the landslide hit…

Fighting a pandemic as well as fires

They are known for fighting the flames but fire service staff have been praised for fighting Covid-19 – after revealing they have administered 40,000 tests and vaccinations. Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS) have been working closely with…

Safe and sound with Sika’s fire-resistant sealant

For passive fire protection with added peace of mind, Sika’s Sikacryl-621 acrylic sealant combines exceptional fire-resistance with the added benefit of providing acoustic insulation. The phthalate-free Sikacryl-621 acrylic sealant is incredibly flexible and can offer up to four hours of…

Fire Department Service Announcement

Bulletin #38, Companies that have switched over to F3 products, 1 October 2021  These listed companies have already transitioned to fluorine-free firefighting foams for their industrial facilities and corporate owned properties. Company Year Transitioned to F3 Products 3M 2018 1…

Working to make the global gear donations process work better – take GESA’s five-minute survey

GESA (Global Emergency Services Action) is an international non-profit organization that works with Emergency Services practitioners, consultants and equipment manufacturers to promote quality Emergency Services (ES) around the world. Our latest project looks at the world of donations – donations…

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