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MSA Safety acquires UK firefighter PPE manufacturer Bristol Uniforms

Global safety equipment manufacturer MSA Safety Incorporated (NYSE: MSA) today announced it has acquired UK-based Bristol Uniforms (‘Bristol’) in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $60 million. The acquisition strengthens MSA’s position…

Bulletin #7 from the Foam Exposure Committee: PFAS at additional sites

Fluorinated firefighting foams known as Aqueous Film-Forming Foams (AFFF) are being identified nationwide as a water contamination source issue. The Foam Exposure Committee (FEC) lists possible contaminated areas that have yet to be addressed on a national level: 27,184  …

FlamePro: how often should you replace your fire kit?

Firefighting kit has a number of functions; it protects crew members in a wide range of situations and makes them instantly recognisable in an emergency. Replacing your kit at the right time keeps you safe and comfortable, no matter what…

Snowstorm, in Japan, causes 134-car pile-up along Japanese highway and one death

At least 134 cars were involved in a series of crashes in Japan on Tuesday, 19 January when a snowstorm struck a stretch of highway, with one person killed and a dozen hurt in the chaos. Ten people were taken…

Five people killed in fire at the world’s biggest vaccine-making factory, in India

The fire occurred last Thursday (21 January) in the world’s biggest vaccine-production hub in western India. ‘Five people have died,’ Pune city mayor Murlidhar Mohol told reporters following the fire at the Serum Institute of India. Rescue workers discovered five…

IWMA to hold next Webinar Series in April 2021

Hamburg, 25 January 2021. The International Water Mist Association (IWMA) announced today that a third series of webinars on fire protection with water mist will take place early in spring. The three events will take place on 15, 22 and…

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An informed population is a safer population

Tsunamis, hurricanes, wildfires, terrorist attacks or even the current challenging situation we are experiencing: a pandemic. These are some of the emergency situations where rapid and effective communication with citizens becomes crucial and potentially life-saving. How can the authorities alert…

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…

The FAST Board is a disruptive technology for rescue

Rapid Intervention is rarely rapid – The FAST Board changes that! Studies show that the average time for completing a mayday for a downed firefighter is 15-25 minutes. With the FAST Board, you can cut patient packaging times to 30…

Volkan Lion 6X6 – the new protector of Malaysian Airports

Airport operations require extra specialization, knowledge and having perfect equipment for firefighters. Lion is manufactured to meet every need, demand and the most important requirements of firefighting crews even in most difficult conditions with its speed and functionality. Lion is…

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…

New Year brings new website for Patol

Patol, the UK manufacturer of industrial fire alarm and heat detection products, has started the new year with the launch of a complete revamp of its website, with a clean new look and a more user-friendly platform. The company is…

Oshkosh Airport Products has unveiled the new Oshkosh® Striker® ARFF vehicle with an optimized cockpit and best-in-class legacy features. (Image copyright: Oshkosh)

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…

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