United Kingdom (UK) Fire Industry News

Kent Fire And Rescue Service Firefighters Urge Drivers To Not Park Vehicles Near Fire Hydrants

Firefighters are urging drivers to be careful not to park over, or too close to, fire hydrants which give crews access to a crucial supply of water during incidents. Hydrants can be found on public roads, pavements or grass verges and are clearly marked with a yellow ‘H’ next to the hydrant cover, or on a nearby piece of street furniture e.g. lampposts. The plea comes as a result of crews not being able to get to the water supply on a number of occasions, whether it be during a fire...

Halma Experts And High Level Executives Conclude Their Isreal Visit To Find Potential New Partners

A Halma delegation of medical and environmental innovation experts and a number of high-level executives including Halma executive board members Inken Braunschmidt, Chief Innovation and Digital Officer, and Adam Meyers, Chief Executive, Medical and Environmental sector, recently concluded a visit to Israel to meet with potential new partners. This trip demonstrates Halma’s commitment to partnering with the innovation capability within Israel to solve health and environmental problems on a...

Shortage Of Volunteers In Fire Service, Growing Need For Trained Personnel

Recruiting and training enough firefighters to meet community needs has been a continuing challenge for decades, especially in the case of volunteer firefighters, who make up 70% of the fire service in the United States. In some areas of the country, the problem has reached a critical stage. A recent report by a commission of lawmakers, city officials and emergency service personnel in Pennsylvania, for example, notes that the population of volunteer firefighters in the state has dwindled from...

Siemens Warns UK Businesses About The Consequences Of False Fire Alarms During Festive Season

As the countdown to Christmas gets well and truly underway with offices and places of work getting into the festive spirit, Siemens Building Technologies is warning UK businesses about the potential consequences of false fire alarms during the busiest period of the year. False alarms from remotely-monitored fire detection and fire alarm systems cost the UK economy an estimated £1 billion in business disruption with 95% of automatically-generated alarms being proved to be false placing Fire...

NFPA Spreads Awareness For Enjoying The Holiday Season Keeping Fire Safety In Mind

Festive meals, flickering lights and holiday decorations are all hallmarks of the holiday season. However, Christmas trees, candles, electrical decorations, and cooking all contribute to an increased number of home fires during December, making it one of the leading months for U.S. home fires. To help everyone enjoy a fire-safe holiday season, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is encouraging everyone to be aware of potential fire risks, and to take steps to minimize them. “F...

NFPA Launches New Standard For Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Public Safety Operations

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has released its first unmanned robotics guidance for first responders and others. NFPA 2400, Standard for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) Used for Public Safety Operations was developed by representatives from public safety departments with unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), including the fire service, law enforcement, and emergency medical services. NFPA 2400 is an all-encompassing standard that applies to all public safety departments that...

Pierce Manufacturing Delivers Five Enforcer Pumpers And An Ascendant 107’ Aerial Ladder To Mobile Fire-Rescue Department

Pierce Manufacturing Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation company, has delivered five Pierce Enforcer pumpers and an Ascendant 107’ Aerial Ladder to the City of Mobile, Alabama’s Mobile Fire-Rescue Department (MFRD). The delivery represents the first Pierce apparatus to be put into service for the department. Enforcer pumpers Mark Sealy, Fire Chief, the City of Mobile Fire-Rescue Department (MFRD), said “As our fleet began to age, we understood the critical need to put apparatus into...

Abbot Fire Group Complete Installation Of Low Level Lighting For Hightown Housing Association

Abbot Fire Group, working in partnership with Everlux, have successfully completed an installation of low level lighting (LLL) for Hightown Housing Association. Based in nearby Hemel Hempstead, Hightown chose Everlux as the supplier for their LLL requirements having seen a demonstration at the International Firex exhibition earlier this year. The project required Abbot Fire Group to fit low level lighting in three buildings managed by Hightown Housing Association. A total of 1.72 km of low leve...

NFPA Calls For Nominations To Honor Key Safety Advocates At James M. Shannon Advocacy Medal

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is accepting nominations for the 2019 James M. Shannon Advocacy Medal, which recognizes outstanding advocacy efforts aimed at reducing losses associated with fire, electrical, or other hazards. The advocacy medal honors an individual or group that shares the values of former NFPA President James Shannon. During his 12-year tenure as president, Shannon had an exceptional record of advocacy efforts tied to life safety issues. Under his leadership, N...

ASFP Supports The Launch Of RIBA Plan Of Work For Fire Safety

The Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) is pleased to announce that the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) launches a consultation on a new RIBA Plan of Work for Fire Safety. The document represents the culmination of work which was initiated in 2016 when the ASFP convened a panel of stakeholders from across the built environment to investigate how fire protection could be improved throughout the construction cycle. All identified a number of issues with the construction...

ASFP Partners With MPI Group To Accredit Thin Film Intumescent Coatings Training Course

The Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) has entered into an agreement with MPI Group to accredit the Corrodere Thin Film Intumescent Coatings Training Course, a new module under the Train the Painter coating applicator training program. Intumescent coatings are applied to structural steel either on or off site to prevent structural failure in the event of fire but it is essential that such fire protection coatings are applied correctly. This new training and certification program...

ASFP Welcomes Recommendations From The Independent Review Of Building Regulations And Fire Safety

The Association for Specialist Fire Protection welcomes the recommendations from the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety, which it believes offer a brave and mature approach aimed at helping to deliver a safer built environment. However, the ASFP believes that the recommended reforms should be applied to cover the great majority of buildings rather than focusing solely on high risk residential buildings (HRRBs). Third-Party Product Certification The Association particul...

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