Fire and Rescue

Gatwick Airport validates emergency plan with multi-agency exercise

Gatwick Airport recently took part in Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Re-Certification exercise to test the airport’s emergency plan. Focusing on an off-airfield aircraft accident next to a railway line, this was the first full scale, face-to-face multi-agency exercise to take place since the pandemic. Participants included Gatwick Airport Fire and Rescue Service, West Sussex Fire… Read more »

Construction on new Cambridgeshire fire training facility and station begins

Building work has commenced on the new training facility and fire station in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire. The ground was broken on the multi-million pound project, which involves building a modern, purpose-built training centre and new community fire station at St John’s Park, north of Huntingdon. To officially commence the build, Chief Fire Officer Chris Strickland was… Read more »

NFCC launches free Online Home Fire Safety Check resource

The National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) has launched a new Online Home Fire Safety Check (OHFSC) tool, available free of charge to all fire and rescue services (FRSs) in England. The user-friendly resource has been developed following a successful pilot study in collaboration with Fire Kills and Safelincs under the NFCC’s Prevention Programme. It was… Read more »

County Durham and Darlington FRS invests in mechanical cleaning systems

County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service has implemented Dräger’s cleaning solution as part of its new decontamination facility, designed to ensure optimal cleaning and disinfection of firefighter equipment. The initiative will not only help protect firefighters from harmful carcinogens and germs, but the innovative nature of the decontamination and cleaning regime will also… Read more »

The Fire Standards Board launches two new Fire Standards

The Fire Standards Board (FSB) has launched its seventh and eighth professional Fire Standards: Prevention and Protection. The launch of these Fire Standards sees the completion of Fire Standards covering the three pillars of service delivery for fire and rescue services – Operational Response, Prevention and Protection. The Protection Fire Standard addresses both the recommendations… Read more »

AFOA 2021 AGM held at The Emergency Services Show

AFOA members gathered at the NEC in Birmingham on 7 September to attend the association’s 2021 AGM, which was held on the first day of The Emergency Services Show. AFOA Chairman Simon Petts opened proceedings by presenting a cheque for £2000, raised from association events, to Kerry James, Fundraising Manager at The Fire Fighters Charity…. Read more »

Avon FRS trials new electric vehicle

On the route to net zero carbon emissions, Avon Fire and Rescue Service (Avon FRS) has trialled Tesla’s offering of an emergency service vehicle. In line with Avon FRS’s focus on reducing the service’s carbon footprint, increasing resilience and making cost savings, the trial was the perfect opportunity to understand what Tesla can offer. During… Read more »

Ballyclare announces major tender win for latest addition to its XENON range

Ballyclare has revealed details of a major new tender win with the latest additions to its XENON range of multi-functional structural fire fighting clothing. The contract, which covers PPE for some 3200 firefighters, has been awarded by three fire and rescue services in the Yorkshire and Humberside region, and includes new additions to the XENON… Read more »