Fire contaminants linked to significant physical and mental health issues among UK firefighters 

New research has found that toxic contaminants in fires are directly linked to increased rates of cancer and mental health issues among firefighters.  The research, commissioned by the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) and independently carried out by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), is based on a survey of over 10,000 serving and retired firefighters…

HAIX launches the FIRE EAGLE 2.0

Global footwear specialist, HAIX®, launches the world’s fastest firefighter boot – the FIRE EAGLE® 2.0. The new boot features an updated design and an innovative quick-fit fastener system. The RapidFit system is the quickest way to pull a boot on and fits to the individual foot in just one movement, critical when a call comes… Read more »

MSA Safety showcases innovative new firefighter technology

Showcased at Interschutz, MSA’s LUNAR® Connected Device and FireGrid® software services are two key components of the Connected Firefighter Platform. A multifunctional handheld device, LUNAR® provides personal thermal imaging and several other innovative features that are designed to enhance firefighter safety and accountability.  These innovations include MSA’s proprietary Firefighting Assisting Search Technology network, which alerts… Read more »

Services combine to buy new rescue jackets for firefighters

South Yorkshire’s firefighters have been kitted out with a new piece of protective clothing, bought as part of a regional collaboration with neighbouring fire and rescue services. The multi-function rescue jackets are worn by firefighters at non-fire rescue incidents like road traffic collisions, as well as small fires in the open. The high visibility, waterproof… Read more »

New GORETEX PYRAD® Riot Suit redefines comfort and protection

GORE-TEX Professional (Gore) has set a new standard in personal protection for policing public order events with the launch of its lightweight, durable, waterproof and flame-retardant GORE-TEX PYRAD® Riot Suit. To operate effectively, officers need to have full confidence and trust that their gear will protect them from the most extreme risks if a situation… Read more »

MSA Bristol delivers for North Yorkshire FRS

Firefighters across North Yorkshire are sporting smart new kit, following the recent delivery of new PPE from MSA Bristol. Last year, North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (FRS) ordered top-to-toe structural fire fighting kit for 670 firefighters working out of 38 stations across the county, working to a go-live date of 25October. Purchased through the… Read more »

Escape hood recognised at Plastics Industry Awards 2021

Winners of the Plastics Industry Awards 2021 awards were announced on 2 December and included a win for Avon Protection. The company won Best Industrial Product Design for its CH15 Compact CBRN Escape Hood, developed in conjunction with The Combatting Terrorism Technical Support Office. The awards were live-streamed from the Waldorf Hilton in London. Organisations… Read more »

Yorkshire and Humberside fire and rescue services order over 3000 Ballyclare Xenon Rescue Jackets

A major new order has shone the spotlight on the latest evolution of Ballyclare’s Xenon firefighter rescue jackets. The order has been awarded by three fire and rescue services in the Yorkshire and Humberside region and covers the rescue jacket requirements of some 3200 firefighters. “PPE rescue jackets are subject to constantly evolving customer demands… Read more »

Compact respirator aids evacuation from a hazardous environment

Large-scale incidents of a Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) nature generally occur without warning, meaning initial first on scene response is likely to be conducted by frontline emergency services personnel rather than specialised units, particularly in cases where the threat is unknown. Consequently, emergency services have expressed a desire to be prepared for any… Read more »