Hampshire Fire and Rescue

Hampshire Fire and Rescue firefighter’s gruelling 2020 challenge

A Hampshire Fire and Rescue firefighter from Portsmouth wanting to take part in his first 32-mile triathlon mistakenly signed up for an 80-mile challenge instead but has vowed to complete it. Only when Scott Avery received the confirmation did he realise what he’d really signed up for, however not being one to shirk a challenge, he will take it on for a cause close to his heart. The Castle to


New Airport Fire Officers Association (AFOA) Chair outlines vision for 2020

Providing platforms to engage with the industry and promote excellence in aviation firefighting will be priorities for the Airport Fire Officers Association (AFOA) in the coming year. This is according to AFOA’s new Chairman John Purdy, who has taken over from Gatwick Airport’s Chief Fire Officer, Simon Petts after four years in the role. Currently Airports Commercial Training Manager at Newcastle International Airport Service, John Purdy has many years’ experience


International Water Mist Association (IWMA) to support the Work on VdS Guidline 3188

On January 13, the International Water Mist Association (IWMA) announced the start of a co-operation with VdS to support the work on guidelines 3188. The IWMA board of directors have appointed Rüdiger Kopp to represent the association in the working group to update and revise the document. Speaking about the arrangement, Rüdiger Kopp, founding member of IWMA and general manager for fixed water mist systems with Cologne-based Fogtec, expressed his delight


Former Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service officer recognised in New Year’s Honours List

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service former Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive Terry McDermott was awarded the Queen’s Fire Service Medal (QFSM)(QFSM) in the New Year’s Honours List. Mr. McDermott retired from Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service in September 2019 following a 30 year career that saw him serve at Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service (DFRS). In 2014 he left Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service and joined Derbyshire


Firexo joins forces with UK PPE manufacturer Beeswift Limited

Ground-breaking fire extinguishing company Firexo has partnered with Beeswift, one of the largest manufacturers and wholesale producers of PPE in the UK. Beeswift will begin distributing the Firexo range from December as Firexo looks to build upon its successful first year of operations. Beeswift is already signed to over 150 service providers in the UK while provisions of Firexo’s solution are being used by local Fire Brigades across England. The


TST Systems selected by Home Officer crucial role

TST Systems Limited (“TST”) has been selected by the Home Office as a Framework Supplier of Fixed Vehicle Devices (FVD) and Accessories to the Emergency Services Network as part of ESMCP, with a potential supply of up to 40,000 units worth £90M. The Framework provides hardware and support services for in-vehicle mobile voice and data equipment, approved for use on the Emergency Services Network (ESN). The FVD is a vehicle

The Will-Burt Company

Richard Lewin becomes new Chief Executive Officer at The Will-Burt Company

The Will-Burt Company have appointed Richard J. Lewin as the company’s chief executive officer, president and member of the Board of Directors. Mr. Lewin succeeds retiring CEO Jeffry O. Evans, who has led the company since 2002. The lead director of the Board of Directors, Gary Clark, comments on the appointment, “Given the increasing importance of international sales to The Will-Burt Company, the Board conducted an extensive search for a leader


Plans to build Theale Tri-Service Fire Station get green light from RBFA

A new fire station will be built in Theale, after plans for a new full time station were approved by Members of the Royal Berkshire Fire Authority’s (RBFA) Management Committee. Theale will become a tri-service community station, offering a shared location for Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS), Thames Valley Police (TVP) and South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS). The new site, which is being purchased from Network Rail, was


Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) welcomes 57 new graduate firefighters

Just before Christmas on December 20, The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) welcomed the latest additions to its firefighter ranks. Fifty seven recruits graduated in front of proud family and friends during an emotional ceremony at the SFRS Headquarters in Cambuslang. The delighted graduates were lauded by SFRS Chief Officer Martin Blunden before displaying a series of drills, showcasing what they’d learned during a gruelling 14-week training course. Paying tribute to the commitment of Scotland’s


Vimpex Smart Guarding will deter false alarms from happening

A focus of particular interest to risk management is the Vimpex Smart+Guard, a tamper-evident protective cover showcasing at Intersec 2020 Dubai (Hall 4, Stand C40). The Vimpex Smart+Guard is a tough polycarbonate hinged protective cover that can easily be installed over a range of call points, emergency switches and other devices to provide protection from vandalism, accidental damage or misuse. Smart+Guard can also be fitted with an integral battery powered alarm that, when lifted, emits an ear piercing 90 dB alarm, warning