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


Wayne Baker joins DJI to expand drone use in public safety

DJI welcomes retired fire chief Wayne Baker as its new Director of Public Safety Integration, enhancing the company’s support for the police, fire and rescue personnel across America who rely on DJI products to protect the public. Baker is a 26-year veteran of the fire service and recently retired after serving the past 10 years as Fire Chief and Emergency Management Coordinator for the City of Joshua, Texas. He is a founding member of the North Central Texas


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

Pierce Manufacturing

Pierce Manufacturing and Fotokite establish exclusive alliance

Pierce Manufacturing announced before Christmas that it is partnering exclusively with Fotokite to provide situational awareness systems to firefighters and first responders. The introduction of the Pierce Situational Awareness System by Fotokite was announced at the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) in April 2019. Through a newly-established exclusive arrangement between Pierce and Fotokite, the vehicle-integrated situational awareness product will be available solely through Pierce’s dealer network. The situational awareness system is a

SVI Trucks

SVI Trucks launches brand new website specifically for their refurb division

SVI Refurb – a subsidiary of the hugely successful SVI Trucks – have taken the next steps of their growth by launching its own website, www.svirefurb.com. Countless fire departments across the country have trusted SVI Refurb with their fire apparatus refurbishment needs, adding 10 to 15 years of life to their trucks. SVI Refurb is a division of SVI Trucks, a leading manufacturer of custom fire trucks, located in a 160,000-square-foot

Super Vac

Super Vac delivers two large-scale fans to international manufacturer

Super Vac, a manufacturers in fire ventilation equipment, delivered two large-scale positive pressure ventilators, the SVU DD 50, to an international manufacturer in late December. Powered by a Cummins 3.8L diesel engine, the large fans each deliver a 200,000 cfm output to ventilate smoke, fumes and gases from manufacturing facilities, large warehouses, airport terminals, commercial structures and high-rise buildings in a fraction of the time. Downtime can adversely affect many


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


Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation Swears In Rebecca Ramirez as Chief of the YDFD

The Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation has sworn in Rebecca Ramirez as the new Fire Chief of the Yocha Dehe Fire Department (YDFD). She became YDFD’s third chief following the retirement of Chief Gary Fredericksen. “We are pleased to have Chief Ramirez join as the next leader of our Yocha Dehe Fire Department,” said Yocha Dehe Tribal Chairman Anthony Roberts. “Our team has known Chief Ramirez for many years as an