Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service

Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service win ‘virtual’ firefighters’ challenge

An intrepid team of firefighters from Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service have excelled in a virtual firefighters’ challenge, against competitors from across Europe. Firefighter Aaron Childs, who is based at Mereway Fire Station in Northampton, landed first place in the Cheshire Firefighter Challenge (and first in his age group), beating 89 other entrants from six different countries. And colleague Dean Keeber, from The Mounts Fire Station, landed third place overall

Rev Group

REV Group name Gary Pacilio as new Director of Operational Excellence

REV Group, a manufacturer of  fire apparatus brands including E-ONE, KME, Ferrara and Spartan Emergency Response, have recently announced that Gary Pacilio has joined the Company as Director of Operational Excellence. Pacilio joins the company with over 10 years’ experience in operational leadership. Over the years, he has held several leadership positions with GE and, most recently, with IDEX Corporation where he served as Vice President of the Fire Suppression Group.


Streamlight introduces the PolyTac 90X USB personal light

Streamlight Inc. have launched the PolyTac 90X USB, a multi-fuel, right-angle personal light that delivers 500 lumens and uses a Streamlight SL B-26 protected USB rechargeable Li-Ion battery pack. A PolyTac 90X with two CR123A batteries is also available. The PolyTac 90X USB is a complete rechargeable system that includes a Streamlight SL-B26 rechargeable battery with integrated micro-USB port. The light can also accept two 3-Volt CR123A disposable lithium batteries. This


Streamlight launches Vulcan 180 HAZ-LO safety-rated lantern

Streamlight Inc. have introduced a Class 1, Division 1 safety-rated lantern in its Vulcan series for use in hazardous environments faced by many first responders. Lightweight, compact and waterproof, the Vulcan 180 HAZ-LO features a 24-hour run time on low, 180° articulating head, and two ultra-bright blue taillights for visibility in thick smoke. “The Vulcan 180 HAZ-LO is an extremely bright lantern with rear taillights, designed to enable firefighters to operate safely


Streamlight launches Enduro Pro Haz-Lo ATEX headlamp

Streamlight Inc. have launched a new intrinsically safe version of its Enduro Pro HAZ-LO headlamp, the Enduro Pro HAZ-LO ATEX. The new safety-rated model of the high-performance headlamp is ATEX and IECEx-certified for use in Zone 0 locations faced by many first responders. “The Enduro Pro HAZ-LO ATEX is ideal in dangerous environments with potentially hazardous conditions that require flexible lighting options,” said Streamlight Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Michael F.

Drone Amplified

Drone Amplified and the U.S. Forest service join forces

Drone Amplified has contracted with the U.S. Forest Service to source and vet U.S.-made drones to fight wildfires with Drone Amplified’s aerial ignition system. The $750,000 contract is designed to increase and scale the utilisation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) for aerial ignitions in fire management and develop the next generation of aerial ignition capabilities. The move follows the Department of the Interior’s grounding of their fleet of drones that contained


Bullard complete acquisition of Swiss company Darix

Bullard have recently announced they have completed the acquisition of Switzerland-based Darix, a spin-off of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne focusing on improving the situational awareness of professionals in critical environments. Darix, founded in 2017, is comprised of a team of specialists in image processing and software, user experience and design, micro-electronics and rapid prototyping, and is a frontrunner on smart-glasses for industrial and commercial safety and emergency responder


CertAlarm hire new Chair of Technical Advisory Group

CertAlarm has appointed Dr. Benoît Stockbroeckx as new Chair of its Technical Advisory Group (TAG). The TAG is CertAlarm’s organ to provide technical guidance on issues such as the interpretation of the respective standards or on the monitoring of the competence and integrity of the participating certification bodies and test laboratories. Dr. Benoît Stockbroeckx, who is Technical Manager of Euralarm, the European trade association representing the fire and security Industry,

Johnson Controls

Johnson Controls launches new UL standard smoke detection technology

Johnson Controls has introduced advanced smoke sensors built upon the established performance of its flagship TrueAlarm technology. The latest updates to UL 268, Standard for Safety of Smoke Detectors for Fire Alarm Systems, call for significant improvements to smoke detection technology. Set to take effect in June 2021, the new UL 268 7th edition standard requires smoke sensors, detectors and smoke alarms to pass more than 215 new or revised performance


Link launches Redline Performance series suspensions for fire apparatus

Link Mfg., Ltd. have announced the introduction of its new Redline Performance Series Suspensions that include a broader selection of weight capacities for its acclaimed Air Link tandem drive axle suspension and Atlas single drive axle suspension. In tribute to fire departments and personnel across North America, the company has created a dedicated charity dubbed “Link Cares” that will contribute a portion of the profits from all Redline Performance Suspension annual