New series of Sirens & Strobes added to the Select-Alert range

A new series of Sirens & Strobes have been introduced to the STI product portfolio complementing the existing Select-Alert range. Making their debut at tradeshows around the globe over the last 12 months the new round (STI-SA55000) and rectangle (STI-SA56000) models have proven extremely popular with fire and security professionals. Sirens & Strobes are a highly effective way to alert you to any unauthorised use, theft or vandalism of important

Notre-Dame fire: Why the cathedral blaze was difficult to tackle

The BBC news team released an article exploring the difficulties of extinguishing the Notre-Dame fire. The main structure of Notre-Dame cathedral – including the two bell towers – has been saved after firefighters worked through the night to tackle the huge blaze. Now that it has been extinguished, experts have been able to shed light on the difficulties fire crews faced as they fought to save such a large, historic

No sign of arson in Notre-Dame blaze

The fire that tore through Notre-Dame cathedral was probably caused by accident, French prosecutors said on Tuesday after firefighters doused the last flames in the ruins overnight and the nation grieved for the destruction of one of its symbols. More than 400 firemen were needed to tame the inferno that consumed the roof and collapsed the spire of the eight-centuries-old cathedral. They worked through the night to extinguish the fire

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A Texas petrochemical facility fire has been extinguished, four days after it started

A fire burning into its fourth day at a petrochemical facility in a suburban Houston area has been extinguished, officials say. “As of 3am today (Wednesday), the firefighting crews on the scene of the ITC Tank Farm Fire are reporting that all tank fires have been extinguished,” Intercontinental Terminals Company said in a news release. “Crews continue to spray foam and water on the tanks to facilitate cooling and prevent

Bangladesh fire kills at least 78 in Dhaka historic district

Late Wednesday night a fire broke out in a mixed-use building. The ground floor housed flammable chemical materials where the fire originated from. The other floors were designated for residential use, resulting in people being unable to escape. The old Chawkbazar district has narrow streets and buildings that are very close to each other, making extinguishing the blaze difficult and the fire to spread further. Firefighters fought for more than

Improved firefighting robots help save lives

A new design in firefighting robots, already successfully tested in the field, could make firefighters’ jobs less dangerous and address one of the biggest challenges with firefighting robots – the ability to manoeuvre in a burning structure. Firefighting robots equipped with a new automatic T-valve system can remove water from the fire hose whenever the robot moves to a new location. The technology takes significantly less energy for firefighters to

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OpenView Security solutions announces senior appointment

OpenView Security Solutions has announced the appointment of Richard Stanley as Group Commercial Director. Richard joined OpenView in 2002 in a project management role and has subsequently held key contract and commercial positions within the business. In this new role, he will be responsible for building the company’s commercial team to support an increasing number of high value customer and supplier contracts. He will also be responsible for managing all

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Advanced panels recognised with FM Approvals diamond mark

Axis EN and MxPro 5 fire panels from global systems leader, Advanced, have been certified by FM Approvals to the EN 54 standard, becoming the first UK-manufactured fire alarm control panels to attain this accreditation. The FM APPROVED diamond is one of the most prestigious certification marks in the world. It is issued by FM Approvals, a member of the FM Global Group, for products that adhere to the highest

Rosenbauer UK restructures senior leadership team

Rosenbauer UK, British manufacturer of firefighting appliances, has significantly restructured its senior leadership team, as the company prepares to consolidate its growth over the next five years. Nick Uwins takes the reins as Managing Director, following a promotion from his former role of Sales and Engineering Director. With over 28 years of fire industry experience, he replaces founder Oliver North who led the business since its formation in 2008. Mr

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California wildfire has now claimed the lives of 63 people with a further 631 still missing

The current California wildfire branded as California’s deadliest wildfire on record as death toll rises to 63, with 631 people still missing. The fire has surpassed the Northern California wine country wildfires of 2017, which took the lives of 44 people.The town of Paradise, previously housing 27,000 people, is being searched by U.S National Guard troops, recovery workers and cadaver dogs in the hopes of finding further victims or those