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The Indian fire problem

The Indian fire problem

Two serious fire tragedies, occurring with a gap of just six months and taking between them the lives of 158 persons, recently shook up the state of Tamil Nadu in southern India, writes Director S K Dogra of the Tamil Nadu Fire and Rescue Service

  • Analysis
  • Fire
  • India
  • Mass Facilities
Multi-agency rescue after flash floods

Multi-agency rescue after flash floods

In his article on page 32, news presenter and journalist Alex Thomson notes how impressed he was with the media operation during the Boscastle flooding in August. For readers unfamiliar with the incident, here is a report and pictures of what turned out to be Britain’s largest recorded maritime rescue in history

  • Floods
  • Incident
  • Media handling
  • Report
  • UK
What does the media want from you?

What does the media want from you?

Alex Thomson of ITN’s Channel 4 News in the UK provides a different perspective of media handling in emergencies and disasters

  • Floods
  • Media handling
  • UK
Natural disasters - urban mitigation

Natural disasters - urban mitigation

Based on his practical experience, most recently in the response to the Bam earthquake in Iran, Mostafa Mohaghegh lays out the main elements for effective disaster management response and planning for urban areas

  • Iran
  • Mass Facilities
  • Natural Crisis
  • Resilience
  • Urban resilience
Crisis assistance around the world

Crisis assistance around the world

Emily Hough met Toni Frisch during a recent conference at Wilton Park in the UK, to talk about the current issues facing him in his role as Head of the Swiss Government’s Humanitarian Aid Unit, as well as the future developments of INSARAG

  • Humanitarian
  • INSARAG
  • Interview
  • Search & Rescue
CBRN terrorism - a risk matrix

CBRN terrorism - a risk matrix

To help frame response to the CBRN terrorism challenge, it is useful to assess the risks rather than specific threats, says Michael J. Powers of the CBACI in part one of our series that examines the agents that could be used, gauges the risk and looks at preparedness and response

  • CBRN
  • In Depth
Designs on better chemical protection

Designs on better chemical protection

Levels of individual protection for firefighters in chemical incidents are high and encapsulation is the necessary precaution in the chemical or biological environment. But the next real advances need to come from better design, says Dave Frodsham of W.L. Gore & Associates

  • Contamination
  • HazMat
  • Partner
  • Personnel protection
Aviation terrorism - learning from history

Aviation terrorism - learning from history

Since its early beginnings, the aviation industry has been a target for acts of violence and terrorism, writes Gunnar Kuepper, but today the threat may appear to be more acute

  • Aviation
  • In Depth
  • Terrorism
Vehicle rescue - part one

Vehicle rescue - part one

Based on extensive research looking at ‘best practice’ from all around the world, Seth Armstrong examines command and control issues, one of the most important areas associated with vehicle rescue

  • extrication
  • Fire & Rescue
  • In Depth
International rescue team - selection and training

International rescue team - selection and training

This article, the first in a four-part technical series looking at the make-up and running of an international rescue team, focuses on selection and training, write John Holland and Paul Wooster of RAPID-UK

  • Earthquake
  • In Depth
  • INSARAG
  • NGOs
  • Search & Rescue
  • Training
  • USAR
Flexibility to meet the needs of Fire and Police

Flexibility to meet the needs of Fire and Police

As one of the world’s largest providers of PPE solutions, Lion is continuously looking to the future with the aim of creating new innovations to meet changing customer needs

  • Fire & Rescue
  • Partner
  • Personnel protection
  • Policing
Dynamic role-play online - learning from experience

Dynamic role-play online - learning from experience

Online learning, such as scenario-based learning and role-play simulations, can not only effectively prepare first responders for complex emergency situations, but can also empower learners into higher-order thinking – the realm of creativity and innovation – with deep learning outcomes at a realistic cost, says an academic team from Australia

  • Analysis
  • In Depth
  • Simulations
  • Training
Co-operation between services

Co-operation between services

Emily Hough, Frank G Straub, PhD and Brian J Nickerson, PhD, report on the first-ever Police/Fire/EMS Summit that was held in the US during October 2004

  • Command / Control
  • EMS
  • Fire & Rescue
  • Policing
  • USA
Israeli fire operations during times of war

Israeli fire operations during times of war

Commissioner Shimon Romach of Israel Fire and Rescue Services highlights operational and safety aspects of conducting rescue operations during low and high intensity conflicts

  • Civil-Military
  • Command / Control
  • Fire & Rescue
  • Israel
  • News Extra
  • Terrorism
  • War & Conflict
Search and rescue operation in Scotland

Search and rescue operation in Scotland

In May this year nine people were killed when a factory building in the Scottish city of Glasgow was reduced to rubble – whether this was due to a collapse or an explosion or, indeed, both, has yet to be determined by an official investigation. The incident triggered a major multi-agency operation, with the assistance of rescue teams from across the UK

  • Building collapse
  • Command / Control
  • Fire & Rescue
  • Incident
  • Lessons Learned
  • Report
  • Search & Rescue
  • UK
  • USAR
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