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Europe's building collapses

Europe's building collapses

There have been several incidents involving building collapses in Europe this January, says Anya Hastwell. These are thought to have been due to extreme weather conditions. What does this bode for European building safety regulations?

  • Incident
School siege tactics

School siege tactics

Sgt Chris Zeigler describes a multi-agency exercise involving a school hostage taking scenario similar to the Beslan siege, outlining lessons learned and calling for more exercises of this type to be held across the world

Learning from mass hostage events

Learning from mass hostage events

Lina Kolesnikova writes about lessons learned from mass hostage takings in Russia and how preparedness for, and response to, such sieges can be improved

Bus hijacking in Athens

Bus hijacking in Athens

Eleftherios Ikonomou describes how the response to a bus hijacking in Greece was handled using a security model developed for use during the Olympic Games

Mystery incident at Melbourne Airport

Mystery incident at Melbourne Airport

Last February, Melbourne Airport experienced an incident leading to dozens of people being taken to hospital and the Virgin Blue terminal being shut down, causing massive disruption. Emily Hough looks at the incident from the operational responders' perspective

  • Incident
Victim identification: a national response

Victim identification: a national response

Following the news article in our last issue, Emily Hough speaks to Assistant Chief Constable for Cumbria Police, Graham Sunderland, who is the national lead on creating the UK’s national Disaster Victim Identification Team

Kuwait's new HazMat team

Kuwait's new HazMat team

Two wars, threats of chemical and biological warfare and an expansion of the petrochemical industry, have led the Kuwait Fire Service Directorate to develop a specialised hazardous materials team, writes 􀀜Jasem Al-Mansouri

  • Hazards
Defence zones for disaster response

Defence zones for disaster response

France’s ‘defence zone’ system has proven both a vital and successful element in dealing with a variety of non-military emergencies, writes Colonel François Maurer

  • Civil Protection
Better disaster handling: Telling the public

Better disaster handling: Telling the public

Agnés Voisard and Ulrich Meissen look at the vital need to improve the dissemination of information on impending disasters to the public

Extreme weather - South Africa

Extreme weather - South Africa

Hilary Philips looks at how South Africa meets the challenges of unpredictable temperatures and sometimes extreme weather conditions

  • Weather
Telemetry past, present and future - part I

Telemetry past, present and future - part I

Telemetry equipment has been an invaluable part of firefighting equipment since it was first introduced to the Fire Service. Graham Croom looks at how current and future developments in telemetry will affect the way firefighters work

  • In Depth
Firefighting techniques and tactics - part III

Firefighting techniques and tactics - part III

In part III of the series John McDonough looks at how Compartment Fire Behaviour Training helps firefighters to be safer, as well as more effective

  • In Depth
Emergency management exercises

Emergency management exercises

Arthur Rabjohn discusses how issues of ‘training’ and 'exercising' have often been listed as some of the key failure points when reviewing the response to disasters

IJOCC 2006 - Risk, response and reality

IJOCC 2006 - Risk, response and reality

The International Joint Operation Command 2006 conference held in London this January was attended by over 140 delegates from 40 different countries, writes Emily Hough

  • Events
In the future tense

In the future tense

In the first of CRJ’s new series of discussion articles, which gives experts a forum to raise issues and stimulate debate, Dennis Davis discusses concerns about the reorganisation of the UK’s Fire and Rescue Service, arguing that now is the time to lay down the past and look to the future

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