International Fire Fighter Magazine

International Fire Fighter (IFF) magazine is the leading journal for worldwide firefighters and the fire fighting industry, focusing on municipal and industrial fire and rescue plus fire and safety training. The editorial is principally technology based with regular product profiles, equipment round up articles and a look at how new codes and standards will affect the industry. The training section focuses on different training methods used worldwide.

Graham Collins, Editor

In this Issue

Welcome to yet another bumper edition of International Fire Fighter Magazine. This 96 page issue has some fantastic articles including a piece on multi-purpose amphibious vehicles for search and rescue and firefighting operations. On pages 53-56, there is fantastic piece by Neil Crosby who is a tutor at the International Fire Training Centre in Darlington here in the UK about how municipal and airport fire brigades can work together.

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For the first time, the Rail Industry Fire Association (RIFA) is attending the Emergency Services Show!
With the privatisation of the UK Railways in 1995, it was recognised by all concerned, that there would no longer be one management body with the overall responsibility for Fire Safety across the rail industry. Read More..
Amputees in Action celebrate 10th Anniversary Year
On 8th August 2014, Amputees in Action celebrated their 10th Year Anniversary Celebrations at the historic Shaw House in Newbury, Berkshire. Read More..
Wildfire near Yosemite National Park
Officials in California have issued evacuation orders to 13,000 homes as a wildfire, which has so far destroyed two properties, approaches residences in an area close to the Yosemite National Park. Read More..
Greek Fire and Rescue Service purchase 105 New Thermal Imaging Cameras
World leading manufacturer and supplier of advanced thermal imaging solutions ISG, has announced that Evrelko SA, ISG's Greek sales partners, have won a tender to supply the Greek Fire and Rescue Service with 105 ISG E-Series E380 thermal imaging cameras. Read More..
IAFC Honors Kaua'i Fire Department for Overnight Rescue of 121 Hikers
The daring two-day rescue of 121 hikers stranded by a sudden flash flood along the Kalalau Trail on the Na Pali Coast of Kaua'i, Hawaii, ranks as one of the largest trail rescues in island history. Facing torrential rain, gusting winds and rising waters, Rescue 3 of the Kaua'i Fire Department repeatedly put their own lives at risk to return all 121 survivors to safety. Read More..
International Association of Fire Chiefs Annual Conference and Expo 2014
The IAFC's Annual Conference and Expo takes place from 13th - 16th August at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, Texas. Read More..

latest articles

Confined Spaces - a starting point
There are many aspects to emergency operations in regard of what equipment and what techniques or systems of work can be employed at incidents involving confined spaces. However, it is important to fully understand the meaning of 'confined space' when it comes to emergency operations. To not do so can result in actions not being taken that could result in a lower level of safety for personnel and casualties and in possible legal action against your department were there to be a situation generating an investigation by regulatory authorities. This would be most relevant at either extended operations where there is time to put in place all appropriate control measures or at incidents where there is no immediate life risk.
Foam Hardware - Understanding the Options
Foam is a highly effective tool to include in a fire protection arsenal. It has many applications from fire extinguishment to exposure protection to hazardous material response. In order to make foam effective it is important to both understand how foam systems work and select the correct hardware.
An Internal Size-Up
This simple phrase is heard by thousands of callers, on a daily basis, by people who are asking for an emergency response to some type of crisis going on in their lives. They need assistance, from first responders, because they are unable to handle the physical or emotional issues they are currently experiencing. It is an instinctive and inner drive to reach out and ask for help, from our early childhood days, when we were dependent on our families, friends, and teachers. So why the change when we put on our fire uniforms and head off to the fire station for our shift, or responding from home as a volunteer? Welcome to what I call "cultural brainwash."
PPV - Saving lives in the US for more than 40 years
Positive pressure ventilation is now the mainstay of firefighting departments across the US. As with many innovations, it grew out of a strong firefighting culture in California, a state known for its extensive experience fighting wildfires.
CPR & AED - Saving lives, fighting sudden cardiac arrests
Sudden cardiac arrests (SCA) can be fatal but since the introduction of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automatic External Defibrillators (AED) thousands of lives have been saved worldwide. Laerdal Medical, the company that created Resusci Anne, the world's most famous life-sized resuscitation manikin looks at the evolution of cardiopulmonary resuscitation and automatic external defibrillators and outlines how firefighters in the USA and the UK are using both in their working lives.
Stability at Shipboard Fires
Land-Based Firefighter talking to a ship's Master... "Well, the fire went out".... "Yeah but you sank my ship!".... "I know that, but the fire did go out!"