Special Reports

The Cocoanut Grove Fire broke out in 1942 in Boston, not far from NFPA headquarters. It remains the deadliest nightclub fire in US history. The tragic incident underscored building and life safety challenges and fire protection voids, and led to improvements in burn survivor care.
Confusion and catastrophes led to a time-tested consensus process

The NFPA looks back on 125 years while working to serve global stakeholders today and…

Magnus Arvidson (RISE).
Water mist’s past and future (approaching top gear)

In the late 1970s, the two Swedish scientists Mats Rosander and Krister Giselsson published a…

For fire systems in heritage buildings, wireless devices are now the first choice for most installers.
Wireless can help the fire sector rise to new challenges

With Covid continuing to dominate the news agenda and affecting the way we work, it’s…

Larger fires in schools cost on average £2.8 million to repair and in some cases over £20 million.
Fire in educational premises

A recent study from Zurich Municipal revealed 480 primary and secondary schools endured fires in…

We need to build the tools to help practitioners track success, but we can’t do it alone.
How should we measure success in the Emergency Services sector?

Circumstances vary from country to country, but every member of GESA’s Global South Advisory Council…

A view of burnt out vehicles and spalled concrete on the multi-story Liverpool Park Garage near the Echo Arena in Liverpool, UK which was destroyed by fire on New Year’s Eve 2017.
Revisiting parking garage safety

It had been confidently hypothesized for years that modern vehicles burn differently, due to the…

Example A of atrium protection to EN14972 part 10. Image courtesy of VID Fire-Kill.
European standard for watermist systems finally published

The long-awaited European watermist standard EN 14972-1 was published on 23 December 2020. Fire consultants,…

Within the built environment, an expert witness serves as an objective party in a lawsuit, explaining complicated scientific issues and/or evaluating potential problems, defects, deficiencies, or errors.
The role of an expert witness

The consequences of fire can impact on a project or within the wider built environment…

Is this what success should look like?
The non-fire triangle: how a return to principles can improve fire safety

The reporting of the proceedings of the Grenfell Inquiry, led by Sir Martin Moore-Bick, only…

Jaime Moncada-Perez enjoyed a full and active career and was a familiar face within the industry.
In Memoriam: Jaime Moncada-Perez Advancing Fire Protection in Latin America

Jaime Moncada-Pérez passed away on August 31, 2020 in Bogotá, Colombia from complications following a…

Unifire FlameRanger Autonomous Monitor System automatically detecting and targeting fire with no human involvement.
LASH FIRE Tests Autonomous Monitor System for Ro-Ro Weather Deck Protection
The European-Union funded project, Legislative Assessment for Safety Hazards of Fire and Innovations in Ro-ro…
New fire test protocols are added regularly to Approval Standard 5560 to accommodate new applications. Here, a data center server room mock-up is used to test the effectiveness of water mist for use in protecting areas above raised floors. A second test protocol is available to test water mist systems for applications below raised floors.
25th Anniversary of Water Mist Standard FM 5560 – Groundbreaking Standard to be Expanded

Introduced in 1995, FM 5560, Water Mist Systems, was the first comprehensive standard for water…

Evolution of Reliable sprinklers: 1921 Issue ‘A’, 1928 Issue ‘B’, 1948 Model ‘C’, 1982 Model G, 2020 Series KFR.
Reliable: A company history

The year was 1920. The short-lived League of Nations was formed in the hope of…

Give consumers information and you give them the power to drive improvement.
All-consuming fire safety

As part 2 of the Grenfell Tower Public Enquiry gets underway, many members of the…

Figure 5: Unsafe site storage.
Flammable cladding in China: A site study 2020

Despite recent tragedies throughout the world, some countries, even in 2020, continue to use unsafe,…

The Pilkington UK range of fire-resistant glazing.
FIREX 2019: fire safety best practice in the spotlight

The 23rd – 29th September marks Fire Door Safety Week. It’s a campaign that’s run…

ZARGES K470 battery safe with fire-retardant cushions.
Lithium-ion batteries: explosive industry potential, handle with care

Lithium-ion batteries have been long hailed as the next big breakthrough, destined to change many…

Live comparative fire test rig at Wrexham Mineral Cables Laboratory.
The Hackitt Report – Wrexham Mineral Cables asks are we doing enough?

Established over 30 years ago Wrexham Mineral Cables manufacture fire proof cables from their purpose-built…

Fire spread at roof level on the Royal Clarence Hotel.
The Cathedral Yard Fire, Exeter, UK – A follow up

In my previous articles about the fire at the Royal Clarence Hotel fire I raised…

Fire curtain protecting an opening in a wall.
Fire curtains for openings in walls

When it comes to fire safety, is it important to consider both methods for the…

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