When cases of children 12 and under setting fires escalated in Regina the fire department, working with community partners, introduced a new intervention approach that has reduced the number of fires set by children to record lows.
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In a unique residential facility in Maryland, firefighters suffering from PTSD, depression, substance abuse and other disorders developed on the job are being treated among their own in a place created to make them feel comfortable opening up about their problems.
Chemical detox infrared saunas are being used in some fire departments to help firefighters purge toxins from their bodies after attending fires.
By tweaking the chemical mix of the electrolyte used in lithium-ion batteries scientists at the University of Tokyo have developed a battery showing negligible volatility up to 150 degrees Celsius.
Scientists have developed lithium-ion batteries that are explosion and fire resistant while still producing enough energy for use in household electronics.
Surrey Fire Chief Len Garis, who is also an adjunct professor at the University of the Fraser Valley's Centre for Public Safety and Criminal Justice Research, has helped write a book, "Designing Out Crime", that focuses on what local governments can do to evaluate and put into practice new ways to tackle problems in their own communities.
The replacement for an aging South Vancouver fire hall will be the first in Canada built to Passive House standards. The project is partially funded by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Green Municipal Fund and will also serve as a city-wide post-disaster emergency hub.
When you're fighting fires, you want as many weapons as possible at your disposal. Now, augmented reality glasses are helping firefighters navigate extreme working conditions.
Are firefighting motorcycles, or fire bikes, the next big thing for urban fire departments? They are already in use in cities in Japan, Singapore and Brazil for fire suppression and to provide emergency first response. Advocates claim the use of fire bikes brings down response times in congested cities and provides cost savings.
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