Welcome to the first FIRE magazine blog, where we will be blogging about the latest news, hot topics, what we're up to, and anything else that tickles our fancy. 

We've been quite busy in the lead up to Christmas - the Emergency Services Show was a great success (although the Editor broke his tooth on a Quality Street), and the National Rally and Lobby at Westminster was a great day for everyone involved. This week we're sending FIRE magazine to the printers, and getting into the spirit of Christmas by putting the decorations up in the office.

With the cold snap invading Britain, FRSs are having to adapt to the weather. To help prevent people from being seriously injured, or worse, from falling through ice in frozen ponds and lakes, London Fire Brigade deployed water rescue capability across the capital. The extra equipment included emergency rescue boats, inflatable rescue paths, mud lances, thermal clothing and dry suits. We're keen to hear how other FRSs around the country are coping, and what preperations are being made for the rest of Winter. Please leave a comment and let us know how the cold weather is affecting your area!