Wireless solutions built to keep firefighters connected when the heat is on

Cradlepoint report on how they are keeping fire and emergency services connected

For firefighters on the frontline, wireless connectivity can help assist with speedy response to incidents. They rely on fast and always-on access to critical applications and data to perform their mission, whether in-vehicle, on-premises at the station, or on-scene.

Cradlepoint’s IBR1700 router

With field-proven 4G solutions, Cradlepoint is a trusted provider to the emergency services. It is proud to connect and serve emergency services with technology designed to work in the toughest conditions and when agencies, officers and the community need it the most.

Cradlepoint is already a key technology partner for fire and rescue services up and down the country. Its 4G mobile routers are the first to be ESN-approved, for both essential and critical level, and already connect over 5,000 emergency vehicles to the existing cellular networks across the UK.

Cloud Management

With advancements in cloud management, IT departments in fire and rescue services can save valuable hours and costs by performing mission-critical management functions remotely from a cloud-based management service, keeping emergency services operational and available out in the community.


As the number of connected devices that emergency services utilise continues to increase, so too does risk. They need solutions where security is built into all levels, ensuring networks remain always connected and protected.

Ruggedised Hardware

Fire services depend on ruggedised hardware for resilient networks that will hold up in the harsh environments they face daily. Cradlepoint’s ruggedised mobile routers – IBR900 and IBR1700 – are designed for the most demanding requirements faced by emergency services organisations. Combining high performance with reliability, they provide fire service workers with advanced in-vehicle and IoT connectivity.

Simple Scaling to Advanced Technologies

New and innovative connected technologies are helping emergency services be more efficient in the performance of their duties, stay safer, collaborate better, and access crucial information faster. Using Cradlepoint technology, fire services’ HQ can communicate with their remote crews in real-time, exchanging vital operational information and meet the needs of the communities they serve more effectively.

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Cadiz firefighters take delivery of Bristol fire kit

Cadiz Fire Brigade has recently taken delivery of new, state-of-the-art fire kit supplied by Bristol Uniforms, a leading designer and manufacturer of protective clothing for emergency services across the globe

The contract was secured through Bristol’s international distributor El Corte Ingles, who fought off stiff competition to secure the four-year contract.

Bristol Uniforms employs over 170 people. Its garments are sold in more than 110 countries throughout the world, via a network of around 70 experienced distributors

Cadiz has ordered 780 sets of Bristol’s lightweight, ergonomic XFlex design (called FireFlex in Spain), with integrated safety harnesses incorporated into the jacket and trouser.

The kit has a Hainsworth TITAN1250 outer – a highly breathable fabric featuring Nomex and a high percentage of Kevlar, which gives the fabric outstanding tensile and tear strength. In addition, it has a GORE-TEX FIREBLOCKER moisture barrier, which is made from a micro-porous breathable fabric that stops water passing through to the firefighter’s personal clothing, whilst allowing sweat to escape and reducing heat stress.

To further protect the health and safety of its firefighters, Cadiz Fire Brigade has opted for a four-year care and maintenance contract to ensure that the kit is kept in good condition and free from contamination. Total Safety manages all Bristol’s garment care and maintenance in Spain and has worked with Bristol for more than 25 years. It collects soiled garments from customers and returns them clean and repaired within 72 hours.

Paco Griso, Bristol’s agent in Spain, said: “The new kit has now been rolled out to firefighters in the Province of Cadiz and we are already getting positive feedback from them. They are really pleased with how flexible the kit is and how easy it to manoeuvre in tight spaces. The integrated harnesses, certified to EN 361, are an additional safety feature which will help prevent serious falls in fire and recuse situations.”

Richard Cranham, International Sales Manager at Bristol Uniforms, said: “This is a large contract for us in Spain, which was delivered on time despite the ongoing pandemic. As the risks of wearing contaminated PPE become ever more apparent, more and more fire and rescue services across the globe are opting for ongoing care and maintenance packages to ensure their PPE is free of carcinogens and the health of their crew is prioritised.”


Sustainable futures

Focusing on the evolution of product safety during a time of rapid change, Electrical Safety First’s 12th annual product safety conference – A Sustainable Future – highlighted how today’s products must not only be safe to use but also cyber-secure and sustainable

Hosted over two mornings, the first part of the conference reviewed the relationships between sustainable products, the product lifecycle and the circular economy.

In a Covid-enhanced awareness of the climate crisis, governments are increasingly interested in the circular economy, which emphasises sustainability and safety in the product lifecycle. This was the theme of the keynote speech by Libby Peake, Head of Resource Policy, Green Alliance, the environmental think tank and charity. Other speakers included Paul Scully, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy; and Graham Russell, CEO of the Office for Product Safety and Standards.

Day two focused on creative products and emerging tech, exploring the potential ‘standards gap’ for new products, and security and safety issues arising from a smart home. One highlight of the final day, however, was the announcement of the winner of Electrical Safety First’s Safety Innovation Award – the E-Bulb from JOB. Described as the smallest fire extinguisher in the world, its unique device-integrated fire protection means that a fire can be stopped at source, within the product itself, before it becomes visible – or spreads.

“Our objective in establishing this award was to recognise those who place safety at the heart of product development,” explained Lesley Rudd, CEO of Electrical Safety First. “Additionally – and of particular importance during this time of unprecedented change – we wanted to encourage sustainability and innovation. All these qualities are clearly shown by this year’s worthy winner, which offers a clear opportunity to improve product safety and reduce domestic electrical fires. We warmly congratulate JOB on receiving this award.”

“Winning the Safety Innovation Award is a proud moment for the entire team at JOB,” explained Bodo Müller, JOB Group CEO and inventor of the E-Bulb. “Like Electrical Safety First, we are dedicated to protecting people from the dangers of fire and this award recognises the role our innovative E-Bulb can play in reducing electrical fires. It was also a great pleasure to join the charity’s Product Safety Conference and have the opportunity to exchange ideas with experts from across the industry.”

Constructor completes £7.7 million Merseyside Community Fire Station

National contractor Wates Construction reports on completing works at the £7.7 million St Helens Community Fire Station – marking the firm’s fourth project to be delivered in the region for Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service

The new fire station, situated on Violet Way at the site of the former Pilkington glass factory, is a two-storey, three bay fire accommodation project across 1038 sq m, incorporating a training tower, community and prevention rooms, lecture rooms and a full fittings, furnishings and equipment fit-out.

The project saw Wates carry out extensive ground remediation, demolition and excavation of the heavily contaminated site, which prior to being a factory was a coal mining colliery. Elsewhere, the contractor also focused on ensuring the project delivered community benefits too, such as providing 385 apprenticeship weeks, four work placements, and spending £5 million with SMEs within 50 miles.

Staffed 24/7, the station will be home to 38 firefighters and three fire engines, enabling Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service (MFRS) to maintain some of the fastest response times in the country.

The project was procured via the North West Construction Hub (NWCH). Other projects Wates has successfully delivered for MFRS through the framework include the £5.5 million Toxteth Fire Fit Hub in 2013, the £7.2 million Prescot Community Fire and Police Station in 2018 and most recently, the £4.6 million Saughall Massie Community Fire Station in 2019.

Dave Saville, Business Unit Director for Wates Construction in the North West, said: “Our work at St Helens Community Fire Station has demonstrated again our expertise in delivering complex blue light projects, and further strengthened our partnership with MFRS – as reflected in our 100 per cent client satisfaction score.”

CFO Phil Garrigan said on the day of the handover: “This is a ground-breaking day for Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service and the communities of St Helens. This fit-for-purpose station means we are able to continue providing the best possible service to the people of St Helens, while also providing our firefighters with the facilities they rightly deserve.

“This development would not have been possible had it not been for Wates Construction. They have been exceptional and have gone above and beyond to ensure the station was ready to go operational on time, in spite of the challenges we have faced as a result of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.”