Are you looking after your mental health?

It’s easy to recognise and understand physical health problems when it’s for example a broken leg, food poisoning, or cancer. It’s easy to assist someone when there are physical symptoms to deal…

Agreement signed on new fire protection training academy

Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) is pleased to announce a collaboration with Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) on a new state-of-the-art training centre for the fire protection industry in Sydney, opening its doors in the second half of 2019.…

After 40 years with Singapore Airport Emergency Services Chief Cletus retires

With more than 40 years of service, Cletus Majella John Packiam, Chief of the Airport Emergency Services (AES), retired in May. He has played a vital role in the growth and progress of the AES during this time. Chief Cletus…

PBI – Introduces new lightweight high performance fibre

PBI has created another milestone in firefighter protection with the launch of its lightest ever new fibre that improves comfort, breathability and freedom of movement for structural firefighting gear. The company’s specialist research and development team has created PBI LP™…

Gore Moisture Barriers play a crucial role in firefighter protection.

W. L. Gore & Associates – Setting standards in firefighter protection

There is no question that firefighters are better protected than ever before thanks to the advances made in the development of specialist high performance fabrics over recent years. Gore Moisture Barriers have played a crucial role in setting new protection…

Integrated Emergency & Industrial Equipment SolutionsFight fire with fire

Located in Bacchus Marsh, Victoria, Integrated Emergency & Industrial Equipment Solutions Pty Ltd. is the Australian/New Zealand agent for SEI Industries’ fire ignition systems product lines: the Dragon and Premo. Offering local sales support, Integrated is also the approved service…

Crusader Hose – Fighting the Cobrico peat fire

In mid-March 2018, a bush fire tore through Cobrico in Victoria’s south-west,igniting the peat bog underneath. This left behind toxic levels of carbon monoxide and caused the temporary relocation of 20 per cent of residents. After attempting to bring the…

Fire Rescue Safety Australia – Making a difference where it matters

Fire Rescue Safety Australia (FRSA) has built an enviable reputation over its 15-year history. That reputation is a direct result of an uncompromising philosophy around strategy, quality and superior customer service to “make a difference”. Commencing from humble beginnings, FRSA…

Riding the wave of preparedness

From raging wildfires throughout California, to devastating floods in Peru and back-to-back cyclones across Australia’s northern coastlines, the last year has reminded us once again that natural disasters are an unfortunate but inevitable reality. The need to keep a vigilant…

Accepting the award from left to right: Prof Vivienne Tippett, Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC Chair Dr Katherine Woodthorpe, Dr Katharine Haynes, AFAC CEO Stuart Ellis and Chair of the CRC Advisory Committee Kylie Sproston.

Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC – National award for emergency warnings that save lives

Australian lives are being saved by Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC research – and this has been recognised in a national award for science impact and innovation. The research is shaping warnings and public information campaigns to prepare and protect…

Buying high value equipment – The ins and outs of the procurement process – Part 2

So, you have been approved to spend some money. A lot of money for that matter. Now the fun begins! Sound familiar? As we discussed in the previous article of this topic, the next steps are delivery, acceptance and training.…

Public safety is a shared responsibility

Bushfires and emergencies are a global phenomena and with climate change will bring more frequent and more severe weather events, resulting in more frequent and more intense emergencies. These emergencies will have impacts and consequences that we may not have…

The unique disaster risk management challenges in the Pacific region

‘The Asia-Pacific is the World’s Most Disaster-Prone Region’, Secretary-General tells Ministerial Conference, urging Greater Investment in Risk Reduction. This was the text of UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ video message to the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, held in…

PPE comes clean

The cleaning and maintenance of PPE is swiftly becoming a priority for the fire industry. Paul Gibson, International Sales Manager at Bristol Uniforms, explores how Australia and New Zealand are rising to the challenge. Following research into a possible link…

Research has shown that environmental cues, such as the weather outside, influence how individuals react to warning messages.

Conflicting cues with emergency warnings impacts protective action

New research confirms the long held suspicion that emergency warnings do not always have cut through when other sources conflict with official advice. Australia’s emergency services agencies face immense challenges when responding to natural hazards. Evacuating people in affected regions…

Fire detection in large-scale, high-risk industrial environments

Designing a reliable fire detection system for high-risk industrial environments can prove particularly challenging. There are a number of factors that need to be taken into consideration, not least the location and scale of the site. Extra care needs to…

Solar panels and the DC danger zone

Solar panels represent a significant risk to firefighters and emergency services personnel and current Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) do not adequately address the increasingly obvious safety gaps. Whether responding to a solar panel fire, responding to storm or flood damage…

Mitigating roadside grass fires in Australia: MULTIHOG Pilot Program

Every year in Australia there are many severe grassfires that begin on our roadsides. The tall, tinder dry straw-like seeded grass is highly flammable even in the winter months. Usually these areas lie directly below powerlines which typically follow the…

Australia’s largest hailstorm disaster
April 14 marked the 20th anniversary of the Sydney 1999 hailstorm. The storm pelted thousands of homes and vehicles in Sydney’s eastern suburbs that evening with cricket ball and grapefruit sized hailstones, along with heavy rain and strong winds. The…
Night Vision Imaging Systems (NVIS) firebombing helicopters were deployed for 33 nights during the 2018-19 bushfire season.

Victorian fire agencies take collaborative work to the skies

One of Australia’s smallest states, Victoria is also one of the country’s – and the world’s – most bushfire prone areas. The “We Work as One” mantra of its Country Fire Authority (CFA), Forest Fire Management Victoria (FFM Vic) and…
Bigger is not always better in the age of modern lighting technology

For the last 25 years, lighting manufacturers have been in a fierce competition to out-shine each other. The focus of modern manufacturers has been one-upping the next with more lumens from their latest fixture. Specifically, with regard to LED technologies,…

Fire testing of cables is important, but not at the expense of other performance characteristics

Construction projects in Asia are rapidly on the rise, as there is significant commercial investment in the region. As development increases, care should be taken to ensure that effective product testing is undertaken, especially in relation to cable products. As…

Maximising wearer comfort and protection for fire fighters

Fire Fighters face many life threatening situations and conditions when they are at the Fire Face. The most critical of these would be the most obvious one, that of burning, and normally this can arise from either Flame or Radiant…

Passive fire protection: everything you need to know

Across the Asia Pacific region, building construction becomes ever more ambitious. Fire safety has never been so important – the risks from getting it wrong are dire. And yet, many still need further knowledge to understand, specify and install the…

The live demonstration zone will give attendees insights into best practice and new technologies.

AFAC19 powered by INTERSCHUTZ A shift to the new norm: riding the wave of change

The theme of this year’s conference is “a shift to the new norm: riding the wave of change”. This reflects how the sector is transitioning to a new normality in a rapidly changing world. Factors creating this enormous change include…

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