Unsung heroes during large disasters

We read continually about the firefighters, rescuers and civil defence people doing outstanding things on the front line protecting us from fire, typhoons, earthquakes etc. The press photos show rescuers risking their…

Spot fires – a dynamic interaction

New research is developing the first two-dimensional fire-simulation model that can operate in faster than real time, while incorporating intrinsic, fire-line dynamics. A pioneering Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC project has highlighted the role pyroconvective interactions and spot-fire dynamics play…

Fire Protection Association year in review

This year has been one of much change, but strong accomplishments. Much of the year has been dominated by the expanding issues around poor building compliance and quality in Australia, which has added energy to the reforms set rolling with…

CFPA-Asia meets in Beijing during China Fire 2019

The Confederation of Fire Protection Associations – Asia (CFPA-Asia) met recently during the China Fire 2019 expo. The CFPA-Asia meeting was attended by delegates from Australia, China, China Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Korea and Malaysia. Several initiatives were identified…

Ergotech Action CEN

Bristol Uniforms – Producing high quality PPE for customers around the world for more than 60 years

Bristol Uniforms is a global leader in the design, manufacture and supply of protective clothing for firefighters, and has been producing high quality PPE for customers around the world for more than 60 years. The company prides itself on providing…

China Fire 2019 – A Festive Party of innovation and opportunity

China Fire 19 opened its doors on October 16-19, 2019 after a new round of Chinese fire \ army reforms, which will generate a far-reaching influences on the development of fire industry in China and worldwide, long term. As one…

TEXPORT® – Ergonomic science is key to firefighter protection

Just because a firefighting garment is made with the latest high performance fabrics, doesn’t guarantee that it will provide the best possible protection for the wearer. Beyond the textile components, the keys to creating the optimum performance in protective gear…

The birth of the multifunctional first-response fire truck

In the past, the main task of firefighting was to extinguish fires and rescue people. Currently, with the reform of the fire service in China and the transformation of fire brigades, the fire rescue service has become a multi-functional and…

New SA routine service registration confirms FPA Australia proposal

The South Australian Government announced changes in June 2019 to the restricted classes of plumbing registration which cover individuals performing routine service work on fire protection systems. The changes reflect a proposal to the SA Government by Fire Protection Association…

’Ski’ Sheet.

Emergency planning for vulnerable persons with a disability

The raised awareness in Australia with buildings that have combustible cladding is the result of the Grenfell Tower tragedy that occurred in London back in 2017, which resulted in 72 deaths and over 70 injuries, one of the most significant…

Fire hazard properties of internal wall and ceiling linings

Fire properties of building products are regulated to minimize rapid fire spread and smoke growth in buildings and ensure safe and timely evacuation of occupants. This guide describes the compliance pathways available under the Deemed-to-Satisfy provisions for fire hazard properties…

Understanding preventable residential fire fatalities

More than one residential fire-related death occurs every week in Australia – deaths that are preventable. New research shines a light on the vulnerable groups most at risk. On average, more than one preventable fire-related death occurs in a residential…

Chemicals in Air and Dust at Australian Fire Stations

Recently there has been an exponential increase in the number of studies focused on chemical exposure to firefighters. It has already been determined that firefighters have an increased risk of certain cancers and other health conditions. It is believed that…

Predicting fire thunderstorms

Fire thunderstorms are thunderstorms that develop in bushfire plumes. Their formation has much in common with conventional thunderstorms: both require warm humid air to be lifted into an unstable layer above. A sufficiently large fire can provide this lift and…

Humanihut recently conducted a Train the Trainer and Team Leader Course for SASES, where team members can be trained in two days. Standing behind the course members are Brad Erickson (Humanihut Chief Instructor) and Neale Sutton.

Humanihut delivers an innovative emergency accommodation solution

When there is a requirement for a rapidly deployable accommodation solution that provides comfort, scalability and integrated services for emergency services workers, the award-winning Humanihut Field Infrastructure System is new to the market. Humanihut has attended the last two AFACs,…

To build or not to build? That is the question after a flood

Many will remember the computer game SimCity, an opportunity to build fictitious cities, with the aim of being re-elected as mayor and generating enough tax revenue to maintain vital community infrastructure. Despite the advanced level requiring some consideration of fires,…

The new addressing system helping UK emergency services

Emergencies can happen anywhere, from a wildfire in a park to an incident outside one of the gates at a crowded stadium. Saying precisely where first responders are needed is crucial but can sometimes be near impossible for callers to…

Airport emergency exercises – lessons learnt

Conducting an ineffective airport emergency exercise constitutes a lost opportunity and entails extensive cost, in large measure in work hours. Given the large investment it’s important to design and run exercises to get the best outcome possible. In 2018, over…

A tool to understand large buildings in an emergency

For years, we’ve worked one-on-one with clients to help them gain building compliance and ensure emergency preparedness. We’ve created building floor-plan maps, risk assessments, compliance tools, learning solutions and emergency response plans. But now it’s time to think bigger, solve…

Wildfire scene field demonstration by Investigator Don Kelley.

Tracking the wildfire arsonist…bloodhounds hot on the trail

Travelling to the state of West Virginia in May 2019, Richard Woods conducted a one-week study of a program involving Bloodhound Units used in wildfire investigation to assess their effectiveness. The results can only be described as outstanding. The aim…

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