Are inquiries the way to learn after attending a significant fire?

Do you learn from your experiences at a fire, or are there many important issues that don’t come to the fore, because we don’t systematically go through a process of learning to…

Taking hold of fire protection’s future

On 6 April, fire-safety assessment changed. From that date, any practitioner who assesses and endorses measures on an annual fire-safety statement in New South Wales must hold accreditation as a Fire Protection Accreditation Scheme (FPAS) Fire Safety Assessor (FSA). Likewise,…

Learning from assembly occupancy tragedies

On 4 December 2009, partygoers packed the Lame Horse, a nightclub in the Russian city of Perm, to celebrate the club’s eighth anniversary. Then, in an instant, fire broke out and chaos ensured. Details of the incident were captured in…

Command Light – The all-new Helios tower line-up

In an era of distracted drivers and demanding scenes, firefighters face many obstacles, but seeing (and being seen) shouldn’t be one of them. Yet many responders are left in the dark with LEDs that are all too often fixed to…

The textile fire fighting glove ARES is certified to AS/NZS 2161.6-2014 and fulfils the extremely strict Australian standards.

ESKA – Glove professionals from Austria

For 108 years the Austrian family business ESKA has specialized in the development and manufacturing of gloves. Creating uncompromising protection against heat and cuts, and absolute hygiene, careful workmanship by master craftsmen has led to the fact that firefighters from…

Knowledge-sharing agreement to boost property resilience against fire

FM Global, one of the world’s largest commercial property insurers, and the Indonesian Fire & Rescue Foundation (IFRF) have announced a partnership agreement that aims to improve property protection and resilience against fire events in Indonesia. Under the agreement, the…

2019/20: Australia’s worst fire season on record

Australia has just been through its worst fire season with respect to areas burnt and although we had 34 deaths (including a number of firefighters) it could have been worse considering the size and length of the fire season. I…

NFPA fire investigation standards help to identify JPRs and fire causes

In the mid-1970s, salty old fire investigators would work their way through the smoky ruins of buildings, armed only with knowledge gleaned from mentors or picked up along the way from others charged with figuring out fire puzzles. Back then…

Natural hazards: the importance of wind research

Extreme wind hazards have a substantial societal and environmental impact on countries. Due to the complex origins of extreme winds, there are great knowledge gaps about their variations and the associated mechanisms, which makes their prediction very challenging. New Zealand’s…

Figure 1: Polystyrene (PS) a thermoplastic with very poor reaction to fire, image displays poor unsafe site management.

Flammable cladding in China: A site study 2020

Despite recent tragedies throughout the world, some countries, even in 2020, continue to use unsafe, inappropriate construction methods and materials. Flames recently spread across ‘flammable cladding’ in a fire at the University of Bolton in the north-west of England. The…

Women in aviation #SoCanShe

The disparity in gender within the aviation sector tells its own story. In Victoria’s emergency response agencies the low statistics of women have remained low for the past five years. At the end of 2018 of the 282 aviation accredited…

Next-Gen fire station alerting

Radical new designs in fire station alerting technology are helping to save lives and property. It’s an unfortunate fact that, every hour of every day, people find themselves in some form of danger. Luckily, however, in those instances, sophisticated new…

How to buy emergency scene lighting

What you can’t see can hurt you! Never is that statement truer than when firefighters and EMS personnel respond to an emergency event. Whether it’s a structure fire, a motor vehicle crash on an interstate highway or a hazardous materials…

International perspectives on risk reduction

Fresh from the two-day International Symposium hosted by West Midlands Fire Service, Phil Loach shares his thoughts on why it is so important to look beyond the UK to learn from others when it comes to understanding risk and keeping…

The Watercube is the award winning swimming centre for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

22 years of performance-based fire engineering: where did it get us?

In 1997 Australia adopted a performance-based building code (BCA96). It came about from decades of excellent research into fire-safety science, engineering and human behaviour, and was intended to give better building designs and increased productivity. Legislation was put into place…

Database crucial for learning lessons from the past

Australia’s emergency services can now easily navigate through 130 years of data from inquiries, reviews and coronial inquests into natural hazards in one place. The Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC’s Disaster Inquiries Database captures and categorizes recommendations, ensuring lessons from…

Might some current small-scale approval fire tests be dangerously misleading us?

We take it for granted that many small-scale approval tests use heptane as a substitute for gasoline around the world, but might this have significant concerns for public safety? Historically, fluorinated C8 and C6 foams have exhibited very similar control…

In safe hands

Regulations and standards keep firefighters safe and provide reassurance that Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is of good quality, fit for purpose and adequately protective. Richard Ballheimer, Compliance Manager at Bristol Uniforms looks at new European PPE regulation, what it means…

The resilience to rebuild

The year started for many Australians in an unimaginable and devastating way; the bushfire crisis touched every state, community and individual both directly and indirectly. However, the resilience and support of the Australian people has been both touching and inspiring.…

In the US alone, cooking fires cause billions of dollars of direct and indirect damage every year.

The quiet hero who delivered zero

This is a story that has its roots in New England, USA but it really has relevance in virtually every corner of the world, including Australia. It’s about keeping people and property safe, and how one firefighter’s passion to do…

Trusting reliable rugged solutions in times of emergency

The fire-services industry has recently evolved with the emergence of new technologies such as software tools, facial-recognition software and artificial intelligence (AI). According to a report from Australian government ‘Australia’s Tech Future’1, more emergency services, including fire, are using digital…

National support to sustain local effort

Sitting in NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) Headquarters and observing a vast operations centre with a wall of screens and information, personnel from some 30 different agencies work together to keep the people of NSW safe. A similar scene played…

The causes of fire fatalities and serious fire injuries in Scotland

Fire fatalities in Great Britain have gradually been decreasing over the last three decades but have now plateaued. This first phase of a research study investigating fire fatalities and serious injuries in Scotland has identified the types of people most…

Flame detection through the use of 3D mapping to aircraft hangars

In this first of a two-part article, William Pittman, PhD discusses the challenges posed by aircraft hangars in relation to flame-detector selection. In the next edition of Asia Pacific Fire William discusses how 3D flame detector modelling techniques can be…

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