Dr Emma Singh at Mount Vesuvius in Italy.

Showcasing PhD success

As Australia experiences natural hazards of increasing frequency and severity, emergency services need information and tools to support them in making critical decisions. The Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC’s postgraduate programme is…

How much to burn?

Australia has a long and continuing history of burning in its forests to reduce fuels and maintain biodiversity. However, the debate over how much should be burnt has been ongoing for almost as long as the practice has been conducted,…

What does it take to change?

With all that is going on in this COVID-19 world – mass unemployment, community lockdown, long-term economic problems and the many thousands of deaths that we know about – you’d be forgiven for thinking that there could be nothing positive…

Moving from disasters to events: how we learn to live with wildfire

In recent years, wildfire has carved an increasingly destructive path across the globe. Areas like Greenland and Siberia, where wildfires were once virtually nonexistent, have experienced blazes due to a warming climate. In places that are historically subjected to wildfire,…

Regular maintenance and testing is not about complying with government requirements – it’s about avoiding this.

Fire safety should be about value, not compliance

Recently, a fire-safety assessor reported that he had come to an impasse. A building under his care needed a five-year pressure test, but the testing company wouldn’t do it without being indemnified, in case the system blew out. The client’s…

Safety Equipment Australia – High-tech breathing protection for fire professionals

Interspiro BA systems are recognized worldwide as the pinnacle of breathing protection for professional firefighters. The latest models have been designed in cooperation with firefighting personnel, and feature a host of desired characteristics, both mechanical and electronic, with fire professionals…

LUKAS eWXT – eDRAULIC watertight extrication tool

Until now, rescue work under or on the water was only possible with hose-connected hydraulic rescue equipment. Now LUKAS, the pioneer in the field of eDraulic, is creating the possibility for quick rescue under and on the water with the…

Code 3 – Thinking strategically about emergency lighting

Nearly every time you see an ambulance, fire brigade or police vehicle, you are possibly looking at a Code 3 product. From sirens and signals to a variety of high-intensity LED work lighting, firefighters and emergency response units put their…

Understanding bushfire risk, warnings and responses – lessons from the 2018 Reedy Swamp fire

Research into the 2018 Reedy Swamp fire finds that many people consider bushfire preparation as something that is undertaken when directly threatened by fire, not well in advance of an active threat. On Sunday, 18 March 2018 a bushfire impacted…

Critical fire and life safety needs must be balanced with patient care in hospitals as well as new temporary makeshift facilities.

COVID-19 challenged us all, while reminding us about the importance of basic safety benchmarks

Without question, dealing with COVID-19 has been daunting for all of us – citizens, business owners, emergency managers, manufacturers – and of course the tireless men and women on the front line. Even the very mention of the front line…

Using graph theory to help prepare for lifeline failure during disasters

Lifelines refer to the critical infrastructure communities rely on every day, such as roads, communications, power and water. The continual and growing exposure and vulnerability of lifelines to natural-hazard shocks means that lifeline failure during natural-hazard events may simply have…

What is a fire assessment?

Fire assessments are desktop study reports offered by Warringtonfire Australia when a modification is made to a construction that has already been fire tested. They range from relatively simple judgements on small changes to a product or construction, through to…

Bring your own air: a brief history of breathing apparatus

When you’re asked, ‘what’s the world’s oldest profession?’ you may be forgiven for coming up with the standard answer. But you’d forget one other ancient job: the firefighter. More than 5,000 years ago, even the Egyptians had firefighters dousing flames…

Humanihut provides field accommodation at the height of the Black Summer bushfires

Kylie Wurst, like thousands of her volunteer firefighter colleagues across the country, was deployed to assist the exhausted and overwhelmed local emergency services personnel fighting the unpredictable and ferocious bushfires in Australia in 2019/2020. Kylie was deployed on two separate…

FLIR donates 100 thermal cameras to Australian volunteer fire brigades.

FLIR donate to fight Australian forest fires

The 2019/2020 Australian bushfire season, colloquially known as the Black Summer, started in June 2019 with the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service acting director warning of the potential for an early start to the bushfire season, which normally starts in…

The evolution of PPE for the world’s female firefighters

Roger Startin, Joint Managing Director of Bristol Uniforms, looks back on the history of female firefighters across the globe and how PPE has evolved to protect them. There are many examples of heroic female firefighters throughout history, coming from all…

Emergency evacuations: are you prepared?

As our buildings and the way in which we put them to use become more complex, the challenges of safely evacuating occupants increase. The latest analogue addressable fire panels give fire engineers, specifiers and end users more control and peace…

Thermal imagers: choose wisely

With the ever-growing development of new technologies for the fire service, many fire departments are scrambling to implement and deploy the latest and most sophisticated products available for firefighters. As technology tools go, thermal imagers (TIs) are at the forefront…

Flame detection through the use of 3D mapping to aircraft hangars – Part 2

In the previous issue of Asia Pacific Fire Magazine, we discussed the challenges posed by aircraft hangars in relation to flame-detector selection. In this issue William Pittman discusses how 3D flame-detector modelling techniques can be used, in combination with good…

Rupture and explosion of a single battery cell.

Battery safety

Love them or hate them, batteries are an integral part of modern living. However, recent incidents have raised their profile from help to hindrance – this article will discuss the considerations that should be made when responding to an incident…

NSW Rural Fire Service awards 412 fleet operation and maintenance to Coulson Aviation PTY

New South Wales Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) has awarded the operation and maintenance of their recently acquired 412 fleet, as part of an existing ten-year contract with Coulson Aviation PTY. Coulson Aviation PTY has also moved its Australian headquarters…

Future directions in the acquisition of aerial fire intelligence

Australia suffered some of its worst bushfires ever in the summer of 2019/2020, a period now known colloquially as the ‘Black Summer’. Although difficult to accurately quantify, it is estimated that fires burnt almost 20 million hectares of land and…

Dealing with the challenges of conducting fire-protection work in Australia during COVID-19

We are living in unprecedented times, with COVID-19 gripping communities across the globe. Shutdowns, restrictions and social distancing have changed the nature of business and created uncertainty for every industry. In Australia, the Commonwealth Government has led a National Cabinet…

Assessing peat fires for planning and control

Peat is an accumulation of partially decomposed plant debris in a water-saturated, anaerobic environment. Peatlands cover about 5% of the earth’s surface. Their total reliance on water to maintain natural processes makes them highly significant terrestrial ecosystems. They are typically…

The recovery process continues for communities after horror bushfire season.

Fighting on

The end of last year and beginning of this year tested the resilience of the Australian people and particularly that of our firefighters, who worked around the clock for many months to protect and save numerous communities and lives. Unfortunately,…

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