We are beginning to see a slight loosening of the grips of the COVID-19 pandemic, however, it continues to affect all of our lives and we shouldn’t forget the need to work with the authorities to help reduce the spread. The position is improving because most of us have been doing as advised and Stayed alert, Kept our distance, Washed our hands and Thought of others. This will need to continue as we begin to see the shoots of recovery to our ‘new normal‘.

Despite everything that is happening worldwide, our Fire Professionals need to be ready, no matter what, and so in this issue of Asia Pacific Fire magazine, we have articles looking at how Fire & Rescue New South Wales (FRNSW) is the first to benefit from Gore-Tex Technology and Resilience: An evolutionary process. Other articles of specific interest include Future-proofing Scott Base Research Station, Antarctica; Fire protection and detection and Science shows how to best burn the bush to reduce bushfire risk. We finish this issue with Enhancing responders’ performance and safety through smart wearable technologies; Fit for action; Sizing up hazmat incidents and as always much, much more. 

We sincerely hope you enjoy reading Asia Pacific Fire magazine. If you have any comments or questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

The TFT CrossFire Monitor, which can be supplied with one or two hose lines, is the only monitor in its class with an integrated Safe-Tak valve system to protect the firefighter if unintentional movement occurs. The firefighter pictured is a member of the fire department in Okinawa Prefecture. Image courtesy of TFT.

Roger Brereton, Darren Brown, Dr Jeff Godfredson, Victoria Hutchinson, Casey Jones, Brian Lim, Nathan Maddock, Shawn Maloney, Chad McLean, James McNay, James Mullins, Gavin Parker, Mark Prior, Alison Scotland, Nathan Semos, Paul Somerville, Roger Startin, Mark Wallace.

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