We’ve made it to 2021 and the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect all of our lives. We shouldn’t forget to continue 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 The new Australian Disaster Resilience Index. Australians are always learning to live with a changing, unpredictable and uncertain environment, of which natural hazards are an increasing part. They have all developed ways to cope with, adapt to and recover from changes to their lives. This article asks how does your community adapt and respond to change, and how can this process be improved?

We also look at Firefighting under fire – Delivering fire and rescue services during armed conflicts; Artificial intelligence offers round-the-clock wildfire detection; Solar-panel fire risks and the opportunities to improve safety and we are introduced to the new Hong Kong Fire Services Department Director, Mr LEUNG Wai-hung, Joseph, FSDSM.

Other articles of specific interest include Using flame detectors for zone 2 hazardous area; Warringtonfire invests in new reaction to fire test equipment and Leading the way: Introducing People First Fire Pty Ltd and always much, much more.

We finish this issue In Memoriam to Mr Jaime Moncada-Perez. Don Jaime, as he was usually known, is recognized for introducing NFPA and modern fire protection to Latin America, an effort he began more than 40 years ago. Our thoughts go out to his family, friends and colleagues at this difficult time.

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.

Fire + Rescue stations in NSW have started to receive their premium Bristol Uniforms XFlex structural firefighting ensemble as part of a state-wide PPC roll-out. Image courtesy of Pac Fire Australia.

Karl Ahlgren, Magdalena Bacler, Heidi Chappelow, Alfred Draijer, Graham Duncan, Radhiya Fanham, Curt Floyd, Jim Foran, Igor Kazagrandi, Artur Matuszczak, Jan Nijkamp, Bethany Patch, Alison Scotland, Nathan Semos, Chris Thain, Deryk Walker, Nicki Walsh, Dr Kaitlyn Watson.

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