Essential basic reading for all those involved in fire and disaster prevention.

When will we ever learn?

For those not old enough to remember the Peter, Paul and Mary hit ‘Where have all the flowers gone’ it is about not learning lessons from history and therefore repeating mistakes from…

Evidence-based recommendations for structural firefighting now available in NFPA 1700

In 2014, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) received a new standards project request from a retired Kansas City, Missouri fire chief asking for the development of a guide that filled the gap between the fire-science community and the fire…

Developing and diversifying the fire protection industry

The fire protection sector needs to encourage more young people, particularly women, into the industry if it is going to flourish. Like most industries, the fire protection sector is aging. Those practitioners who made their way through the golden age…

Less than five months until AFAC21

The speakers have been chosen, the stands are being booked and excitement is ramping up for the much-anticipated return of AFAC21 on 17–20 August 2021. The emergency-management sector will come together once more after two of the most memorable years…

The new generation of E-FORCE cutters are much faster in cutting – this example shows the cutting of a B-pillar in comparison to the previous E-FORCE2 series.

Weber Rescue – E-FORCE battery tools for more speed and flexibility

Weber Rescue Systems is proud to present a new series of battery-driven rescue tools. The next generation of E-FORCE tools benefit from new and innovative technical features for even more efficient use. The two most significant improvements are the new…

Training Specialties, Inc. – Who are they and what can they do for me?

Training Specialties, Inc. (TSI) is a collective of Emergency Response Professionals who have been in business since 1997. Originally starting out as a new delivery fire apparatus trainer for several notable companies, TSI has become a verified and strong industrial…

Ferno XT Pro – Confined-space rescue

Industrial environments differ from other types of environments where rescue operations need to be carried out, mainly because of the additional risks they present. The presence of polluting gases, atmospheres with low oxygen levels, cramped and poorly lit environments, or…

Crusader Hose – Fire-hose testing is critical

Fire-hose testing is a very important requirement, particularly for larger brigades such as Fire Rescue Victoria, Australia. When the firefighters roll out a hose at a fire scene, it is vital that the hose will handle the pressure applied by…

Tour GORE-TEX test labs from anywhere

Gore has developed an innovative way of letting people take a digital tour through 20 of its specialist GORE-TEX test laboratories at any time from the comfort of their home or office. Every year, customers have the opportunity to visit…

Fig. 1: Tank farm fire at Deer Park, Texas, USA.

Use of foam for firefighting in tank farms of the oil and petrochemical industry – Part 1

Tank farm fires in the oil and petrochemical industry do not occur often. When they do occur, it is with devastating consequences and negative publicity. This article will describe the typical incident scenarios and present foam as the most suitable…

Pacific BR9’S Kevlar shell wins over New South Wales Rural Fire Service

Production is in full flight at Pacific Helmets (NZ) Ltd to deliver the BR9 wildland firefighting helmet to the largest fire service in the world – NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS). At least 40,000 members of NSW RFS are…

Cutting-edge design puts fires out faster

You could say that flying was in Jason Schellaars blood from a very early age. Fascinated with aircraft and how they worked, he spent every free moment building model planes and helicopters. In fact, his passion for flying burned so…

Selecting and using a thermal imaging camera for wildfire – Part 1

For wildfire, the use of a thermal imaging camera (TIC) can have significant benefits. However, like any other item of firefighting equipment it also has limitations and standard practices and procedures must still be followed. Incorrectly interpreting displayed images could…

Uncovering exposure to natural hazards

As Australian communities recover from one natural hazard and prepare for the next one, there are important questions to ask about which areas are most exposed to possible loss of life, landscape and property. We need to understand which of…

MSA Bristol’s XFlex PPE and RescueFlex jacket with Gallet F1 XF helmet.

MSA Bristol: Expert protection from head to toe

The new year marked a new era for two of the most respected and well-established brands in the firefighter PPE industry. MSA Safety, a global leader in the development, manufacture and supply of safety products that protect people and facility…

A new Black Summer-response research programme

While Australia continues to recover from one of the most devastating bushfire seasons in recorded history, we are reminded of the important role of research in learning from previous disasters and applying these lessons in ways that help us become…

Groundbreaking technology delivers rapid flood forecasting in real-time

Flooding is becoming more frequent and more severe, and it is predicted to get worse. In Australia alone, Natural disasters cost $13.2bn per year in economic damages. These losses are projected to triple to $39.3bn by 2050, even without considering…

Mindfulness in the emergency management sector

Emergency service workers around the globe are faced with the challenges of being exposed to, either directly or indirectly, critical incidents and traumatic events as well as having a significant portion of their work being under high stress. These traumatic…

AFAC contributing to International Standards on behalf of the sector

AFAC, the National Council for fire and emergency services in Australia and New Zealand is a lead contributor to the development and revision of Australia/New Zealand Standards. The National Council has representation on over 55 Australian/New Zealand, International Organization for…

With Dr Marta Yebra in the driver’s seat (right), ACT Parks and Conservation Service staff Brian Levine (left) and Dr Adam Leavesley (middle) investigate soil and vegetation dryness using the AFMS.

Providing a clear picture of landscape dryness

The Australian Flammability Monitoring System provides a clear picture of vegetation and soil dryness across the Australian landscape, assisting fire and land managers with their operational decisions. Fire and land managers are now benefiting from the world’s first near-real-time web…

How to ensure intrinsically safe inspection

Organizations in several different industries are not only worrying about their Covid-19 risk but also how to ensure intrinsically safe inspection. Intrinsic safety is a term describing the protection technique to prevent ignition in hazardous areas by limiting the energy,…

OroraTech develops the first global wildfire intelligence service

The 2020 wildfire season of the West Coast in the United States painted a familiar picture of the damage we saw in Australia in the 2019/2020 season. High temperatures and dry vegetation fuelled record-breaking fire spreads, causing damage to millions…

Energy storage systems: lessons learned on fire-safety design

The growing increase in lithium-ion battery ESS facilities in recent years presents a new challenge for the fire-protection community. Proactive measures such as appropriate fire-safety provisions and regular inspections are essential to protect employees and firefighters from thermal-runaway fires including…

Operational concerns involving electric and hybrid vehicles at vehicle-related incidents – Part 1

One of the largest concerns today dealing with vehicle-related incidents is the electrification of vehicles. We deal with technology concerns in every single vehicle that we encounter, whether passenger or commercial. SRS safety systems are more and more comprehensive, but…

Esteri ASL open water test.

High-performance pump moves on land, at sea and in the air

The latest innovation by Esteri Group, Finland’s most comprehensive operator in the firefighting and rescue sector, is a high-performance ‘portable’ pump that is also suitable for helicopter transportation. The diesel-powered pump can be quickly transferred to any demanding location, which…

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