Are we destroying our ability to be professional?

When I was a young firefighter back in the 1970s there was only one means of getting a qualification that would be recognised for promotion within the service. The Institute of Fire…

NIOSH releases fact sheet on odorant fade

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) released a fact sheet on odorant fade in natural gas and propane.  Odorant is a liquid added to natural gas and propane that releases a smell in case of a leak.…

Insights we gained from Fire Australia 2021

After a brief hiatus due to the year that was, Fire Australia 2021 came back bigger and better achieving the highest attendance number on record. Such an incredible turnout reiterates to me just how important our industry values face time…

Centurion Fire Rescue Equipment – Reliable, world-class equipment for emergency services

For more than two decades, Centurion Fire Rescue Equipment has been providing fire and rescue equipment solutions for emergency services across Australia and New Zealand. We specialise in ladders, gantries and vehicle roller doors and are the trusted name for…

Drones need data being harnessed and shared to live up to their firefighting potential.

Bushfire-fighting future state – how do we get to artificial intelligence, data and cloud?

In 1955, General Electric invented GERT. GERT was a computer and at the time the fastest in the world. Today, your phone is 927 million times more powerful than GERT. In 1955, people held hoses and pointed them at fires.…

Illuminating the scene

One of the easiest tasks to overlook at emergency incidents is providing adequate scene lighting. Firegrounds, hazardous material scenes, highway incidents and technical rescue operations all need sufficient lighting to illuminate work areas and add to the safety of those…

Babcock Australasia – An independent capability partner for critical and complex assets

Trusted, innovative and collaborative, Babcock Australasia is continuing its growth as a defence, aviation and critical services company, providing agile, reliable and responsive end-to-end solutions for customers throughout Australia and New Zealand. Employing more than 1,300 talented people across the…

Hose Master – Revolutionizing the maintenance of fire hoses

Hose Master is the world’s most modern automatic hose-care equipment for fire hoses. It washes, pressure tests, detects holes, dries and coils hoses fully automatically, which saves enormous resources of civil protection. A whole series of key operational innovations reduces…

Fire safety engineering approaches to bushfire evacuation
Since the Black Saturday fires in Victoria, Australian emergency officials have emphasised evacuation planning and preparation, but such planning can fail to consider and account for multiple evacuation scenarios. This includes ‘credible “worst case” scenarios’ which ‘stress current capabilities’.1  Worst…
GORE-TEX moisture barriers are proven to deliver lifetime performance.

GORE-TEX – Why GORE-TEX products offer proven protection

Firefighters around the world continue to benefit from the trusted protection of GORE-TEX products 30 years after Gore introduced the first durably waterproof, breathable moisture barrier into firefighting PPE. GORE-TEX fabrics have led the innovation of groundbreaking moisture barrier technology…

What you need to know about automatic fire sprinkler systems

In the event of a fire in a building, active fire suppression systems can have a major impact in fire development and spread, and they can be one of the crucial factors in affecting occupant safety.  The primary purpose of…

ESKA – Professional glovemaker invests locally

For 109 years the Austrian family business ESKA has specialised in the development and manufacturing of gloves. Creating uncompromising protection against thermal heat, cuts, absolute hygiene and careful workmanship by master craftsmen have led to the fact that firefighters from…

Firefighting PPE in the mining industry

Paul Gibson, International Sales Manager for MSA Bristol, a global leader of cutting-edge firefighter protection, talks to Matt Campbell, Emergency Services Principal at Rio Tinto in Australia, about the role of Emergency Responders in the mining industry and their specific…

Wildfires are changing; firefighting tools needed a change too – meet the brand-new Tactical Unit from Vallfirest

Fuelled by the climate crisis, wildland fires are becoming faster, more unpredictable and more devastating, posing a threat to mankind in general and emergency bodies in particular. In recent years we have seen a whole new dimension of pyro phenomena,…

The different tips can be attached easily and on site.

Weber Rescue Systems – Well prepared for every operation with the RIT tool

With the RIT tool, a versatile special device which is part of the E-FORCE series by Weber Rescue, you are well prepared for all application scenarios. As part of the new generation of battery-operated rescue devices produced by Weber Rescue,…

Factors to consider before any C8 firefighting foam transition

Most foam users recognise the need for transitioning away from legacy firefighting foams that break down to long-chain C8 PerFluoroAlkyl Substances (PFAS), including PFOS, PFOA and PFHxS (C8s), because of potentially harmful effects to human health and our environment.  The…

Fire Rescue Safety Australia (FRSA) – Bunzl investment leads to APAC expansion

In November 2019, Bunzl Australasia Limited completed the acquisition of Fire Rescue Safety Australia (FRSA).  Bunzl is a specialist distribution and services group that is highly successful and operates on a global scale. (bunzl.com) The extensive resources and capability that…

Gas suppression control for critical and high-risk sites: what to consider

Advanced’s Regional Sales Manager for South East Asia, Tin Le Than, discusses some of the key considerations to take into account when specifying an effective gas suppression system. Data centres, control rooms, power generation facilities and archives may serve very…

Jolly Scarpe – Made-to-measure triumph

Correctly fitting PPE is an essential component in ensuring firefighters experience optimum protection, mobility and comfort – a challenging prospect when injury is involved. Pac Fire strives to deliver PPE that provides the best possible fit to Australasian firefighters. To…

Centurion PU-lined hose.

Crusader Hose – History in the making – a new PU-lined fire hose

Firefighting has gone through interesting developments from relying on the inefficient bucket brigades of yore, to the use of the proficient fire hose of today. Both innovations in machinery and use of modern materials contributed to these improvements. The efficiencies…

Flame detector selection: Part 1 – detection technologies

This is the first of a two-part article where we provide pointers for flame detector selection, based on the detection technologies used and application. For decades, radiant energy-sensing flame detectors have been applied as optical fire detectors for industrial and…

Shift SC – Designed for the never-ending shifts

Mystery Ranch builds the best load-bearing equipment in the world. Our mission is to support your mission – whatever that may be. Our customers are the rough and rugged ones of this Earth, those ambitious men and women with a…

Training during and after the pandemic: what some feel may be the new norm

As we started 2020, the pandemic was just getting a grip on the world and it seemed as though everything was coming to a standstill. Most were confused with what the future looked like, and some were not even thinking…

Antarctic Fire Angels – Skiing coast-to-coast across Antarctica in November 2023

We are a team of firefighters from South Wales Fire and Rescue Service and London Fire Brigade, and as an all-female team of five – Nakita Ross, Alison Kibblewhite, Rebecca Rowe, Nikki Upton and Georgina Gilbert – we are going…

Artist’s impression of the Strength & Conditioning and Rehabilitation Virtual Environment (STRiVE).

Transformation of the Civil Defence Academy to meet the challenges of tomorrow

As our operating environment continues to evolve, firefighting, rescue and pre-hospital emergency care have become more challenging and complex. By embarking on a bold transformation of its training facilities, the Civil Defence Academy (CDA) of the Singapore Civil Defence Force…

AFAC21 – Balancing impact and expectations

As recent emergency events have shown, there’s an evolving extreme that is producing new challenges in terms of impact on the community, environment and economies. The community expects the emergency-management sector to stay ahead of these events, but with resourcing…

HEROIQ – Bringing incident management into the 21st century

For decades, incident responses for natural disasters and prescribed operations have been managed with paper-based T-cards and incident-management folders. Every responding individual, crew and appliance is captured on one of these paper cards and placed in little slots on a…

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