Data is king, I’m told. But only if you do something with it, I reply.

I just stepped away from looking at Sentinel hot spot, a service run by Geoscience Australia, (www.hotspots.dea.ga.gov.au) and looking at the screen the data being collected covers most of the readership of…

Seminal research looks at US fire experience since America Burning

‘The striking aspect of the Nation’s fire problem is the indifference with which Americans confront the subject. Destructive fire takes a huge toll in lives, injuries, and property losses, yet there is no need to accept those losses with resignation.…

Representative politics

As governments push for greater reform, the fire protection industry needs to engage more closely with state departments to deliver a better, safer community.  Five-time former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Tip O’Neill Jr is famously reported…

ZOLL Medical – Exclusive distribution agreement for unique CarbonCool portable body cooling solution

ZOLL Medical Corporation, an Asahi Kasei company that manufactures medical devices and related software solutions, and Global Healthcare SG, a developer of portable body cooling solutions, has announced an exclusive distribution agreement that will see ZOLL with exclusive rights to…

HAIX Group – Why MADE IN EUROPE means so much to HAIX

Firefighters may know where their boots will take them, but do they know where they came from? As the world calls for greater supply-chain transparency, it may matter more than ever before. Supply-chain transparency and ethical production are no longer…

Seam integrity is critical to firefighter protection

When it comes to specifying protective clothing for firefighters there should never be any compromise on performance or quality.  At Gore, the guiding principle is ‘Fitness for Use’, which means that every aspect of a firefighter’s specific operational needs is…

Reel-Tech – Safer hose reel design improves crewhealth and safety and reduces injury

For more than 20 years, Reel-Tech have proudly represented US-based longstanding fire-hose reel manufacturer Hannay Reels as a key distributor for Australia and New Zealand, throughout this time continuously adding engineering and customization for local fire market needs. Focusing on…

ECO-DRY Shield – The wildland protection of choice for South Australia

Australia is one of the most wildfire-prone countries in the world. Bushfires are a regular natural occurrence in the country, with many plants and animals having evolved to adapt to these conditions. Aboriginal Australians used fire to clear out dead…

Get ready for the big burn

This story is contributed by Warwick Lorenz from Australian Pump Industries. Warwick has learnt from the black summer of 2020. In this article he confronts the challenges facing us based on what appears to be the reality of climate change,…

WRC Rally car crash. These vehicles soon will have a hybrid drivetrain in 2022.

Today’s personal protective envelope for motorsports response – Part 2

The ramifications of hybrids and electrics in motorsports is a significant concern. These vehicles bring a drivetrain type that would appear to be a major hazard to the casual observer. It is my belief that with the correct education and…

Firefighter safety, 30 years in the making

Safety. Comfort. Unless both are built into their protective clothing, no firefighter will be able to perform the tasks demanded of them. But how do you achieve that? For technical textiles specialist Otego, the answer lay in FIRESHIELD, a fire…

Breakthroughs accelerating the preventative use of long-term fire retardants

Aircraft have dropped red long-term retardants in response to out-of-control wildfires for almost 60 years. Long-term retardants were primarily purchased by countries and individual states to help protect citizens and critical assets in the face of impending wildfires. In the…

Esteri CAFS by One Seven® – A match merciless to fire

Esteri CAFS by One Seven® combines a traditional vehicle pump and an efficient CAF system into one compact unit. Mounted on the same body as a reliable Esteri pump, the system saves space and makes it easier to install in…

Helping volunteers shine as leaders

A new evidence-based toolkit is strengthening Australia’s emergency service workforce capability by supporting volunteer leaders in the way they recruit, onboard, manage and retain volunteers.  When a natural hazard strikes or an emergency arises, communities rely on emergency services personnel,…

Hose reel system truck-mounted ready for deployment.

Crusader Hose – Reliable fire management equipment you can rely on

When supply lines are needed to transfer water closer to the fire from long distances, the hose must be easy to manage, durable and reliable. Crusader Hose has redesigned Flexiline layflat hose to satisfy the demands of supply lines by…

IoT-enabled valve monitoring system can ease inspection burden

A new wireless valve monitoring system, which recently earned the FM Approvals certification, promises to help organizations lower the cost of monitoring critical sprinkler control (and isolation) valves and make it easier to receive alerts and other information from anywhere,…

Mitigating vehicle fires is key to preventing a life-threatening domino effect on mine sites

The prevalence of fire-related incidents in Australian mines means it is high time we take a more careful look under the bonnet of the heavy machines that keep that sector running.  Fires can occur wherever there is significant heat and…

Lessons from Black Summer: how people experienced the 2019/20 NSW fire season

More than 1,200 people shared their experiences of the worst fire season in New South Wales’ history to help improve communications and warnings. Research after the worst fire season in New South Wales’ history shows there are challenges around community…

Flame detector selection: Part 2 – detection technologies

Part One of our flame detection guide provided some pointers for the selection of flame detectors based on the sensing technology employed. This second article sets out some design considerations for your flame detection system. Broadly speaking, these considerations fall…

Fig. 3: Water motor with proportioning pump.

Use of foam for firefighting in tank farms of the oil and petrochemical industry – Part 2

Part One of this article described the typical incident scenarios at tank farm fires and presented foam as the most suitable extinguishing agent together with the firefighting equipment most commonly used. In Part Two we look at foam concentrate proportioning…

Selecting and using a thermal imaging camera for wildfire – Part 2

A thermal imaging camera (TIC) like any other item of firefighting equipment has limitations. This together with the misinterpretation of the displayed image and the failure to follow standard practices and procedures could result in the inability to identify and…

MSA Bristol to the rescue

This feature looks at the changing role of firefighters and how fire and rescue services are increasingly choosing to combine lightweight, high-visibility rescue jackets with structural trousers when attending incidents such as road traffic collisions and wildfires. As a result…

Standards to support fire safety

I stepped into the Engagement Manager role in April. I’m excited to be working with stakeholders across industry in facilitating needed discussions. Core to my role is working towards long-term strategic goals in standardisation, working with innovative new products and…

Sitting in the driver’s seat of a fire truck, you need all the help you can get

The one person that makes or breaks the success of a rescue and/or fire attack is the person in the front seat driving you to the incident. The faster they get you there the faster you can put your training…

Testing to prescribed Standards and the data obtained helps inform certification decisions.

Testing times and the shift to product certification

The Fire Australia Conference and Tradeshow was held recently in Sydney. It was great to see the building safety community coming together and continuing to seek improvement and growth, especially coming out of a very challenging year in 2020.  Speaking…

Recommendations to reduce fire fatalities

From the previous phase of this work a number of recommendations were made to reduce fire fatalities. These were assessed to identify their potential effectiveness during a review of Fire Investigation reports. The review resulted in further recommendations and a…

Uncovering the cause: Fire Forensics investigates Australian house fires

Our team at Fire Forensics are leading experts in fire and explosion investigation in Australia and abroad and have offered our clients thorough and impartial fire investigation services for over 40 years. Our qualified and experienced specialists solve the puzzle…

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