Firefighters should pat themselves on the back

We all know the role of a firefighter is to protect members of the community that are in trouble from many dangers, not just fire. Fire, flood, EMS, earthquake, tsunami etc. are…

The silent statistics

Two recent incidents have brought renewed attention to home fire safety. In Macksville, a town in the mid-north coast of New South Wales, a fire broke out in a residential garage, quickly spreading to (and gutting) the whole house. The…

Why Dubai is the focus for all emergency responders in January at Intersec 2022

Thousands of fire professionals will be in Dubai next month for one of the world’s biggest safety events, Intersec 2022. Visitors will be able to meet with manufacturers, view the latest equipment and attend an industry-leading conference programme, which will…

HAIX Group – From concept to finished firefighter boots

Team development instead of quiet tinkering As with every HAIX boot, the development of a firefighter boot requires real teamwork: a collaboration between artisan shoemakers, design experts and quality specialists in an intensive exchange across departments. And the boot can…

Next generation structural firefighting PPC garment by Workwear Group Uniforms.

Workwear Group Uniforms – Protecting those who serve to protect

As one of Australia’s leading uniform providers, Workwear Group Uniforms have years of experience servicing Emergency Service organisations across ambulance, fire, police and defence. With a long Australian history, Workwear Group Uniforms has earnt a reputation for creating innovative uniform…

Critical protection from GORE particulate hoods

The fire industry has become increasingly aware in recent years of the potential risks to firefighters from exposure to fireground particulates. Studies have shown that some of the most vulnerable areas are around the neck and ears, despite being covered…

Fire and Emergency New Zealand – a young organisation with a 150-year history

One hot Monday afternoon in February 2017, two wildfires several kilometres apart broke out on the Port Hills of Christchurch, New Zealand’s biggest South Island city. The fires combined into one large blaze and raged across the hills above the…

A tale of five presidents: what the past can tell us about the future of fire protection

As we forge ahead in the face of ongoing government reform initiatives, Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) sought insights from some of our former presidents, and the current office-bearer, about what the future holds.  As Australia’s peak industry body…

Is your life-safety equipment ‘fit for purpose’?

Life-safety, firefighting and critical emergency systems depend on the unfailing reliability of electric cables during a fire. Should these essential cable systems fail, the critical equipment they supply also fails, putting occupants, emergency responders and property at risk.  A fragmented…

Stuart Ellis.

After almost a decade of service, AFAC welcomes new CEO

After nine years as CEO of AFAC, the National Council for Fire and Emergency Services, Stuart Ellis AM is retiring. The AFAC Board of Directors have appointed Rob Webb, AFAC Director of National Projects and Innovation and Program Director for…

Climate change and wildfire: a call to arms

Australia’s Black Summer of bushfires in 2019–20 was utterly unprecedented. Fires started in winter then burned through spring and summer until flooding rains caused a different type of catastrophe in countless communities already struggling to cope and recover. 2019 was…

Standards Australia supports quality infrastructure in the Pacific

As a trusted partner of the Australian Government, Standards Australia engages with countries in the Pacific. This supports Australia’s foreign policy objectives for a secure and prosperous region.  Support over the years has involved sharing standards developments processes and knowledge…

Confusion and catastrophes led to a time-tested consensus process

The NFPA looks back on 125 years while working to serve global stakeholders today and into the future.  This year marks 125 years since the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) was started back in 1896. Not too many organizations get to…

Safely tackling electric vehicle and internal combustion engine fires

With Australia and New Zealand plans to accelerate the sales of electric vehicles (EV) over the next decade, emergency services are steeling themselves to fight a completely new set of fire risks that will emerge as EVs become more popular.…

Real-time fire mapping of a small fire in Parkdale, Oregon. Drones can support early detection and rapid mapping of wildland fires before they grow too big. Image courtesy of TK-7, Overwatch Imaging

The future of fighting wildfires is drones

From California to Turkey to Australia, wildfires, also known as bushfires, are everywhere – and they’re increasing in both frequency and intensity. In 2020, over 10.2 million acres of land were affected by wildfires in the United States alone, compared…

When time is of the essence

While beautiful, the Australian landscape can be harsh and unforgiving. Affecting and devastating the lives of so many people across the country, the Black Summer Bushfires of 2019/20 are now permanently etched into our psyche. But there are many other…

Integration of innovation and technology and USAR coordination in major disasters
The Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Coordination Mechanism introduced by the United Nations International Search and Rescue Advisory Group (INSARAG) is critical for international disaster response, to provide effective and efficient tactical operations to lessen victim mortality.  The INSARAG Coordination…
Understanding char loss and fall-off for fire-safe design of timber structures

Engineered timber is in high demand while the awareness of environmental pressures is growing. Worldwide research has studied the fire behaviour of timber but char fall-off remains one of the critical factors by delaying or preventing self-extinction. This article highlights…

The Emergency Services Training Institute (ESTI)

Since the early 1900s, the A&M University Campus in Texas USA has been providing emergency response training and in 1948, the Industrial Extension Service joined with the A&M University System and formed the Texas Engineering Extension Service, now known as…

A leadership workshop taking place in Arnhem Land. Image courtesy of Stephen Sutton, Charles Darwin University

Indigenous communities leading the way with natural hazards training

Existing natural hazards training is inadequate for remote Indigenous communities. New collaborative research has worked with Indigenous communities to develop training units that support and reinforce land management capabilities across northern Australia.  The management of natural hazards in northern Australian…

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