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Are we technology dependent?

There is a lot to be said about the technology being developed in this gadget era. Most of it is designed to assist us and those we are called upon to protect.…

Embracing the change

In any organisation, change is inevitable. Sometimes it’s gradual, sometimes rapid, but all entities evolve over time.  It is my immense pleasure to have been appointed as the Chief Executive Officer, FPA Australia. I’ve come to the Association following two…

HAIX – Made in Europe – Manufacturing good firefighter boots starts in the pasture

European regulations are sometimes surprisingly lax. The individual parts of a shoe or boot can be manufactured anywhere in the world. As long as it is then assembled in the European Union, the finished product is allowed to carry the…

Partrix Fire GmbH – Next-generation aspirating smoke detectors based on innovative technology help detect more subtle fire threats

Partrix Fire is a fire-protection company specialising in developing aspirating smoke detectors (ASDs). Its core R&D team has more than 20 years of R&D and manufacturing experience in the industry and has been committed to providing customers with high-performance, very…

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IFE driving change to illuminate a fire-safe future

Asia Pacific Fire recently took the opportunity to speak with Steve Hamm, Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) CEO, to learn how the professional body is adapting to help members deal with global and local changes to all roles in the…

Esteri Group – A Nordic provider of strong tools for important work

Most of the old, successful companies of today had a humble start in the beginning. Back in 1968, Mr Veikko Nummela founded a company bearing his name at the age of 58, he started to make a fire pump in…

GESA – Global Emergency Services Action 

As members of the Emergency Services (ES) community, whether practitioners, consultants, or manufacturing companies, we choose to take on challenges others shy from – because we know those challenges are often a matter of life or death. Still, we know…

When fires cause storms

New technology is now available that predicts fire-generated thunderstorms, prompted by a sharp increase in the number of these storms and associated extreme fire events such as the devastating bushfires they caused in the 2019–20 fire season. Fire-generated thunderstorms, sometimes…

Firefighters show their skills by baking a cake

With the world in lockdown our firefighters have restricted opportunities to undertake training exercises. As you will know, firefighters have inventive and highly active brains, so it will be of no surprise to you to find a group of firefighters…

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The history of product certification

Third-party product certification schemes build on and strengthen the assurance provided by testing. They help to ensure that products and systems are consistently manufactured to exacting standards, have been installed correctly and/or will perform as required throughout the lifecycle of…
Becoming green and the challenges for optical flame detection

We are all too aware of the drivers to become greener. In some cases, the introduction of new equipment and the transition to alternative fuels is bringing significant challenges for optical flame detection. This article will highlight just a few…

Can one suit protect firefighters from all risks?

The revolution in protective clothing has been unrelenting over recent years, driven by incredible technical innovation. Today’s firefighters wear clothing made from lightweight fire-resistant fabrics that incorporate systems to manage heat and moisture build-up and mitigate risks such as heat…

Introducing Natural Hazards Research Australia

A new chapter in Australia’s national natural hazards research began in July last year, with the establishment of Natural Hazards Research Australia. New research is now underway, with plenty of exciting funding opportunities already available.  Natural Hazards Research Australia (the…

The conventional market is not going away

For many people, the advent and growth of addressable fire detection indicated the end of the conventional detector market. As microcontrollers took off in the 1980s, the advanced computing power resulted in a greater capacity to handle information and more…

Taking protective action during floods and storms

Public safety messages for floods and storms will be broadcast on ABC Radio this severe weather season, backed by Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC research.  Comprising 26 different public messages, the new Community Service Announcements (CSAs) are the first-ever nationally…

Standards Australia celebrates centenary year

In October 2022, Standards Australia celebrates its 100th birthday. The company’s legacy would not be possible without all the individuals who contribute to the organisation: from members, stakeholders, staff and those directly involved with the development of standards.  What are…

Rosenbauer AT 4×4: the solution for airports

The Whangarei Airport (WRE), located on the North Island of New Zealand, is a new member to the AT family after recently taking possession of a MAN-based Rosenbauer AT 4×4.  Whangarei Airport’s AT is designed to give best-in-class performance and…

GEN III Smart Proportioner – remote testing system

Regular testing and maintenance ensure a maximum service life and functional and failure-related safety of technical appliances. The same applies to foam-based fire extinguishing systems and the foam proportioners installed in them.  Up to now, such testing and maintenance have…

Suppression strategies for peat fires – Part 3

The main factors that affect fire spread in peat are moisture content, oxygen supply, and the type and density of the fuel. This article covers some suppression options for shallow peat fires burning to a depth of 1 metre. Logistics…

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Fire Australia 2022 – Be part of Australasia’s largest fire protection industry event

One of the most important conferences in the fire protection industry calendar, Fire Australia 2022 will be returning to Melbourne on 3-5 May, 2022. The first Australian National Conference on Fire was held on 23-26 August 1965, in Melbourne. Presented…

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