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Fire protection – the good news

When I was in the fire brigade, a  senior officer, the current editor whom I’m filling in for once remarked to me that the biggest problem we have with fire protection is…

New guide to utilise non-technical skills in emergency management

A first-of-its-kind guide to help practitioners deepen their understanding and use of non-technical skills has been developed from Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC research. Designed for emergency management practitioners and instructors, A guide to non-technical skills in emergency management is…

STARS in our eyes

It’s a long journey to develop a roadmap for the future, but FPA Australia is on track, with our #FPA STARS 5-year plan. Progressive and performance-driven businesses tend to go through and lead change – new leadership, new staff, new…

Crusader Hose – Reeling vs flaking

There are two main systems for handling large-diameter fire hose: reeling and flaking. When comparing the two systems, each has unique characteristics often seen as the driving point in choosing between them. Crusader Hose maintains that the benefits of a…

Firefighters need the confidence that their clothing will protect them from all the risks that they face in a rescue incident. Images supplied by Author / Contributor

GORE-TEX Professional – Innovative rescue protection  backed by proven technology

Since its international launch in June, the new GORE-TEX CROSSTECH® PYRAD® stretch fabric for rescue protection has received  an enthusiastic response from fire and  rescue services around the world. The teams at the Australasian Rescue Challenge in Tamworth were the…

FIRE EAGLE 2.0 – The world’s fastest firefighting boot

Firefighting boots are exposed to extreme situations on a daily basis. When things have to move fast, the new FIRE EAGLE 2.0 by HAIX is ready for action in an instant. With the RapidFit system, HAIX has developed a new…

Stewart & Heaton Clothing Co. – Major milestone for S&H – 1,000,000 certified wildland garments

In July 2022, a major milestone was reached for Stewart & Heaton Clothing Co. Pty Ltd (S&H) with the manufacture its one millionth Certified Wildland Firefighting Garment. This milestone is significant not only for S&H but also for the Certified…

KITCHEN KNIGHT II – Time-tested kitchen hazard protection

The KITCHEN KNIGHT II restaurant fire suppression system is a pre-engineered solution designed to suppress appliance, ventilating hood and duct fires. The system employs a potassium-carbonate-based wet agent that knocks down flames, cuts off air to the burning grease and…

What are the applications of VTOL UAV/ DRONES in forest wildfires?
The VTOL drone intelligent high-altitude reconnaissance and forest fire video monitoring system is applied to forest fire prevention. It can carry out normal inspections in areas with flammable risks. It can make every effort to investigate hidden dangers and enable…
In the examples above, the images show a dual occupancy/duplex home sharing a common fire-rated wall separating both. Significant fire conditions can be identified in the home on the right. On initial assessment, although some heat transfer is apparent in the roof space and roof eaves on the home on the left, fire spread appears to be contained to the right side of the ‘firewall’. The potential origin, seat of the fire and its spread, as are points of possible access, can also be seen. The thermal view and other information gained during further ongoing 360º size-up using both the TIC and traditional size-up methods will assist in determining the priorities and actions taken for both homes. Images supplied by Author / Contributor

Using Thermal Imaging Cameras during size-up

Although Thermal Imaging Cameras (TICs) can be used for size-up, unfortunately they are often underutilized for that purpose.  A high-resolution, decision-making camera with a fast refresh rate can enhance size-ups and our planning process. If used in addition to traditional…

Humanihut – Mallee – a combination of systems creating one, unique solution 

Taking its name from the iconic Australian eucalypt trees which grow as a collection of tightly connected branches, a Mallee offers the proven capabilities of existing Humanihut Field Infrastructure Systems, combining them in a variety of configurations to provide a…

A conversation with Amy Dowie: uncovering the unique career of a fire safety engineer 

Since first getting involved with fire-safety engineering while at university, Amy Dowie of Warringtonfire has gone on to coordinate and manage a range of projects and developments across Australia. Now an award-winning engineer currently working on her Masters in Fire…

Role of planning in bushfire risk reduction – a brief introduction to Australian practice 

Over the past several years more frequent and severe hot weather patterns have occurred globally resulting in prolonged bushfire seasons, and often leading to severe environmental and economic damage, as well as losses of human lives.  As such, one of…

Kore Kooler Rehab Chair – Combat heat stress with active cooling

What is heat stress? Heat stress occurs when the body’s internal core temperature rises above its normal level. As core temperature rises, so does the risk of heat stress. Core temperature greater than 39°C is dangerous and can lead to…

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The bushfire (wildfire) threat to communities in Australia

H.L. Mencken (the American 19th century writer) once said: ‘For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong.’ This applies to the Bushfire threat in Australia.  In a modern society with developed planning and building…

Future fire sprinkler heads are digital

Fire sprinklers might be a safety necessity, but they come with their own risks in regard to maintaining them. Sprinkler systems are difficult to drain without causing a mess, are risky to health and can damage the contents of the…

Hose Master Mobile from Esteri – The easy-to-move, fully automatic fire hose washing and maintenance unit 

Since Interschutz 2022 in Hannover, Germany, Finnish Esteri Group’s fully automatic fire hose washing and maintenance unit Hose Master has gathered great attention and interest from the visitors.  With dimensions of 2.5 m x 1.2 m x 2.0 m, it…

Workwear Group – New fire-resistant ensembles and fireboot

Emergency Services uniforms are more than just the brand name, distinct colours and strips of reflective tape. They keep front-line workers safe, ensuring they make it home to their families after a day at work. This is why the end…

Post-flood research is helping us learn from communities

A new independent research project is underway, seeking to learn from the experiences of those affected by flooding in New South Wales and Queensland this year, with results expected to improve community safety and resilience to floods.  The Community experiences…

Figure 1: Heatwave incident locations in Australia, FY2001 to FY2018. Higher densities of heatwave fatalities are indicated by larger/ darker hotspots.

Heatwave fatalities in Australia: a new analysis

Heatwaves, recognised as one of the key natural hazard risks to human health, have increased in frequency and intensity in recent decades, a trend projected to continue under most future climate scenarios (e.g. Perkins-Kirkpatrick et al., 2016).  This, in combination…

The road to mandating home fire sprinklers in Australia 

For well over a century, automatic fire sprinklers have proven to be a trusted, reliable, safe and very effective means to mitigate the fire risk to life, property and the environment. When installed in residential settings, fire sprinklers have been…

Grenfell: five years after the tragedy, what have we learnt and what action has been taken?
In the five years since the Grenfell Tower tragedy, governments in the UK and across the Asia Pacific have taken action to change how the built environment is regulated, in part due to independent reform reviews in the UK and…

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