Gavin Parker
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I joined Country Fire Authority (CFA) as a volunteer member of at the age of 16 in 1976 and commenced a full time career with CFA in January 1995. I have been working in the Latrobe Valley since 2000 and since that time have attended numerous fires and incidents in the power industry including several significant mine fires and currently working as a Senior Station Officer at the Traralgon Fire Station on D Platoon. Apart from my normal duties I have had a long term interest in firefighting aircraft operations, thermal imaging and the coal industry.

Selecting and using a thermal imaging camera for wildfire – Part 1

For wildfire, the use of a thermal imaging camera (TIC) can have significant benefits. However, like any other item of firefighting equipment it also has limitations and standard practices and procedures must still be followed. Incorrectly interpreting displayed images could…

Assessing peat fires for health and safety

Peatlands cover about 5% of the earth’s surface. Their total reliance on water to maintain natural processes makes them highly significant terrestrial ecosystems. They are under increasing pressure from human development and drought conditions. In this concluding article, Gavin Parker…

Assessing peat fires for planning and control

Peat is an accumulation of partially decomposed plant debris in a water-saturated, anaerobic environment. Peatlands cover about 5% of the earth’s surface. Their total reliance on water to maintain natural processes makes them highly significant terrestrial ecosystems. They are typically…

Emergency response to coal and energy production incidents in Victoria

Fire and emergencies in coal mines, handling and power generation facilities as proven with the fires in February 2014 at the Yallourn and Morwell open cut mines can have a devastating effect on the health and wellbeing of residents close…

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