Graham Collins
Graham Collins
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Tomorrow’s Paradigm

This is the last editorial I will be writing for Asia Pacific Fire. After five very enjoyable years I feel it is time for me to move on. It is also an opportunity for me to speculate on what the…

Philippines Typhoon Triggers Major Evacuation

Nearly 900,000 people were evacuated when Typhoon Hagupit (known locally as Ruby) made landfall twice in the Philippines according to the Philippines National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.  The typhoon lashed the central and northern parts of the country…

Melbourne Apartment Fire Forces Night-time Evacuation

Around 400 people were evacuated from a high-rise apartment complex at Docklands in Melbourne, Australia when fire recently broke out recently in the middle of the night. The blaze quickly spread up the external balconies of the 20-storey building from…

Earthquake Strikes Central Japan

A magnitude 6.8 earthquake recently struck in a mountainous area of central Japan near Nagano city and the Hakuba ski resort, flattening homes and injuring more than 20 people. 21 people were trapped underneath collapsed houses. Shinkansen bullet trains were…

Fire Destroyed Historic Australian Hotel

The 93-year-old Royal Hotel in Roma in south-west Queensland was destroyed after catching fire as football supporters gathered to watch the rugby league Four Nations final. The hotel was one of Roma’s oldest buildings and a major source of employment.…

New Distributors boost export growth prospects

Bristol has seen its export business grow on the back of a successful expansion of its international distributor network. A busy promotional programme, which focused on attending a number of key international, and major national, fire exhibitions throughout 2013 and…

Vietnam’s Capital Hit by Major Fires

A recent fire in Hanoi, capital of Vietnam, destroyed the warehouses of a logistics company and a furniture company in an industrial park, while a second fire engulfed a number of restaurants and garages in the downtown area of the…

Melbourne Lightning Storm Triggers Major Fires

A massive overnight lightning storm with the highest 24-hour rainfall since September last year triggered fires across Melbourne.  In one instance, a lightning strike sparked a fire that destroyed a house in Prahran in Melbourne’s south-east.  Elsewhere a tree that…

Massive Factory Fire Destroys Sydney Factory

More than a hundred firefighters from across the New South Wales state capital in Australia worked to contain a massive fire that engulfed a factory that contained tens of thousands of litres of flammable solvents in a car parts factory…

Huge Fire on Empty Australian Livestock Ship

More than 100 emergency services personnel, including 53 firefighters, tackled a huge blaze on the Ocean Drover – an empty livestock ship – while she was docked in Fremantle Port in Western Australia. The fire on the nine-deck vessel, which…

Be Prepared

When I was a student I had to write a paper on Risk and Uncertainty. When undertaking my research I formed a conclusion that of the two challenges uncertainty was, for me at least, the more confronting and daunting. While…

Australian Convenience Store Owner Charged with Arson

The owner of a convenience store has been charged over an explosion in Rozelle, a suburb in the inner west of Sydney, capital of the Australian state of New South Wales, which claimed three lives. He has been charged with…

Queensland’s Academy Delivers Emergency Services Training

The School of Fire and Emergency Services Training at Whyte Island in Brisbane, run by Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, is the largest and most sophisticated of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, providing leading-edge training for emergency response personnel…

The Sound of Safety

A critical factor in the quest to achieve fire safety is an effective fire safety strategy, and an essential component of this is a strategy for the safe evacuation of the building. Voice alarm systems have been around for the…

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