Neil Bibby
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Asia Pacific Fire, Editor

Six Malaysian Firefighters Killed in the Line of Duty

Six specialist firefighters were killed by strong currents while trying to rescue a teenager after he fell into a disused mining pool last Wednesday. Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department Director-General Mohammad Hamdan Wahid said today that “it is embedded in…

Air Niugini Plane Overshoots the Runway at Chuuk, Micronesia and Lands in Sea

First reports from accident indicated no casualties, however, the body of a passenger has been discovered in the lagoon where the plane came to rest. Air Niugini had initially said all 47 passengers and crew had survived when the Boeing…

Update – 12 days on and the toll increases to 1760 dead and 5000 missing in Indonesia

The death toll from the 28th September 7.5 magnitude earthquake that spawned a tsunami in Indonesia has risen to 1763, with 5000 believed buried in deep mud and under the debris of collapsed buildings and homes. Local rescuers were continuing…

How do we capture innovation in the Fire Service?

By my assessment firefighters are one of the most innovative groups of people you will find, the very nature of their job means that they must solve problems in inhospitable circumstances on a daily basis. Just consider the thought processes…

Tributes Posted for New Zealand based Firefighting Pilot Killed in a Hit and Run Incident

Husband and father of three Ian Pullen, a Fire Bombing pilot from New Zealand has died after being hit by a hit and run driver in the township of Glenridding, Australia. Ian Pullen, 44 and a veteran pilot with 23…

Queensland Firefighters Assist Hikers From Bushfire

Eight hikers who found themselves at risk from being surrounded by an out of control bushfire in central Queensland, Australia at the weekend had the good fortune of being escorted out by local Firefighters. The Firefighters from Queensland Fire and Emergency…

Rotorua Senior Station Officer Colin Rolfe retires after 50 years of service

It’s not often that you get to serve your community for 50 years, for Colin Rolfe it has been a pleasure. Colin entered the fire service as a 20-year-old who had seen advertisements for the role in a newspaper, on…

Residential Fire Threatened a Children’s Hospital in Hanoi, Vietnam

A fire in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi last Monday threated the nearby children’s hospital. The fire that engulfed at least 20 households in central Hanoi destroyed many residences total wealth. Luckily there were no injuries or deaths reported, unlike…

Prediction for this Summer’s Fire Season in Australia are bleak

Last Thursday the Australian Bureau of Meteorology said, dry weather across Australia’s east coast will linger until 2019, extending drought conditions that have hit rural production and threatened the broader economy. Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology said in its latest three-month…

Injuries and Evacuation in Kim Seng Flat Fire

Three residents were taken to hospital and another 150 residents evacuated after a fire broke out in the Kim Seng flat.  Three injured residents were taken to Singapore General Hospital for smoke inhalation after the fire on the 15th-floor of a…

Northern Japan Suffers Fatal Earthquake

The death toll from last Thursday’s powerful earthquake on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido is at least 16, with 26 people remain missing.  Days after the magnitude 6.6 earthquake hit the Island of Hokkaido rescue workers are still looking…

63,000 People in 85 Villages Impacted by Myanmar Dam Collapse

The Swar creek dam in Myanmar failed last Wednesday unleashing waters that blocked a major highway and forced more than 63,000 people from their homes in 85 villagers. The disaster highlights safety concerns about dams in Southeast Asia after last…

Largest Fire for Years in Melbourne Causes Toxic Smoke Flume and Water Run Off Last Thursday

One of Melbourne’s largest fires in years continues to burn in the city’s west, closing schools and childcare centres as well as prompting health warnings from the toxic smoke. The Melbourne, Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) said the Tottenham fire began…

Fire in India’s Financial Hub of Mumbai Kills Four and Injures Sixteen

A fire in India’s financial hub of Mumbai killed four people and injured 16 on Wednesday, authorities said, as the blaze spread quickly through a tall, residential building. The fire started on the twelfth floor of a 17-storey building in…

Fire Kills 19 in Hotel Fire in the Chinese Tourist Town of Harbin

The fire service is investigating the cause of a fire in the four-storey Bailong Hot Springs Leisure Hotel, a low-cost spa resort visited mainly by domestic tourists, which broke out just after 4:30 a.m on Saturday 25th August. The fire…

Early Fire Season a Worry for Australian Firefighters

Aug 20th, Australia is still in winter, however, a long dry spell which has seen most of the east coast of Australia in drought has made for an early start to the fire season, the state of New South Wales…

Nine People Killed and Fifteen Injured in Taiwan Hospital Fire

Last Monday (Aug 13) nine people died and were 15 injured when a fire broke out in a government-run Ministry of Health and Welfare Taipei Hospital in New Taipei City. The fire started on the seventh floor of the Taipei…

Hong Kong police cordon off Tseung Kwan O landfill after bomb found

The continual problem with unexploded World War 2 bombs slows down any major construction site that requires excavation. Police set up a cordon at a landfill off Wan Po Road in Tseung Kwan O on Friday (3rd Aug), after a bomb was…

Nine rescue workers killed in helicopter crash last Friday

All nine people aboard a rescue helicopter which crashed in a mountainous area in central Japan during a training flight have been confirmed dead. The Bell 412 helicopter carrying seven local rescue workers from the Gunma prefecture and two from…

Death toll soars to 82 after another tragic Indonesian quake

Last week a 6.4 magnitude earthquake hit the Indonesian holiday island of Lombok, that earthquake killed a dozen people and injured many more. As the island was just beginning to start the recovery process a 7.0 magnitude earthquake, last night,…

Typhoon Jongdari causes havoc in Japan

With winds of 110mph, Typhoon Jongdari took an unusual westbound trajectory across Honshu, staying north of Shikoku and finally crossing Kyushu. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took the rare step of advising evacuation, particularly for those in western Japan, where flooding killed 224…

Nine people killed and a dozen trapped after a building collapsed outside Delhi

The death toll from a collapsed apartment block outside Delhi rose to nine on Thursday (July 19) as emergency workers pulled four more bodies from a huge pile of rubble and metal, India’s fire brigade said. The death toll was…

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