Neil Bibby
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Asia Pacific Fire, Editor

One Killed, Two Injured in South Korea Firefighting Helicopter Crash

Channel News Asia has reported that a South Korean firefighting helicopter crashed into a river in Seoul on Saturday (Dec 1), killing one and injuring two others on board, rescue authorities said. The chopper was hovering over the Han River…

If 110 Fires are Not Enough, Queensland Firefighters Could See More Heat, Dry Lightning and Potential Tropical Cyclone to add to State’s Problems

This report from ABC News says Sunday will be a day of vigilance for fire-ravaged parts of Queensland, amid the threat of blazes caused by lightning and the possibility of a tropical cyclone brewing in the northern Coral Sea. Severe…

Fire and Floods brings Devastation to Australian East Coast

While Queensland firefighters fight 140 fires, many of which are threatening towns in central and northern Queensland, an east coast low is dumping record amounts of rain on central New South Wales. Fires Hundreds of firefighters are fighting fires in…

Fire Disrupts University in Fiji Capital

The University of the South Pacific in the Fiji capital of Suva suffered a serious fire within the Laucala campus communications centre. Responding Firefighters were committed to tackle the blaze but such was the intensity that much of the three-storey…

Unseasonal Conditions See Bushfires in Queensland

In a period that is usually devoid of large fires, homes in Queensland, Australia are at risk from a bushfire with a  50km forefront. A number of homes in affected areas have been evacuated displacing residents who have been moved…

Initial figures Indicate 45 Dead and Thousands Homeless as Cyclone Gaja Hits India

Cyclone Gaja, which made landfall in Nagapattinam state in Southeast India on November 16 and has claimed 45 lives across the state. Cyclone Gaja, which packed winds of up to 120km/h, had barrelled into Tamil Nadu state after hitting the…

Fifteen killed as truck hits 31-car line-up in China

Last week, an out-of-control truck ploughed into 31 cars in northwest China killing 15 people and injuring 44, said authorities in the city of Lanzhou. The traffic accident was at Lanzhou south toll station of Lanzhou-Haikou expressway in northwest China’s Gansu…

Hong Kong Fire Service’s Lycra-Clad Mascot Causes a Stir

A story by Sherie Ryder, BBC UGC and Social News Stuart Lau, BBC Monitoring has focused on a new innovation by the Hong Kong Fire Service Department. In Hong Kong ‘Anyone’ happens to be a character created for the Hong…

Water Rescues Despite Flood Warning on Hawaii Island

Around 5 p.m. on Saturday the 3rd November, forecasters said radar indicated heavy rain and thunderstorms upslope of Pololu and Waipio Valleys, Hawaii. Rainfall rates of up to three inches per hour were observed and Kawainui Stream reached a height…

Asia/Pacific is the Most Disaster-Prone Region says Red Cross Report

A Red Cross report has found natural disasters affected more than two billion people around the world over the past decade. Australia and the greater Asia-Pacific was the most disaster-prone region in the world last year, according to the latest report.…

Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano is the Most Active Volcano in the United States

The latest US geological survey update, released on the 24th October is an update on the 2005 report and looks at the risk of a volcano erupting with five ratings form very low to very high.  Kilauea was given an overall…

Indonesian Lion Air plane crashes 13 min after take-off

An early Lion Air flight out of Jakarta on Monday (29th Oct) lost contact with control 13 minutes after take-off. The plan a Boeing 737-800 is capable of carrying 210 passengers. It was not clear how many people were on board “It…

Mother and Baby Daughter Killed in Freak Fire Accident

Last Wednesday the 17th of October, a mother and baby were killed in a house fire and the Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) says there is a lot to investigate from the circumstance behind the fire. Thirty-nine firefighters across ten separate units…

Taiwan train crash kills 18 and injures approximately 171 passengers

Sunday the 21 Oct at 1650 hours an express train derailed and flipped over on a popular coastal tourist route in Taiwan, the island’s worst rail accident for more than 25 years. Images show the Puyuma Express train completely derailed…

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…

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