Neil Bibby
Neil Bibby
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Asia Pacific Fire, Editor

Are inquiries the way to learn after attending a significant fire?

Do you learn from your experiences at a fire, or are there many important issues that don’t come to the fore, because we don’t systematically go through a process of learning to better our skills as firefighters? The recent fires…

2019/20: Australia’s worst fire season on record

Australia has just been through its worst fire season with respect to areas burnt and although we had 34 deaths (including a number of firefighters) it could have been worse considering the size and length of the fire season. I…

Research shows that smoke from Australia’s bushfires killed far more people than the fires did

Members of a collaborative consortium, The Centre for Air Pollution, Energy and Health Research (CAR), funded by Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council found. Smoke pollution that blanketed Australia’s south-east for many months during the bushfire crisis may have…

Indonesian floods kill five

Five people were killed, three more are missing and thousands are unable to return to their waterlogged homes after floods submerged parts of Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta, officials said Wednesday (Feb 26). The mud inundated the presidential palace, a major hospital…

New research shows that Australian summers will be ‘twice as long as winters’

BBC: The Australia Institute found that summer across most of the country over the past 20 years was about a month longer than in the mid-20th century, while winters had become shorter. Between 2014 and 2018, summers were found to be…

First the fires now the floods

The heaviest rain in years has been forecast for Southern Queensland and eastern New South Wales this week: enough to fill dams, dampen some bushfire grounds and even bring flash flooding to parts of the states. As of Wednesday morning,…

Canberra prepared for a horror bushfire day

Temperatures in the Australian capital Canberra have set a new monthly record amid an advancing bushfire that has prompted a state of emergency declaration. The city declared its first state of emergency in nearly two decades last week in anticipation…

Wuhan virus death toll rises as disease travels around Asia

China is doing all it can to contain this deadly virus however 80 people have died, and the virus has been detected in 14 Asian countries as well as France and the USA. 2811 cases have been confirmed so far.…

Unsung heroes during large disasters

We read continually about the firefighters, rescuers and civil defence people doing outstanding things on the front line protecting us from fire, typhoons, earthquakes etc. The press photos show rescuers risking their lives to save families and their belongings from…

How can you help those impacted by fire in Australia?

The Australian bushfires are now the largest in history and will go on for months unless significant rainfalls. Unfortunately, the weather forecastspredict very little rain in the near future. Lives have been lost, homes and business have been destroyed and…

Australian firefighter dies battling blazes, raising the death toll to 28

MELBOURNE: A firefighter died while on duty on Saturday (Jan 11) in Australia’s state of Victoria, raising the toll from this season’s devastating bushfires to 28 deaths as the government deploys mental health services to aid those in affected areas.…

Wildlife suffers in Australian fires

It’s been estimated that 1.25 billion native animals have perished in the Australian bushfires, including koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, echidnas and more. As many as 8,400 koalas have already perished in the fires in NSW alone, and these numbers continue to rise.…

We cannot guarantee your safety

With hundreds of fires burning up the east coast of Australia, fire authorities are telling communities that they cannot be safe if they do not follow fire agency advice. If you are given the advice to leave, leave immediately as…

Cambodia building collapse death toll hits 36

Thirty-six die but, twenty-three people were rescued from a collapsed building on Friday 03 Jan. before the search was called off. Cambodia Prime Minister Hun Sen said 23 people had been pulled alive from the rubble of the seven-storey hotel,…

Christmas Typhoon Phanfone’s death toll climbs to 41 in the Philippines

The number of deaths from a powerful typhoon that hit the Philippines on Christmas has climbed to 41, authorities said Sunday (Dec 29), with tens of thousands still in evacuation centres. The death toll of 41 – up from 28…

Australian fires grow as the weather turns catastrophic

Coming to the close of 2019 there is no let-up for Australian firefighters. In truth, things are getting more dangerous as the fires spread across all Australian states. The New South Wales fire is now as large as the UK…

New Zealand’s White Island volcanic eruption takes another life

Sixteen deaths have been confirmed while two bodies are still missing, believed to be in the water off the island and about 20 people remain in intensive care with severe burns. Of the 47 visitors to the volcanic island, 24…

Queensland fire emergency leaves Brisbane’s air quality worse than Beijing

ABC reports; The air quality in Brisbane is currently worse than Beijing as haze from bushfires burning across Queensland and New South Wales blankets the south-east corner. According to “The World Air Quality Index” the air quality is rated as…

Fires in Australia have jumped the million hectare mark and it is not even summer yet

Thousands of firefighters are battling major fires in New South Wales and Queensland, but the worst is yet to come. Tuesday will see catastrophic fire conditions across the eastern states. It is rare that a catastrophic warning is sounded by…

World Heritage temple in Japan’s southern island of Okinawa destroyed by fire

The main hall at Shuri Castle in Okinawa was burnt to a skeleton, with firefighters spending hours trying to bring the blaze under control. A popular tourist attraction, Shuri was built more than 500 years ago as the royal castle…

Fire in Pakistan train kills 71 and injures many more

An exploding gas cylinder used for cooking has killed at least 71 people with dozens more injured on a passenger train in central Pakistan on Thursday (Oct 31), authorities said. The fire quickly spread along three carriages causing many to jump…

The Largest fire in Auckland for years leaves one person seriously injured

A large fire broke out about 1.15pm New Zealand time, grinding traffic to a halt, blanketed the Auckland CBD with smoke and injured one person. The SkyCity conference centre inferno reached the maximum “sixth alarm” – with more than 20…

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