Neil Bibby
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Asia Pacific Fire, Editor

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…

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…

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