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Climate change is now a key strategic issue for Boards

Natural event risks are normally handled by management. These are the usual short-term incidents like…

New sprinkler requirement a rare step change in safety

Improvements in fire protection are typically a matter of incremental progression. Large step-changes are rare.…

The new Volvo FMX is ready for action.
Volvo Trucks – Safety and local engineering expertise

A dedicated commitment to safety and the ability to deliver trucks designed to operate in…

Safety Equipment Australia – Efficient decon of firefighting gear

Safety Equipment Australia, part of The S.E.A. Group, is a leading name in respiratory protection.…

A Tahoe Hotshot using a drip torch during a burn operation around Camp One, Ferguson Fire, Sierra National Forest, California, 2018.
Waterax – Prescribed and controlled burns often kick off by drip torch use

Controlled burns, prescribed burns, and backfires are all similar terms for a wildland fire that…

FPA Australia President Bill Lea (left) presents Keith Nicolls (right) with the AV Viscogliosi Award.
FPA Australia – Record attendance at Fire Protection Industry Awards Gala

Nearly 300 fire protection professionals came together on November 9 2018 to celebrate the best…

The Fire Australia Conference and Tradeshow is the biggest dedicated fire protection event in the Southern Hemisphere.
Fire Australia 2019 – Interactive program running across three days returning to Melbourne

Returning to Melbourne this year, the Fire Australia Conference & Tradeshow 2019 offers a new,…

Products are designed using CAD software.
Protection by design

Bristol Uniforms has been at the forefront of firefighter PPE design for more than 60…

Research after the Black Saturday bushfires has led to stronger building standards for houses in bushfire-prone areas.
There is a bit of complacency in all of us

The next time we have a summer scorcher, picture yourself in the great Australian bush,…

To save lives we need to raise our voices to improve industry best practice and better regulation implementation.
Why compartmentation testing is overlooked and undervalued

Would you enter a building if you were told as you stepped in that in…

Trainers in action, an important aspect for any at risk facility. Hands on and practice actual events.
Fire Safety and the vulnerable

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, announced by Prime Minister Scott Morrison…

The latest development in unmanned extinguishing caterpillar.
New development in the world of wildland firefighting equipment

Again and again, huge fires are destroying large parts of nature in this world, destroying…

Testing for PPC off gassing during the trial phase of DEBRiS.
DEBRiS: A tool for fire scene management

The DEBRiS acronym has been developed by the MFB to as a practical tool that…

Fire seasons are getting longer across the world, overlapping between southern and northern hemispheres.
Prepare for extended severe weather seasons

Australia needs to prepare itself for the threat of year-round natural hazards that in the…

Bronwyn Weir speaks at The Warren Centre industry-wide seminar on Fire Safety Engineering on 5 February 2019.
The Warren Centre Project – professionalising fire safety engineering

The recent Neo 200 apartment fire in Melbourne highlights that the existing installations of combustible…

The explosion-proof firefighting and scouting robot uses a caterpillar-tracked platform.
Design, development and application of firefighting robot platforms

With the advent of intelligent equipment, robots can undertake a lot of tasks in life-threatening…

Firefighters are twice, sometimes three times as likely, to develop testicular or skin cancer and leukaemia.
Risk and occupational hazards of firefighters

Firefighting is a highly dangerous occupation, but it is indispensable and can even be prestigious.…

FTS Portable Automated Weather Station training in Australia.
The importance of a dedicated fire weather network – Part 2

To meet the modern standards of fire management agencies, weather data must be accurate, timely,…

The drop pattern from the Firehawk aircraft’s 3,785-liter belly tank can be adjusted in quantity or concentration depending on the fuel source and characteristics of the fire, and to avoid potential danger to ground crews.
Aerial firefighting with the Firehawk Helicopter

Last November’s wildland fires across the state of California killed dozens of residents, burned thousands…

Numerous alternatives to scheduled extinguishing agents are available, such as this inert gas system.
Out with the old, in with the green

They’ve been around for decades, but will an industry push towards environmentally acceptable alternatives see…

Commissioning of large scale purchases takes time with planning and coordination to achieve the end results of proving the capacity and design of the equipment meets the expectations of the clients.
Buying high value equipment – The in’s and out’s of the procurement process

So, you’re in the market to make a purchase, maybe a large purchase at that.…

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