Issue 55 – October 2015

The map centric (shared map) user interface of Burnology | Unite. Any user logged into the system can add to/change this map with these changes visible to all users in real time. This enables the spatial collaboration between geographically separated teams and individuals.
Are Field Based Incident Management Systems the Death of Radio?

Combating emergency incidents requires extensive information transfer and collaboration between office based incident managers and…

Super Vac

Super Vac continues to innovate their PPVs in order to make them more user-friendly. The…

The Bullard Eclipse® LDX Thermal Imager offers the newest state-of-the-art infrared engine technology with the highest image quality and performance for the fire service. Image courtesy of Bullard.
Thermal Imagers – Seeing through the Smoke

There is little doubt that thermal imagers (TIs) save lives. Lifting the veil of thick…

Emergency Operations Center at the ASEAN Humanitarian Assistance Centre (AHA Centre) displaying the Disaster Monitoring and Response System (DMRS), which is based on PDC’s DisasterAWARE platform designed to support early warning, multi hazard monitoring, and decision support.
Applying Science and Technology for Disaster Risk Reduction

For nearly 20 years, Pacific Disaster Center (PDC) has envisioned and helped to foster a…

Rubble blocks a Christchurch street. Image courtesy of John McCombe, New Zealand Fire Service.
Risk Reduction Gulf: The two sides of Earthquake Disasters

With the tragedy that played out after Nepal’s earthquakes this year, there were stories of…

ADPC helps communities in Asia to better prepare for future disasters and effectively respond when a disaster strikes. Image courtesy of Asian Disaster Preparedness Center.
The story of ADPC: Holding a mirror to disaster risk reduction in Asia

When we think of climate change today, inevitably we draw linkages to global warming. Over…

Old hard-hat type helmets are being used for Bushfire fighting, when AS/NZS 1801 Type 3 specification helmets have been available for 20 years. Image courtesy of Pacific Helmets.
Not all PPE is born equal!

In the world of PPE for structural and bushland firefighting, I am not yet aware…

Investing In Your Protection and Protecting Your Investment

The importance of correct purchasing considerations and the associated dynamics for firefighters Personal Protective Equipment/Personal…

Unsung Heroes in Fire Safety

Often we don’t sit back and think about our industry, what journey have we been…

Standards Australia with 2015 Standards Awards winners: Chairman Richard Brooks, Chief Executive Officer Dr Bronwyn Evans, Robyn Williams, Enzo Alfonsetti, Dr Anthony Kachenko, Petra Hansen and Russell Shephard. Image courtesy of Standards Australia.
Developing standards in the Asia-Pacific region

Standards Australia is the independent and not-for-profit developer of internationally-aligned Australian Standards. In this column,…

The Tipping Point – Positive Changes Necessary to Restore Confidence

In The Prince Machiavelli wrote: “There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more…

Lion International – Our Task – Your Protection

LION can look back on more than one hundred years of history in the development…

Making the touchscreen a panel in its own right makes ease of installation a critical issue. Image courtesy of Advanced.
Should the Fire Industry Compromise on Touchscreen Technology?

The fire industry has experimented with touchscreens for a number of years, mainly adding small,…

The ODIS EYE360, St Kilda, Melbourne Australia. The fully integrated solid-state unit can be solar powered and utilises existing wireless communications. Image courtesy of ODIS Technologies.
Finding Situation Awareness

“The perception of elements in the environment within a volume of time and space, the…

“Information alone saves lives, but there are gaps in the way we gather and share this valuable resource.” World Disaster Report, IFRC, 2005. Image courtesy of Crisis Ready.
Imagine a Place Where Every Disaster Scenario Really Happens… Krizo

Life is hard on Krizo. The small Pacific island has seen it all: tsunamis, cyclones,…

The High pressure area created by the fire is exhausted through windows where there is no chance of victim survival to the lower atmospheric pressure. Image courtesy of Tempest.
Positive Pressure Attack – The Rules of Engagement

Early in our careers we are taught that our fire attack should be done in…

New PAC Fire distribution centre in Yatala, Queensland, Australia.
Pac Fire Australia goes Forward (but Back) to Early Ownership Beginnings

It is just more than 18 months since the ownership of Pac Fire Australia was…

Two FIREMIKS FM 8000-3-GP-F installed at two Pertamina Oil Fire trucks in Indonesia.
Firemiks – An Example of the New Coming Industry Standard

A water motor-driven pump system is a mechanical way of dosing firefighting additives into the water,…

Industrial Pumper Tanker.
Varley Group – Value-for-Money Specialised Vehicle Solutions

The Varley Group is Australia’s largest specialised vehicle manufacturer, supplying appliances for many government organisations…

The second package holds all the benefits from the Additional Feature Package, but also enables full power in high ambient temperatures.
Husqvarna DXR – New Package set-up for Increased Precision, Performance and Protection

The brand new DXR set-up consists of three packages; the Additional Feature Package, the Enhanced…

ANSUL PIRANHA Restaurant Fire Suppression Systems are designed to cool up to 15 times faster than conventional single-agent systems.
Tyco Fire Protection Products – Taking Restaurant Fire Suppression Systems to New Heights

Tyco Fire Protection Products (TFPP), a global leader in total fire suppression solutions, recently introduced…

Global SuperTanker Services
Global SuperTanker Services

Global Supertanker Services is proud to carry on the Boeing 747 Supertanker capabilities begun in…

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