2016

Building an industry to be proud of

Whether it’s through our training and accreditation programs, recognising excellence, contribution and commitment at our…

Has diversity failed? We need to try harder!

‘Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result’ is a…

The foam nozzle in use during field trials.
Fraser Fire and Rescue Ltd – Demountable fire platform development

Working in collaboration with the New Zealand Defence Force, Fraser Fire and Rescue Ltd has…

TENMAT Ventilated Fire Barriers – Preventing fire spread in external cavities

Fires in external cavities of clad buildings are a major issue which appear with ever…

The Entrance to the Fire Exhibition Venue.
China (Kunming) Southeast Asia and South Asia Fire Safety and Emergency Rescue Technology Expo

To make Yunnan a pivot of China’s fire information opening-up to South and Southeast Asia…

160 exhibitors from 14 countries showed how innovative the industry is.
AFAC 2016 – Brisbane hosts record breaking fire & emergency management conference

More than 2300 emergency management personnel and volunteers, researchers and fire industry professionals gathered in…

Concern to protect the environment lead manufacturers to develop more biodegradable concentrates.
Firefighting foam concentrates – the constant evolution: Part 2

The foam concentrate is a mixture of different raw materials such as solvents, salts, corrosion…

Emergency Medical Response is a collaborative program between Ambulance Victoria and the MFB designed to improve survival from cardiac arrest. MFB firefighters co-respond with the nearest ambulance and can manage unconscious, non-breathing and pulseless patients by providing access to life-saving emergency care.
Improving survival for ‘out of hospital’ cardiac arrest

Cardiac arrest occurs suddenly and often without warning. The opportunity to change the outcome for…

Australian Standard AS 1851 sets out the requirements for the routine servicing of fire protection systems and equipment.
Gaseous fire suppression systems – understanding safety measures

Understanding how the extinguishing agents in your gaseous fire suppression system are regulated under national…

The Australian committee maintains an active role influencing both domestic and global PPE standards.
Protective clothing and equipment for Fire Fighters

In recent months there has been a growing interest in the area of protective clothing…

Glove models in the EN segment on the A+A show in Germany.
A hands on approach

Like most items of PPC, a lot has changed over the years in the manufacturing…

The Great Fire of London.
Firefighting and breathing protection then and now

Personal protection for firefighters has a long history. While many other technological developments sound as…

In a studio setup, having a set of three lights gives you a lot of flexibility and improves the look of your production significantly.
The convergence of video and fire safety

Using video for fire safety outreach is nothing new, many people and departments are doing…

As bushfires continue to increase in their frequency and severity, the provision of effective warnings has become a critical capability for emergency services.
The wisdom of a crowd: warnings of the future

Our approach to warning communities of an emergency has transformed rapidly over the last decade.…

Bangkok-based PDC Southeast Asia Program Advisor Victoria Leat, left, presenting a training-of-trainers in Manila, Philippines, for Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF).
20 Years of innovation at the Pacific Disaster Center

Pacific Disaster Center (PDC) is a U.S.-based program with its headquarters on the island of…

Local fire fighter mopping up peat fire – South Sumatra, Indonesia 2015.
Integrated fire management and community based fire management

Over the last ten years, evidence and results of Community Based Fire Management (CBFiM) from…

Firefighters don’t have time to look after pets while fighting fires, this will not happen.
The preparedness and evacuation behaviour of Australian pet owners

Much of what is known about pet owner behaviour in emergencies in an Australian context…

Large smoke plumes from bushfires can allow spot fires to start well ahead of the main fire front.
The effects of turbulent plume dynamics on long-range spotting

Spotting is a hazardous phenomenon which leads to unpredictable fire behaviour and accelerated fire spread.…

Figure 1: Footprint of peak EHF (EHFmax, top left) and heat load (EHFsum, bottom left) for the January-February 2009 event along with the corresponding Table 1 heatwave severity categories (right).
A heatwave classification for heat related fatality risk

Research undertaken by Risk Frontiers shows that heatwaves are responsible for the largest number of…

PTG and PTS – reflecting on the trauma response of growth amongst the decline

For those involved, in any capacity, with the Victorian 2009 ‘Black Saturday’ bushfires your experiences…

Rural Metro firefighter’s Derrick Kaucher and Lt. Eric Knoefel cooling at a working structure fire in Knoxville, TN.
HeatSeeker Technology & Design – Making a commitment to save the lives of firefighters’

HeatSeeker Technology & Design, LLC, based in Knoxville, TN, has made a commitment to save…

Addressable fire alarm speakers offer a solution that is flexible, reliable, cost-effective and highly scalable.
Conventional vs addressable fire alarm systems

When it comes to fire alarm systems, the main concern that building owners and managers…

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