Issue 73

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…

Taking hold of fire protection’s future

On 6 April, fire-safety assessment changed. From that date, any practitioner who assesses and endorses…

Learning from assembly occupancy tragedies

On 4 December 2009, partygoers packed the Lame Horse, a nightclub in the Russian city…

Contact Command Light dealer RSK Rescue Equipment for a light tower demo.
Command Light – The all-new Helios tower line-up

In an era of distracted drivers and demanding scenes, firefighters face many obstacles, but seeing…

The textile fire fighting glove ARES is certified to AS/NZS 2161.6-2014 and fulfils the extremely strict Australian standards.
ESKA – Glove professionals from Austria

For 108 years the Austrian family business ESKA has specialized in the development and manufacturing…

Knowledge-sharing agreement to boost property resilience against fire

FM Global, one of the world’s largest commercial property insurers, and the Indonesian Fire &…

Fires spotting from one location to the next made control difficult if not impossible.
2019/20: Australia’s worst fire season on record

Australia has just been through its worst fire season with respect to areas burnt and…

In Massachusetts fires are investigated by a combination of firefighters and police officers. The fire chief is required by statute to investigate every fire in their jurisdiction. Chiefs may turn to the State Fire Marshal’s office for help depending on circumstances. Fire investigators assigned to the Massachusetts State Fire Marshal’s Office are members of the Massachusetts State Police.
NFPA fire investigation standards help to identify JPRs and fire causes

In the mid-1970s, salty old fire investigators would work their way through the smoky ruins…

Fig. 1. Tornado in New Plymouth in July 2007 that caused havoc throughout the district.
Natural hazards: the importance of wind research

Extreme wind hazards have a substantial societal and environmental impact on countries. Due to the…

Figure 1: Polystyrene (PS) a thermoplastic with very poor reaction to fire, image displays poor unsafe site management.
Flammable cladding in China: A site study 2020

Despite recent tragedies throughout the world, some countries, even in 2020, continue to use unsafe,…

Left–right: Dianne Moore (Aircraft Officer), Jo Thompson (Airbase Manager), Rhianna Burns (Air Observer), Sandra Robinson (Aircraft Officer), Amy Miller (Pilot), Ruby Manson (Photographer), Pip Younes (Media Advisor) and Lydia Kennedy (Journalist). Absent from photo but assisting in the training: Michelle Anstee (Aircraft Officer) and Lucy Darcy (Airbase support – Airbase Manager mentoree).
Women in aviation #SoCanShe

The disparity in gender within the aviation sector tells its own story. In Victoria’s emergency…

High-resoltion LCD multi-touch display for easily adjusting settings such as units to be alerted.
Next-Gen fire station alerting

Radical new designs in fire station alerting technology are helping to save lives and property.…

How to buy emergency scene lighting

What you can’t see can hurt you! Never is that statement truer than when firefighters…

‘We need to be in the mindset that we are full-time fire-prevention specialists and part-time firefighters. The part-time position is when we have failed to reach our audience properly.’ CFO Marcello Francati, Greater Copenhagen Fire Department.
International perspectives on risk reduction

Fresh from the two-day International Symposium hosted by West Midlands Fire Service, Phil Loach shares…

The Watercube is the award winning swimming centre for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
22 years of performance-based fire engineering: where did it get us?

In 1997 Australia adopted a performance-based building code (BCA96). It came about from decades of…

The Inquiries and Reviews database contains a catalogue of 300 inquiries and reviews relating to emergency management/natural hazards across all jurisdictions in Australia between 1886 and 2017.
Database crucial for learning lessons from the past

Australia’s emergency services can now easily navigate through 130 years of data from inquiries, reviews…

Comparison of AFFF v Fluorine Free Foam extinguishment on same n-heptane pool fire, US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) testing, American Chemical Society, March 2016.
Might some current small-scale approval fire tests be dangerously misleading us?

We take it for granted that many small-scale approval tests use heptane as a substitute…

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service attend car fire.
In safe hands

Regulations and standards keep firefighters safe and provide reassurance that Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is…

Standards Australia has partnered with the Australian Commonwealth government to make key bushfire standard accessible.
The resilience to rebuild

The year started for many Australians in an unimaginable and devastating way; the bushfire crisis…

In the US alone, cooking fires cause billions of dollars of direct and indirect damage every year.
The quiet hero who delivered zero

This is a story that has its roots in New England, USA but it really…

The ability to make accurate assessments of fire incidents ensures safety of personnel.
Trusting reliable rugged solutions in times of emergency

The fire-services industry has recently evolved with the emergence of new technologies such as software…

NSW Rural Fire Service briefing on 12 November 2020 with Interstate Liaison Unit and National Resource Sharing Centre Deployment Manager in attendance.
National support to sustain local effort

Sitting in NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) Headquarters and observing a vast operations centre with…

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