Issue 75

COVID -19: do we have to reinvent the wheel?

It has now been nine months since we first heard the word coronavirus, before it…

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Critical fire-protection and life-safety considerations for safe usage of tents

As states continue looking for ways to safely reopen the economy, many jurisdictions are allowing…

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The opportunity of reform

Industry involvement in fire-safety reforms will undoubtedly deliver better results for all. Fire-sector reform is…

The innovative Rosenbauer ‘CAPA’ (L24C-FA) of ACT Fire and Rescue.
Rosenbauer – Capabilities reimagined

The modern operating environment is increasingly more complex than ever before and will continue to…

The team at Airborne Mission Systems (Founders and Engineers of AFDAU-T1): from left, Zane Vohland, Sam Hammond and Levi Vohland.
TracPlus and Airborne Mission Systems – Bucket calibration and data collection unit for aerial firefighters

Global real-time tracking and communications leader, TracPlus have partnered with Sydney-based engineering firm to launch…

OTA’s recent 4x4 fire appliance delivery to Woodside.
Offroad Trucks Australia (OTA) – Amber takes Fire and Emergency where others can’t go

There‘s a (not so) new player in the fire truck business, and it’s based in…

Commissioner Rob Rogers AFSM.
New Australian fire Commissioner, Rob Rogers AFSM

New South Wales Rural Fire Service (RFS) has a new Commissioner following the resignation of…

GORE® PARALLON® System in action with FRNSW firefighters.
FRNSW is first to benefit from latest Gore-Tex technology

Firefighters at Fire and Rescue New South Wales (FRNSW) are the first in Australia to…

Pressure rose within the crowd at the 2010 Love Parade, a free-access, electronic dance music festival and parade, where a crowd crush led to hundreds injured and over 20 dead.
Crowd source

Someday soon, crowds will once again be a defining feature of the human experience. When…

With no obvious fire brigade, and the inability to simply evaculate occupants, a unique and innovative passive fire design was adopted at the Scott Base Research Station in Antarctica.
Future-proofing Scott Base Research Station, Antarctica

High value properties, such as scientific research centres, always require careful planning to design the…

Firefighters from FRNSW in new XFlex PPE.
Fit for action

Roger Startin, Joint Managing Director of Bristol Uniforms, looks at the importance of high-quality, well-fitting…

Officials acquitted of negligence in the Fukushima nuclear disaster

I was watching the news on NHK TV (Japan’s public broadcaster) on 11 March 2011…

Figure 1: Site example and Grade map volume.
Introduction to BS60080:2020 guidance on the placement of detection devices

One of the most challenging issues in Fire and Gas (F&G) detection is deciding: ‘How…

Crowdsourcing apps and 3D maps assisted emergency response when Mt Agung erupted in 2018.
Resilience: An evolutionary process

As the world continues to grapple with the effects of COVID-19 and the ensuing economic…

Trainees experiencing flashover in Container Based Training(CBT) being exposed to the products of combustion.
Immersive learning for the fire service
In May 2015 the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and National Institute of Standards and…
Standards Australia, alongside the Australian Building Construction Board (ABCB), has launched constructiondictionary.com.au.
Fire protection and detection

Since the summer bushfires of 2020, industry has been working to understand how to help…

Trainees undergoing Endless Ladder station as part of BAPT and are actively monitored via smartwatch.
Enhancing responders’ performance and safety through smart wearable technologies

Wearable devices such as smartwatches have become increasingly popular in recent years, given their effectiveness…

Orbital deployment of the Gyrochute is the long-term goal in order to arrive at any landing site within a few hours.
Wise networking

There’s an old adage that says, ‘no news is good news’. But when disaster strikes,…

Smoke from a peat fire.
Assessing peat fires for health and safety

Peatlands cover about 5% of the earth’s surface. Their total reliance on water to maintain…

A bush fire volunteer monitoring a hazard reduction burn.
Bushfire volunteers in Western Australia

At more than three and a half times the size of Texas and almost 50%…

Futuristic fire truck design concepts are moving away from the conventional ‘box’ fire truck.
Narrow wet roads, wide design options

In Singapore, the country’s civil defence force has launched a radical line of new-age fire…

Warringtonfire Australia head office in Melbourne is now home to the new product Certification business, in addition to their testing laboratory, fire-safety engineers and fire assessment consultants.
Warringtonfire launches Certifire AU certification scheme

Warringtonfire Australia has launched a new independent third-party certification scheme, Certifire AU that will provide…

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