Issue 77 – April 2021

Essential basic reading for all those involved in fire and disaster prevention.
When will we ever learn?

For those not old enough to remember the Peter, Paul and Mary hit ‘Where have…

Evidence-based recommendations for structural firefighting now available in NFPA 1700

In 2014, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) received a new standards project request from…

Developing and diversifying the fire protection industry

The fire protection sector needs to encourage more young people, particularly women, into the industry…

The exhibition attracts a comprehensive range of exhibitors covering all facets of emergency management equipment, technology and services.
Less than five months until AFAC21

The speakers have been chosen, the stands are being booked and excitement is ramping up…

The new generation of E-FORCE cutters are much faster in cutting – this example shows the cutting of a B-pillar in comparison to the previous E-FORCE2 series.
Weber Rescue – E-FORCE battery tools for more speed and flexibility

Weber Rescue Systems is proud to present a new series of battery-driven rescue tools. The…

Training Specialties, Inc. – Who are they and what can they do for me?

Training Specialties, Inc. (TSI) is a collective of Emergency Response Professionals who have been in…

The Ferno XT Pro maintains and protects spinal care in confined spaces and vertical lifting.
Ferno XT Pro – Confined-space rescue

Industrial environments differ from other types of environments where rescue operations need to be carried…

Stainless-steel wire is wrapped around the fire-hose.
Crusader Hose – Fire-hose testing is critical

Fire-hose testing is a very important requirement, particularly for larger brigades such as Fire Rescue…

Gore’s environmental test chamber can recreate up to 95% of the planet’s environmental conditions.
Tour GORE-TEX test labs from anywhere

Gore has developed an innovative way of letting people take a digital tour through 20…

Fig. 1: Tank farm fire at Deer Park, Texas, USA.
Use of foam for firefighting in tank farms of the oil and petrochemical industry – Part 1

Tank farm fires in the oil and petrochemical industry do not occur often. When they…

At least 40,000 members of NSW RFS are set to receive the Pacific BR9 as their service issued wildland firefighting helmet.
Pacific BR9’S Kevlar shell wins over New South Wales Rural Fire Service

Production is in full flight at Pacific Helmets (NZ) Ltd to deliver the BR9 wildland…

The Helitak FT4500 UH60/S70 Fire Tank dropping 1,100 gallons in 4.5 seconds.
Cutting-edge design puts fires out faster

You could say that flying was in Jason Schellaars blood from a very early age.…

The image below left is from a 160x120 sensor with horizontal FOV of 47°; the image on the right is from a 384x288 sensor with a FOV of 57°. The difference in both the sensor resolution and the FOV is evident.
Selecting and using a thermal imaging camera for wildfire – Part 1

For wildfire, the use of a thermal imaging camera (TIC) can have significant benefits. However,…

End-user areas of interest for December 2019 to March 2020. The lines on the map show the areas that exposure reports were generated for, using the Australian Exposure Information Platform, covering all states and territories. Image courtesy of Australian Exposure Information Platform: aeip.ga.gov.au/
Uncovering exposure to natural hazards

As Australian communities recover from one natural hazard and prepare for the next one, there…

MSA Bristol’s XFlex PPE and RescueFlex jacket with Gallet F1 XF helmet.
MSA Bristol: Expert protection from head to toe

The new year marked a new era for two of the most respected and well-established…

Gosper’s Mountain during Black Summer 2019/20. Image courtesy of New South Wales Rural Fire Service
A new Black Summer-response research programme

While Australia continues to recover from one of the most devastating bushfire seasons in recorded…

FloodMapp Co-founders Juliette Murphy and Ryan Prosser.
Groundbreaking technology delivers rapid flood forecasting in real-time

Flooding is becoming more frequent and more severe, and it is predicted to get worse.…

Dr Amishi Jha capturing results of brainwave data in relation to Mindfulness Based Attention Training.
Mindfulness in the emergency management sector

Emergency service workers around the globe are faced with the challenges of being exposed to,…

(International) ISO/ Technical Committee 94/ Sub Committee 14: Firefighters’ Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and its working groups meet regularly to progress committee work programmes.
AFAC contributing to International Standards on behalf of the sector

AFAC, the National Council for fire and emergency services in Australia and New Zealand is…

With Dr Marta Yebra in the driver’s seat (right), ACT Parks and Conservation Service staff Brian Levine (left) and Dr Adam Leavesley (middle) investigate soil and vegetation dryness using the AFMS.
Providing a clear picture of landscape dryness

The Australian Flammability Monitoring System provides a clear picture of vegetation and soil dryness across…

Intrinsically safe tablet in Hazardous environment.
How to ensure intrinsically safe inspection

Organizations in several different industries are not only worrying about their Covid-19 risk but also…

OroraTech users analyzing fire data with the fire weather index and wind speed overlays. Image courtesy of OroraTech and maps from MapTiler and OpenStreetMaps
OroraTech develops the first global wildfire intelligence service

The 2020 wildfire season of the West Coast in the United States painted a familiar…

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