Issue 80 – January 2022

Firefighters should pat themselves on the back

We all know the role of a firefighter is to protect members of the community…

The silent statistics

Two recent incidents have brought renewed attention to home fire safety. In Macksville, a town…

Why Dubai is the focus for all emergency responders in January at Intersec 2022

Thousands of fire professionals will be in Dubai next month for one of the world’s…

HAIX Group – From concept to finished firefighter boots

Team development instead of quiet tinkering As with every HAIX boot, the development of a…

Next generation structural firefighting PPC garment by Workwear Group Uniforms.
Workwear Group Uniforms – Protecting those who serve to protect

As one of Australia’s leading uniform providers, Workwear Group Uniforms have years of experience servicing…

The GORE® Particulate Hood GEN 2 combines effective particulate protection with high levels of comfort for a more natural feel.
Critical protection from GORE particulate hoods

The fire industry has become increasingly aware in recent years of the potential risks to…

The Port Hills fire in Christchurch 2017.
Fire and Emergency New Zealand – a young organisation with a 150-year history

One hot Monday afternoon in February 2017, two wildfires several kilometres apart broke out on…

Past presidents left to right, Glenn Talbot, Neil Bibby, Bill Lea, Barry Lee, and Peter Johnson. Image courtesy of FPA Australia
A tale of five presidents: what the past can tell us about the future of fire protection

As we forge ahead in the face of ongoing government reform initiatives, Fire Protection Association…

Fig. 2: Depiction of typical fire-resistant polymeric cables in vertical installation after fire exposure.
Is your life-safety equipment ‘fit for purpose’?

Life-safety, firefighting and critical emergency systems depend on the unfailing reliability of electric cables during…

Stuart Ellis.
After almost a decade of service, AFAC welcomes new CEO

After nine years as CEO of AFAC, the National Council for Fire and Emergency Services,…

Climate change will increase the number and severity of wildfires.
Climate change and wildfire: a call to arms

Australia’s Black Summer of bushfires in 2019–20 was utterly unprecedented. Fires started in winter then…

As a trusted partner of the Australian Government, Standards Australia engages with countries in the Pacific.
Standards Australia supports quality infrastructure in the Pacific

As a trusted partner of the Australian Government, Standards Australia engages with countries in the…

The Cocoanut Grove Fire broke out in 1942 in Boston, not far from NFPA headquarters. It remains the deadliest nightclub fire in US history. The tragic incident underscored building and life safety challenges and fire protection voids, and led to improvements in burn survivor care.
Confusion and catastrophes led to a time-tested consensus process

The NFPA looks back on 125 years while working to serve global stakeholders today and into…

Deploying the Fire Blanket over a burning vehicle.
Safely tackling electric vehicle and internal combustion engine fires

With Australia and New Zealand plans to accelerate the sales of electric vehicles (EV) over…

Real-time fire mapping of a small fire in Parkdale, Oregon. Drones can support early detection and rapid mapping of wildland fires before they grow too big. Image courtesy of TK-7, Overwatch Imaging
The future of fighting wildfires is drones

From California to Turkey to Australia, wildfires, also known as bushfires, are everywhere – and…

The Cooper is ideally suited for a wide variety of purposes, including accommodation, office/communication/briefing spaces, or storage.
When time is of the essence

While beautiful, the Australian landscape can be harsh and unforgiving. Affecting and devastating the lives…

ICMS in Beirut Lebanon Explosion.
Integration of innovation and technology and USAR coordination in major disasters
The Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Coordination Mechanism introduced by the United Nations International Search…
The term ‘char fall-off’ refers to charred pieces of the exposed lamella detaching from the timber structure and falling off, such as this CLT sample shows after burning under exposure to external heating of 20kW/m² and structural loading (Left: Front view. Middle: Side view). Exemplary pieces of char fall off collected from the floor of the setup after testing (Right).
Understanding char loss and fall-off for fire-safe design of timber structures

Engineered timber is in high demand while the awareness of environmental pressures is growing. Worldwide…

Just one of the numerous real life, real fire complex training props at Brayton Fire Field, Texas.
The Emergency Services Training Institute (ESTI)

Since the early 1900s, the A&M University Campus in Texas USA has been providing emergency…

A leadership workshop taking place in Arnhem Land. Image courtesy of Stephen Sutton, Charles Darwin University
Indigenous communities leading the way with natural hazards training

Existing natural hazards training is inadequate for remote Indigenous communities. New collaborative research has worked…

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