Issue 83 – October 2022

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Fire protection – the good news

When I was in the fire brigade, a  senior officer, the current editor whom I’m…

Practitioners can use the new guide to develop emergency and incident management teams. Image courtesy of Natural Hazards Research Australia
New guide to utilise non-technical skills in emergency management

A first-of-its-kind guide to help practitioners deepen their understanding and use of non-technical skills has…

STARS in our eyes

It’s a long journey to develop a roadmap for the future, but FPA Australia is…

Crusader Hose has developed a range of reel systems to cover most fire brigades needs. Images supplied by Author / Contributor
Crusader Hose – Reeling vs flaking

There are two main systems for handling large-diameter fire hose: reeling and flaking. When comparing…

Firefighters need the confidence that their clothing will protect them from all the risks that they face in a rescue incident. Images supplied by Author / Contributor
GORE-TEX Professional – Innovative rescue protection  backed by proven technology

Since its international launch in June, the new GORE-TEX CROSSTECH® PYRAD® stretch fabric for rescue…

The FIRE EAGLE 2.0 is ready for action in an instant. Images supplied by Author / Contributor
FIRE EAGLE 2.0 – The world’s fastest firefighting boot

Firefighting boots are exposed to extreme situations on a daily basis. When things have to…

S&H Managing Director Simon Stewart inspecting the 1 millionth garment. Images supplied by Author / Contributor
Stewart & Heaton Clothing Co. – Major milestone for S&H – 1,000,000 certified wildland garments

In July 2022, a major milestone was reached for Stewart & Heaton Clothing Co. Pty…

PYRO-CHEM KITCHEN KNIGHT II by Johnson Controls. Images supplied by Author / Contributor
KITCHEN KNIGHT II – Time-tested kitchen hazard protection

The KITCHEN KNIGHT II restaurant fire suppression system is a pre-engineered solution designed to suppress…

Forest fire drone footage of Liangshan, Sichuan.
What are the applications of VTOL UAV/ DRONES in forest wildfires?
The VTOL drone intelligent high-altitude reconnaissance and forest fire video monitoring system is applied to…
In the examples above, the images show a dual occupancy/duplex home sharing a common fire-rated wall separating both. Significant fire conditions can be identified in the home on the right. On initial assessment, although some heat transfer is apparent in the roof space and roof eaves on the home on the left, fire spread appears to be contained to the right side of the ‘firewall’. The potential origin, seat of the fire and its spread, as are points of possible access, can also be seen. The thermal view and other information gained during further ongoing 360º size-up using both the TIC and traditional size-up methods will assist in determining the priorities and actions taken for both homes. Images supplied by Author / Contributor
Using Thermal Imaging Cameras during size-up

Although Thermal Imaging Cameras (TICs) can be used for size-up, unfortunately they are often underutilized…

A Mallee Configuration: 1 x Basecamp and 2 x Containers including Life-Support Skids. Images supplied by Author / Contributor
Humanihut – Mallee – a combination of systems creating one, unique solution 

Taking its name from the iconic Australian eucalypt trees which grow as a collection of…

Amy is a proactive member of National Association of Women in Construction, supporting local community and other women into the industry. Images supplied by Author / Contributor
A conversation with Amy Dowie: uncovering the unique career of a fire safety engineer 

Since first getting involved with fire-safety engineering while at university, Amy Dowie of Warringtonfire has…

Figure 1: Post 2019–2020 fires, Mallacoota. Source: https://unsplash.com/photos/oitD52FFUu0 Images supplied by Author / Contributor
Role of planning in bushfire risk reduction – a brief introduction to Australian practice 

Over the past several years more frequent and severe hot weather patterns have occurred globally…

Firefighters, athletes, construction workers and anyone exerting themselves in the heat can lower the impact of heat stress with hand and forearm immersion. Images supplied by Author / Contributor
Kore Kooler Rehab Chair – Combat heat stress with active cooling

What is heat stress? Heat stress occurs when the body’s internal core temperature rises above…

Extract from ICA media release. Images supplied by Author / Contributor
The bushfire (wildfire) threat to communities in Australia

H.L. Mencken (the American 19th century writer) once said: ‘For every complex problem there is…

FST SmartConnect Sprinkler. Images supplied by Author / Contributor
Future fire sprinkler heads are digital

Fire sprinklers might be a safety necessity, but they come with their own risks in…

Hose Master Mobile travels light and fast. Images supplied by Author / Contributor
Hose Master Mobile from Esteri – The easy-to-move, fully automatic fire hose washing and maintenance unit 

Since Interschutz 2022 in Hannover, Germany, Finnish Esteri Group’s fully automatic fire hose washing and…

Designed for safety and comfort Hero 365 Fireboot.
Workwear Group – New fire-resistant ensembles and fireboot

Emergency Services uniforms are more than just the brand name, distinct colours and strips of…

Les Darcey Drive, Main Road into Maitland Town Centre.
Post-flood research is helping us learn from communities

A new independent research project is underway, seeking to learn from the experiences of those…

Figure 1: Heatwave incident locations in Australia, FY2001 to FY2018. Higher densities of heatwave fatalities are indicated by larger/ darker hotspots.
Heatwave fatalities in Australia: a new analysis

Heatwaves, recognised as one of the key natural hazard risks to human health, have increased…

Preventing house fires are where the HFSC are now focusing. Images supplied by Author / Contributor
The road to mandating home fire sprinklers in Australia 

For well over a century, automatic fire sprinklers have proven to be a trusted, reliable,…

High-rises and construction in Melbourne central business district. Image courtesy of Olivia Micalizzi. Images supplied by Author / Contributor
Grenfell: five years after the tragedy, what have we learnt and what action has been taken?
In the five years since the Grenfell Tower tragedy, governments in the UK and across…

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