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More safety against fire – EmiControls presents an innovative way of fire protection with water mist turbine

The Italian company EmiControls has been working on innovative fire protection solutions worldwide since 2011.…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Figure 1: Fire-related fatalities in Great Britain
The causes of fire fatalities and serious fire injuries in Scotland

Fire fatalities in Great Britain have gradually been decreasing over the last three decades but…

Hangar with small aircraft.
Flame detection through the use of 3D mapping to aircraft hangars

In this first of a two-part article, William Pittman, PhD discusses the challenges posed by…

An experimental separated v-shaped fire conducted in the CSIRO Pyrotron.
Spot fires – a dynamic interaction

New research is developing the first two-dimensional fire-simulation model that can operate in faster than…

The cost-effective multifunctional first-response fire truck.
The birth of the multifunctional first-response fire truck

In the past, the main task of firefighting was to extinguish fires and rescue people.…

Requirements for the new restricted classes of registration are better aligned with industry practices.
New SA routine service registration confirms FPA Australia proposal

The South Australian Government announced changes in June 2019 to the restricted classes of plumbing…

’Ski’ Sheet.
Emergency planning for vulnerable persons with a disability

The raised awareness in Australia with buildings that have combustible cladding is the result of…

An AS ISO 9705 room burn test featuring flashover at the Warringtonfire Melbourne laboratory.
Fire hazard properties of internal wall and ceiling linings

Fire properties of building products are regulated to minimize rapid fire spread and smoke growth…

Most fatal preventable residential fires start in the living room or bedroom.
Understanding preventable residential fire fatalities

More than one residential fire-related death occurs every week in Australia – deaths that are…

Vacuum dust and wipe samples were collected from within vehicle cabins.
Chemicals in Air and Dust at Australian Fire Stations

Recently there has been an exponential increase in the number of studies focused on chemical…

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