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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…

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…

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…

The ESS facility prior to the incident.
Energy storage systems: lessons learned on fire-safety design

The growing increase in lithium-ion battery ESS facilities in recent years presents a new challenge…

2020 Model Chevrolet Bolt engine bay.
Operational concerns involving electric and hybrid vehicles at vehicle-related incidents – Part 1

One of the largest concerns today dealing with vehicle-related incidents is the electrification of vehicles.…

Figure 1. White Island Volcano three days after the 9 December 2019 eruption. Image courtesy of NASA
Charges filed stemming from the White Island volcanic eruption

The 9 December 2019 White Island eruption was a steam-driven eruption, caused by the sudden…

Esteri ASL open water test.
High-performance pump moves on land, at sea and in the air

The latest innovation by Esteri Group, Finland’s most comprehensive operator in the firefighting and rescue…

Crusader layflat hose on reels ready for emergency deployment.
Fighting the Cobrico peat fire

When a bushfire tore through Cobrico in Victoria’s south-west igniting the peat bog underneath, toxic…

Figure 1: Zone classification.
Using flame detectors for zone 2 hazardous areas
In this article the fundamentals of hazardous areas are outlined and flame-detector applications, split into…
An understanding of a community’s capacity for disaster resilience can help improve the chances of adapting to future natural hazards.
The new Australian Disaster Resilience Index

Australians are always learning to live with a changing, unpredictable and uncertain environment, of which…

Natural gas powered electrical power plant turbine.
Flame detector selection: which technology to use in gas-turbine enclosures?

Which flame-detection technology should I use in a gas-turbine enclosure? This is a common question…

Tacca Plastics, Moorebank, December 2018.
Solar-panel fire risks and the opportunities to improve safety

Recently solar panels have been back in Australian headlines after the release of statistics from…

Igor Kazagrandi, Co-Founder and CEO, working on a cellular device.
Digitizing evacuations

Traditional evacuation systems require a fair amount of specialist installation, management and maintenance because they…

Chemical inspection often requires strict procedures.
Hazardous chemicals inspection and safe storage management

Hazardous chemicals inspection seems like a blatantly obvious task that is beyond improvement. Once there…

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