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Aussie acts to combat Wildfires wherever they are.
Get ready for the big burn

This story is contributed by Warwick Lorenz from Australian Pump Industries. Warwick has learnt from…

WRC Rally car crash. These vehicles soon will have a hybrid drivetrain in 2022.
Today’s personal protective envelope for motorsports response – Part 2

The ramifications of hybrids and electrics in motorsports is a significant concern. These vehicles bring…

FIRESHIELD is a multi-layered fabric designed to offer high radiant heat protection without sacrificing mobility.
Firefighter safety, 30 years in the making

Safety. Comfort. Unless both are built into their protective clothing, no firefighter will be able…

The 2021 wildfire season in the U.S. could be even worse than 2020. A greater focus on prevention is needed to avoid devastating damages from wildfires.
Breakthroughs accelerating the preventative use of long-term fire retardants

Aircraft have dropped red long-term retardants in response to out-of-control wildfires for almost 60 years.…

Ensuring that volunteer teams are as well-supported as possible is essential to deliver crucial emergency services.
Helping volunteers shine as leaders

A new evidence-based toolkit is strengthening Australia’s emergency service workforce capability by supporting volunteer leaders…

Typical overall system schematic for a ‘cloud’ based solution for an application covering multiple sites.
IoT-enabled valve monitoring system can ease inspection burden

A new wireless valve monitoring system, which recently earned the FM Approvals certification, promises to…

The harsh environment of the mining industry creates additional fire risks through wear and damage to machinery.
Mitigating vehicle fires is key to preventing a life-threatening domino effect on mine sites

The prevalence of fire-related incidents in Australian mines means it is high time we take…

A bushfire raging at the North Black Range in NSW, December 2019.
Lessons from Black Summer: how people experienced the 2019/20 NSW fire season

More than 1,200 people shared their experiences of the worst fire season in New South…

Figure 5. Using another detector to cover the area of risk.
Flame detector selection: Part 2 – detection technologies

Part One of our flame detection guide provided some pointers for the selection of flame…

Fig. 3: Water motor with proportioning pump.
Use of foam for firefighting in tank farms of the oil and petrochemical industry – Part 2

Part One of this article described the typical incident scenarios at tank farm fires and…

The TIC can be used to assess the extent of a hot spot once opened up with hand tools.
Selecting and using a thermal imaging camera for wildfire – Part 2

A thermal imaging camera (TIC) like any other item of firefighting equipment has limitations. This…

Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service.
MSA Bristol to the rescue

This feature looks at the changing role of firefighters and how fire and rescue services…

Standards Australia committee, FP-009, Fire Hydrant Installations, has developed a revision to AS 2419.1, Fire hydrant installations, Part 1: System design, installation and commissioning. Standards Australia committee, FP-009, Fire Hydrant Installations, is set to publish a revision to AS 2419.1, Fire hydrant installations, Part 1: System design, installation and commissioning.
Standards to support fire safety

I stepped into the Engagement Manager role in April. I’m excited to be working with…

Testing to prescribed Standards and the data obtained helps inform certification decisions.
Testing times and the shift to product certification

The Fire Australia Conference and Tradeshow was held recently in Sydney. It was great to…

Figure 1: The items first ignited and associated percentage of cases.
Recommendations to reduce fire fatalities

From the previous phase of this work a number of recommendations were made to reduce…

The fire had devastating consequences, claiming the house and three vehicles.
Uncovering the cause: Fire Forensics investigates Australian house fires

Our team at Fire Forensics are leading experts in fire and explosion investigation in Australia…

Drones need data being harnessed and shared to live up to their firefighting potential.
Bushfire-fighting future state – how do we get to artificial intelligence, data and cloud?

In 1955, General Electric invented GERT. GERT was a computer and at the time the…

Illuminating smoke conditions and the fireground.
Illuminating the scene

One of the easiest tasks to overlook at emergency incidents is providing adequate scene lighting.…

Fire engulfed firefighters as they defended properties in Mangrove Mountain, NSW, in December 2019.
Fire safety engineering approaches to bushfire evacuation
Since the Black Saturday fires in Victoria, Australian emergency officials have emphasised evacuation planning and…
Sprinkler systems can limit property damage and protect life, so should always be considered as part of the fire safety systems in a building’s design.
What you need to know about automatic fire sprinkler systems

In the event of a fire in a building, active fire suppression systems can have…

Rio Tinto Emergency Response Team donning PPE.
Firefighting PPE in the mining industry

Paul Gibson, International Sales Manager for MSA Bristol, a global leader of cutting-edge firefighter protection,…

Fig 1. Would you allow these firefighters near flammable hydrocarbons, if this was an F3 blanket? Without fuel-shedding or vapour-sealing additives? (Protection here was reliable, effective fluorinated foams).
Factors to consider before any C8 firefighting foam transition

Most foam users recognise the need for transitioning away from legacy firefighting foams that break…

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