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Local fire fighter mopping up peat fire – South Sumatra, Indonesia 2015.
Integrated fire management and community based fire management

Over the last ten years, evidence and results of Community Based Fire Management (CBFiM) from…

Firefighters don’t have time to look after pets while fighting fires, this will not happen.
The preparedness and evacuation behaviour of Australian pet owners

Much of what is known about pet owner behaviour in emergencies in an Australian context…

Large smoke plumes from bushfires can allow spot fires to start well ahead of the main fire front.
The effects of turbulent plume dynamics on long-range spotting

Spotting is a hazardous phenomenon which leads to unpredictable fire behaviour and accelerated fire spread.…

Figure 1: Footprint of peak EHF (EHFmax, top left) and heat load (EHFsum, bottom left) for the January-February 2009 event along with the corresponding Table 1 heatwave severity categories (right).
A heatwave classification for heat related fatality risk

Research undertaken by Risk Frontiers shows that heatwaves are responsible for the largest number of…

PTG and PTS – reflecting on the trauma response of growth amongst the decline

For those involved, in any capacity, with the Victorian 2009 ‘Black Saturday’ bushfires your experiences…

Addressable fire alarm speakers offer a solution that is flexible, reliable, cost-effective and highly scalable.
Conventional vs addressable fire alarm systems

When it comes to fire alarm systems, the main concern that building owners and managers…

Aerial view of Mawson station.
Emergency response in Antarctica

Antarctica is the coldest, highest, driest, windiest and most desolate continent on earth. It is…

Participants of WAFA’s team at the Wollongong Miss Muddy event in 2015.
Women and Firefighting Australasia 2016: Right place. Right time

In November 2015, during his swearing in ceremony, the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made…

Fire testing ground in Auxquimia´s facility, Spain.
Firefighting foam concentrates – the constant evolution: Part 1

In the last decade there have been many advances in foam for firefighting. Since 2001…

Residents call attention to a man lying dead on a busy street in Monrovia, Liberia. who had died three days earlier. When no burial team came, people wearing rubber gloves dragged him into the street, stopping traffic and demanding he be taken away.
Ebola 2013-2016 – how long will the memory last?

All of the three countries – Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone – most affected by…

Radio is the lifeblood for safety on the fireground.
Australian fire app focuses on firefighter safety

The South Australian Country Fire Service (CFS) provides first-line response to rural fires and road…

Gamba grass-infested country near Batchelor, Northern Territory, August 2015.
The social life of policy and planning

Quiet rightly, people in the natural hazards sector hold science in high regard. Scientific research…

Plastic pipe penetration seal through concrete wall with PROMASEAL® Bulkhead Sealer and PROMASEAL® Retrofit Collar at the New Royal Adelaide Hospital, Australia.
Effective fire stopping solutions now better recognised in Asia

In most countries and organisations, the term “fire stopping” refers to a system of penetration…

TeamViewer allows remote control and monitoring of fire graphics systems such as Pertronic FireMap.
Remote access puts your fire system at your fingertips

Managing a large or complex facility becomes a lot easier if you can get the…

For personnel in the field, resilient systems are critical.
Hello, Emergency Services – why do you need recording solutions?

Selecting the right voice and data recording system is vital for the successful management of…

Aircraft are called to survey and fight firefronts too dangerous for ground crews.
Collaboratively managing our aerial firefighting resources

The reality of firefighting is that it is a complex science. Now more than ever…

Chemical exposure victims, wearing their privacy garments, stand in a triage area while waiting for further decontamination instruction.
Mass decontamination in a public setting – making privacy a priority

You respond to an unknown chemical emergency at a high school gymnasium. When you arrive…

Fire Officers distribute the fire prevention leaflets to the citizens.
Fire Services of Macao SAR, China

Macao consists of Macao Peninsula, Taipa Island and Coloane Island. It became a Special Administrative…

Scorched areas near Lake Mackenzie at an altitude of about 1200 metres, after lightning strikes triggered fires on January 13.
Understanding future fire danger

The risks of climate change were thrown into sharp relief this recent summer for Australia’s…

FireFighting Foam in use in an emergency spill situation.
Environmental selection and use of firefighting foams

The fire protection industry has concerns with the Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection’s…

Fireboat Elite and Diving Supports Vessel at the Shau Kei Wan typhoon shelter fire September 2015.
Marine firefighting with the Hong Kong Fire Services Department

The Hong Kong Fire Services Department (HKFSD) is one of the largest and well trained…

ArcGIS allows emergency management teams to respond to incidents and update the public immediately.
GIS technology improves the workflow of emergency management

Over the last several years, emergency management has become more complicated. Large-scale emergencies seem to…

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