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It does not take a large spill to cause a large problem.
The response to maritime environmental emergencies: A multi-sectoral approach

Australia has a high dependence on its maritime industries for continued prosperity. During 2014/15, there…

NSA offers demonstration and training sessions in the fully equipped ESIC Control Room for all emergency management service agencies.
Advanced incident management with ESIC

The lack of technical support during large fires is an ongoing problem for Fire Emergency…

Damage from Asian Tsunami 2004.
Planning for catastrophic disasters

The hallmarks of catastrophic disasters are death and destruction, large scale disruption of communities and…

What PPC/PPE is required for the task?
What is your firefighting philosophy?

As I travel the world researching advancements in PPC/PPE, I often hear firefighters seeking the…

A prescribed burn in St Andrews, Victoria, which was used to assess how the ‘structure from motion’ technology assessed fuel loads pre and post-fire.
Smartphones and sky scans for better fire mapping

Fire managers need to accurately monitor prescribed burns and bushfires to better assess how they…

Screenshot showing real time map on tablet (Fires relief outreach). Red pins indicate properties to be visited, Green indicates those already visited. Orange indicate visited but no one home.
Smart devices are transforming door to door field operations

In Australia, post-disaster Red Cross field operations have traditionally been based on the use of…

UAV of the same model as the evaluation version in flight. A 4kg payload including P25 digital payload was tested over southern NSW in late 2015.
Use of unmanned aerial vehicles for emergency communications

Communications during an emergency response are of paramount importance for safety of responders and efficient…

Firefighters entering the heat chamber to begin a search task.
Monitoring practices of firefighter safety when working in the heat

Firefighters work hard, in environments characterised by high levels of ambient and radiant heat. To…

The Weiguan Jinlong residential building in Tainan after collapse. The surrounding buildings do not appear to have severe damage.
Taiwan earthquake update

Taiwan lies on the boundary between the Eurasian Plate and the Philippine Sea Plate, which…

The name ‘Bridge of Sighs’ comes from a poem by Lord Byron. Local Venetian legend says that if a couple kiss underneath the bridge at sunset they will have eternal love.
The Bridge of Sighs and evacuation models

Legend has it that prisoners would sigh as they crossed it, on their short journey…

Members of the Victoria Country Fire Authority with Police and Ambulance personnel at a CBRNe training session.
Multi-agency (Integrated) CBR capability

The importance of multi-agency collaboration during major events cannot be under estimated in this world…

Firefighters working safely with an effective fluorotelomer surfactant based foam blanket at Buncefield, UK.
Aspects of foam need careful consideration – Part 2

Part 1 in the January issue looked at PFOS as a legacy issue, why foam…

Petroleum Storage Tank Facilities – Part 3

In previous installments of this series we talked about the types of petroleum storage tanks,…

The Power of Debrief – From Chaos to Synchronicity

With the growing complexity and intensity of disaster incidents, both natural and human-caused, the need…

Include Social Media in Every Disaster Preparedness Kit

As more and more people use social media to connect and share, we have seen…

Strengthening Early Warning Systems for Disasters

It is clear that Southeast Asia is highly prone to natural disasters such as floods,…

Pure Force Serving the Public Safety Needs of the Philippines

Nationwide emergency alert number and dispatch center raises safety and security response for the people…

A Fire Service Tradition

A fire helmet to a firefighter represents the tradition and spirit of the fire service.…

Helping Hands, Hurting Hooves: Large Animal Rescue

Large animal rescue occurs during the response phase to a natural or anthropogenic disaster, emergency…

Petroleum Storage Tank Facilities – Part 2

In the previous installment we talked about the types of petroleum storage tanks, their locations,…

Inspection App for Automating Fire Equipment Inspections

The popularity of smart phones and tablets has changed the market with an estimated over…

Building Product Compliance – Get Ready for Positive Changes

In recent times Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) has advocated strongly for changes to…

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